Designer of the Week - Stacey's Stuff Clothing

Name: Stacey McNeely

Where do you live: Flower Mound, Texas

How old are you? 36

Do you have any children, if so what ages? Yes. My daughter is 2 years old.

Current auctions: Stacey's Stuff Clothing

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

My mother taught me to sew when I was around eight or nine. She is an artist and a decorator. I get my creativity from her. I truly don't remember a time in my life when I didn't have some type of project going whether it was painting, decorating a room, sewing, etc…

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?

I started selling on Ebay in the spring of 2004. Prior to selling on Ebay, I was a high school guidance counselor.

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. It was a chenille bloomer and tee shirt set. Yes. I do have a picture of it and will send it. It sold for $30.99 originally. I just noticed that it "resold" on Ebay for $39.99. Isn't that a scream? I love it!!

3. How did you decide upon your name?

It just seemed to work based on what I was selling. It is too common, perhaps. I have contemplated changing it, but I can't decide on anything new.

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?

No. I am able to list so sporadically on Ebay due to my other life commitments that I do not feel I would be able to be a positive, contributing member to a group at this time.

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

Everything! I truly do not have a favorite item.

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

I love to work with chenille. My first design was created using a vintage coverlet my mother gave me from my childhood. The coverlet had sustained damage over the years. I wanted to preserve it in some way that would be meaningful for my daughter. I made a bloomer/dress set. I literally had people stop me on the streets wanting to know where I got the outfit. I think many people have a longing for vintage materials as it connects us to our past. That is how my business began.

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 from 8:30 P.M. until ?? (usually 1:00 or 2:00 A.M). I self-impose deadlines, so that I will get things done. At those times, I will often sew all day. My husband is a pilot and often flies nights. Therefore, I can count on him in a crunch. I am totally messy when I'm deep into a project. However, my husband has given me the most wonderful New Year's gift. He is turning our office into a sewing studio for me. Hopefully, order will come of my chaos.

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I love doing anything with my husband and daughter. Traveling is another enjoyment. I also like to read and follow politics/world events. Shopping is another must do!

Some past Stacey's Stuff Clothing Designs

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