Jordynn Lucier, or Jordy as she’s known to her many fans, taught herself how to sew about 7 years ago when she took over her mom’s sewing machine. She’s still using that same Kenmore Ultrastitch12 today to make all the wonderful limited edition handbags and fashion accessories that she sells in her online boutique called Jordynn Mackenzie.
Frustrated at the lack of online handbag patterns with clear instructions, Jordy posted a thread to the message boards in March of 2005 with her own instructions on how to make a square bottomed bag. That thread has since exploded, with over 430,000 views and growing, and crafters everywhere started calling them “Jordy Bags”.
Jordy’s business grew from there when she started selling her handmade creations that she makes from both second hand and new materials. She also sells her own line of patterns and fabric designs.
Her business was part-time for a while as she finished school and worked as a graphic designer. Now, Jordynn Mackenzie is a full-time business that she runs from a “tiny” attic studio in her Toronto home. Jordy enjoys having a separate space in her home, filled with inspirational artwork and decor, that is in direct contrast to her former work atmosphere in drab office buildings.
Jordy says that the best part of being self employed is getting to define her own goals and set her own pace, and those goals currently include expanding her fabric and pattern selections, and perhaps some fabric and pattern kits as well. Check out Jordy’s gorgeous pieces at JordynnMackenzie.com and keep up with her progress on her blog.