Whether needing pants hemmed or looking for a unique clothing creation, the new Stitched With Care shop offers it all.
Owner Catherine Loeloff opened the business in March, though she has been sewing since she was 8 years old. She won second place in a national sewing competition when she was in high school. She has sewn custom majorette costumes, high school marching flags and military uniforms, among other items.
“I love helping people with their clothing. I am very detail-oriented; I like to do them as I would do if it was one of my own items,” she said.
Loeloff had been sewing for friends and neighbors, and worked as an alterations specialist at a bridal shop, but left that position to care for her mother. So she opened her own shop in Urbana.
Loeloff does the basic alterations – zippers, hems, buttons, taking in and letting out clothing. But she also designs items for individuals and does custom work.
“If you can dream it, I can sew it,” she said.
Loeloff also makes “memory bears,” teddy bears crafted from clothing of a loved one. She has been doing those since 1999.
“They make perfect gifts or heirloom items,” she said.
Loeloff said she specializes in hemming pants, while the customer waits, in 30 minutes.
She offers sewing lessons and repair and maintenance of sewing machines.
Stitched With Care is located at 1637 E. U.S. Route 36, Suite 9A, in Urbana near Kroger. The shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays are by appointment only.
For more information, visit the shop, call Loeloff at 937-747-4198, or visit the shop online at stitchedwithcare.com. The shop is also on Facebook at Stitched With Care LLC.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.