Monday, February 21, 2011

A little Joy

As a member of the
Etsy Kids team, I'm excited to start a small mini-series, highlighting other members through occasional interviews. The first interview is with Sarah from Joyfully Sewn Designs.  Every item in her Etsy shop has been individually and lovingly made by her. You will find everything from feminine dresses to jumpers, tops, skirts and more. Here's a little bit more about her....
1. How long have you been sewing?
I've grown up sewing little things here and there, but I really got seriously into sewing about 11 years ago right after finishing high school. My grandma taught me to sew and passed on her love of it to me as well as modeling for me the joy of serving others through sewing. I've began doing custom sewing for friends in 2000 and gradually branched out to friends of friends over the years. In the fall of 2009, I decided to step out into the world of online sewing and opened an Etsy shop - Joyfully Sewn Designs.

2. What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration comes from seeing or hearing of the joy my outfits have given to the little (or not so little) girls who have received them. I love to know that I can create something that will give others pleasure! :)

3. What is your favorite time of day to work?
Morning is my favorite time of day to work although I usually enjoy sewing any time of the day. In the morning I'm fresh and ready to tackle whatever project is next on my list!

4. Do you have a favorite item in your shop?
Nope, sorry. :) I like nearly everything I make. :)

5. Who are the adorable models in your shop?
Aren't they cute?! :) My sweet, willing models are girls from church who gladly play dress up for me, and daughters of friends who have generously offered to do pictures for me in exchange for some sewing. :)

6. Can you explain the process of a custom order? Do you send the customer a sketch first?
Most of my custom orders come from someone who has seen something in my shop that they like, but they need it in a different size and/or color. I ask my customer to tell me what they are looking for, and then I go to the fabric store to check on fabric possibilities for them. I then send the customer pictures of fabric choices. Once they have chosen their fabric, I get measurements from them, and start on their order. When I'm doing an order for a specific person, I like to make a custom size to make sure the outfit will fit that person's unique build. 

7. What are three words that describe your shop?
Cute, feminine, and modest

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I really don't know - wherever the Lord leads me. :)

9. What do you like to do when you're not sewing?
When I'm not sewing, I love to read, cook, bake, play with my niece and nephews or the children at church, enjoy God's beautiful creation, read money saving blogs, and enter blog giveaways! :)

10. Anything else you would like to share?
You can include the coupon code ETSYKIDSPROMOTE for 10% off in my shop through the end of February. Also my blog address is

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