Designer of the Week - Hearts Desire Boutique

Name: Carla Lillion

Where do you live: Ridgecrest California

How old are you? 31

Do you have any children, if so what ages? John 13, Jena 12, Jessie 11, Janelle 7, Juliette 7, J J 5, Jeremiah 3

Current auctions: Hearts Desire Boutique

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

As a child, I learned a love of beautiful clothing from my mother. I started off my re-designing my Barbie and doll clothes. When I was blessed with daughters, I ached to make them the clothing that my mind created faster than I could have ever sewed them. Once my twins were born, I knew it was time to take the plunge. I went to my sister for some lessons and when she had taken me as far as she could she advised me to seek the help of someone more experienced. So at that…began a wonderful friendship with Chautona of Chautona*s-Couture. That was about 5 years ago….and now there is not a day that passes that I do not sit down to my machine.

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 on ebay about 4 years ago when Chautona came to me completely amazed at the gorgeous boutique sets selling on ebay. We were both so excited to find somewhere to sell more elaborate sets. I do have a website that I take custom orders through. We live in a very small town and boutiques are basically unheard of here, so all of my business is done on the internet.

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?

Ahhhh yes I do remember it…it was a little denim set with B@rbie fabric. It sold for 22.00. No photos of it. When I think about it…I think how much I have evolved in my sewing s ince then.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

The name…took me a long time to decide on. I wanted a name that reflected what I wanted to offer. Not just one particular style of clothing…but whatever your heart desires.

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?

Yes I do! I belong to a small group of wonderful ladies! The Whimsy Gals! We got started basically out of the desire to have some supportive people we can talk to and list with and have no pressure. We are all at points in our lives where we want to continue business on ebay yet not deal with the pressures most groups have with promotional auctions. So it works for us.

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

I am very eclectic… I don't like to be tied to one particular style, but I do love classic clothing with a sassy twist. I think a lot of my influence comes from my husband and my mother. My husband loves the very regal clothing with rich fabrics and my mother loved classic clothing. Those two factors come into play every time I create.

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

I love Michael Miller. Gauzy light fabrics always create such a lovely unique outfit so I enjoy using those more than any.

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 have a ‘sewing are’ set up in our living room. From there I can monitor the entire house and all that is going on. I sew all the time…anytime! I am fairly neat. I get very frustrated if my area is messy. I keep a small shop vac in my sewing area to just suck up the mess whenever it gets to be too much. I like to have all my materials and supplies for my current creation at my fingertips.

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