Designer of the Week - Bridget & Co.

Name:Debbie Peasley

Where do you live: Martinsburg, WV - We are considered the Eastern West Virginia Panhandle - about an hour from Washington, DC

How old are you? 38

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 5 children. We have 4 boys and 1 girl. They are Bryce is 13, Brandon is 10, Brock is 7, Bridget is 6 and Bryan is 2 ½. Bridget is quite the little Princess of the house.

Current auctions: bridgetandco

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1. When did you get started sewing and creating? Who taught you?

I started sewing in Jr. High School. I didn't do a lot with the talent until much later in life. When Bryce was about 5 I decided it was time to start sewing as he was little for his age and it was hard to find clothes to fit. I also love heirloom sewing and really picked it up when Bridget was born. I love smocked things, so decided I need to learn how.

I am self taught, but do have a mentor who I call and we have sewing 101 over the phone, well, I've actually graduated from Sewing 101. She now calls me if she needs someone to take some of her workload and I consider that a real honor.

2. When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay, if so where? (example, web site, local boutique) What did you do before eBay?

I started to sell my designs on ebay a little over a year ago. I do sell to a local boutique and hope to have my website store set up soon. I am working with a talented group of women and we will be doing Trunk Shows starting this Fall. I will be offering 2 lines that can be ordered through a catalog and home show. Life before Ebay - well, that would have to be taking care of my kids. I actually did have a job as a Dispatch Coordinator with GTE prior to staying home and raising the family.

2a. Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay. Do you have a picture? What was it and what did it sell for?

It was a rosebud chenille outfit. I think it sold for around $30. I was thrilled.

3. How did you decide upon your name .

My name used to be Sewbuzy Creation which came from my license plate which is SewBuzy. I then decided to change it over to Bridget and Co. - which stands for Bridget and her brothers.

4. Do you belong to any boutique group and if so which one? How did you get started in that group? What do you like most about your particular group?

Right now I am not in a group.

5. What is your favorite thing to create? (example: vintage style dresses, totes, overalls, etc) Why?

I love creating special occasion dresses. I enjoy creating an outfit that is for a special event in a little girls life. Whether it be a Christening gown or a special dress for a portrait or event. I really enjoy making a little girl smile when she gets her new outfit.

6. What are your favorite types of fabrics or fabric designers? Why?

I love working with silk dupioni - I love the texture of it. I do also enjoy working with heirloom fabrics as they are so soft. I don't think there is a fabric that I don't like to work with. I really enjoy vintage chenilles as well.

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing? Are you neat about it or do you have fabric covering the floor!

I currently sew in the family room so that I can keep an eye on the kids and the kitchen! I have everything in its place, but when I sew, there is thread everywhere. I do try to keep it somewhat neat.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I enjoy working and volunteering at my children's school. I have Parking Lot duty every afternoon and I have a lot of fun with it. I also coordinate all of the school's Parent volunteers. I also work with the Gabriel Project through my church and our group helps those in need with small children. I enjoy helping people.

9.Anything else you would like to add?

I would love to thank Amy for such a wonderful and information site. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a bit more about me.

Some past Bridget & Co. Designs

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