Gown and Country, Vermont Life, Spring 2012
Tara Lynn Scheidet, Tara Lynn Bridal, Sutton
Tara Lynn Scheidet’s airy Studio feels like a tree house stuffed with magpie treasures.- by Melissa Pasanea Photographed by Daria Bishop
Large smooth rocks hold down patterns. Hatboxes of beads and buttons, shells and antique lace fill cubbies. Her embroidered and appliqued gowns shimmer with autumn leaves, butterfly wings and flower petals.
Scheidet, a Long Island native and Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, moved with her husband to the Northeast Kingdom 11 years ago where they built a small, solar-powered home topped with her studio. The city-country trade –off came naturally. The more Scheidet learned about the “dark side of fashion: sweatshops, toxic chemicals, and harmful dyes,” she says, the more she wanted to work on a smaller scale with natural fibers like organic cotton and silk, linen and hemp blends. “I feel good about working with these materials,” she says,” and they feel wonderful when you wear them; they let your body breathe.”
After stints with Garnet Hill and Turtle Fur, Scheidet struck out on her own. She makes about 15 gowns annually, priced between $600 and $6,500. High profile projects have included a glittery golden dress for the Miss America pageant and a hemp and cotton shell-sprinkled wedding gown for “American Idol” singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox.
In 2009, Scheidet was named Vermont Small Business Association Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and she has taken full advantage of grant and networking opportunities, including mentoring and hiring local college students.
Still, the magpie collects: “Sometimes I go on a walk for inspiration,” she says, “and pick a flower to bring back.”