Designer of the Week - Deep Blue C

Name: Rachel Culp

Where do you live: Recently moved from San Francisco to Howell, Michigan..

How old are you? Just turned 40

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 2 Boys ..Elliott is 17 and Elmo is 11.

Current auctions: Deep Blue C

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

I started Sewing around 1985. My Dad is an actor, Robert Culp . I grew up in L.A. and had alot of rriends in show business and at a certain point started creating wild stuff for them to wear. I was always very into music and was very inspired by musicians and their style. I loved how they wore ANYTHING they wanted and people thought it was cool !!!

I taught myself to Sew ..actually Sewing Class was the only class I ever failed in school..I had a very mean teacher and I used to sneak out the dressing room window after she took attendance.

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've been designing clothes for years but only just recently decided to try my stuff on Ebay. I mainly do custom stuff for people who either order from my website or see a pair of jeans I made on somebody else and want a pair for themselves.

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?

I think the first thing I sold on Ebay that I made was a little girls jacket which went for much less than I normally sell my stuff for !! This is the jacket.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I was going to open a store back in 1986 when we were living in Chicago and that was going to be the name of it. My Brother sort of came up with it, it's from the title of an old Song from the 40's "The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea "..We changed the Sea to "C" for my last name and dropped the whole Devil part..plus I used to live on the beach in Malibu and have always loved the ocean.

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?

I am a Member of THE SUGARBELLES ! I was asked by Lisa to join. At first I was a bit nervous about commitiing to something where other people are involved after doing what I do for so long on my own..But they're all a great bunch of Ladies and there's no pressure about anything , just alot of encouragement and it's fun to bounce ideas off of other people.

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

My very favorite thing to create is anything that has personal meaning to somebody. Alot of times I will take a clients old favorite pair of jeans or a jacket, and they give me old clothes that belonged to them or pieces of something that has alot of meaning , and I use that to create a whole new piece of clothing. I LOVE old quilts that tell stories and that have real sentimental value. That's kind of what I do with my clothes sometimes ..

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

Wow..I seem to like them ALL !! I've never met a piece of fabric I didn't like !!

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 do my sewing usually on the couch with the tv on and whenever I can find the time. I am an absolute SLOB when I'm sewing !!! It drives my poor husband crazy !!!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love hanging out with my kids , I love hiking ( although it's much flatter out here in Michigan ..I miss my mountains in California !!!) ..and of course shopping for fabric !!!

Anything else you would like to add?

I would just like to say thanks to everybody who's been so sweet and encouraging as I'm entering this whole new world of selling on Ebay. And meeting all kinds of nice People ...especially Lisa Maddox of Sugarbelle who has been SO helpful and kind !! I've been doing this for years but it feels like I'm starting a whole new chapter with my clothes now.

Some past Deep Blue C designs

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