Designer of the Week - Portabellopixie

This week get to know Sandi of Portabellopixie . She has two children; Eliza age 3 and Ethan 1.5. Check out her blog to see what's going on:

See her current eBay auctions: Portabellopixie

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

SANDI: Wow..I have created things pretty much as far back as I can remember. But my first real memory of sewing is my Grandmother teaching me how to sew a baby blanket when I was around 8. From then on, I pretty much always sewed. I made my prom dresses because I just couldn't find what I wanted in the stores. When my daughter was born, I really started sewing much more often for her.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

SANDI: I started selling on ebay when I ran into the boutique community on accident and saw what money could be made. I had just had Eliza and I was desperate to make some income from home so I wouldn't have to return to work. I also sell on Blossom Street in the Villa Fresca Neighborhood. Before ebay-I was a phlebotomist! (I drew blood for a living LOL).

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

SANDI: I started in the applique overalls business. I thoroughly expected them to go for $80 and was down right shocked when they sold for $7. I still think they were pretty cute though!

JM: How did come up with your name, Portabellopixie ?

SANDI: Ahh..I love my name! I wanted something really different. When I started was right around the time that another group on ebay was having problems with people using their name, and they eventually ended up having to change it. I didn't want to ever have that problem, so I decided to create my own word that would describe me. Portabello comes from Portobello Road. (not the mushroom as I heard a lot in the beginning) You can find anything in Portobello Road! In short, it's eclectic. Pixie is fun and girly. I thought that pretty much summed up my designs, eclectic, with a vintage feel but fun and pretty at the same time. Portabellopixie.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

SANDI: I am currently not in a group. I'm looking for the perfect permanent fit!

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

SANDI: I have a beloved collection of vintage patterns that I love to draw inspiration from. I usually use a bodice from arm from that, make up my own part of this.. So in short, I guess I just like to make things that aren't something you can find on the rack in a store!

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

SANDI: I am dabbling in fabric design right now and love it. But I definitely have a long way to go, it is the most creative thing I have ever done.

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

SANDI:Well, we recently traveled to Disneyland and loved it! But if I could go somewhere that was being paid by another person? Fiji.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

SANDI: I have played the piano for pretty much as long as I can remember, yoga, gardening, and I love going to the movies.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

SANDI:If you are thinking about plunging into the boutique world, do it! I have made so many amazing friends through this community. And it has allowed me to stay home with my kids. It can be a tough climb, but it is so fun!

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Natalie | Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:12 PM | flag
If I want to get into fabric design. Can you tell me how to get started? I have 3 children and desperately need to work. I would like to work from home. Personal reasons. PS I love your children's clothing line. email thanks.

Geeta | Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:33 PM | flag
Congrats Sandi! You deserve this! let me now read....

Eva (freshandvintage) | Tuesday, May 1, 2007 5:01 AM | flag
OOOPS!! That last post was me Sandi girl. Sorry, I thought my anme was permannetly signed in-LOL! Hugs, Eva

| Tuesday, May 1, 2007 5:00 AM | flag
It is so fun to learn more about you Sandi! Now, I can picture you doing yoga and playing the piano-two verrrrry cool things I must say. Congratulations on the interview. Good luck with everything-especially the fabric designing.

Patty/modkidboutique | Monday, April 30, 2007 7:45 PM | flag
What a great interview! Congratulations on the feature, Sandi! You deserve the spotlight!!! :)

Gigi | Monday, April 30, 2007 12:40 PM | flag
Congrats, Sandi, on being Designer of the Week! Great interview :)

Michelle saudishoppingqueen | Monday, April 30, 2007 11:59 AM | flag
Congratulations Sandi!!! Loved your interview! I esp enjoyed reading about how you chose your name....such meaning! You give such inspiration to many! All the best with your newest venture...fabric design! Wow! You truly just keep amazing me! Smiles!

Sandi | Monday, April 30, 2007 9:55 AM | flag
Thank you so much girls! You're all so sweet. :)

Chelsea - vintage*chic boutique | Thursday, April 26, 2007 6:44 PM | flag
Congrats Sandi!!! Great interview:) ~Chelsea

Mary (craft addict/flourishes) | Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:41 PM | flag
Congratulations, Sandi! Loved the interview, especially the story behind your name.

Ash (in.full.bloom) | Wednesday, April 25, 2007 10:37 AM | flag
Great interview Sandi!! Your pieces are always stunning...I am looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in fabric design!!

Timi | Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:28 PM | flag
Congrats Sandi! Your an amazing designer...LOVED the interview :)

kristen ~ gock's frocks | Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:08 AM | flag
Sandi, Congratulations! I am honored to be on the same page with you! I love your designs, Eliza ia adorable and I love to see what is new on your blog! I can't wait to see what you have planned next!

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