Within half an hour, Dona quickly realized that sewing was a needed skill for this new endeavor. Unfortunately, she’d never seen a sewing machine in real life and had no idea how to thread a needle and realized she needed professional help! She signed up for private lessons and after a month of stabbing herself repeatedly with a needle, had created her first project: a farmer’s market tote bag. It was quite ugly, but it was hers, beginning to end.
During her first patternmaking class, Dona realized the concepts were fairly simple, due to her experience with 3D visualization (thanks engineering degree!). She was able to take Garment Duplication, a more senior class within a few weeks and was unbelievable impressed by the quality of the teachers and advanced students at the school.
A few months later, Dona was independently creating patterns, draping fabric and sewing garments with ease. Okay, maybe not ease, but at least proficiency.
She was asked to participate in a charity fashion show for Jolkona in where she styled several models, showcased some of her creations and walked the runway. Not falling off the runway in 6 inch heels is one of the greatest achievements of her life.
Two years after enrolling herself in fashion school, Dona loves to travel the world collecting unique fabrics and creating one-of-a-kind couture for customers. She is very excited to use holographic technology to disrupt the fashion design world.
Her fashion line, Prima Dona Style is launching with its first pieces on the fall of 2016.
Dona has always wanted to start a fashion blog, but doesn’t actually love how she looks in pictures, and wanted to feature other people instead,. She along with her co-worker Beth Crane, decided to start a fashion blog that celebrates and showcases the awesome personal style of people who work in STEM fields like so many of their co-workers and friends. You can see what they’re up to at Fibonacci Sequins Blog.