debbisdresses

Debbi’s Dresses & Sundry Crafts

Pennsylvania, United States · 147 Sales

debbisdresses

Debbi’s Dresses & Sundry Crafts

Pennsylvania, United States 147 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(85)

Announcement   WELCOME TO MY LITTLE CORNER OF ETSY!
I have been crafting and sewing since I was very young, sitting at my Granny's feet while she crocheted or tatted or knitted.
My grandma always used to tell me that sewing skills skip a generation, so it was up to me to learn to sew. I still remember standing up on stage with the Girl’s Honor Choir. The costume was a plaid pleated skirt and a white turtleneck, so my mom decided she would make the pleated skirt without realizing that she didn’t know how to make pleats, so she gathered the skirt and that was my epiphany – I needed to learn to sew. So I sewed every chance I got.

My Barbie doll had every possible dress and costume I could come up with, so I started selling them to my girlfriend’s for $.50. When Grandma found out about my little side business, she explained to me about the business end of selling, costs of goods, time involved, etc. so the Barbie business was rapidly closed. Well, except for my own Barbie and birthday presents for my friends. I sewed most of the doll clothes at home on Mom’s electric Singer. I had no problem threading the top thread and could wind the bottom bobbin, but I couldn’t thread the bottom thread and my sisters wouldn’t teach me. So I would always wait until someone had sewed something and the bottom thread was in place to work on my doll clothes. Made for some interesting colors of threads on the dresses, but I was just happy sewing.

So Grandma encouraged me to start sewing things for myself. She was so patient with me. I still remember her fingers all wrinkled and misshapen with arthritis, but she could still make fabulous wedding dresses with hand-made tatted edgings.

She taught me how to take store-bought patterns and adapt them to be the dress I really wanted. Then I went to college on the East coast and found home-made bell bottoms and jean skirts and tie dye. I was in heaven and happy to become a hippie. My kids still call me an old hippie. But I sharpened my sewing skills again with the birth of my first child, Philomena. And renewed designing dresses with the birth of my granddaughters.

So for all the time I spent with Grandma who gave me many art skills, I dedicate my shop to Ora Hines Young.

Announcement
Last updated on Sep 1, 2016

WELCOME TO MY LITTLE CORNER OF ETSY!
I have been crafting and sewing since I was very young, sitting at my Granny's feet while she crocheted or tatted or knitted.
My grandma always used to tell me that sewing skills skip a generation, so it was up to me to learn to sew. I still remember standing up on stage with the Girl’s Honor Choir. The costume was a plaid pleated skirt and a white turtleneck, so my mom decided she would make the pleated skirt without realizing that she didn’t know how to make pleats, so she gathered the skirt and that was my epiphany – I needed to learn to sew. So I sewed every chance I got.

My Barbie doll had every possible dress and costume I could come up with, so I started selling them to my girlfriend’s for $.50. When Grandma found out about my little side business, she explained to me about the business end of selling, costs of goods, time involved, etc. so the Barbie business was rapidly closed. Well, except for my own Barbie and birthday presents for my friends. I sewed most of the doll clothes at home on Mom’s electric Singer. I had no problem threading the top thread and could wind the bottom bobbin, but I couldn’t thread the bottom thread and my sisters wouldn’t teach me. So I would always wait until someone had sewed something and the bottom thread was in place to work on my doll clothes. Made for some interesting colors of threads on the dresses, but I was just happy sewing.

So Grandma encouraged me to start sewing things for myself. She was so patient with me. I still remember her fingers all wrinkled and misshapen with arthritis, but she could still make fabulous wedding dresses with hand-made tatted edgings.

She taught me how to take store-bought patterns and adapt them to be the dress I really wanted. Then I went to college on the East coast and found home-made bell bottoms and jean skirts and tie dye. I was in heaven and happy to become a hippie. My kids still call me an old hippie. But I sharpened my sewing skills again with the birth of my first child, Philomena. And renewed designing dresses with the birth of my granddaughters.

So for all the time I spent with Grandma who gave me many art skills, I dedicate my shop to Ora Hines Young.

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(85)
Madge Phillips

Madge Phillips on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

this is the second Keep Cool Neckerchief that I have bought from Debbi. Not because the first one wore out, which is surprising considering how much I used it, but because I bragged so much about it the rest of the family wanted one too

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About

Music & Children Make the World Go Round

My husband & I have played music together for all our married life (35 wonderful years and counting) and our love of music led us into love of family. As our children came along, we stopped the road traveling and settled down to raise a family, but you can never stop playing music.
When I'm not playing music, I love creating things with whatever I find in my studio.
I am so lucky that my grandparents taught me so many crafting skills - sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting - the list is endless.
So I celebrate family and music with my shop.

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  • Crafty Deb & Hubby

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    The music we make together inspires all my creations, including my wonderful children (2) and grandchildren (3). The arrival of granddaughters re-invigorated my dress making designs and other crafts.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 11, 2013
I have been a musician most of my adult life (especially since meeting my musician husband the first day of college). Therefore, I have also been in the mainstream world of retail, wholesale, customer service, etc, since being a musician does not always mean you have steady income.
Crafting, sewing, knitting and crocheting have been a part of my life since I was very young and I have always made things for my kids and family kids as they were growing up.
With the arrival of granddaughters, I re-invested my energy to designing dresses, toys and jewelry for them and was pleased with the result, so i was encouraged to share these items with others - Etsy is my first choice.
I am very new to Etsy and building a shop, so if you have any suggestions or ideas for me, please let me know.

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Payment is accepted through Paypal and is expected before item is shipped. Other payment arrangements can be negotiated (i.e. check, money order).
Shipping
My preference for shipping is via US Postal Service, First Class (which now is trackable).
If you want to upgrade shipping to Express or Priority or add insurance, please let me know and I will give you a quote on that shipping cost.
All custom fees and taxes are the responsibilty of the buyer.

Those items listed as ready to ship will ship on the next full business day after payment is received.
Those items listed as made to order would ship within two weeks (unless otherwise noted on item) of order being placed and payment received.
Refunds and Exchanges
I strive to have happy buyers with happy products. If you are unhappy with the item you purchased from me, please let me know so we can discuss return options.
Return shipping costs are the responsibilty of the buyer.
I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping.