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Posted on February 8, 2014

Meet the Maker – Evie & Liv

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Meet the Maker- Evie & Liv

Today we meet the lovely Alicia from Evie & Liv ~

Tell us about your business:

Evie & Liv is a children’s clothing business, that focuses on upcycling and using organic fabrics to lessen our impact on planet Earth. I make mostly for girls (because I have two), but there are some items for boys too.

 

What inspired you to start your business?

Becoming a SAHM when my first daughter was born, I started to make some clothes for her as a creative outlet. After a while, she had more than enough clothes, but I wanted to keep sewing because I enjoyed creating so much. So I decided to start an Etsy shop 6 years ago.

 

Is there an interesting anecdote behind your business name?

I named it after my daughters Evelyn and Livinia, known around here as Evie & Liv, I just liked the sound of it for a business, and they enjoy seeing their names on my labels and tags.

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 What is the most satisfying part of what you do?

Being able to repurpose fabrics into something useful, unique and beautiful. Sometimes I find clothes, doilies,tea towels, blankets, curtains etc that have stains or holes, or are shabby around the edges, and I can cut around the imperfections to create something new.

 

Have you tried something in business that didnt work as planned, or on the flip side “ worked out better than expected?

Having local businesses ask to stock my items- it’s the biggest compliment, but it can be scary to approach a business for fear that they might not like your product. Thankfully I had a great response, and people started to recognise my work when I met them at markets.

 

What would be your best tip for someone thinking about selling their handcrafted goods?

Try to focus on a small range to start with- this is something I struggle with as my head is always buzzing with new ideas, pulling me into all sorts of directions. Do one or a few things really well, do what you’re good at.

 

What is your favourite item you make? 

I make blanket dresses from woollen blankets and embellish them with vintage doilies. It’s fun matching doilies to the blanket colours. They are very warm for winter.

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 Any personal or business highlights in the last year:

Having two articles about what I do published in The Weekly Review and Geelong Coast Magazine. I was asked to do both interviews (one with a photo-shoot involving my daughters) within the space of a few weeks, which was a bit of a surprise.

 

3 things about you that people might not know:

  • I’m a qualified massage therapist and reflexologist
  •  We keep 6 chickens in our backyard
  •  I make my own soap

Do you have an Australian handmade business that you would like to see featured in our Meet the Maker series- why not drop us an email for our Questionnaire.

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