15 Jun 2008

Artisan of the Week, Christel of Boutique Mia

A few weeks ago I asked the question "Who would you like to see featured..." on the etsy forum and Christel's name was put forward and after taking a look at her shop I agreed she would be a great person to ask to be featured. She makes such beautiful clothes. Simple clean lines, gorgeous fabrics and attention to detail all make her clothes shout "Quality!". So here is Christel's interview.

1.Could you please introduce us to who you are and what you do?

I am a European that moved to the states and now feel like an American at heart. My career all began with me sewing the sweetest little pillowcase top/dress for my daughter. After that, I couldn’t stop the flow of creativity! Boutique Mia blossomed from there. I now have created several different styles of dresses for girls and even some for adults. My designs are clean and elegant for all ages (but mainly geared for kids), with a touch of Scandinavian inspiration.

2.What led you to take up your craft?
Ever since I can remember I always told my mom, dad and anybody that would listen, I wanted to be a fashion designer. Actually even went to school for it, but felt I had to grow up and it would only be dream, never reality. So I went into the corporate world for 10 years. But finally realized there had to be more to life; Quit my job, sold our house and most of our belongings, moved overseas to travel and live. We ended up missing the States too much, so we moved back shortly after. We downsized everything, and relocated in Dallas, Texas. One day I took out my sewing machine to create and haven’t stopped since. If someone had asked me 10 years ago if I would be designing clothes, I would have laughed and told them “no way”. I could not be happier.

3.Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
When I get a new fabric, and it turns into something new and beautiful. I love all the aspects of Boutique Mia, the creative side, the business side, truly all the aspects. I can’t forget my customers, I often tell myself how fortunate I am to have “the” best customers.

4.Which part do you find hardest?
Saying no, when I have customers asking for a rush, I’m never able to say no.

5.Where do you hope to be in 1 year's time?
It may sound silly, but I've said from day one: “I want to be on Oprah talking about Boutique Mia.” I know when I've accomplished that; I've really made it!

6.What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I try to live by this saying:
"Most of what you obtain in life will be because of your discipline. Discipline is perhaps more important than ability." By Christine Darden

7.Name other artisans sites/shops would you recommend are worth a visit?
My dearest friend: Green Apple Boutique
The beat fabric store on Etsy: Fabric Supplies
The creator of my logo: Bitsy Creations
My favourite label make: Custom Couture Label Co

8.What is your favourite sandwich filling?
Remulade (it’s a Danish thing - my husband thinks it’s nasty...lol)

Thank you Christel for joining in with our blog. Your bold use of colours and pattern with such simple lines is stunning. I look forward to the day we see you sitting on Oprah's couch. I wish you every success in the future.


  1. You did a great interview..She does lovely work..

  2. Great interview! OMG I just love her work! I want to go sit in that nice, clean closet of hers. I'm jealous! It's so peaceful!

  3. I enjoyed reading your interview you had up! I thought it was great hearing that a successful shop started at square one! Because sometimes I think -myself included- forgets that!
    Congratulations on your success.. and I love your dresses!


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