Get To Know: Jaylan
My name is Jaylan, I’m 27 years old, married, with two kids and currently working from home. Actually let’s not call it “work.” I am doing what I love while in the comfort of my home, on my own time. I’m a Kurdish fashion designer and seamstress, living in Edmonton, Alberta. Been in Canada since ‘93 but Zaxo, Kurdistan is my first home. I have a passion for designing, creating and sewing! Creating Kurdish dresses and didashas is where my hearts at but I also love anything fashion, home decor, and DIY.
For as long as I can remember I was always intrigued by fashion. Visioning constantly, ideas for dresses I wanted to one-day design and wear. I remember, at about the age of 14, drawing sketches and even creating a business plan for my fashion store that I dreamt of opening up once I was old enough. At that time, there was never really a market for us Muslims, any dress you found in store was too revealing, shirts were too short and you had to wear many layers to try and decently cover up. I wanted to change that, I always dreamt of creating clothes and dresses for my ladies who struggled with that issue.
As the years passed and life went on, I am now a happily married woman with a little family of my own! I got married in 2010, had my son Sami in 2014, and my little butterfly Yara in 2016. Shortly after Yara was born, I felt an urge, like as if the lion inside me was ready to finally come out and chase my dreams that I put on hold for so long. Using my moms old sewing machine and practicing using any scraps of fabric I can find to make even the littlest of Kurdish pieces, I then made my way to making Kurdish dresses and pretty much anything else I could think of. Dress after dress, mistake after mistake, struggle after struggle, using any free time I could find, I made a big reveal at a wedding with my new take on the traditional Kurdish dress. It wasn’t perfect, but dang did it ever make me happy. It was my own design, my own creation, that I finally brought to life! To top it all off, showing it off to my family, especially my mom and dad and seeing the surprise and hearing the encouraging words he said to me was priceless. Their support and happiness watching me pursue my dream is all the gratification I need.
Now, I don’t consider myself a professional at all! I’m still constantly learning my trade and have so much room to grow and so much more I want to accomplish. But the beauty of it all is that I’m doing what I love at my own pace, and at the best time in MY life.
So I leave you with this:
You have a passion for something deep inside you too. Something that sparks your interest and makes you truly happy… make that your profession! It could be absolutely anything under the sun! Maybe you haven’t found it yet or your stuck in the what if’s. Take the plunge and stop doubting yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or 60 years old, you are never too old to chase your dreams!
A huge thank you to Alin for reaching out to me, and letting me be apart of her amazing blog and amongst all the beautiful Kurds who also shared their story. Keep it up Girl!
Come say hi and follow me on my journey through Instagram @jayloandstitch, I swear I don’t bite.