Designer of the Week - Sweet Shaye

Name: Debbie

Where do you live: Reno, NV

How old are you? 34

Do you have any children, if so what ages? 3 girls & a boy. Aspen 10, Jaydn 7, Kyla 4 & Levi 2

Current auctions: Sweet Shaye

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

I started sewing in High School and haven’t looked back! My Mother & Grandmother did tons of sewing while I was growing up so I think it runs in my blood. Having kids of my own has also definitely helped sharpen my skills. They love when Mommy sews something for them and I love seeing them wear my creations with pride.

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?

Gosh it has been way too long to remember the first design I sold on eBay! I started out selling boutique clothes in 1999 but have concentrated on designing for the last several years.

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?

I wish I could remember the first creation I sold on eBay! I definitely know that I have improved since then though!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My inspiration comes from my kids so I picked one of their middle names and added sweet to it. I wish I could have used all their middle names but that would be impossible to remember. Sweetnilareneeannisaashayejacob. Nice ring to it? Hence the reason I chose sweetshaye.

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 am the leader of the Boutique Rebels. I had a hard time finding a group that had everything I wanted so I started my own. We are a fairly new group but I just love these ladies & it feels like we have been together a lifetime!

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

I usually stick to girl creations although my little Levi gets quite a few outfits from Mommy! I enjoy doing “complete” outfits because that is what I tend to look for when shopping. As far as style, I love doing a variety of things because it helps sharpen my skills & I get bored going the same thing over and over again. We all can get stuck in a rut sometimes so I am ready to venture out and try some new things like appliqué.

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

I just love fabric in general. Just ask my husband! I enjoy finding something unique that nobody else has, but my area doesn’t have great fabric stores so that is sometimes hard to do!

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing? Are you neat about it or do you have fabric covering the floor!

Along came child #4 and goodbye went my sewing room! I am currently taking over my dining room & it is even worse because we are selling our house which means I have to be as neat as possible. I haven’t had as much time to sew because of it, but I normally sew during the day. Our new home will have a sewing studio so the headache I am dealing with right now is just the price I have to pay to have pure luxury in 2 months!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Life after sewing? Hmmm…..I love to read, take walks with my husband, work in the garden & do tons of shopping!

Anything else you would like to add?

I have enjoyed having this avenue in which I can do what I love everyday. It is truly a blessing to be able to stay at home and watch my children grow instead of being stuck at some office behind a desk. This is what life is all about!

Some past SweetShaye Designs

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