Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sundays in the Sewing Room -- Featuring Bridget and Co.

Good evening, and welcome to "Sundays in the Sewing Room". This is a new segment on The Downtown Boutique, where we will be focusing on sewing businesses. We will be featuring makers of clothing, baby items, plushies, and more.

Today, we are featuring Debbie, of


Debbie, please tell us about yourself, your family life (with 6 children!), and your business.
Well, where to start. I guess I'll start with what inspires me to do what I do. I used to have a corporate job prior to children and it was after the birth of my son that I decided to stay home and find a way to be home with my children. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have 6 children! They are Bryce who is almost 17 yr, Brandon is 13y, Brock is 10y, Bridget is 9y, Bryan is 5y and Broderick is 2y.

When I'm out with all the kids the standard questions are: Are they all yours? Are you Catholic? Were you trying for a girl? Are you having any more? My kids are almost always with me and when they aren't and I go some where where people know me, I always get asked "Where are the kids?". My most common answer is "I'm not sure, I lost them again!" We are a very close family and spend a lot of time together. My oldest play soccer so I'm always going from one soccer game to the other.


Tell us about your sewing experience.
I have been sewing since I took a sewing class in Junior High and I've been hooked ever since. I really started to sew when my oldest needed a Halloween costume in Kindergarten. I made him a Cow costume and also one for his little brother. Once Bridget was born, I really started to sew consistently and even taught myself to smock. I love classic clothing and the boys always had matching outfits for the holidays and of course Bridget always had a special dress. I did sew for neighbors and did an occasional craft show, but never really thought of doing it as a business.

Tell us about your experience on Ebay and on Etsy.com.
Our family went through a bit of a difficult time and I would pray for answers. When I ended up in West Virginia, I said, "Well, I'm not sure this is the answer I've been looking for, but I'll go with it". As it turned out I met a woman who invested in my business and it took off from there. I started selling little chenille coats on ebay and then discovered the world of custom boutique on ebay. I have been selling there for 6 years. I have found that the ebay market is different from the Etsy market and I love selling on both sites.
Ebay allows me to really be out there with designs while Etsy allows me to think outside the box. I would love to offer more classic lines and will occasionally make a set that is true to my style which is classic.


Tell us about what you do when you're not sewing.
When I'm not sewing, I like to bake. I wish I had time to learn how to decorate cakes. I've always wanted to and have tried, but I'm not good at it at all. I'm too impatient when it comes to cake decorating. I also have taken up exercising. I have really started to enjoy running on my treadmill and have recently worked up to a 3 mile run and then 2 additional miles. I wish I had more time to exercise, but there are only so many hours in the day.

Tell us about your dreams, your inspirations, and your typical day.
We recently moved and I took over the living room for my sewing studio and also put my treadmill in there, so I can't ignore it! I did put my formal furniture in there as well, so it looks a little strange, but it is a nice space. I have shelves with my fabric so that I'm constantly inspired. I also have my cutting table right behind my sewing, so that is really convenient. Behind me is also my ironing board. I wish I had room to move my embroidery machine closer, but it is across the room. It works fine as I don't embroider that much, but I like to have specific machines. I have all Baby Lock equipment and just love my machines. I have thought about upgrading to industrial machines, but I like "pretty" machines, so not sure if that would work. Weird I know!


I would love for my other business venture to really take off and I'm working on making it a success. It is
www.Cherrytreeavenue.com and it is a combined effort of many great designers that I met through selling on ebay. We are currently working on our Spring 09 Season and it is going to be one heck of a season! We have picked some fabulous fabrics and are really working to give our customers the ability to design their own clothing. People can order though our website or a trunk show. I would love to have our trunk shows really grown over the next year.

Monday morning update: Love these skirts you see above? Well, Debbie is going to be giving one away on her blog! So be sure to head over there and enter. You can earn extra entries, but you'll have to check out her blog to see how!

Tell us what you would like to be when you "grow up", or what you dreamed you'd be.
I would have to say that I never ever thought I would actually sew and make money doing it. I'm reluctant to call myself a Designer and someday I'll be comfortable with that title. I look at some of the things I've created and think "wow, I did that". I can't say that there is any other job that I've ever like to have. I love being a mother most of all and I enjoy being home with my children.

Tell us something about yourself that you wouldn't normally divulge.
The one thing I don't often let people know about me is that while I appear very self confident, I am actually pretty shy. As I've gotten older (over 40 now), that shyness is going away. I've actually spoke in front of a group at school, not once, but twice in the past month! That was not an easy task.


