Designer of the Week - Emma Jean

Name: Rachel Ingram

Where do you live: Long Beach, CA

How old are you? P30 *whispering*

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have 2 children, Joe is 5 and Emma is 2.

Current auctions: Emma Jean

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

I actually started sewing as a child with my great-grandmother. We would make little rag dolls and create dresses and blankets for them. These are some of my fondest childhood memories! As a pre-teen, I was sure I wanted to be a fashion designer, but, was also very fickle! I went through the selfish teenage stage and didnt do much sewing again untill I had my son. When he was born I started making quilts, then, when Emma was born I discovered much fun it could be creating little girls clothing! I have been in love with it ever since. Although my great-grandmother is gone now, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful friend and sewing mentor...Thanks Jeri!

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 believe I started selling on eBay around March or April of last year (I cant really remember... how bad is that?). I currently only sell my designs on eBay. I have been a stay at home mommy for the past 5 years. Before my kids were born, I was a regulatory coordinator for a pharmaceutical research company.

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?

The first outfit I sold on eBay was a halter dress set and I dont really remember what it sold for...must not have been much! I cannot for the life of me find the pic!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

My daughter Emma Jean is named after her late grandmother, Jean. At first, I thought the two names together sounded kind of funny! Now that she is here, I cant picture her with any other name! She is my inspiration so the name just worked for me!

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

I was invited to join the YaYas in September and what a blessing it has been! I have never met a more supportive, caring and inspirational group of women! My favorite thing about being in this group is doing group, themed launches. They are so much fun and always push me to be more creative! I truly love having these women in my life!

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

Well if you asked me 2 months ago, I would have said overalls! However, I did so many of them over the holidays that I sort of got burnt out. I love designing girly dresses, peasant sets...come to think of it...I don't really think I have a favorite! LOL I just go through phases! Overalls really do get your creative juices going though!

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

I love Amy Butler...like everyone else! I also love Michael Miller, Alexander Henry...too many to count. Girly, feminine prints are my favorite!

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

I do most of my sewing at night or nap time unless my DH is home, then I leave him with the kids and go hide in my sewing room! Yes, fabric and thread covers my floor and my body! I do clean up the room after each project, though I tend to find scraps of thread and fabric in the strangest places!

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

Hmmm...thats a tough one! I love to spend time with my family and we have a big one! I also enjoy reading, shopping and lunching with my girlfriends!

Anything else you would like to add?

? I would just like to say that I am so grateful to be able to stay home with my children and sew in my spare time...two of my great loves! I take great pride in designing and sewing each of my creations and hope those who buy them love them as much as I do! I have met so many wonderful and talented people since discovering eBay! I'm having a blast!

Some past Emma Jean Designs

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