Designer of the Week - Patchwork Princess

Name: Sherrie Tucker

Where do you live: Fruita, Co….moving soon to Riverton, UT

How old are you? 30 and lovin, it!

Do you have any children, if so what ages? 2 girls Taylor-8 Halle-5 (my model) and a lively boy Traver-2

Current auctions: Patchwork Princess

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

I started “creating” when I was very young ( and bored). I would cut holes in fabric to fit over Barbie’s head for a stylish new look. I also dabbled with various mediums like copper, to make jewelry and telephone wire to create bracelets.

When I was younger, I remember pajama parades at family reunions where all the grandkids wore matching PJ’s that my grandmother made for us. I think that was the first time I realized it “was in the genes”. My mother has always been the MASTER sewer, challenging herself with every technique out there. She has spoiled me by owning every type of machine made.

She decided in the 80’s to start teaching children to sew to earn extra money and share her talent. I took her classes then some in middle school and high school. One of my favorites was a pattern making class in high school. It allowed my creativity to flow.

In college I had a small alterations business and tried my hand at a Ballroom gown for competitions I was in. It was beautiful but I could barely squeeze in it because I had not put a long enough zipper in.

Once Taylor was born I realized how much fun it could really be and pushed myself to be better (and stop calling my mom every time I couldn’t figure something out). Once my second girl was born, that was it! They had to match ALL the time. It was too fun not too! I owe all my skill to my mom who always made me pick it out and do it the right way!

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?

During the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, my friend Trish and I decided to sell some patriotic hats we had left over from a craft fair on eBay. It was totally fun and in April of 2004 when I finally got DSL, I put on my first dress. Also that spring,a good friend opened the first boutique for kids here in Grand Junction where I sold a few things. She now sells them on eBay so that she can be home with her princess. (wildshopinggirl) Before ebaying, a group of some very talented friends and myself decided to rent a booth at our kid’s elementary school to support the PTO. We made what seem like millions of fleece hats and with matching skirts and did well. That was the first spark!

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?

The first outfit I sold, I still see from time to time on eBay. It was a pair of Capri overalls with red chenille strawberries appliquéd all over. I think I sold them to a great bow lady. They sold for 50.00 and I almost passed out! It was soon after that I decided to stop teaching sewing and pursue eBay.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I’m a patch-it-up quick kinda gal and I can squeeze an outfit out of hardly any fabric. Especially if it’s my favorite, I save “patches” of fabric as pets! (like my mother) Naturally, princess goes well with patchwork. So it’s not that I like quilting that much, it’s that I like patching things or outfits together.

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 belong to the GREATEST group of ladies, the Boutique Belles. Last year we were known as BKBD but grew into the Belles in the summer. After I had listed just a few outfits, I was invited to join the group. It was a great boost of confidence in my work. I am all about themes, fun and friendship. That is the core value of this group. I never knew that there were soo many women like myself out there until I joined the Belles.

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

ANYTHING!! I love variety!! I love finding a new style or creating a new look. I have done vintage outfits, overalls, bows, shoes, jumpers, dresses and costumes. I hate to admit this, but I get bored making the same thing over and over again. Usually when I am ½ finished with something, I am already planning the next outfit.

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

Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, anything POLKA DOT, big, bright and fun. Oh yeah and anything PINK!

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

My sweet husband let me overtake the garage when we moved in. It was already finished except the floor. It is more space than I will ever need but somehow I have managed to fill it to the brim. Yes, I am neat because I can’t create in chaos. (although nobody close to me would see it that way) I like to clean my sewing room before I start anything. Of course in the process of creating, it’s not soo neat.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

We are an outdoors family! We strap my son’s carseat to the back of my 4-wheeler and roam around the mountains in Colorado. On the list too is camping, snowmobiling, and fishing. I also have a large family and love our family reunions, where I can showcase matching outfits that I have made for my girls and nieces. On the top of the list though, is a road trip with my mom and sisters to the greatest place on earth! No, not disney…….. Mary Jo’s!! A fabric store in Charlotte, NC that I swear is bigger that a football field and has every fabric ever made. I save my pennies for that trip!

Anything else you would like to add?

Even though I live in the west, my heart is still in NC.

Some past Patchwork Princess designs

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