Tell us about how you juggle family life and your business.
As for juggling my home and business, I couldn't do it without the support of my children. My kids are the best. The oldest help with the little ones when I need to sew and even help with the housework. My kids are my pride and joy!

I work very hard to balance it all and have found that my housework really suffers. I don't clean nearly as often as I should. The laundry is always done, but not always put away and sometimes we're searching for lost belts before we head to school, but we do seem to always find what we need.


Anything else you want to add, Debbie?
I try to keep my blog updated!
www.bridgetandco.blogspot.com

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Thanks Debbie, for letting us in on such a wonderful glimpse of your life. Debbie has graciously offered one of her signature "Bridget" dresses, for a giveaway!


And guess what? She will custom make it for you, in the size you need, and in the colors and patterns that she has for you to choose from, from her fabric stash.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite item from Debbie's Etsy shop: Bridget and Co.


PLEASE make sure your comment includes an email address, or that your Blogger account has an email address. If there is no way to get ahold of you, your comment will be deleted. I hate to have to do this, but it's only fair!

To earn two extra entries, please do both of these things, and let me know about it in a separate comment:


1. Add us to your blogroll, or add our button to your blog.


2. In a post of at least 50 words, please creatively blog about this new segment and the wonderful giveaway from Bridget and Co.


Deadline to enter is Saturday, September 13th at Midnight PST.


This giveaway is open worldwide.

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Please don't forget to scroll down and enter to win your choice of necklace from Lula Boutique. Deadline to enter for the necklace is Thursday, Sept. 11.


Have a wonderful week!

Angie

95 comments:

Sandy said...

Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress is very pretty..my niece would fall in love with this shop

rosannepm said...

Angie
I love that you had 6 children in this age of so many self centered people. I had 4 myself but stopped due to health reasons and always regretted it. I love Bridget & Co old fashioned looking dresses. Reminds me of simpler times. rosans4@comcast.net

Traumajunky said...

I really love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress. I like the vintage look and the colors would look great on my daughter. Thanks!

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Vicky H. said...

I really like the Fall Bloom Tiered Knot Dress. It's something I could see my God-daughter wearing.


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cdziuba said...

I love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage dress, it's lovely. cdziuba@aol.com

Bunny B said...

I love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress! Very cute! Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

I've your cute button on my sidebar

Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

peg42 said...

What beautiful work! You have such talent. I love, love, love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress. This dress is just so adorable! Thanks for offering this giveaway and please enter me.

agordon10 said...

I like the Fall Bloom Tiered Knot Dress

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Maja said...

Flirty and Dotty vintage dress. :)

Grerat work.

angelina115@hotmail.com

danosor said...
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Jen said...

I love the apron skirts. They are just too cute!! jenniferhkline at yahoo dot com.

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the Little Hedgie...in the flowers.. Apron Skirt. Adorable clothes!


=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
http://melaniescrafts.etsy.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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Ella Sophie Photography said...

My favorite is little hedgies in the flower apron skirt.

Regan said...

I absolutely adore Debbie's designs. If my girls didn't wear uniforms to school, they'd be in Bridget and Co every day! They already are on weekends. :)

regan@gambier.cc

(sorry about commenting to the wrong post)

jennem said...

Marie the Kitchy Little Wrap Dress
So cute!
jennem22 at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

What lovely clothing creations! I adore them. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Mia J. said...

My favorite is the flirty and dotty vintage dress. It is so cute.

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! These are so adorable! She does amazing work. I really like the Here Fishy Fishy Fishy....Apron Knot Dress. So beautiful and fun! thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

kdkdkd said...

I love the A little bit Funky...Euro Flowers...Kaylynn...Dress
I love the funky bold colors!

Susan said...

So lovely! You were already marked as a favorite on my etsy account.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Christine Groce said...

Oh my gosh! I can tell that I love everything on this site. Please count me in. Thanks!!

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bfox74 said...

I looked at 'em all and the Here Fishy Fishy Fishy....Apron Knot Dress is my favorite!

reb said...

I love all the apron skirts.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

DOODLEGIRL said...

Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress

Lena said...

The Flirty and Dotty vintage dress is my fave! I really love all this stuff! So unique! lenargibbs[at]yahoo[dot]com

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Millie said...

