CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They call themselves Sister Stitches. Growing up in Madison, though, siblings Aleesa White and Emma Doss didn't sew much at all.
"The only thing I ever sewed was a pair of boxer shorts in 12th-grade home economics class," said Doss, a 1993 Scott High School graduate.
"I couldn't hardly sew on a button," added White, a 1997 graduate.
The sisters finish each other's sentences, and they are thankful to have a business that allows them to be home with their children as well as to work with each other. Doss worked at Columbia Gas and White worked in a doctor's office, but when children came along, they wanted to be home with their kids.
"It's all happened so fast," Doss said.
"It just started a year ago," White continued. "We were making shirts for our own kids, and for friends. We did some things for baby showers, and someone said, 'You could sell these.'"
"It's snowballed," Doss ended.
Part of the push to make clothing came from the pair's first-born children, both boys. They found it hard to find cute, affordable clothing for their sons.
"Boys deserve to look good, too," Doss said, laughing.
White has 7-year-old Eli and Adelyn, 3, and Doss has Isaac, 8, and Riley, 3. The older children attend Brookview Elementary School, and the two toddlers "help" their mothers with the business.
They purchased two elaborate Singer embroidery sewing machines, as well as a simpler machine by Brother. Some patterns came with the machines, and they purchase others online at appliqué websites. They also have created many original patterns that they carefully store alongside ribbons, rhinestones and fabric.