Humans of SPF: Melanie Lowell, From Bucket Hats to Fashion School

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Charlotte Pollack, Feature Editor

Senior Melanie Lowell started off quarantine with a periodic table in her room, set on being a chemical engineer. She enrolled herself in AP chemistry hoping to expand her knowledge on the subject. After going into lockdown, Lowell found herself searching for a new hobby. That is when she uncovered her dusty sewing machine and got to work.

Senior Melanie Lowell started off quarantine with a periodic table in her room, set on being a chemical engineer. She enrolled herself in AP chemistry hoping to expand her knowledge on the subject. After going into lockdown, Lowell found herself searching for a new hobby. That is when she uncovered her dusty sewing machine and got to work.”

 

“Well, it was a weird switch, honestly, because I originally wanted to do chemical engineering which is so much different than fashion design,” Lowell said. 

 

Lowell started off making bucket hats, an article of clothing she wanted to try in her wardrobe but didn’t necessarily want to purchase. She pulled out a container of fabrics from her attic and chose different patterns and colors. This opened a door for Lowell and caused her to start making more clothes for herself and her friends. 

 

Lowell created corset-style tops, each different for her friends. She took into accounts their styles and designed tops catered to each girl. She photographed the shirts herself in order to include them in her college portfolios. 

 

She has been working to compile her favorite pieces and designs to send to colleges as she is considered for fashion school. 

 

One of Lowell’s favorite creations was her outfit for the Renaissance fair. In under 24 hours, Lowell whipped up a two-toned empire waist dress with a black and white corset to sport at the fair. 

 

“It was so much fun to work with such an abundance of fabric to make a big skirt,” Lowell said. “I really liked trying out a new top and adding different accessories on top of a piece I made. 

 

Lowell is excited to work for new opportunities and grow her design skills in the future.

 

“I draw inspiration from my friends, family, and just what I see around me,” Lowell said. “I am really just inspired by my life and by nature and especially my friends.”