Four hundred pillowcase dresses pour out of a tote, while stacks of cases yet to be sewn are folded neatly beside them. In the next room, a rainbow of threads adorn a side table and spools of lace, elastic and precisely-cut trimming cover the remaining surfaces. 

This is where Louise Dribnenki’s real work is done. 

It’s a quiet space — a healing space. 

In front of her sewing machine those headaches aren’t quite as bad. 

Occupying her hands gets her mind off the pain.

And she’s certainly got work to do — 1,000 dresses by year’s end, in fact.

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MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer