Seamstress ready for belles

Kay Godwin’s passion for dressmaking is reflected in her work. For the past 18 years, she has been using a needle and thread to make the Azalea Festival memorable for lucky belles.

As a second-generation seamstress, Godwin has stitched close to one hundred dresses for belles. “It’s the love that these girls will be beautiful maybe one time in their life,” Godwin said.

Godwin has spent countless hours in her workshop that holds the oodles of fabric, trim and lace it takes to create these gowns. She stays true to the time period for designing belle gowns by collecting references from old movies and books to model them after the era of the 1850s to the 1870s.

This master seamstress once dedicated 70 man-hours to create one gown.

She has also been known to turn a simple tablecloth or even ornate curtains into walking art. Godwin said her inspiration comes from what ever moves her. “It’s a passion and I know the Lord gave me a God given talent.”

Sarah McKinney, a future dressmaker said, “She’s amazing I love her. She has an amazing talent. I don’t know how she can make so many dresses that all look absolutely beautiful and authentic.”

Godwin said even though her sewing machine that was passed down from her mother breaks down every now and then, nothing could ever break her tradition for designing these one of kind gowns.

Godwin will be dressing 41 belles who will grace the gardens for this year’s Azalea Festival Garden Tour.

The 56th Annual Garden Tour runs from April 3rd to the 5th. For ticket information call 200-3134.

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