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Our Story
Birch Street Clothing was born of a California fire in 1990. Two days after her San Mateo home burned to the ground in a late-night fire, Jasmine Borschberg bought a sewing machine and set about replacing clothes for herself and her then year-old daughter. Pressed for time as her house was being rebuilt, she discovered a way to turn an adult sweatshirt into a child's jumpsuit in 20 minutes! Her next design was for the "banana-peel suit," which she spent $900 to advertise three times in a sewing magazine. The first day she checked her P.O. Box, she found a piece of paper with the single word "overflow."

She actually had 300 orders, and Birch Street Clothing was on its way!

In 2002, Lars Malmberg, previously a partner in Unicorn Books and Crafts (an international distributor of textile craft books), bought Birch Street Clothing. You can usually find Lars in the Birch Street booth at a sewing convention, sporting a Birch Street creation like the popular Unisex Travel Sling, or even a ladies' dress made to "fit" his size!

Jasmine continues as Birch Street's brilliant in-house designer, creating innovative and exciting patterns for the company, often with an international flair.

Birch Street Clothing is now firmly established as a successful sewing pattern company with loyal customers around the world. We strive for innovative styles that are comfortable and flattering for a variety of body shapes and sizes. We value your feedback about our current patterns and new styles you'd like to see. Let us hear from you!



Lars Malberg