Local seamstress makes outfits for Olympians
Local seamstress Diana Root found herself on the edge of international fame recently when she was asked to make outfits for two well known celebrities from recent Olympic games.
United States Silver Olympian speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and Gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson were being fitted with outfits for an upcoming Nestle comercial that will be aired sometime during the Winter Olympics. The outfits were to be used in filming near Park City and Camile Morris, a film and commercial costume designer and stylist for Motive Films, found that the local woman had the skills and imagination to make the garbs.
The directors of the Nestle commercial, drew the outfit and sent pictures to Root, who in turn created, designed and sewed the five outfits.
"I made two for Apolo Anton Ohno, one for his stunt double in blue and two in red for Shawn Johnson," said Root. "Making these specially designed outfits was a challenge because I was working off very limited measurements for these individuals.
"I had Apolo's measurements, but I had no measurements for the stunt double and only knew Shawn's height and that she was a Nike size four. Not only did I only have four days to design and construct these outfits, but my sewing machine caught on fire and filled my house with smoke."
But Root said she was lucky because everything worked out.
"Amist the set back, thankfully I already had fabric on hand and of my other nine sewing machines, my husband and my son were able to make my machine work so I could get the outfits done," she said.
The final fitting was at the at the Park City Hotel at 7 p.m.on a Sunday night. The alterations needed to be finished the next morning for the shooting of the commercial. Root was there and helped Morris with the fitting and alterations that needed to be done by 8 a.m. the next morning.