Monday, April 4, 2011

Giveaway & Interview with Chris from Curby's Closet--Unique Babywear

Today I'm excited to introduce you to Chris Anderson, the designer behind Curby's Closet Patterns. I'm sure you will fall in love with these adorable patterns as quickly as I did! Chris has also graciously given me patterns for a give-away, so look for the rules for that at the end of this post. Now, on to the interview:

FL: Tell us a bit about yourself and family.

Chris from Curby's Closet
I am a wife, mother and homemaker. I have been for many years. Now that my boys are grown I have had more time to do some of the creative things that I have always enjoyed. Curby's Closet has very much been a family affair and my husband has played a huge part in keeping me organized and with sales. My oldest son has helped me with improving my sales and my younger son has done most of the graphic design. We live in sunny Southern California and live fairly close to the great beaches and lovely mountains.

Quilted Baby Ballet Shoes
FL:  How long have you been designing patterns, and how did you get started?

I have been designing patterns for about 1 1/2 years now.  I never thought that this would be something that I could ever do or would enjoy. So it's been a fun surprise! That's why my first pattern #101 is simply titled Quilted Baby Shoe. I really had no idea how they would go over and if I could design any other styles. But they were such a great hit, I just kept on going!

Quilted Baby Cowboy Boots
FL: Who in your life influenced your love of sewing? How?

My love for sewing began at a very young age and was instilled in me by my mother and grandmother. I can vividly remember sitting at their feet and being taught how to mend and sew. My grandmother made me a cute little sewing kit which included needle, thread, pins etc. I thought that I was so grown up. I loved to design and make little outfits for my dolls.
 

Quilted Baby Loafers
FL: What is your favorite part of the design process?

My favorite part of the design process is taking the drawings that are scratched on paper and to actually make it out of quilted fabric or just fabric and have it look even better than I thought it would!  It always amazes me when it comes together and works out just right.

Quilted Baby Mary Jane
FL: Do you have a story behind any of your patterns that you can share?  

This little pattern business actually began as I was restoring and selling vintage baby clothes and customers wanted to have a pair of baby shoes to go with them. That is how the first little shoe came about. They were so popular that a friend encouraged me to make a pattern so quilters and sewers could make their own. 
Petite Bug Bag Purse
FL: What advice would you give to anyone looking to design their own pattern line? 

Do not tell yourself that "you can't" because trust me "you can" and you may find that you love and enjoy it a lot more than you ever dreamed.


Quilted Baby Shoe
FL: And finally, tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My full name is Christeve because I was born on Christmas Eve! Kind of different I know, needless to say that's why I go by Chris.


Thanks, Chris, for sharing with us, and for the pattern give-away! Aren't her patterns just so cute?! Click here to see the listings for her patterns. And here's how you can win a copy of her Quilted Baby Shoes and Petite Bug Bag Purses patterns--all you need to do is leave a comment below saying which pattern (out of all of them) you like best. For an extra entry just Blog, Tweet, or Facebook the contest. (If you Tweet, make sure to mention @FabricLovers and @Curby's Closet.) Then come back and leave an additional comment saying you've done so. I'll choose the winner via Random.org on Monday at 9 am PT, April 11. Good Luck!
 

22 comments:

  1. I love the cowboy boots pattern!

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  2. I like the Quilted Baby Ballet Shoe pattern the best! Please enter me in the contest.

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  3. Jennifer FraunfelderApril 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Oh my goodness. They are all so precious. It's hard to pick a favorite because I love them all. But if I have to choose just one, I would go with the Quilted Cowboy boots pattern. oh wait...the ballet shoe..oh no. I cant choose just one. haha.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I am definitely going to have to pick up the boots pattern. email address is (JenniferDannielle (at) comcast (dot) net)

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  4. My favorites are the Quilted Baby Ballet Shoes and the Quilted T-straps.

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  5. They are all so cute. But really love the quilted ballet shoes.

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  6. Those cowboy boots are the cutest things I've seen in a long time. I wonder if I can enlarge the pattern to a Women's size 10?

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  7. i adore the ballets. they are so fashionable and adorable! the mary janes come in a close second!

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  8. ditto on all comments! i even think the loafers are cute.....'must have' the cowboy boots, tho!! thanks for sharing and keeping me on your mailing list.....jb

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  9. I think that they are all sweet. I just found out that I am going to be a GM and I will have a Grand-daughter which is a change as I had 5 sons. So I am looking forward to sewing for her. I think that I like the baby Mary Janes as I know how those little feet can kick. The boots are fun too.
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  10. Thanks for your interview. It was nice meeting you. The shoes are just darling. You've inspired me to have a little more confidence in my ability. Thanks.

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  11. I think these are adoreable! I like the Quilted Baby Shoe the most because of the ribbon, but the Baby Mary Jane are a really close second choice.
    Some friends of my parents have a granddaughter that has the name Christeven. The mom's name was Christen and dad was Steven, so they combined them. Take care!

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  12. @Nancy D.What a neat story about your friend's granddaughter. I love unusual names, and it's even better when there's a story behind it!

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  13. @AnonymousI love those cowboy boots, too! Glad you're on our mailing list!

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  14. @AnonymousHave fun with that new little girl when she arrives!

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  15. @Marguerite Thanks Marguerite, looking forward to working with you!

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  16. I have two small granddaughters and the Baby Mary Janes are too cute. I would love to make each of them a pair. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I adore the baby ballet shoes- so darling! Thanks for giving us a chance to win these shoes and purse. bimbi9 at verizon dot net

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  18. I especially like the baby t-strap and the cowboy boots. We are expecting a new grandchild soon so when he or she is born I'm going to make one or both of the patterns. Please enter me in the drawing --I really love all of the patterns.

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  19. Love the cowboy boots! :)

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  20. My favorite is the Quilted Baby Mary Janes - so cute!

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  21. @angelique meyer Angelique, you are the winner of this contest! Please send an email to Sabra(at)FabricLovers(dot)com with your shipping address so we can mail them to you!

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  22. Just darling are they all. I am partial to the black and white ones

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