Hi, I am Barbara Roth, the owner and founder of B R Custom Design. I started my business in 1992, but my love of sewing began many years before that.

I first learned to sew from my mom. She had an old black Singer machine that I learned to sew on. She got me started and I was fearless and thought I could make anything and forged ahead.

Starting sewing at such a young age, I did not have Home Ec. classes yet in school but it didn’t stop me. I made my own clothes and proudly wore them!


I took sewing all through Junior High and High School and was awarded the Home Ec. award for sewing as a Senior. After high school and going to school for Fashion Merchandising, I thought I wanted to be a Fashion Designer and went to school at Parsons School of Design in NY. After the summer school program, I realized I would not be a designer but sewing was my strength. To this day, the things I learned in the Draping class are used, especially with my slipcover work.

I first started a business sewing clothing and doing alterations. From clothes and bridal to pillows and slipcovers, my business grew to what it is today. I now specialize in window coverings and slipcovers but now and then, I do make some clothes and do repairs.

Over the years I have continued to take classes, go to seminars, and get involved with many organizations for my business. I am a proud member of WCAA and the Slipcover Network. We never know it all and by doing these things, we can stay current and fresh.

The latest project I have become involved with is Special Spaces Chicagoland. This is an amazing group that creates “special bedrooms” for seriously ill children. I am so happy to volunteer my time and talents to these worthy sweet children and their families. Please take a look at their website www.specialspaceschicagoland.org and see all the wonderful things that they do.



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