Sewing success

Just Sew owner enjoys State Center location

Ashley Kelber works hard to fix fabrics and garments at Just Sew in State Center; she said she has been sewing since she was 9 years old. Kelber often repairs fabrics, and can make additions and alterations to clothing items; she is available by appointment.

STATE CENTER — Ashley Kelber is a busy woman, and she has found a use for her passion for sewing with Just Sew, where she offers tailoring, alterations and other fabric-based services in State Center.

“I do custom sewing, designs, alterations, repairs, private sewing classes and lessons,” she said. “I had an aunt that taught me how to sew when I was young, in 4-H.”

Kelber was 9 years old when she found her passion for sewing, and she continued honing her skills in high school and college.

“I just sewed all through high school; I worked for a fabric store, making and helping sell fabrics and making wedding dresses,” she said. “When I went to [the University of Northern Iowa], to college, I got a job at the theatrical department … making costumes.”

At Just Sew, 110 W. Main St., Kelber said she likes to focus on tailoring and alterations to garments.

“I’m very happy with the location,” she said, adding services can be arranged ahead of time. Due to her other job as a realtor for First Rate Real Estate in Marshalltown, Kelber said she’s available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.

She said her tailoring services extend to pieces like suit coats, men’s suits, wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses, business and formal attire, among others. She said she has done alterations on pieces of clothing to help people with disabilities; extra padding or pockets are some examples of such alterations.

Kelber said she works on “medium- to light-weight fabrics” of all kinds, but does not work on heavier materials like car seats or boat covers.

She has also used her skills to make rodeo outfits.

“For the last 25 years, I’ve done the Miss Rodeo Iowa pageant clothing, for Rodeo Queen,” Kelber said. “Here a couple years ago, the Dodge Ram Pickup [had] a spokesmodel for rodeos, and I designed all the outfits for the Ram Rodeo spokesmodel.”

Those leather outfits included LED lights that flashed, and the project to several months to complete, she said.

Another part of the business Kelber said she enjoys is holding private sewing classes for both adults and children.

“I’ve been doing anywhere from beginning to advanced,” she said, adding she plans to continue holding classes in 2018. “The kids love running the machines; we start out with little, simple projects.”

Both boys and girls benefit from learning how to sew, Kelber said.

For more information or to make an appointment at just sew, contact Kelber at 641-750-1146


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