Business is sew-sew

A Russian-born seamstress brings her fashions and skills to Central Oregon.

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After learning the trade as a child in Russia, Nelli Millard found her way to Bend, where she now runs an alteration and custom clothing shop, Sewing By Nelli Millard. With the recession looming over her, she plans to expand to help the business grow.

Millard designs many kinds of clothing, including original prom and wedding dresses. She sometimes uses fabric that her mother sends to her from Russia and she follows fashion updates in her home country and the U.S…

Millard has plans to expand the design portion of her business. She met Dru Broekemeier last fall, a clothing designer from Los Angeles who now lives in Bend, and the two have started NelliDru Design. Their clothing will debut this fall at the Portland Fashion Week and at a fashion trade show in Los Angeles. The events allow clothing designers to showcase their latest trends to retail buyers in the fashion industry.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.