The Sleevey Wonders Story
I LOVE creativity in all forms! As an artist and designer, I see fashion as a source of creative expression. I wasn’t comfortable wearing sleeveless and strapless tops and dresses, so I would try wearing a sweater or jacket but then that would end up covering the beautiful look of my dress or outfit or even worse it sometimes triggered a HOT FLASH! From talking with my sisters and girlfriends, I knew others felt this way too. So, whatever reason for not wanting to go sleeveless - whether it's for modesty, warmth, or work-related rules - I was determined to create a new kind of cover-up that would make all of us women happy!
For several years I had a tailor sew sleeves I designed into my sleeveless clothes. While I received many compliments on my outfit - this was expensive, and I couldn't change them up. What I needed were independent, interchangeable sleeves that would flatter anyone's arms without making them too hot or ruining the look of the outfit! I wanted sleeves that would give the illusion of being part of your top or dress – creating a new style, without adding any bulk.
I searched for and discovered no such product existed, so I started sketching ideas and then bought a mannequin to play with cutting, pinning and draping so I could find a solution that would not only cover up my arms but would also enhance whatever I was wearing. I created so many prototypes over four years, and would wear each one, constantly testing and revising until I came up with the most versatile, beautiful and comfortable versions I truly believed in.
Finally, in 2009, SLEEVEY WONDERS WAS BORN!!
SLEEVEY WONDERS is my unique multi-patented invention that is truly a versatile FASHION SOLUTION! I have had so much fun creating SLEEVEY WONDERS with the mission of making quality products in America at affordable prices for women of all ages and sizes. Our goal is to help women feel happy and confident!
You can wear every style of SLEEVEY WONDERS under anything from a casual tank top to professional attire and even fabulous gowns. Perfect for travel, you can pack one little black dress and pair it with different styles of Sleeves Wonders to create multiple unique looks. Some Sleevey Wonders even conceal tattoos! Expand your wardrobe with all our mix and match options! And remember - most SLEEVEY WONDERS are reversible - with a low side and a high side and can be worn with either side in front or back! I want you to have a ball creating new sleek and stylish outfits from items you already own in your closet or take SLEEVEY WONDERS shopping with you and discover a whole new world of fashion possibilities!
Just so you know – I find beauty in women of all ages, colors, sizes and shapes. I never mean to imply that women aren’t good enough just as we are. Sleevey Wonders are really such a fun and unique way to create new outfits, expand your wardrobe and provide elegant arm coverage for those who want to cover their arms, without covering their outfit!
Women of all ages have discovered my products and it fills my heart with joy to hear from happy customers all over the world! We count TV news anchors, producers, directors, actresses, attorneys, models, singers, hairdressers and pregnant mamas as our loyal customers, and we’re in wonderful boutiques all over the US and Canada! It is a dream come true to use my artistic abilities in new ways.
Artist, Designer, Inventor
The headline could read: "Female artist recovers from near death and being bedridden for years with complications from Lyme Disease and Stevens Johnson Syndrome, to become a patent holding inventor and entrepreneur, staking a claim in the American Dream."
The real story is, of course, more complex with years of heartache and struggle. I always believed I would get well one day, and I imagined and sketched ideas for paintings about hope, and emergence, both of which I completed on large canvases, once I was strong enough. Just as I had recovered, the economy crashed, and both of my children were also quite ill from the late stage Lyme Disease I had passed on to them through birth. My art wasn’t the best option for covering our medical bills, so I summoned up the courage to start a business from my original ideas. We refinanced our home to get the start-up money, and the rest is history!
I have such deep gratitude for all of you who have nurtured and supported me through this birthing process. I also want to thank you, my customers, for joining our Sleevey Wonders family, and letting us help you transform your wardrobes!
All my best, Ruthann
Contained, repressed, forbidden far too long, I yearn to fly and dance among the stars. I emerge, newborn, ready to create the day.
Original oil painting, 30" x 40"
Like a sunflower, hope seeks the light, finding its way out of darkness. Hope is innocent, always believing in possibility, even in the face of fear. Nurture hope, and it will blossom, move us forward and bring our dreams to life.
Original oil painting, 30" x 40"
You are not alone windows and doors are everywhere allow yourself to be still to be open to see and be seen
Original oil painting, 36" x 48"