Designer of the Week - Prairie Wild Rose

This week get to know Jane of Prairie Wild Rose. She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta with her husband and 5 boys, ages 21, 19, 16, 14, 8.

See her current eBay auctions: prairiewildrose

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

JANE: I've been sewing since I was quite little, maybe about 9 or 10. My mom sewed all my clothes and I just naturally wanted to try my hand at it. I made a lot of weird and wonderful things for my Barbies and other dolls and for my dollhouse, and then when I was in Jr. High, I started sewing for myself. I made most of my own clothes through high school & university, but didn't sew as much after I had my boys.

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

JANE:I sold my first outfit on eBay in March 2004. I don't sell anywhere else. Before eBay? I probably paid more attention to my boys, made better meals, and had a cleaner house! But my creative side was suppressed, so I was not as happy.

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

JANE: It was a dress set made from vintage rose-print sheeting, which sold for about $40.00. I do have a picture.

JM: How did come up with your name, Prairie Wild Rose?

JANE:I had this name before I entered the Boutique World; I used to sell wool sweaters and my sons' outgrown clothing. I love wild flowers, and especially the provincial flower of Alberta - the wild rose so I chose that as my eBay ID.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

JANE: I don't belong to a group right now.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

JANE:I like to work with pink and I love to make ruffles! Since I don't have any daughters, I enjoy making things that are "all girl"! I also like to do handwork - embroidery and hand appliqué.

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

JANE: I would like to continue to improve in the things I already know. I'd also like to learn more tailoring and couture techniques, and pattern drafting, as someday I would like to get back into sewing for myself.

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

JANE:We lived in Istanbul, Turkey, for about 3 years. I'd love to go back there for a good long visit. I would also like to visit the parts of Canada and the US I have not seen, Europe, Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, India ... there are not too many places I would not like to visit!

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

JANE: Reading, knitting, working out, walking, cross-country skiing, playing games with my family, talking with friends.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

JANE:Thanks so much for letting me share! I love Journal Modiste, so I appreciate the chance to participate.

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Jane - prairiewildrose | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 3:58 PM | flag
Thanks so much, everyone! :)

Lucinda | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:46 AM | flag
Jane is a sweet person and an amazing designer--so happy to see her featured!!! Congratulations!

Kirsten | Friday, December 8, 2006 6:18 AM | flag
One can never have enough clothing from PrairieWildRose! Jane is the BEST!

Jane | Thursday, December 7, 2006 6:58 PM | flag
Jane's work is incredible and she is one of the sweetest. Loved learning more about you.

Emily | Thursday, December 7, 2006 1:42 AM | flag
Congrats on the feature Jane!!! Love your work and love you! It was awesome reading more about you :)

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