The first Monday of April belongs to our new featured seller, Amanda from SewManyFreckles!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.
I am 23, married to a wonderful husband who loves the fact that I sew, and we have a crazy 8 mo old puppy named Pickle. I learned how to sew about 12 years ago and became an avid quilter. About two years ago I was in school for interior design and was taking a sewing class. Since I could practically teach the class myself, I decided to take on a challenge by making my little sister a flower girl dress for our upcoming wedding. After that, I started making some very simple children's clothing items like sun dresses. I decided that I wanted to try my hand at some craft shows with a friend of mine and got crazy making more kids items. This is also when Freckles came into the making. The main items that I was comfortable with were appliqued shirts, etc. The applique was just like the things I did in my quilts so it was an easy transition. I sold items at a few craft shows, but the shows didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. In the last six months, I've decided to step away from the applique as my main interest and I have started working on dresses, skirts, etc. I have now included "baby" in my business name in order to better represent my items. Freckles and Freckles Baby, are one in the same - a childresn's boutique. I am making anything from custom appliqued items to burp cloths to dresses and hair clips.
What are you currently working on?
This month I am very excited! I have just purchased the fabric for my upcoming 4th of July items. I will be making halter dresses, peasant shirts, hair clips and neckties for the upcoming holiday! I hope to have samples ready for pre-orders very soon. I am also working on an addition to my blog that will show all of my available items with sizes and prices.
What do you like to do in your free time outside of your business?
I sew on a daily basis and I haven't been quilting much since I started my business. With that in mind I would say that in my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and my puppy. My husband and I like to watch movies, and visit with friends. Our puppy also keeps us very busy!
Where would you like to see your shop and business in a year?
In a year, I would love to see my business supporting itself. I currently work full time in addition to Freckles. I am hoping that within a year my husband will have a teaching job and then I won't have to work full time. I don't plan to make millions - just enough to come out ahead. I love that I am able to sew and make things for others while still making some money. I am also looking forward to adding bags, jackets, and more items for boys.
Where can we find you online and/or locally?
You can find Freckles online in the following locations:
Thanks so much, Amanda! I loved learning about how your business started and am excited to see where it goes in the future.