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EDRECO Program Generates Excitement & Creativity

"Excitement on their faces and creativity moves me to continue in an effort to keep the EDRECO fashion design sewing program going," said Tereva K. Adams, founder and instructor of the program that is now eight years old.

Tereva is a wife and mother of five and she has been designing and sewing for more than 35 years in the fashion and sewing industry. Tereva teaches her student clothing construction, draping and pattern making in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Tereva also judges clothing design in various competitions, gives inspirational workshops and presentations.

Woodlawn – Edmonson – Westview Recreation and Parks Council (EDRECO) Fashion Design/Sewing Center is located at 6200 Johnnycake Road, Southwest Academy Science and Engineering Magnet School in Baltimore County.

Each year, Tereva has the opportunity to teach different age groups of students with different goals which all relate back to fashion and designing.

"Hair, make-up and fashion go together; you can't have one without the other," said Tereva.

Recently all the students enjoyed visiting Art of Hair, the Salon in Historical Salvage Mill in Maryland with owner Surena King and staff. The students were dazzled with different hair colors, styles, techniques and products. The information the students received from the salon helps them to venture out with new color to wear or combinations of colors in combining different fabrics. The students also look at various make-ups for the winter season.

"I am very proud to say that EDRECO has many outstanding students and adults," said Tereva. "I am very proud of all my students and what they have accomplished over the years."

Tereva's students always come to class with a good spirit and creative mind. Some students stay late because they become so heavily involved in their sewing projects.

Patricia Ford is retired from the government and fills her leisure time with learning new sewing technique by taking day classes. "My husband just bought me a new sewing machine. I am so excited," said Patricia. Although she has a hearing disability, Patricia keeps up by lip-reading through classes. She is designing and working on her winter coat for the season, with a matching hat and handbag.

Cynthia Johnson and Ethel Johnson are showing off their designs. There is never a dull moment in class when these two sisters-in-law get together to design and sew! The Johnsons are now working on their wool winter jackets for the season.

EDRECO Program photo
Kelley Adams, Tereva Adams, Alleyah Smith.

Tereva is in the middle of Kelley Adams and Alleyah Smith (pictured to right) as they proudly show their awards, winning first place in their age category, in a fashion show at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 11, 2013.

Kelley, age 14 started sewing since she was nine years old. She is Tereva's youngest daughter and loves to sew pajamas. Kelley said, "It is just amazing how you can take a piece of fabric and turn it into a masterpiece."

Alleyah, age 18, joined the fashion program to further her knowledge in sewing and fashion. Alleyah said, "This class gives me the opportunity to do things that I knew nothing about before." Alleyah plans to further her education and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

As the Fashion Program moves toward springtime, the students look forward to their upcoming field trips that include New York City, the Garment District, and a Sewing Expo. "Sew and Tell" evening events allow Tereva's students to enjoy showing their outfits to their families, friends and co-workers.

Tereva's sewing program welcomes donations and support. Special thanks goes to Singer Sewing Machine Company, Connie Crawford, and Famore Cutlery for their recent support.

For more information contact Woodlawn-Edmondson-Westview Recreation & Parks Office at 410-887-1357 or Tereva at 410-916-0053; tkadams82@aol.com.

Reprinted from SQE Professional, April 2014