Designer of the Week - Gock's Frocks

This week get to know Kristen Gocker Hallagan of Gock's Frocks. She lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and three kids; Klem 9, Eily 7, Leo 5 in April.

See her current eBay auctions: creativeoutletdesigns

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

MEGAN: Oh gosh...My grandma gocker taught me to hand sew when my mom was pregnant with my brother ~ I was 8 & we made a flannel quilt together for my brother...he in turn gave it to my son when he was born! Then in junior high we made a prarie skirt & petticoat together LOL, am I dating myself... and in high school I took a semester long sewing class with a fabulous teacher and I have never looked back!

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

MEGAN:A little over a year ago. I sell online at ETSY, (www.gocksfrocks.etsy.com), www.theboutiqueplace.com, as well as a local boutique in Pittsford NY and another in Santa Monica Calif...In the fall I also do a series of homeshows/trunkshows in the Rochester area.

Before hitting ebay, oh gosh...that could be a long list LOL, most recently I was teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in teh ROchester City Schools...but I have also taught English abroad, worked for a sailmaker, a caterer.....

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

MEGAN: I think it was a pair of embellished overalls ~ we had friends over for new years eve and they are big ebayers so they showed me how to list my first auction ~ we got out soem things left from my home shows and enlisted the various children as models and they helped me stage the photos etc...kind of a unique way to ring in the New Year! I think I got $25 dollars!

JM: How did come up with your name, Gock's Frocks?

MEGAN:My nickname in HS was Gock as my last name was Gocker, and my Grandmother Gocker was the person who taught me to sew, so I thought it would be a neat way to acknowledge that by choosing Gock's Frocks .

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

MEGAN:I am VERY recently an independent designer...I had been with a group since last summer that provided me with the support & encouragement I needed to do as well as I have but felt I needed a new challenge in order to continue growing and developing creatively.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

MEGAN: Something New! My mind is constantly in motion thinking and planning my next designs.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

MEGAN: New skills...there are so many things I would love to learn...I plan to get a new digital SLR so photography and graphics are on the top of the list, I also would love to learn lampworking and jewellry design using precious metal clay ...I am also fascinated with all of the beautiful Japanese Craft Books - amigurimi and nuigurimi to name a few...I think it is important to keep learning new skills your whole life...it keeps your brain actively engaged and you stayyoung at heart!

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

MEGAN: I have always wanted to travel through Asia and India! I lived in Europe for 3 1/2 years and was fortunate enough to visit almost every country in Europe but I have always dreamed of Vietnam...Thailand...Japan

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

MEGAN: Reading, Cooking, Sailing, Skiing, My Kids!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

MEGAN:I want to thank Journal Modiste for interviewing me... I first discovered JM about 18 months ago when I googled "handmade childrens clothing" on the web, (before I had even found the boutique community on ebay) and it has been one of my favorite sites since!

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Comments

Renee (treasures*of*joy*boutique) | Friday, November 17, 2006 5:29 AM | flag
Your designs are amazing and I love the hot mama jeans, Queen Megan!

Jeana | Monday, November 13, 2006 6:25 AM | flag
CONGRATULATIONS MEGAN!!! You are so creative and talented!!!

Patty (modkidboutique) | Sunday, November 12, 2006 11:32 PM | flag
WOW, Megan! Great interview! Congrats on the feature... your stuff is TDFC! :) -- Patty

Mona | Sunday, November 12, 2006 9:53 PM | flag
WOW... Congrats Megan! You deserve the spotlight! Your jeans are TDF!

AMY VAUGHN, | Sunday, November 12, 2006 10:09 AM | flag
LOVE THE JEANS!!!

| Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:58 AM | flag
GIRL..... LOVE YOUR STUFF.. !! GREAT JOB!!! MUD

Sarah / Marvellous Mouse Designs | Saturday, November 11, 2006 8:32 PM | flag
Congratulations, Megan! Our Queen of Chat is a fabulous designer, a wonderful person, and a great friend. Sarah

gyl of rhembein | Thursday, November 9, 2006 11:41 PM | flag
Congrats Megan!! You certainly make cute stuff!! And those jeans in women's sizes too!! Cool!! ~gyl

Megan (www.creativeoutletdesigns.com) | Thursday, November 9, 2006 9:53 PM | flag
Thanks to everyone for the kind words!

jane.paige | Thursday, November 9, 2006 8:08 PM | flag
I adore your work..congrats!

Daria (www.boutiquecafe.com) | Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:28 PM | flag
Megan is so talented and totally deserves this great attention. Not only is she a gifted designer but she's also one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known. Congratulations Meg! You can't help but love Creative Outlet Designs!!

Dayna (my*unbirthday) | Thursday, November 9, 2006 1:29 PM | flag
Congrats on the feature Megan! Some day I hope to own a pair of your mosaic jeans (FOR ME OF COURSE!). Thanks for offering the women's sizes! You've got a great eye for mixing fabrics and colors!!

| Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:28 AM | flag
Sweet Pea Totes Megan congratulations on being featured. Love your designs and fabric choices! YOU ROCK!! It was fun having you guest with us Wisteria lane girls. Good luck with your creative outlet designs! Mary

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