Designer of the Week - MamaPatrice

Name: Patrice Mitchell

Where do you live: PA

How old are you? 30 yrs old

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 4 children, Michael 6 yrs, Tristan 5 yrs, Amelia 4 yrs and Charlotte 17 mos.

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

I started May 2004. I did take HomeEc in high school, but they did most of the work for you and followed instructions to a tee. I was heavily into art and creativity and the way sewing was presented, didn't grab my attention at the time. The past several years I have fallen in love with designers creating their own visions, and finally decided last year to give it a try myself. I had no idea that I had such a connection to this craft. I did however consider college for clothing design, as I had a strong drawing background.

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 in May of 2004. I started with just simple embellishments on clothing and then kept trying to learn and study new techniques to take my designs steps further over this past 9 months. I also do have a website, www.mamapatrice.com but have not kept it up, as I have been so busy with eBay.

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 it was my Hanky Tank Dress for $18. I know it isn't much but I was thrilled I could sell anything I made, especially when all I could sew was a straight line, at the time ;) Also my presentation at the time was not nearly what it is today.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I started using the name mamapatrice as a username in parenting chat rooms, and it j ust kind of stuck with me.

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?

Very recently I was invited to join The Pixies, as they are just announcing their Debute. I've been fortunate in knowing one of them for quite awhile and looking forward to getting to know the others. I feel very fortunate to be asked to participate with such a greatly talented group of women.

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

I definitely am very inspired by the vintage era of the early 1900's. I love timeless designs with a modern day twist.

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

I love textures and depth...rich but muted colors...earthier tones.

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 usually do most at night when my kids are sleeping, unless I have to crunch to get things done. I am a complete disaster when I sew! LOL you know it's everywhere when you find pieces of thread in the baby's diaper!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I just enjoy being at home with my kids and husband...hoping I make very fond home memories for them :)

Anything else you would like to add?

I absolutely love doing this, and am so blessed to stay at home with my children and have something I can do, that is so personally fulfilling. I actually almost went to design school, and was accepted to a very good one, but I decided to major in art education instead so that if I had to work when I had a family, it was more conducive to having children, than being a clothing designer. So for me to be doing this now...is just a dream...

Some past mamapatrice Designs

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