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January 20, 2013

Eco-friendly fashion: Made in Vermont


She printed ferns on layers of organza silk.

“When the dress moved, it was really pretty. I’m working on this collection, block prints of flowers. I’m kind of inspired by lichen, and I’m doing embroidery on top of that,” she said.


She first came to Vermont in the seventh grade to attend an event with a friend’s family.

“I wanted to live here,” she said.

As a child, she made doll clothes and furniture for two large doll houses.

“My grandmother and grandpa were upholsterers. It’s not like I ever watched them do it. My grandmom just passed away last week. Everyone is so glad I’m sewing. They said if grandpa could see what I was doing, he would be so happy.”

She taught herself how to sew and made her own clothes in junior high.

“Weird clothes, I used to get made fun of all the time,” she said. “I looked at Harper’s Bazaar. They do the runway-shot page with runway shots all collaged together.”

Her hair and makeup was influenced by the fashion magazine. She ripped apart her mother’s ’70s duds to transform bell bottoms into dresses and overalls into skirts.


Though she thought about studying fashion in California and Boston, they were not options. FIT was not only the best, but the most affordable.

“I’m so happy I went there. I love FIT. My cousin is there now, and she’s enjoying herself. She’s going for fashion merchandising.”

Scheidet majored in fashion design with specializations in tailoring and knitwear.

“Which are two complete opposites … I wanted to learn everything I possibly could. I stressed myself out. I took everything from leather design and intimate apparel. I got a certificate in women’s tailoring and knitwear.”

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