Nurse Jawana Evans owns Werthe by Jem

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

The showroom located at 33 Dover St., Suite 303, was once a thought that was transformed into an actual clothing business.

The self-taught custom fashion designer started her journey at 11. Evans’s family taught her the basics of sewing and her talent developed over time.

In 2013, after a back injury while working in a hospital as a nurse left her on rest, Evans, 35, began traveling down memory lane and indulging in an old craft.

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

The sewing did not stop there. Evans began exploring different ways to express herself artistically during COVID.

Custom fashion designer Jawanda Evans of Brockton, owner of Werthé by Jem, shows off two of her creations at her studio on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. She specializes in formal and wedding wear, customizing her creations 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 makes a person stand out. When I wear an outfit, I like when no one else has it. It makes fashion unique. I’ve always been fascinated with turning a plain piece of fabric into something wearable, something beautiful. My soul years for fashion and watching something transform into a wearable work of art,” Evans said.

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