Designer of the Week - Bluebonnet & Bows Boutique

Name: Heather McCoy

Where do you live: Texas

How old are you? 41

Current auctions: Bluebonnets & Bows Boutique

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

I've always enjoyed being creative. I enjoy a variety of creative activities such as refinishing antiques, home d├ęcor etc and now designing fun kids clothes. In my "younger days" I used to show horses and compete in rodeo queen contests so I designed a lot of my own outfits for that. No one really taught me back then. I just did a lot of research and educating myself. And although I didn't win many pageants, I did receive awards for my attire.

I currently don't do any of the sewing of my designs myself. I guess that's a bit different than most. I do all the designing and I select the fabrics and everything myself. I have 3 VERY TALENTED seamstresses that work with me in creating my designs. They not only work with me but they are also my very dear friends! They have all sewn commercially either in the past or currently and they are fanatics about quality.

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)

I started selling on ebay about a year ago. I also sell on my website.

My "work" background is in Early Childhood Intervention. Working in programs that provide services to children with special needs and developmental delays. I have also worked with adults with Mental Retardation and Mental Illnesses.

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?

Yes, I remember the first outfit I sold on ebay. They were patriotic themed overalls.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

I got together with a bunch of friends of mine and they helped me brainstorm. The bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. It grows wild here. It's hard to come up with a good, creative name!!

4. Do you belong to any boutique group and if so which one?

I don't currently belong to a group. But, I admire several of the design groups out there!

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

I enjoy embellishing any denim clothing like overalls, jumpers, jackets. I enjoy doing theme items as well like holiday themes, M. Mouse. I enjoy unique but somewhat "classic" outfits. I also like to always include something for the head in my designs like a hat, scarf, bows something.

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

I LOVE chenille & toile.

7. Where and when do you do most of your sewing?

I don't do the sewing of my designs. I do most of my design creating in bed or on the couch. I do have a closet full of fabrics, trims, notions, blank overalls & jumpers and such. I try to be neat but we are currently doing a major remodel on our home so I don't have a lot of extra room right now.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I am a licensed pilot, so I enjoy flying. I enjoy antiques. I also used to show horses. Although I don't have horses anymore, I still enjoy them and hope to get my children involved with horses. I have really gotten into photo editing recently. Doing creative things with the photos of my designs, as well as family photos, is fun and fulfills another "creative outlet" for me.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you so much for the opportunity to let people know about me.

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