Designer of the Week - Telsa Couture

Name: Thatiana Argueta

Where do you live: California

How old are you? 34

Do you have any children, if so what ages? I have two gorgeous daughters: Tierza-12 years and Leayah 2 years old.

Current auctions: Telsa Couture

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

I started sewing when my first daughter was born, but only made outfits for her and myself. My mother taught me most of what I know-she is a true artist in this field, but I must say I've learned lots through trial and error. I am hoping to take a design class in the near future!

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 originally started selling my flower pins/hair clips on eBay in April 2004, and started selling my custom boutique designs in July 2004- I'm a newbie. I am currently only selling on eBay. Before eBay, or before Leayah, I was a program manager for the Bilingual Education Department at my local school district.

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?

My first outfit was a camouflage overall. I remember being soooo excited to post it only to have that excitement dissipate when it ended with no bids. I relisted, and relisted again and finally somebody bought it- YAAA! I only got 1 bid on it - it sold for $50.00.

3. How did you decide upon your name?

"Telsa" are the inititials of 2 of the most important people in the world-my daughters: Tierza Elizabeth & Leayah Szarai and our last name initial. "Couture" because I design, make and sell fashionable custom-made clothing & accessories.

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?

I do not belong to any group as of yet.

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

I like it all, but I think my designs are a bit vintage with a modern hip twist.

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

I do not have one specific favorite fabric or designer. Sometimes I design an outfit around a specific fabric or print and others I'll just hunt down the fabric I envision a certain design in. I can say I really like Amy Butler, but I havent done any outfits in her prints….yet.

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

Unfortunately, I have turned my husband's office into my studio-I gotta love him for being so understanding! Mostly, I do my sewing at night when the girls are asleep and I can really dive into my work. I try to be neat about it, but let's face it, we're dealing with tons of fabric, thread, patterns, sketches, etc. that things are bound to end up…well…Everywhere! I do try and clean up and somewhat organize my space after every outfit I make - or when I just can't find anything under my pile of "junk."

8. What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

I like hanging out with my family doing anything and everything under the sun. On a more personal level, I love classic movies, Billy Holiday, facials, shopping, a good book and SHOES!

Some past Telsa Couture Designs

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