Fawn Choate, Fashion Designer

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Fashion Designer,  Seaside Stitching

Marblehead, MA

 

Tell us about you! (who you are and what you do)

During the Covid pandemic, I decided to close my bookkeeping company and retire. With time now on my hand, I took up an old hobby of sewing again. Converting the spare bedroom into a working sewing room, I began to reacquaint myself with the sewing machine. It wasn’t long before I began making pocketbooks, backpacks, aprons, and other items. From there it turned into custom bedding for RVs and Boats, along with recovering cushions, and roman shades for people. Well, it wasn’t long before my one machine became 4 machines, and the hobby became a business. We do local craft and artisan expo’s during the fall, but a large portion of the business has become custom orders. I still enjoy designing and creating new handbags/duffle bags, and always have a fair amount on my website for sale. There is still time for me to make myself the occasional piece of clothing.

 

What would your clients say about you and your business?

That I am slow in finishing the project because I am too picky about how it comes out.

What is something few people know about you?

I like to sail and ski

 

What advice would you give to new entrepreneurs?

Stay the course, be yourself, and do not let other people distract you from the big picture.

 

What is your go-to app or tool to use in your business?

As a former bookkeeper, I would say QuickBooks, good bookkeeping will always tell the truth on how your business is doing financially.

 

Where would you like to be in your career in five years?

I am not sure where I want to be in 5 years, I am working on staying present.

 

How has Women Entrepreneurs Network helped you?

There is such an array of professions, and ideas on problem solving. The speakers are informative, there is always a take away or 2. It is a great group of knowledgeable problem solving people.

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February 3, 2021