Get to know Columbus designer Betsy Stevenson

The Alternative Fashion Mob will host Alternative Fashion Week from April 19 to 26. A week of workshops, presentations and runway shows will culminate in a grand finale fashion show at The Gallery at Strongwater Food & Spirits. Ten local designers will show full collections, and 10 more will show mini-collections. Go here for more info. Meet one of the designers below.

Name: Betsy Stevenson for Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs

Age: 29

Residence: Ashville, Ohio

Credentials: owner of Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs, custom dressmaking and alterations

My story: I've had a love of making clothing since the 3rd grade, when I learned to sew. In college, while pursuing a fashion design degree, I realized the need for (and lack of) skilled seamstresses in the Columbus area. My business developed out of this need, simply by taking on any sewing project thrown my way. Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs is now 10 years old, specializing in couture dressmaking and alterations, with a small collection of ready-to-wear. We hope to start selling wholesale to boutiques this year.

Personal style:I'm pretty much a jeans and cute t-shirt kind of girl. I live in broken-in boots but vow never to have an evening out without my high heels!

Favorite local stores:Substance, Rowe, Thread

Style icon:Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City"

Favorite designers:Chanel, Alexander McQueen

True style is… making a statement without saying a word.

Inspiration for this collection: My customers!

Biggest challenge in creating this collection:I always struggle with time constraints. So many ideas, so few hours to create! Between creating for customers and being a mommy, I'm limited on the amount of time I can commit to creating show pieces (though I admit this is a good problem to have)!

Are items shown in this collection for sale?$68 for a crochet top, up to $350 for a gown

Do you do custom work?Yes, custom dresses start at $250 and custom wedding gowns at $500.

Personal website and/or contact info:
Elizabethashleighdesigns.com
Facebook.com/elizabethashleighdesigns

Photos courtesy of Staley Cook