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Sewing to serve others

Wind Crest resident’s alterations skills in high demand

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December 25th, 2012

Just because Liz Yount moved to Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., doesn t mean she s retired. In fact, she s busier now more than ever, plus she s offering a service to others for something she used to do only for herself: alterations. Moving to Wind Crest enabled Liz to explore this side of sewing in a new way. She now does alterations for fellow residents, staff, and Custom Interiors, the full-service design center at Wind Crest. The scope of her work has even spread beyond the walls of the community.

Sew nice

Susan Best, Wind Crest s custom interiors coordinator and certified aging in place specialist, heard about Liz when she first started working at Wind Crest more than two years ago. Best needed some of her personal clothing altered. I happen to give Liz a lot of repeat business because I m shorter, and everything needs to be altered, Best says. She mostly gets her pants and sleeves shortened. And she likes not only how quickly and skillfully Liz works, but also the personal nature of their interactions. Liz mostly picks up and delivers the clothing she alters for fellow residents, but Best likes to go to Liz s apartment home for her alterations, and, according to her, it feels like she s at a small boutique. Best tries on the altered clothes right there, and if further work needs to be done, Liz can attend to it right away.

Job done right

After getting items personally altered, Best decided to hire Liz for a few Custom Interiors drapery projects, and she wasn t disappointed. The drapes had to be shortened and split, a tricky job for drapes that have already been made. To Best, hiring Liz benefits everyone involved. She s right here on campus, she does great work, she turns it around quickly, and she does it all for a good price, Best says. It s a package deal for me, and it makes sense for me not to have to go to an outside company. Plus, her fellow neighbors know that if Liz is on the job, it will get done right. Though Liz has been sewing since she was in the seventh grade, she didn t start alterations for others until she moved toWind Crestnearly three years ago. Liz made her daughter s clothes through college, and she also made wall hangings, pillows, and drapes. People around campus appreciate Liz s work. She has done alterations for more than 40 people (all repeat customers) since moving to Wind Crest along with helping Custom Interiors with projects. And word of her talent has spread beyond the community to friends and family members of fellow residents. She doesn t charge much because she doesn t do it for the money but rather in the name of service. I just want to help others do something for them they can t do for themselves, Liz says. And yet, she s quick to add that other women do alterations within the community as well.