Taking the leap to the east coast, Ryan was hand selected to supervise Flight Equipment (ALSS) shop of VAQ-209 at Andrews AFB / NAF Wash DC to work on EA-6B’s Electronic Warfare jammers. Placed in a position normally filled by a sailor one rank higher, Ryan traveled the world to the middle east 4 times before, during and after 9/11. He oversaw the flight equipment for over 45 pilots and ECMO’s and visited Turkey three times and the extreme temperatures of Saudi Arabia while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and earned many awards and citations.
Many had attended TOP GUN more than once and had earned their ADVERSARY tab. On the road almost as much as the Blue Angels Ryan saw numerous trips to Key West, Fallon and his favorite of all over a month in Guam. Ryan then retired from the Navy on July 31st, 2010 with 20 years, 11 months and 22 days of service and moved back north to Western New York to his wife’s hometown to pursue his hobbies and business and to finish school. Which he did achieve in January of 2014 graduating from the University of Phoenix with Bachelor of Science with a steady 3.44 GPA in Organizational Security and Management. He is considering a secondary Bachelor Degree in Fire Science and EMS Management in the summer of 2015.
HothGirl both share this passion of costuming and have spent years and way too much time and money putting together authentic and very realistic prop and costumes. Ryan and Katie do a lot of charity work for children and events with their costumes and it can be very rewarding.As for his hobby that started to grow into much much more… Ryan often says “My father always told me to only do what you love, and you never have to work a day in your life!” So creating a business centered around his passion was one way he was able to do that. Katie and Ryan were blessed with their first baby girl, Hollee, born in Aug of 2013. His dedication and time management is constantly challenged, but he always does his best to do so. Ryan’s wife aka
So how did they all get started? While in New Orleans Ryan was hired as a military prop consultant and then also became a costume adviser on the major motion picture Green Lantern staring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. The more talents the crew found out the more then began to use Ryan on set. Ryan was even chosen by Martin Campbell to help direct one small scene because of his expertise in parachute and ejections. As a thank you for Ryan’s hard work and efforts he was given small role in the film as UCAV technician/operator.
Ryan worked for two of Hollywood’s best Prop Master and Costume Designers. It was a dream come true for Ryan and his wife to take his 20 years of military knowledge and their hobby and twist into a real job. After Ryan retired and they had wrapped on the movie it was time for the next step? Over the years of becoming a rigger the nickname of “Stitch” was a constant. The word “Loft” was taken from Paraloft where all the work was done! It only seemed the obvious choice was to create “Stitch’s Loft” and turn the hobby into a business that he could enjoy and help others. Katie loves costuming as Vala and has created her own blog just to showcase her costume creation & adventures as Stargate’s Vala Mal Doran
Now with over a decade of knowledge, a reference database over 160GB with a staggering 53,000 files, organized into 2,385 Folders, Ryan’s business has grown to a customer base in all 50 states and 118 countries worldwide. Stitch’s Loft humbly has becoming a household name with many Stargate Fans. “I treat each order like you are one my personal friends and will do anything I can to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your costume, prop or product”. Ryan tries to work with anyone’s budget and advises and consults with them often for HOURS before single item is purchased. Some people can be very hesitant about sending large amounts of money to total stranger half way around the world, but Ryan can proudly say his feedback on his site and his eBay rating is 100%. Ryan personally has been shocked by the level trust some have for him and has no intentions of breaking those commitments to anyone. In May of 2013 Ryan was even featured as guest blogger on one of the real writers from Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis- Joseph Mallozzi’s Blog. Ryan, his wife and few close friends he considers part of his team are constantly working hard to roll out new and exciting products. Ryan has many projects he and his team are working on and excited to complete them for the fans around the world. Some of the current 2016 projects are a screen accurate SG-1 Desert Vest and a fully functional Atlantis Life Signs Detector with working graphic files. In talks to do SGA and SGA Unifroms from the original patterns he purchased from the studio auctions. Now with THREE motion pictures and one television show under his belt Ryan is take those 26+ years of industrial sewing, survival & tac-equipment experience and giving you and his friends a chance to share his passion for prop and costuming. Have the Hollywood look without the Hollywood price tag Ryan always says!