At Chatham's new 'hub,' makers turn ideas into real products

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Aug. 8, 2017

"...Jen Rocket and her twin Jessica Butala took turns stitching up fabric on a white Singer sewing machine Monday evening during an open house...."

“Designer Jen Rocket to lead ReFined Culture's first style symposium...”

TribLive | Oct. 23, 2015

"...Designer Jen Rocket, a fourth-generation seamstress, will discuss the business of fashion..."

“Pittsburgh-based designers Kiya Tomlin, Jen Rocket talk business of fashion”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Oct. 19, 2015

"...Fashion designer Jen Rocket will talk about her business and how she established herself as a designer in the city..."

“In The Lead: Back pain frustration leads to new business”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | May 14, 2015

"...with Highland Park seamstress Jennifer Rocket, who has not only stitched the various prototypes but figured out how to fix and refine what have evolved into zip-up vests..."

“Something Borrowed, Something Cherished”

Pittsburgh Magazine | February 2015

"Jen Rocket is Pittsburgh’s fairy godmother, or rather, fairy godsister. The designer-seamstress owns a business in which she upcycles vintage garments for brides. Rocket is not intimidated by invention but thrives on the thought of turning something old into something new."

“Wedding Customs: Highland Park designer says the right dress can be a 'life-changing' experience'”

Pittsburgh City Paper | February 11, 2015

"From the age of 3, I was with my mom in her studio begging to get on the [sewing] machine. She likes to tell the story of how when I finally got on the machine, I lit up and she didn't see me smile like that again until my wedding day." – Jen Rocket

“Stylebook Snapshot: Designer refashions clothes into scary costumes”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 26, 2014

“Jen is one of the most adaptable artists I know. I’ve met many creatives who can thrive in one genre or style of costuming, but Jen is someone who thrives in multiple styles.” – Scott Simmons, ScareHouse Creative Director

“Swap parties offer friendly, thrifty get-togethers”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 23, 2014

“We bond over the stories behind the clothes. Where was this dress before I wore it? It's fun hearing about events in people's lives where the clothing was a big part of it. I know where I have worn most outfits, and I like to talk about the history of a piece of clothing. I think most women do." – Jen Rocket

“Fanfare: Dress for Success swap”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 22, 2014

"CLOSET ENVY: Former occupants of the nearest closet were given new life on June 21, 2014 during the Garment Swap, affording fashion mavens the opportunity to trade their clothing, shoes and accessories for someone else's. Held at designer seamstress Jen Rocket’s sewing studio in Highland Park, the event benefitted Dress for Success Pittsburgh."

“Garment Soiree with designer Jen Rocket”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 16, 2014

"Freshen up your wardrobe at a clothing swap with gently worn apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes and more -- and bring your own donations to contribute. It’s 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Jen Rocket’s studio, 5620 Callowhill St. in Highland Park. Pieces left at the end of the event will go to Dress for Success Pittsburgh."

“Stylebook: Yelp 'Getting Hitched or Ready to Ditch' event at Glitter & Grit, Lawrenceville”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 2, 2014

"As part of Yelp's monthlong "Fashionably Local" series of events, three local fashion and bridal talents will be spotlighted 7 p.m. Wednesday at 5300 Butler St. Guests will have the chance to browse wedding gowns, learn how to upcycle past bridesmaid gowns from Pittsburgh-based designer Jen Rocket, get wedding photographer tips from Veronica Varos and enjoy snacks. Festivities will benefit Dress for Success Pittsburgh."

“Yelp’s Fashionably Local”

Yelp | June 2014

"An event for brides and friends alike! We'll be talking bridal fashion with Erin, Glitter & Grit owner and getting wedding photography tips from Veronica Varos. Have ugly bridesmaid dresses? Jen Rocket will be talking up-cycle, so bring 'em in!"

“Gwen’s Girls celebrate ‘Ten’ at the Frick Art and Historical Center”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 29, 2013

"The party at the Frick Art and Historical Center featured a couture fashion show produced by event chair Tara Rieland that showcased the works of amazing local designers such as Ms. Tomlin, Tori Mistick, Jennifer Rocket, Alex Beitler, Keith Bloom II, Holly Thompson, Naomi Ogawa Holderman, Jena-Anne Sabom, Zoe Collins and Linda Lacek."

“Style Summit fits women’s goals, fashion sense”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 9, 2012

“I want to help women, and this event will be a good way to do that. And with Pittsburgh just having finished hosting Fashion Week, I think the style summit is a good followup to that. I like to help a woman with a garment that accentuates her curves. You can have the most beautiful garment, but if it doesn't fit properly, it won't look right. So I am here to help. And there will be many other women at this event willing to help, too.” – Jen Rocket

“Women Who Work It: Jen Rocket”

Propelle | September 19, 2012

"From the very first moment we met Jen Rocket, we knew that she was destined for big things. From her work with the ScareHouse to helping local women feel beautiful in their clothing, Jen’s portfolio is as diverse as she is driven. It was only a matter of time before the rest of Pittsburgh figured it out as well."

“Designer brings characters to life, gives character to fashions”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | August 12, 2012

“She is an incredible multitasked. She is doing a bazillion projects at once, which is the way I work, so I really appreciate someone who does that. She is very precise, and she is spot on at being perfect every time. She takes serious pride in what she does, whether it is working on a monkey or bear costume or a wedding dress.” – Eanna Holton, Former Business Manager for Specter Studios


Cigarette costume for Volcano Electric Cigarettes via Animal

Paraphernalia kit for movie "Foxcatcher"

Design/construction of SpandIce Revive Tank hot/cold therapy garment

Costume design and construction for ScareHouse