“When I am not sewing, I am usually planning to sew,” she said. “I look at patterns or draw sketches of things I’d like to make.”
Sauceda entered the Live Oak County Fair for the fifth year with her sewing creations.
This year she entered both a dress and a romper. She said the dress took five days of working after school to make while the romper took a whole month.
Sauceda learned to sew in seventh grade when she took Jacqueline Coquat’s Life Management Skills class.
“At first I took it (the class) because I wanted to learn sewing skills, but then I fell in love with it and wanted to keep doing it,” Sauceda said.
She has had Coquat several times over the years as a teacher but since she isn’t currently enrolled in one of her classes, she was staying about three hours after school in the months leading up to the fair to finish her projects.
“I am very grateful to Mrs. Coquat because she is the one who would stay after school with me,” Sauceda said.
When it came to choosing this year’s projects, Sauceda said she chose the dress because she likes wearing dresses and the romper because “I have always wanted one.”
All the clothes she makes are in her size, so after the judging the outfits can be added to her wardrobe for her everyday wear.
The fabric for these projects has been picked out since the summer, even though the projects were not started until months later.
She said most of her fabric and patterns are purchased at either Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores or Hobby Lobby. In the case of this year’s dress, she purchased four patterns and combined them to make the dress she wanted.
“It’s so much fun,” she said. “Every step of the project makes me happy. Putting the clothes together and wearing them makes me feel proud of myself.”
Sauceda isn’t the only one who is proud; she said her mom gets excited about her projects too.
“She gets really excited when I am picking out my patterns and materials because I always ask her opinion,” she said. “She is really supportive of me.”
While a high school student, Sauceda’s mom also learned to sew and it is a skill she has carried with her.
“She tells me to never forget how to sew because it is going to help me throughout life,” she said.
Sauceda has made many outfits over the years but her favorite is neither one of this year’s prize-winning fair entries but rather a hot pink, black and sparkle prom dress that she made for her Students Taking Action with Recognition event last year. She hopes to wear it to this year’s prom in May.
Sauceda doesn’t want her sewing and fashion design to end when she finishes high school but hopes to carry it with her forever.
The ambitious Sauceda wants to finish high school and get a cosmetology license before attending the Art Institute in San Antonio and getting her fashion degree.
She hopes to one day open up a boutique that sells the clothes that she makes.
Sewing isn’t Sauceda’s only skill. She entered six items in the fair this year and only two of them were sewing projects. She hopes to be a high point winner in this year’s fair. She has already received ribbons for both her sewing projects, an embroidery and cross stitch project. She will turn in a woodworking project and two food projects later in the week and hopes to earn ribbons on those too.