Nurse Jawana Evans owns Werthe from Jem

BROCKTON — During the pandemic, Jawanda Evans spent her free time indulging in her childhood hobby of sewing clothes, which led to the opening of Werthé by Jem.

The showroom located at 33 Dover St., Suite 303, was once a simple idea that was transformed into a real clothing company.

The self-taught bespoke fashion designer began her journey at age 11. Evans’ family taught her the basics of sewing and her talent developed over time.

In 2013, after sustaining a back injury while working in a hospital when a nurse left her to rest, Evans, 35, began to travel down memory lane and pursue an ancient craft.

“I spent most of the whole pandemic sewing face masks. It was almost like a sweatshop where my whole family was helping me. We sewed thousands of masks during that time,” Evans said. .

The sewing didn’t stop there. Evans has started exploring different ways to express herself artistically during COVID.

Bespoke fashion designer Jawanda Evans of Brockton, owner of Werthé by Jem, shows two of her designs in her studio on Tuesday July 26, 2022. She specializes in formal wear and bridal wear, customizing her designs to suit each customer.  One 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 love creating clothes that make a person stand out. When I wear an outfit, I love when no one else has it. It makes fashion unique. I’ve always been fascinated by transformation from a plain piece of fabric to something wearable, something beautiful. My soul longs for fashion and seeing something turn into a wearable piece of art,” Evans said.

Evans attended what she called “YouTube University” to learn new techniques and how to make different clothes.

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“I never went to fashion design school. Instead, I taught myself and learned everything I do from online resources,” Evans said.

On the other hand, Evans went to nursing school at her former high school, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical in Easton, and graduated as a nurse in 2007.

So far, Werthé by Jem has created ball gowns, dresses, handbags, corsets, suits – anything you can put on your body, Evans can do it.

A hand-sewn blouse by Jawanda Marie, local nurse and owner of Werthe by Jem.  October 18, 2021

Each garment created by the Brockton resident is measured and designed to fit each customer perfectly. Evans spends countless hours a week creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

When she’s not in the hospital saving lives, she runs to her showroom to meet deadlines. Every day, she can work on four to six dresses at a time.

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Spending a few hours on each dress and then changing makes things interesting, Evans said.

Custom design is almost like art therapy for the fashion designer. Once she walks into her showroom and starts stitching loose fabrics together, nothing else in the world matters.

Bespoke fashion designer Jawanda Evans of Brockton, owner of Werthé by Jem, finishes a long white dress in her Brockton studio on Tuesday July 26, 2022.

Evans’ mission with his brand is simple.

“I want everyone to feel beautiful and dignified, no matter their shape or size. I know it’s hard not to find things that fit,” Evans said.

The brand caters to all sizes and wants women to know they are fit no matter what size they are. Every woman should feel confident in her clothes, Evans said.

The custom designer’s goal is to become a household name when it comes to designing luxury clothing and opening a storefront.

Bespoke fashion designer Jawanda Evans of Brockton, owner of Werthé by Jem, works on a garment in her Brockton studio on Tuesday July 26, 2022.

The showroom located in Brockton is by appointment only, and potential customers can book an appointment by contacting Evans through her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Going forward, Evans’ designs will be featured in two fashion shows in September and October.

Evan also gives back to the Brockton community by providing an annual high school prom dress gift worth up to $1,200. The draw takes place from January 1 to 15.

The custom designer hopes her designs will one day change the world and the way people view fashion of all sizes.

Alisha Saint-Ciel, corporate staff reporter, can be reached by email at [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss and Instagram at Alishaatv. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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