Lanita, owner and alterationist at the Altered Closet, started sewing as a trade in September 2013, when she began doing clothing alterations and specialty sewing at ReFabulous in West Olympia. In July 2015, she opened her own business and moved to her current studio just east of downtown Olympia.
Lanita has been sewing since age 9 and is now in her fifth decade of pressing the pedal and watching the needle take the thread in and out. She first became interested in alterations while acting as costume mistress for her college theater department. After several decades of making and designing many of her own clothes, Lanita rediscovered the fun of taking existing garments and making them fit well. She continues to research and learn new ways of fitting and tailoring all types of clothing, including business wear, uniforms, casual clothing, sportswear, and formal attire.