I don’t know if any of you have been wondering where “Little Miss Shabby” came from…I haven’t shared much of my backround here on my blog. So, here goes…
Shortly after I got married, which was 13 years ago yesterday, I became very interested in fabric. I had never sewn before but fell in love with textiles and had to find an outlet for my fabric buying. After realizing that I couldn’t just buy fabric and have someone else create for me(namely my mom), I decided to learn how to sew (I had never sewn previous to this–no home ec.–nada). It started simply with rag quilts and some knotted blankets and then quickly moved into more complex things–I quickly realized a love for applique and many of my early quilts are hand appliqued.
After my oldest daughter was born I became more interested in children’s clothing and embarked in a slightly different direction for several years. I began making little appliqued jeans to match some of her tops and realized that there was quite a market for this sort of thing and so “Little Miss Shabby” was born. For several years I made hundreds of appliqued jeans as well as complete custom outfits. I sketched up my own applique patterns and for the most part appliqued ready made items(jeans, tees etc.).
I had a wonderful photographer friend who photographed the sets that I listed with my boutique group on Ebay. In the above set, I enlisted the help of my mom to make the little shirred top(she is such an excellent seamstress)–I then added the appliques to the top and jeans and the ruffle to the jeans as well. I don’t have an embroidery machine–all of my appliques are heat bonded and then machine stitched using a tight zig zag stitch(satin stitch).
I did a bunch of different things for people visiting Disney:
(this was on a top–the face is handpainted)
For a 4th B-day party with a Strawberry Shortcake theme:
Here my daughter, Chloe, is modeling one of the made to match jeans that I made–the top I didn’t make–just the jeans to match.
Anyhoo, you get the idea–so, I ran my happy little business for several years until the month before my 2nd daughter was born. At that time, I was getting pretty burned out–since my patterns were from scratch they required a fair amount of work. Someone would contact me saying that their 6 year old was having a birthday and she likes pink and princesses and unicorns and they would want me to design something for her to wear for her party. So, I’d sketch it up, discuss design ideas, fabrics etc. and once everything was approved I’d get cracking. It was a lot of fun but I was super busy and wanted more time to focus in other directions.
I had planned to take some time off when my youngest daughter was born (which I did). And after that, I got sucked back into quilts–shortly after my youngest daughter was born, I discovered the wonderful world of flickr(bees,swaps,quilt alongs etc.) & that’s where I’m at now. I’ve been focusing on quilts/fabrics etc. for the last year really enjoying every minute of it. I find that I really need an outlet that allows me to be creative or I go a bit crazy and get quite snaggy. =) I kept the name Little Miss Shabby after closing my business–it’s kind of cutesy, but it works for me.
So, there you have it…in case you were wondering. =)