Designer of the Week - Abracadoodles

Name: Julia

Where do you live: Washington State

How old are you? 35

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have two little ladies--Oceanna (13 going on 30) and Rio (4).

Current auctions: Abracadoodles

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

My mom is a seamstress extraordinaire, so I grew up playing around with her sewing machines. I did lots of little projects (shorts, shorts and more shorts), but didn't really get excited about sewing until about 4 1/2 years ago when my younger daughter was born. I was motivated to try making fancy cloth diapers like I'd seen on the internet, so through tons of trial and error & countless calls home to my mother, I really got seriously started. Since that time I've read a lot of sewing books, taken some organized classes and learned a *lot* from some very talented women at a sewing board I frequent.

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 ventured into selling my designs on eBay in early spring of 2004. Right now I only sell on eBay due to time constraints. Before eBay, I was a Family Literacy Coordinator--which is incredibly hard to believe considering my extreme lack of grammar & punctuation skills.

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?

The first outfit I sold on eBay was a little navy denim and white windowpane chenille pinafore top & ruffle jean set. I still have a picture (I'm a photo pack rat!). It sold for around $45 and I was over the moon!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My eBay user ID is oceanna, after my oldest daughter. I've had that ID for about 8 years, and I just didn't want to change it because it has sentimental value to me. Yes, I'm a sentimental sap. lol! My business name, though, is Abracadoodles. When I decided to start offering custom clothing on eBay, I called my sister & discussed at great length what I wanted to convey with my business name . . . I wanted to make clothes and accessories that had a magical quality to them, and that were fun. Nothing boring! She's a crazy writer & loves to play with words . . . she came up with "Abracadoodles--A dash of art & a sprinkle of magic, mixed up for fun!". In short, I blame my sister.

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 belong to a phenomenal group of women called The Sisterhood (TSis). Our group originally came together through a sewing board on a parenting website, and the relationships we established there grew and blossomed into The Sisterhood. I really enjoy the variety of items the members offer--from fancy boutique-style outfits to hand-dyed items and playthings created in the Waldorf tradition. The members of my group are some of the most creative and supportive women I've ever met--I just love those ladies! :o)

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

I love creating a variety of things, from fabulously funky to sweetly vintage. I'm finding myself very drawn to vintage style and detailing lately. I really enjoy working with vintage textiles--exactly what I create is inspired by the original peice. More & more, I find myself incorporating vintage finds (fabrics, buttons, trims) into updated outfits. Sometimes it's as simple as a vintage button on a bag, and then other times everything from the fabrics to the buttons and trims in an outfit have a long, beautiful history. No matter how large or small the vintage contribution, I always feel like I'm giving new life to forgotten treasures!

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

I'm a fabric addict! I adore Munki Munki/Heather Ross' fabrics. I have quite a few shelves in my studio devoted solely to Munki storage. lol! Running in second is Michael Miller. I just love the nostalgia of Miller's retro children prints! I'm also really into retro '60s/early '70s kitchen prints right now, and vintage textiles have always had a place in my heart (stash?). My stash changes constantly though, because my inspiration changes from moment to moment.

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'm lucky to have my own small sewing studio in our house. I love having my own area, because it keeps my fabric frenzy hidden safely behind closed doors! I work sporadically throughout the day & night while Rio is otherwise occupied. While I'm working on a project, the room is a mess--scissors flying, clipped threads everywhere, pins dropped, the ironing board weighted down with fabrics and trims! I do try to straighten up after finishing each project, though I'm forever finding stray thread clippings clinging to me.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Besides sewing, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, road tripping, reading mystery novels (amateur sleuth, I am!), batik, treasure hunting at estate sales & auctions, and haunting the local thrift stores. I also seem to collect old sewing machines...and since I don't necessarily sew with all of them, I think that counts as life besides sewing, doesn't it?

Anything else you would like to add?

I'd like to say thank you for letting me be a part of Journal Modiste! This site is such a great resource for the boutique buying and selling community. I love it! I'd also like to express my gratitude to my supportive family & fabulously fun customers. An extra special thanks goes out to my dear friend Melony, who held my hand when I needed it most. :o)

Some past Abracadoodles Designs

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