Flirty and Dotty vintage dress is my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win such a great gift!
cadewill14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Millie said...

I have your button on my blog :)
cadewill14[at]yahoo[dot]com

sweetsue said...

The Snow Day Tiered Knot Dress would look so cute on my two year old granddaughter!

dolls123 said...

Apples and more Apples...Size 3T-5/6...Euro Jumper and Skirt
luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

layla said...

A custom made dress by Debbie? Count me in. I love everything at Bridget & Co but my favorite is the Sweet Simplicity Dress (already sold!). My little girl would look so cute in anything Debbie makes. Her designs are gorgeous.
laylarenee[at]cfl.rr.com

Treasuresofjoy said...

apples and more apples is super cute. And I also LOVE the Pretty in PINK corduroy!!!

Anonymous said...

I love all of your designs and have been lucky enough to own one and your work is fabulous! Thank you for sharing!
Tonya-sugamommasb@aol.com

Terri Fisher said...

I love the flirty and dotty vintagre dress, as well as the christmas tree lounge set. Great work!

tfisher83 AT myexcel DOT com

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Cherie J said...

I love Marie the Kitchy Little Wrap Dress.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

miriama said...

Fall Bloom Tiered Knot Dress

MageMorgana said...

I like the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress ;)

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress.
-Terra
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PamperingBeki said...

Oh hey, I know her! :) Adorable clothes. I love ALL of the skirts.

Great interview Angie!

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Professional Mommy said...

apples and more applies is beautiful!!

blueviolet said...

The cherries baby gown is precious!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Meredith said...

The Flirty and Dotty dress is a work of art and I love modern paisleys in pink!

jenny said...

wow how cute and well abt the olny thing i know how to make are blankits and well just eazy things and well i'm still learing how to doww a stateling when sweing thanks

Contessa Kris said...

You can't go wrong with the Hannah apron skirt. Just gorgeous!

Roxanne said...

The robin dress is just adorable! I can picture my niece in it now.

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bison61 said...

I like the Cherries, cherries everywhere Baby Gown dress

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Alice said...

I absolutely love Fall Bloom Tiered Knot Dress.

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Erma said...

I really love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress.
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carissaad said...

Cute as a Cupcake is my favorite.

Thanks!

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Alicia Webster said...

I love the back to school, Bridget and Co "Pretty and Pink Corduroy" skirt...
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

Kirby McCauley said...

I love the Marie Kitchy Little Wrap Dress!!

Jodi said...

I love the Fall Bloom Tiered Knot Dress, it is so pretty.

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gkstratos said...

Love the Snow Day Tiered Knot Dress
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Sahm Lee said...

Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress is way too cute for words!

Lisa said...

I like the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress. thanks for the entry. angel_2417@yahoo.com

yadgirl said...

I like the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress.

Amy said...

I love the Hannah a little Apron Skirt! It is so cute!

Thanks for the contest!

sherri419 said...

She is very talented!!! I love the giveaway dress and the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress. My niece is a real priss and will only wear dresses because she says they make her look pretty. She is already a diva at 3 and I know she would love this dress.

sherri419 at gmail dot com

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Casey Becher said...

I love the Back to School...in bridgetandco...Pretty in PINK Corduroy Skirt!

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Helen said...

Marie the Kitchy Little Wrap Dress has to be my favorite! It's lovely!

Lori said...

The Hannah a little apron skirt is really adorable. I love the mix of patterns and it is really sweet on kids of any age. Thanks!

lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Love the little Hannah Apron Skirt!
All of the clothes are so adorable.
Kathy (at) cats4me@frontiernet.net

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Kerry Lang said...

Marie the Kitchy Little Wrap Dress!

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Cathy said...

The flirty and dotty vintage dress is absolutely beautiful...the colors and the cut of the dress itself are favorites of my girls..wonderful talent!ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

purango said...

The Cherries, cherries everywhere Baby Gown Dress is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

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Baba said...

I love them all! The Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress is Fab.

Baba said...

added to blog roll

Baba said...

Added post to my blog too!

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Bakersdozen said...

I love the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress. I can see it accessorized with a cute sweater. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

donna444444 said...

I like the Marie the Kitchy Little Wrap Dress

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Anonymous said...

As I said, the Flirty and Dotty Vintage Dress is my fave!
LuckyTJG@cs.com

lilyk said...

I love the Here Fishy Fishy Fishy....Apron Knot Dress!