THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DEBATE OVER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN EDUCATION AND OFTEN THESE ARE THE FIRST PROGRAMS THAT ARE CUT FROM DEPLETING BUDGETS. MUSIC, PAINTING, ART AND DESIGN HAVE FOR CENTURIES CONTRIBUTED TO THE GREAT CULTURES OF OUR WORLD. IT WAS RALPH LAUREN THAT SAID “I DON’T DESIGN CLOTHES. I DESIGN DREAMS.” BUT I THINK TEN YEAR OLD SKYLAR RAIYN IS DOING BOTH. THE HERNDON RESIDENT AND FIFTH GRADER IS WELL ON HER WAY TO A PROMISING CAREER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION. I MET WITH THE VERY STYLISH SKYLAR IN OUR POSH OFFICE AND WE CHATTED ABOUT HOW SHE GOT STARTED AND WHERE SHE WANTS TO GO WITH HER TALENTS AS AN EMERGING DESIGNER AND ARTIST. SHE HAD SOME SAGE ADVICE FOR GIRLS HER AGE ABOUT FOLLOWING THEIR DREAM
PS: So, you are quite the talented seamstress. What got you interested in sewing and how old were you when you started?
SR: I started updating my own clothes a few years ago, then one day I decided that I would rather make my own clothes so my mom told me I should. I began my private sewing lessons when I was eight years old. I was introduced to the sewing machine and patterns by CCJ Designer’s Lounge in Ashburn and then Sew Its My Party in Dunkirk, Maryland.
PS: Tell us a little about your brand, “Sew Fly Sky”?
SR: Sew Fly Sky is my brand of clothing that I design and sew. I make dresses, jumpers and I am currently working on a new pair of pants that I love. I recently had the opportunity to teach a sewing class to a group of sixteen year old girls how to make pajama pants for a sleepover. The name came from a nickname that my mom calls me so I thought it would be fun to use it as my clothing brand.
PS: If you could make an outfit for anyone, who would it be?
SR: Beyonce! She looks good in everything she wears! I even made my Halloween costume based on an outfit she wore in one of her music videos.
PS: Your favorite fashion trend? Your least favorite?
SR: I would say that tribal prints are my favorite fashion trend and my least favorite is the Romphim! Those are the short rompers for men.
PS: Who is your biggest supporter? How has that person helped you?
SR: My mom is definitely my biggest supporter. She always encourages me to keep working hard. She drives me twice a week to my sewing classes, all the way to Maryland in a lot of traffic! My mom also has a great sense of style and she inspires me in that way too. She has always had a lot of faith in me.
PS: Your favorite creation?
SR: My favorite was a turquoise blue shorts romper that I made. It had fringe on the shoulders and the legs and it moved every time I did. I think that was my most creative project so far.
PS: Do you see this as your career path?
SR: Absolutely! I want to be a designer and learn everything I can about the fashion industry.
PS: Any advice you would like to give to other girls with big dreams like your own?
SR: I want to tell girls that they should follow their dreams. If they follow their dreams and work hard enough they will achieve them!