Designer of the Week - Too Lovely Designs

This week get to know Jade of Too Lovely Designs. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two children; Luke 7 & Sydney 2.

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JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

JADE:I learned how to sew about 10 years ago. My mother and grandmother are both incredibly gifted seamstresses. She walked me thru a project and I was hooked. I was really into blankets and quilting, they make such a practical and personal gift. With the arrival of my sweet girl I decided to create clothing. I love to design and sew mostly for little girls.

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

JADE:I had been selling privately since 2004 and began selling my designs on eBay in Spring/Summer 2006. After much encouragement from my sweet friends and family I have decided to jump back into the eBay boutique scene as a regular and it’s been so rewarding!

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

JADE:My first custom to sell on eBay was “Summer in Bloom” a shirred sun-dress and head-scarf. I made that set while on vacation in Mexico and took the photos on location. The auction ended with BIN for $65.

JM: How did come up with your name?

JADE: I wanted a descriptive word for my designs, something girly and pretty but still sophisticated. Since I tend to fall in love with many of my creations as well it just seemed fitting... ‘Lovely’. I believe it’s never wrong to have too much of a good thing so ‘Too Lovely’ was just perfect!

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

JADE:I am currently an independent designer on eBay. I have heard from many outstanding groups and designers with incredible talent that I respect and admire. Everyone has been so welcoming and complimentary.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

JADE:That’s tough because it’s not so much the outfits that I love it’s the reaction and smiles that they produce. Nothing makes me happier than to hear from customers that my pieces are in heavy rotation by their choosy-four year old. Comfort, proportion and wear-ability are main factors while I create. While selecting fabrics I typically choose bright, bold print (ones that I can visualize in a completed set upon first glance). I also consider how well it will integrate and extend into your little ones existing wardrobe and be worn. Can all that be my favorite thing?

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

JADE: I would love to learn even more about interior design and photography. There’s nothing better to me than a warm home full of treasured memories to share with my family.

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

JADE: My #1 choice would be a return to Australia. I was born and raised near Sydney (hence my daughter’s name). I would also love to go to Europe but not until the kids are WAY older and can remember it themselves.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

JADE:I love hanging out with friends and family. I also enjoy party/event planning, photography, playing games- cards, board games, puzzles etc. For the past 13 years I also style hair for weddings (bridal parties) special occasions and still LOVE doing that!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

JADE: It is such an amazing feeling to be recognized not only by fellow designers but also the boutique consumers. I am sincerely touched by their compliments and comments.

It is also very rewarding and such a pleasure to have the opportunity to share my passion and love of design. I’m truly having the time of my life right now! Very special thanks to my husband (love you babe!), dear friends, loving family and adored clients for their continued support and JM for the feature.

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Jade * TLD | Thursday, May 10, 2007 1:56 AM | flag
Thank you all so much for the LOVELY comments and allowing me to share with you!

| Wednesday, May 9, 2007 9:40 AM | flag
Jade, I'm a huge fan of your designs. It was fun reading about you and getting to know you better! Chelsea

Ash (in.full.bloom) | Tuesday, May 8, 2007 5:49 AM | flag
Wonderful interview, Jade! :)

kristen ~ gock's frocks | Monday, May 7, 2007 5:05 AM | flag
great interview! i loved learning more about your inspiration, your daughter is adorable!

My Sassy Pants | Sunday, May 6, 2007 7:49 PM | flag
Jade, Love the clothing and your model, too cute. Your article was a pleasure to read. Thank you for being SO inspiring!

Dayna | Friday, May 4, 2007 10:57 AM | flag
What a great interview Jade....I enjoyed learning more about you. I love your designs and your photography!! I look forward to your new creations :)

Elisa Parden | Thursday, May 3, 2007 5:50 PM | flag
It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Love You - Big Sis

Jennifer Hemingway | Thursday, May 3, 2007 3:31 PM | flag
Spectacular Interview Jade - You are LOVELY! My daughter wears a few of your designs and is just walking attention wherever we go with wonderful comments on how beautiful your designs are. I wear the headbands as well - LOVE IT! Love your skills! Thanks for sharing your stuff !

Andrea | Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:12 AM | flag
Great interview! I love your sweet designs!!! :)

Suzanne | Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:09 AM | flag
Very nice interview! Outstanding designs!

Geeta | Thursday, May 3, 2007 6:58 AM | flag
WOW Jade! Well done.

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