Handmade Children's Clothes and Baby Gifts

Brooklyn, New York · 45 Sales

Janine Hausif

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Janine Hausif


Handmade with a Mother's Love

The BASYL collection was inspired by my motherhood journey.

There were challenges with becoming a stay-at-home mother. I am usually a person who is out and about, moving and shaking. I used be a print and runway model, I owned a tech business for a few years and a dozen projects and startups in between. The point is, I was usually on the move.

When I became a SAHM (which I love, don't get me wrong), I moved at a slower pace than I was used to. There was a phase in the beginning where I felt like I wasn't doing enough. Well, one day, I took up sewing. My mother taught me how to hand-sew clothes when I was a pre-teen. I had never done it on a machine so I was excited to learn (or self-teach). Growing up, my grandmother had a very heavy and intimidating SINGER sewing machine that needed your feet in order to work!

What I found in sewing is that unlike my day-to-day life, sewing projects had a beginning and an end. It was a glorious feeling to start and end something and have the feeling of completion.

Today, I sew for fun, I sew for friends, I make gifts for family, and most recently started this Etsy store! Since I have a baby and a toddler and I love the cuteness of baby clothes and accessories- I've started out making just that. I find complete and utter joy in sewing. I never thought I'd say THAT, but I really love doing it.

The store name, BASYL, is my father's nickname (Basil, pronounced bah-SILL) with a twist. Beyond, having a huge impact in my life, my father, my youngest daughter and I share the same birthday so he's pretty special to me! :)

For that, I dedicate my work to his/our legacy and a portion of my proceeds goes to the American Holistic Health Association, as he died of a heart attack in 2002.

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