Designer of the Week - Dreams by Design

This week get to know Jill Dunn of Dreams by Design. She lives in Iowa with her husband and her three children, Sean 14, Alyssa 12, Ryan 5, Kaeli 3.

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JM: Jill, when did you get started sewing and creating?

JILL: My passion for clothing has always been a driving force in my life. When I was a young girl I would spend countless afternoons with my Granny watching her sew. I used to love to dig in her scrap bag and feel the glorious fabrics.

I was also fortunate to have a stepmother to guide me in my journey to bring my visions to life. Without her, I would not be living my dream. She is my inspiration and I am so blessed that God brought her into my life after the passing of my mother when I was a teenager.

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

JILL:I started selling my designs on Ebay two and a half years ago when I was home with my youngest. Kaeli has struggled her whole life with a medical condition that required eight surgical procedures to remedy. I am happy to say that while she is not cured, she is well on her way and doing fantastic.

I was creating designs for her to make her feel special and distract her from the discomfort. And when she wore her designs to the hospital for treatments, it seemed the doctors and nurses were that much more enamored with her and treated her with just a little more kindness. It took the focus off of the negative and brought a little sunshine into a bleak situation.

I figured if my designs could make Kaeli so happy, then maybe they could do the same for other little girls out there. With the love and support of my family, I gave it a try. And I have been hooked ever since. The greatest payment I've received is knowing my design brought a smile to someone's face.

Right now Ebay is my only venue. I am working full time this year as an Early Childhood Special Education Consultant/Home Intervention teacher. I work with kiddos from birth to 5 with disabilities. I have been teaching in the Special Education field for going on 10 years now. But I am happy to say that I will be returning to part time as of next year.

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

JILL:The first outfit I sold on Ebay was a pair of embellished summeralls. They were Spring themed with lots of tulips and butterflies and, of course, lots of chenille! I sold several of this design. I think the first set sold for around 70.00.

JM: How did come up with your name, Dreams by Design?

JILL:It's what drives my designing. Bringing those designs that moms and their little sweethearts dream of to life. It's just downright fun to take something either myself or a customer has dreamed up and turn it into reality.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

JILL: I have recently joined ODOD, which has been an aspiration of mine since I first started designing and selling. It has been such a wonderful experience getting to know all of these talented designers and I am enjoying creating new, lasting friendships with them.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

JILL:I am a sucker for soft romantic florals and vintage fabrics. I love to design a wide variety of things though. It really just depends on my mood. Sometimes I like to go funky and wild, while other times I go for the whimiscal. I love to do appliqued jeans set. Applique is definately a passion of mine. The more intricate, the better!

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

JILL: My current mission for this year is to learn how to smock. I truly love the beauty and story it tells. It is such a labor of love. I have purchased my pleater and my "A to Z of Smocking" and soon will begin the learning experience! I cannot wait. I LOVE a challenge.

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

JILL: I've traveled to many places and lived in Germany while my dh was in the Army, but I would still really love to see Alaska.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

JILL: I love to play with my kids and my dh. They are my life and my source of joy. Without them, I am nothing. So when I am not sewing, I am with them, enjoying every second.

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Jill (dreams_by_design) | Wednesday, April 26, 2006 5:32 PM | flag
Thank you so much!

Jerilyn | Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:08 PM | flag
Wow! What a great interview! Very inspiring - keep up the good work!!

Robin (my3luvbugz) | Saturday, April 22, 2006 6:35 AM | flag
~Jill~ I truly love your work; always so beautifully unique. Wonderful interview!!

| Friday, April 21, 2006 9:16 AM | flag
So cute! It was neat getting to know you.

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