Designer of the Week - Sweet Chilli Designs

This week get to know Penny of Sweet Chilli Designs. She lives in Sunny Australia with her husband and 2 children; Holly almost 4 and Little Man Tomas who is 16 months.

See her current eBay auctions: Sweet Chilli Designs

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

PENNY: I started designing and sewing outfits for my darling nieces and nephews in 1995 and haven't really looked back.... My mother was such an inspiration... I would go to school in the morning, come home later in the afternoon and she would have re--designed her whole bedroom, curtains, pillowcases, doona covers, cushion covers you name it... all custom made while I was at school... an AMAZING seamstress... she taught me some basics... I took it from there... and I was so honoured a few years ago when she asked me to design and make an outfit for her to attend a wedding...!

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

PENNY: I never realised there was such a demand for custom clothing in the USA or worldwide... I started selling my outfits on ebay in September last year and I absolutely love it... I became a SAHM when I had Holly but before that funny enough I was an Accountant... I never really wanted to go back to the books and with my darling husbands support I decided to take designing on fulltime...

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

PENNY: My first outfit sold on ebay was a set I made for my daughter Holly, it was a 2pc puppy set and it went for $50 to a wonderful lady who still bids on my customs.

JM: How did come up with your name, Sweet Chilli Designs?

PENNY: I always loved the word 'Chilli' its such a spicey word... I wanted a name with bite so I made it a litlte 'Sweet' and thats how it came about...

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

PENNY: I received an invite to complete an application a few months ago, I had a look around at the members and applied and have not regretted it one bit...I am so lucky to be a member of such a fantastic group in Center Stage, a smaller group, all of the ladies are warm beautiful people and I am very privileged to be associated with them... I love being part of the family, the organisation and talent is second to none... truly amazing!

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

PENNY: Of course I love to create sets for both Holly and Tomas... my favorite thing would be anything with an applique... I love to create appliques...the possibilities are endless.

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

PENNY: When it comes to me as a person I would love to learn the Saxaphone, its just a sexy instrument and i find it soothing... when it comes to me as designer.... I want to learn how to make totes.... I think they are adorable and I would love to make some up to match my outfits.

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

PENNY: I would love to see my own country... a total tour of Australia... I think you have to start at home first and then maybe Disney Land... the kids would love it.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

PENNY:Top of the list... my children of course, they are learning so much each day and I love to watch them...anything with them and I am happy!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

PENNY: I would just like to say thank you so much for the invitation and opportunity to be a featured designer its truly an honour, I love your webpage and it is such an important site for all designers and buyers of Custom Boutique Clothing.

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Penny | Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:18 PM | flag
Thank you sooo much for you kind words...

Nikki dream*n*color | Friday, March 23, 2007 2:14 PM | flag
So happy for you. I love your style and get so excited every time you come up with something new! Congratulations!!!

Sarah | Friday, March 23, 2007 10:41 AM | flag
Congrats Penny! Your designs rock & you definately deserved this!!

Some past Sweet Chilli Designs

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