Designer Profiles

April Rhodes

April is a dreamer, crafter, wife, and mother.
She was eight years old when her mom first taught her to use a sewing machine and her passion bloomed. Making pretty things brings her fulfillment and joy.

April is also quite a fashion enthusiast and loves wearing what she makes. It gives her a great sense of pride to walk around in a dress she's sewn myself. She says it's like a fun little secret... I made it myself.  

It was that feeling of fulfillment that drove her to create simple garment patterns for women's home sewing. Her first pattern, The Staple Dress, released with an amazing reception into the sewing community. The success of that first release has both humbled and excited her. Invigorated by the thought of other crafters using her work, patterns or fabric, to pursue their own creative endeavors--makes her heart skip!

"It's important for me to stay close to family and friends as well as our shop, Sew To Speak. A fabric store I helped my mother open in 2008."

In addition to sewing, she enjoys dabbling in interior design and DIY home decor, photography, antiquing and vintage camper rehab. She currently lives in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where her and husband, Jeff, have a mid-century ranch. They are pursuing their dreams while raising their two daughters.