One of the coolest things about doing the Ponte Vedra Focus, is meeting new people and learning about new businesses. Meet Annette Anderson of Sew on the Go – a self-starter and a bit of a renaissance woman. Curtains or haute couture, Annette can do it all.
How long have you lived in PVB or Beaches area?
I moved here 13 years ago. My last home was in Amarillo, Texas. I’ve lived all over the globe.
What is your favorite thing about PVB?
It’s just so beautiful here. I do love warm weather and no I don’t miss the seasons. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and have never been a fan of cold weather.
What made you start Annette Anderson’s Sew on the Go?
I must be creating something. Experimenting with different mediums is fun, but I always return to fabric. I get it honestly, because my mother had a sewing/alterations business for decades, as did her mother before her. Sew on the Go offers alteration/seamstress and wardrobe rejuvenation services. Additionally, I come to your house or office, mark the garments, take it back to my studio to alter, then deliver the garments, altered, pressed and ready to wear! The “I COME TO YOU” is such a time saving service for busy people. I’ve met so many fabulous people this way.
How long have you been doing Sew on the Go?
Sew on the Go morphed from a business that I started 8 years ago, called Kitchen Threadz, where I designed and created haute couture aprons. Celebrities loved them. As my skill set and confidence grew, I expanded into custom clothing and alterations about 4 years ago. Maybe my service is the design and creation of one of a kind, heirloom quality First Communion Dresses. My little girls dance and twirl when they try on their dresses. Precious.
What should people know about Annette Anderson’s Sew on the Go?
Along with making clothing and doing alterations, I created the WTF Club (Wardrobes That Fit Club) Imagine standing in front of your wardrobe where every garment fits you properly, flatters your figure, and makes you feel happy to wear it! That’s the mission with the WTF Club. I’ll be your most honest friend. I’ll give you permission to alter, repair, repurpose, donate, consign all those clothes/shoes/bags/accessories in your closet that you paid too much for yet don’t want to donate, gifts that you never liked and garments that are way too small/big or are out of style. I ask two questions: 1) Do you love it? 2) well…you’ll have to call me to find out the second question! Plan on euphoria.
What are your hobbies outside of your profession?
I love playing my piano. The Great American Songbook makes me swoon. I’ve played tennis for 10 years or so. My down the line backhand is money. I’m an experienced home cook. I do love a global adventure, of which I’ve had many. I’ve practiced hatha yoga since the ’80’s. You’ll be happy to know that I can still wrap my legs around the back of my head.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?
My dad. He just passed in January. I miss him every day. Why? To laugh and to tell him thank you and that I love him.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Phys ED and Latin
What is your favorite football team?
I want to say the Jaguars!
What is your favorite book?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite and least favorite trend in your business?
The throw away nature of clothing now is sad. So much is made off shore and so cheaply that it becomes easier to toss clothing and replace it instead of investing in great quality and maintaining it although, many of my clients seem to do both…invest and replace. Smart.
The making of bespoke clothing is a trend that never really changes, because there are always people who value expert craftsmanship. It seems to be making a resurgence now. Woo hoo!
If you can change one thing about Ponte Vedra, what would it be?
I would make it closer to my family in Ohio while maintaining the current climate.
Last time you laughed out loud uncontrollably? And why?
Just this afternoon while talking to my BFF, Lannie. She tears me up. I’ll take the fifth on what we were hooting about. Yesterday, I laughed myself silly watching Jamie Fox impersonating Mick Jagger on the Jimmy Fallon show. Off the chain hilarious. If you make me laugh, you’re automatically attractive to me.
How can people get in touch with you?
Call or text me 904.472.3655. Facebook: Sew on the Go. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your suggestion for a Ponte Vedra mascot?
How about the Zircons, due to PVB’s previous name of Mineral City? Who knew that zircons were mined here!