My name is LaToya "Jirah" Spence. I am the founder of Creating With Jirah and your Instructor. I wanted to take a brief moment and tell you a little bit about myself.
At the age of 9 is when I began my sewing journey. This was a little over 28 years ago. During this time there was no YouTube or other resources for me to learn how to sew. I had to figure out A LOT by myself. There was so much fabric, money and time wasted in me teaching myself how to sew but it’s safe to say it was worth it in the end. Right?!
I was self-taught until the age of 25. Around this time I decided I wanted to start a clothing line so I decided to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Fashion Design. There I learned how to properly design clothing, create my own patterns and so much more. Going to this school afforded me several opportunities as well. I participated in fashion shows at New York Fashion Week, interned/assisted at places like Anna Sui and Oscar de la Renta and I could go on and on, but this isn’t why you’re here.
You’re here to learn how to sew and I’m going to help you do just that. My mission is to create tools and services that will help you guys grasp the fundamentals of sewing, thus, allowing each of you to create some dope and unique garments. I have so many tips and tricks to share that will make sewing more fun and easier for you.
For others, I would like to be the person I needed when I began my journey into learning how to sew.