Designer of the Week - Sugar Pie Boutique

Name:Erin Gilday

Where do you live: Vegas Baby

How old are you? 29

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Boy "Spud" 18mo and Girl "Big Red" 3yr

Current auctions: Sugar Pie Boutique

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

It all started when we were living in Seattle and got a Chihuahua mix dog. She was freezing when I took her on walks and the only doggie sweaters I could find at the pet store were SO ugly. So dh got me a sewing machine for Christmas and I started designing and sewing doggie clothes. When we had our girl a few years later I was VERY anti-pink and my little redhead looked so wonderful in blue, but there were no blue girl clothes to be found so I started sewing for her, then friends/family, then a website. After I had my son a few years later I couldn't keep up with the website anymore and thought i would try my hand at selling on ebay. It worked out perfectly.

Who taught you? My father's mother was always sewing or crocheting or embroidering something when I was little. My favorite aunt was the same way. My favorite pass time was digging through their scrap bags and making clothes for my barbies. They have both been a great inspiration and taught me so much.

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?

It's been about a year and a half since I listed my first boutique set on Ebay. Currently I am only selling on ebay or custom orders to repeat customers. I wore many hats before sewing moved from being an occasional hobby to a full time obsession. Some of my past jobs included, leasing agent, assistant manager of a blues bar, deli owner, executive assistant, distribution center supplier, and daycare teacher. All of which have given me great experience and skills to have my own business today.

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?

Ohh, fun question. I don't know if my initial tutu dress was the very first one I sold, but it was one of the first and still one of my favorites. Although I wasn't very fond of them after making about 3 dozen.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My mother, daughter and I were on a short road trip and in the middle of brainstorming when I remembered that my grandmother use to call us "Sugar Lump". At the time I was only selling girl clothes and didn't think Sugar Lump was very girly so it became Sugar Pie. I am thinking about splitting up my sets and making a separate boy's line "Sugar Lump".

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 just a Materialgirl living in a material world =0) I LOVE my group. I asked around to a handful of groups to see who was looking for new members and was SO pleased when I heard back from them. They were at the very top of my list. And I know I made the right choice because I adore those goofy, off the wall, caring and supportive and all around wonderful ladies. It really feels like much more than just a bunch of chicks getting together to sell on Ebay, it feels like home.

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

Big, fancy, frilly party dresses. I don't do them too often because they are so much work and you have to catch the right buyer on the right day, but they are definitely my favorite to make. Especially since most of the time they are for a little princess's special occasion. I love the thought of something I made being such a big part of an important day.

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

If I ate fabric I would gobble up all of the Amy Butler prints. They are just too yummy!! They are my very favorite to look at. That being said, I haven't ever made a set to sell with them. My favorite to create with are vintage things fabrics, lace, linens. Mostly because I know after spending countless hours to create a set I won't log onto ebay and see 10 different auctions with the same fabric. But also, I love the pretty details and knowing that some woman sat and created something that beautiful with her own two hands. A set of vintage embroidered crochet edge pillowcases were the inspiration for the first set I ever made (for my daughter) and vintage things have kept a special place in my heart ever since.

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 am a messy, messy girl when I sew. At the moment I am all set up in what use to be the dining room. I dream of having my own huge very organized sewing room some day. I have one huge closet with countless storage bins of fabric that have expanded into two 7ft book shelves and one 3ft book shelf full of fabric and notions. I will freely admit to my fabric addiction. Because my kids are so young, I usually get about an hour to sew in the afternoons (nap time) and then from 9 or 10pm till midnight. I'm a night owl anyway.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Between housework, shopping, kids, pets and husband, I really don't have time for much else. If I had a bunch of spare time I would most likely spend it with my family playing by the pool or at the park.

Some past Sugar Pie Boutique Designs

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