At the heart of My Own Design are its founders; Jessica, a former professional triple threat performer with an eye for fashion and design and Lydia, a trained Business Project Manager and dance mom. Lydia learned to sew as a child & picked up the special skills required to pattern and sew stretch wear from an experienced seamstress.
With Jessica’s fashion-forward designs and a passion to provide quality made costumes that fit and are comfortable, Lydia & Jessica began making custom dance costumes for family, friends and colleagues. Soon demand for Jessica’s unique costume designs grew, and in 2007 the business was born.
In the early years, working from home, Lydia and Jessica would pattern, cut and sew Jessica’s designs. Jessica’s artistic touch with finishing details always made the costumes special and unique.
Within a couple of years it was necessary to employ additional help to meet demand. After only 5 years the volume of items produced each season outgrew the limited space and MOD moved to their current space, which includes an open-to-the-public showroom/store and on-site manufacturing facility using professional equipment and skilled Canadian labour.
For the first 8 years My Own Design (MOD) focused on delivering custom, Canadian made dancewear and costumes of the highest quality to our local clientele. Our online collection introduced in late 2015 provides an opportunity to offer everyone the same high quality made-to-order products and exceptional customer service that our local customers have grown to love and appreciate.