by Nadia Pflaum
Last Thursday was the first Thursday of the month, which means I was checking out the WearHaus trunk show and happy hour at the Velvet Dog from 5 to 9 p.m. There, I was introduced to the designs of Jeanee Wallace, a Hallmark employee who sews aprons under her own label, Dirty Laundry.
Wallace is originally from Michigan and attended Michigan State before studying graphic design at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, a two-year design school. She started working at Hallmark in August of 2005 and took an apron-sewing workshop at Hallmark's Rice Center.
"I took the class and found out that I was a kind of natural at sewing," Wallace says. Now, she finds fabrics at Urban Arts + Crafts in the Briarcliff shopping center (Amy Butler fabrics are her favorite) and sews them into her own design: a half-apron that works better for crafting than for cooking, with pockets for tape measures, scissors and whatever else.
Wallace admits she needs to pace herself these days. She's got lots of things competing for her time: she works, teaches Zumba lessons at Scott Fitness and at Hallmark, and she's planning her wedding, scheduled for September 5. She also blogs at her Etsy site and at her Zumba blog, but she's cutting back a teensy bit on that.
"I noticed I spent more time updating my blog than sewing!" she says.