Bespoke fashion that helps you express yourself

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Bespoke fashion that helps you express yourself

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Announcement   Thank you for shopping with us! You'll find handmade ready-to-wear apparel, handbags and other fashion accessories. We also have ePatterns, home decor elements to choose from.


Last updated on Jan 7, 2016

Thank you for shopping with us! You'll find handmade ready-to-wear apparel, handbags and other fashion accessories. We also have ePatterns, home decor elements to choose from.

Lillian Grant Gonzales

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Lillian Grant Gonzales


Designer Mommy from Cali

My name is Lillian, and I am the maker, designer and owner of byLillianVernell, a small sewing studio in my home in Northern California. ByLillianVernell represents and exists by one simple statement: “wake-up inspired to just live life!”

I enjoy the handmade process, and my approach to what is going on inside my head. Teaching myself to sew, and then to move into a seemingly complicated medium as leather, has been such a humbling experience. All my leather locally-sourced or up-cycled from old garments found in various places, like flea markets, second hand stores, even garage sales. Finding my leathers this way means that my bags will be unique and limited in quantity. If I find a large enough piece that can create 2 or 3 bags that’s great, but the majority of my remnant pieces make one large bag, then a small wallet, or there’s just enough scraps leftover to use as accent details on other bags. In this way I ensure there is little to no waste which means nothing ends up in the garbage. My design process is pretty simple. I think of something in my head, I do my best to transplant that image from my head to my sketch book. On occasion things get a little muddled during this step, so I may have to leave it for a bit and come back to it later with a fresh pair of eyes. This helps because sometimes I can look at an incomplete sketch and come up with a complete different idea and revise it on the fly. This is a great way to exercise my creative muscle constantly. Once I finalize the design on paper, I pattern. Nothing too technical, just a simple straight ruler, curve ruler, and kraft paper will suffice. Once I decide on the dimensions, I move on to creating the pattern. I’m usually thinking a million steps ahead, so on the pattern pieces I indicate the materials I want for that particular element, that way I can pull it months later and have an idea of my thought process at the time of conception. Once the design and pattern is made, I’ll begin making a bag. I have a bad habit of being impatient so at this point I’m slicing into my leather. Not a good thing to do! So I’m trying to get into the habit of creating a test piece using scrap pieces, or muslin, etc., that way I can make mistakes and adjustments without ruining my good (and costly) leather. But most of the time, I really love my results, even the “mistakes”. I also find though that the more time I spend on the sketch and the pattern, the more accurate the end result.

I have not really entered into the realm of custom work, though; I am working on giving people more options to create the lining of their choice. All my bags come with a standard 2 pockets; a zipper and a slider. But everyone’s needs are different. So if I can deliver more to my customer based on their needs, that would make everyone involved, myself included, truly happy. My jewelry is perfectly customizable in that I can create any color, add any desired text. I think that makes the experience and connection with my customers that much more personal. And I think that’s the exciting thing about running a business on Etsy. It’s business, yes, but how often do you get the opportunity to connect with mainstream big company designers on a piece of by them you’ve been eying? Not often, if at all; so that brings complete satisfaction as a maker and business owner.

I believe so much inspiring and motivating. We can motivate and inspire others through our actions, through conversations, and shared interests. But what can we do to inspire ourselves? We may read, or participate in an activity, or go to a special place. But can those things be done daily, or are we limited by time or circumstance? I use my jewelry designs to bring a positive message to a person’s every day. Meaning that going to the office for 8 to 10 hours a day no longer has to be uninspiring. A piece of jewelry can fill that void by announcing a moving haiku, or personal mantra. A handbag or other accessory featuring a nice pop of color, or simple design can add enough oomph to an ensemble that causes the wearer to walk a little taller because they have something no one else has. It’s nice to be a part of a person’s journey that way. It’s definitely inspiring to me. So I want to pay it forward the best I can; by presenting more designs and putting more of myself into my work by continuing to improve myself and my technique. I’ve always created things, since I was small. I remember making dollhouses out of cardboard, Barbie clothes out of scrap fabrics from my mom’s stash when she sewed for myself and my sisters. I loved to draw, and really just dabble in anything linked to art. I got caught up in corporate life as an adult, and lost sight of that. But now that I’m a mom and wife, I want to do all I can to stay close to my loves; my hubby and my kids, and never have to end up wasting away in the cubicle life


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  • Lillian Vernell

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I'm a stay @home wife & mom to 2 young boys. I've always enjoyed crafting & being creative. I recently taught myself to sew, & am now sewing the designs I've created over the years. I hope you enjoy what I've come up with and all that is to come!

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