My name is Virginia Phillips, or Ginny as most people call me. I was born in New Hampshire but grew up in Maine. I now live in Canada, but I cross the border almost daily and still work in Maine on occasion. I still have family there as well as many other states. My remaining family here are one son, two daughters and a grandchild plus all my inlaws.
I learned to sew as a child and have been working in the sewing industry for over 30 years. I did factory work as a sewer, then on to training and managment. Later my husband and I set up a couple factories for other companies manufacturing chemical protective suits for the military.
In my spare time, I started my own shop and made track suits, jackets, sweat pants and items along this line for local teams and groups. I also make other "fun things" for friends and family. Then a local power lifter called saying he needed something strong to make a suit out of. He was squatting over 1000 lbs and wanted something that wouldn't blow out. I had some canvas here so he thought that would be great. I built him a suit and it held. He told a few guys and I started making more. I now make bench shirts, squat suits, and sometimes briefs and the occasional strong mans suit. I basically use canvas, denim or polyester, but the materials and style depend on the needs of the lifter.