Mandy Boies, 31, of Marion, just wanted a unique dress for her young daughter Reagan.
“I wanted to make a dress for her that was fun and unique, something I couldn’t find in a store,” she says.
Since she loves patterned fabric and knows her way around a sewing machine, Boies started experimenting with a pattern she found online.
“I learned a lot in the process of making the dress, but after the dress was finished, you could say I was hooked,” Boies says.
So, she made another and another. Dozens of dresses (and shirts) later, she launched Hudson Shea Boutique this summer.
Nap time has turned into Boies’ chance to sew her custom children’s apparel — dresses, skirts, appliquéd t-shirts, cardigan onesies and bowties — that give little one’s a style all their own.
Q: What three words best describe what you do?
A: One-of-a-kind, fun, love.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I am inspired by different sewing groups I belong to on Facebook. I find so many cute things in that group. Fabric also inspires me. There’s nothing better than finding a fabric and knowing exactly what you want to use it for. And I find inspiration in my daughter. She is very picky about her clothing, so if it isn’t comfy, it’s not going to work.
Q: Do you remember your first craft project?
A: I was in 4-H when I was younger, so I was always doing some type of project. But I was around 9 years old when I made my first quilt with my mom’s help.
Q: What’s the best part about being a crafty/creative person?
A: I love to be challenged and love coming up with new ideas. Also, it really is a great feeling to complete something and to see the final product.
Q: What advice do you have to offer others who have a creative hobby or passion that they could turn into a job?
A: Even though I am just starting out, I love every minute of it. There is no better feeling than to see my daughter’s or a customer’s eyes light up when they get to see their new dress or skirt and give it a twirl. My advice to other’s who have a creative hobby or passion would be to do what they love and follow their dreams. They will never regret it.
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