Designer of the Week - Bella Marie Boutique

Name: Wendy

Where do you live: Bountiful, Utah suburb area of Salt Lake City

How old are you? 32

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have four beautiful little girls! Alyssa-7yrs., Sarah 5-yrs. Emma 3 yrs. And Tessa is 13 months.

Current auctions: Bella Marie Boutique

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

I started sewing when I was just a little girl. I tried making doll clothes out of fabric scraps! My mother was a great inspiration to me she always made me special Christmas dresses, prom dresses, and Halloween costumes.

When my daughter Alyssa was 2 yrs. old I decided to make her a Halloween costume, I was hooked! Halloween costumes got me started, it is my favorite holiday and I have had such a blast making them. Costumes evolved into cotton dresses, which evolved into learning the art of heirloom sewing and embroidery. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the little touches of hand embroidery. A beautifully smocked garment makes my heart skip a bit.

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 my designs in February of this year. I do not sell anywhere other than eBay at this time.

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 sure do! It was a patchwork Valentines Day dress. It sold for $76.00 and I was just thrilled. I get so much joy out of having a customer happy with my work!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I have always wanted a daughter named "Bella" but for some reason we didn't name any of t he girls that (go figure! I had four chances! LOL) Bella also means "Beautiful" in Italian. Marie comes from my middle name, and Tessa's middle name. It is also a French name. "Bella Marie Boutique" just seemed to fit my style of work!

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 so happy and thrilled to be a member of the Boutique Yayas! They are an incredible group of ladies. They are so supportive and helpful. They make me laugh everyday! It is really nice to have a great friendship sisterhood!

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

My very favorite is heirloom smocked dresses. I usually don't sell these because of all the work involved, however I enjoy making them for my girls. I love so many styles! I am all over the board! Wherever my mood takes me, that's what I create! I love vintage looks with a modern twist. I often dream about designs I can make, the wheels are always turning!

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

I love 3 sisters, Robyn Pandolph, and Michael Miller. I love to use touches of chenille fabrics in patchwork sets. I also love beautiful Pima lawn cotton, batiste, voile, toile and other heirloom type fabrics. I always use the highest quality fabric.

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

You all would laugh at me because I do my sewing at my kitchen table! Every time we have a meal, I have to put everything away! When we bought the house we currently live in we had one child…….now we have four! Needless to say we are bursting at the seams here! We are looking for a larger house, and a work room is my top priority! I dream about endless cabinets with a large counter in the center of the room……Ahhhhh Sanctuary!!!!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Oh wow! So much! I am a hairdresser and I have a hair salon in my basement. This comes in handy with all the girls! I also enjoy photography, scrap booking, lifting weights, and running! I can't sit still, it is a big problem!

Anything else you would like to add?

Big thanks to my wonderful clients! They are the reason I am here on eBay! Thank you Amy for giving me the opportunity to share a little about myself, and my work!

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