Michigan’s MoM offers fine workmanship in individually-tailored slipcovers, window fashions, personal clothing and couture fashion. The business is centered on Ann Arbor, Michigan and has often kept a team of seamstresses busy. It was started by Ramona Mooney to fulfill her “dream about having a business at home with my children” when she was still a teen. But while it accepts subcontract business from interior designers, Michigan’s Mom is not a “workroom” but a full-service professional enterprise.
The lifelong love affair with fabrics started when Ramona began sewing as a child in the 1960s. She has never stopped learning about and creating in fabric. Her Bachelor of Science program at Michigan State University, including a thorough grounding in fabrics, fashion and textile-related businesses, was only one of the many learning experiences that led to Michigan’s MoM.
Near the end of the 1980s, after 10 years of an apartment-based business in clothing alteration and dressmaking, Ramona gave birth to a son. That signaled it was time for Michigan’s Mom Sewing Services to be born, starting with a dedicated shop building behind the house. Soon, a van with company graphics, a website started shortly after the internet began, and Cable TV advertising made Michigan’s MoM’s logo and services familiar throughout the region. Ramona proactively formed relationships with interior designers and business organizations, and offers seminars to pass on what she has learned in more than 30 years of involvement with clothing design and fabrics. Ms. Mooney has also contributed her efforts to charity events like the annual Ray of Hope fashion shows, presenting her own creations under the name Ms. M Couture Clothing.
Michigan’s MoM stands apart from any other buying experience in its gracious treatment of clients. People are excited when they realize they can have anything made to wear or for home decor. Having fun helping clients look though our fabric selections is nothing compared to their joy of first seeing their own creation, custom made.
Ramona believes in lifelong learning. “We are always open to a better way to reach a better end result,” she says. “It’s our way of staying at the top of our profession.”