Connie Perry sits among the variety of fabrics she offers at Connie's Fine Fabrics, which she operates out of her rural home. Photos by David Richards
By David Richards
In the same room as the Brodmann piano, the Monopoly board and a copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Connie Perry keeps her business.
The owner of Connie's Fine Fabrics, Perry sells higher quality materials so customers can make dresses or slacks, hats or sweaters for their children, grandchildren, friends or neighbors.
"You want something that is going to last," she said, about the products she sells out of her home located five miles west of downtown Byron. "It's a family heirloom you can pass down to the next generation compared with something you wear a few times and then dispose of it."
Perry and her husband have six children, and the older daughters, 14-year-old Hannah and 13-year-old Lydia, are learning how to sew as well.
It was Hannah, after-all, who received a champion ribbon at the Waseca County Fair in clothing and textiles for the dress she made for her little sister.
It was aqua, with French lace and buttons on the front.
Her key to winning?
"Well, there wasn't much competition," Hannah Perry said with confidence.
The Perrys recently moved from Waseca, and Connie Perry has owned a fabrics business since 2006. She owned "Blumenkinder Heirlooms" with a partner before she went on her own in January.
Her specialty is smocking, which is a three-dimensional type of needle art. She sells materials to make smocked dresses, and she's willing to give her customers pointers on the technique as well.
"It takes time to get the talent," she said.
The complete story is in the April 30,2013 issue of the Byron Review.