Loudoun County could stop buzzing, we heard of a new designer making waves but didn’t pay much attention to the buzz. The buzzing has gotten louder and louder about a young fashion designer and then we knew, we had to stop and listen. No facebook page or facebook group can escape the tremendous accomplishments of this amazing young lady. From designing for Reston Limousine CEO Kristina Bouweiri and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, at only 11 years old (yes you read that right), Skylar Johnson has left a big impression on the Loudoun County community, and there’s no doubt that there’s no stopping her. So in celebration of “You Go, Girl” day we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature this rising star.
“You Go, Girl” Day celebrates women who break down barriers and stereotypes, and those who become the first of their gender to accomplish something in a field. This might seem premature for the young fashion designer, but we do not doubt that her major splash on the fashion scene is just the beginning.
Q & A with Skylar Johnson
Q: Why are you in business?
A: I realized I could turn my hobby into a business that I could share my talent with others and get paid for it!
Q: Why are in this type of business?
A: I love to sew, and it doesn’t feel like I’m working.
Q: What is your background? Education, Work Experience?
A: I have no work experience, but there are women in my family on my mom’s side and dad’s side
who sew. They never taught me. However, I’m told that it is hereditary.
Q: Can you provide me with a description of your business?
A: Sew Fly Sky is a fashion designing business. I have had the privilege of designing clothing for a
few significant people.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: I was gifted my business for Christmas 2 years ago.
Q: What type of business form do you have, sole proprietorship, partnership,
A: My business is an LLC
Q: How did you get started in this business?
A: I started out upcycling my clothes, which is the process of turning your old clothes into new
designs. But by the time I got to my second outfit, I switched my focus into making clothes from
scratch using patterns.
Q: How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of
A: I took private sewing lessons with more experienced seamstresses who mentored me.
Q: How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?
A: I use social media. Instagram and Facebook. It started with me just sharing my work with
close friends and family, but it soon grew after Mood Fabrics featured me with one of my
Q: Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? The
following ten years?
A: 1 year from now I see my business evolved into an online boutique with inventory to service a
broader range of clientele. Five years from now I see myself as an international designer. Hopefully
doing business in Paris. Ten years from now I see myself as a celebrity designer.
Q: How has the technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted how you
A: The internet helps me with my inspiration. I google and search images a lot to gain inspiration
for designs. Of course, my sewing machine helps too, because it gives me clean stitches on my
Q: Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason that this
A: Sew Fly Sky’s mission is to give people confidence and make them feel good in their clothes.
Q: Do you do marketing for your business?
A: Yes, social media is the best marketing.
Q: Can you describe your customers?
A: My customers are influential women who usually hire me to style them for important events.
Q: Why do your customers select you over your competitors?
A: My customers believe in me and want to invest in me.
Q: What are the most significant issues for running this business?
A: I depend solely on my machines to sew my designs. I get frustrated when they don’t work
correctly. Id say that’s my biggest issue because it slows me down
Q: What is the future for this type of business?
A: I believe in the future there will be machines that do all the work in creating the design
(measuring and cutting the fabric, stitching, ironing, and folding) However, art and creativity
cannot be computerized, so I have job security as a designer.
Follow Sky on her fantastic Journey on her Facebook and Instagram, or you can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trust us, you want to follow this powerhouse on her journey to great success.
Photographed by Paul Johnson II Photography