Designer of the Week - Lil-divaduds

Name: Kathy

Where do you live: Charlotte, NC

How old are you? older than dirt :) (49)

Do you have any children, if so what ages? We have 4 children, 3 girls ages 24, 23 & 12 and one boy age 18.

Current auctions: Lil-divaduds

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

I grew up watching my aunt and grandmother sew (mostly craft things) when we would visit them and was always fascinated by it. I learned to sew when I was 12. I had a strong desire to learn to sew, and my mother could hardly sew a button on so she signed me up for classes at 4-H classes one summer. I went every Saturday for 3 hours. It was wonderful. The teacher was excellent and so encouraging. I continued sewing my clothes from that time until we had kids. Then I started making my girls things and have been hooked on children's clothing ever since.

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 selling on ebay Sept. 2004 and really knew nothing about it. I had only been watching the ebay boutique things for several months prior to taking the plunge. It's been a real learning experience. Before ebay and even now with ebay I do quite a bit of custom smocking/heirloom sewing locally. But as far as the boutique sewing, that's exclusively on ebay right now. I also have a website that I don't fully utilize at this point. I use it more for referring customers to in order to get ideas.

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?

My first outfit was appliquéd Halloween overalls. They sold for $51 and I was thrilled!.

3. How did you decide upon your name .

I just sat around with my kids one day and threw out names. Lil-divaduds is what won.

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'm a member of Lil Peas. They invited me to join them and started with them in April. I like the support and creative talent represented in our group. And I couldn't do the ebay listings without the computer skills that some of our members have. They have been willing to offer helpful suggestions when I'm stuck on a design (or html). I love the way we have so many little models within the group and their mom's that are such good at photography!

We have a lot of fun chatting, but we're serious about the business aspect as well. Everyone wants to see growth in design styles and sales both personally and as a group. We're really working on the group image and presence on ebay.

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

My absolute favorite things to design are heirloom portrait dresses and christening gowns, but I don't sell those on ebay. As far as ebay goes - that's a hard one because it can really change with my mood or by the fabrics that I'm inspired by at the moment. I love the romantic dress sets (portrait type styles),they really appeal to the heirloom side of my designing, but the funky stuff is so much fun as well. It's a whole different side of designing. And the appliquéd overalls are both practical and just plain fun! I guess I like a variety of styles.

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

I think that my 2 all time favorites would have to be silk (definitely #1 although I haven't listed any yet) and also denim since it's such a blank canvas to work on. I hope to do some silk sets this fall now that I'm a little more familiar with the whole ebay process - from designing to selling.

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

Since my kids are older I sew on and off all day and into the evening when I'm in the mood. I do have my own sewing room and try to keep most of the mess in there! My sewing area is very neat - I know where everything is. However, the room as a whole is a disaster with fabric everywhere stacked on the couch, in baskets, etc. Sometimes I just need it all out to find just the right piece of fabric to complete a design or for inspiration. I do have to stop every couple months and reorganize the mess though or I can?t find any of the fabric.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love to shop, spend time with friends (especially if it involves eating) and enjoy reading a good book.

9.Anything else you would like to add?

I've really enjoyed getting to know the designers and buyers on the different ebay boards. I've learned so much from so many. It's been a great, supportive community. I've made many friends and hope to enjoy getting to know many more. I'm thankful for those customers that have been willing to buy from someone "new" and have been back for more. It's just been an enjoyable process for me and I look forward to continuing to create even more designs in the future.

Some past Ll Divaduds Designs

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