BROCKTON — During the pandemic, Jawanda Evans expended her no cost time dabbling in her childhood passion of stitching apparel, which led to the opening of Werthé by Jem.

The showroom located at 33 Dover St., Suite 303, was after a mere imagined that was reworked into an actual garments small business.

The self-taught custom fashion designer started out her journey at 11. Evans’s relatives taught her the basic principles of sewing and her expertise formulated over time.

In 2013, just after a back injury while working in a hospital as a nurse still left her on rest, Evans, 35, started touring down memory lane and indulging in an old craft.

“I expended most of the entire pandemic stitching face masks. It was almost like a sweatshop where by I had my overall household helping. We sewed thousands of masks for the duration of that time,” Evans said.

The stitching did not prevent there. Evans started exploring distinctive techniques to express herself artistically in the course of COVID. 

Custom fashion designer Jawanda Evans of Brockton, owner of Werthé by Jem, shows off two of her creations at her studio on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. She specializes in formal and wedding wear, customizing her creations to suit each customer. One of of the busiest times of the year for her is prom season, when she gets help from friends and family to keep up with the demand.

“I enjoy creating clothes that can make a human being stand out. When I wear an outfit, I like when no 1 else has it. It makes manner one of a kind. I’ve generally been fascinated with turning a plain piece of cloth into one thing wearable, a thing lovely. My soul yearns for trend and watching a thing remodel into a wearable work of art,” Evans mentioned.

Evans took to what she identified as “YouTube College” to study new tactics and how to make different garments.