Etsy Monday: Miss Brache

by Lisa on September 1st, 2009

This week’s Etsy Monday features Miss Brache, an Etsy store I hold near and dear to my heart.  Why?  Because my purchase from this shop marks the one and only time when I have purchased a piece of custom-made clothing, which I absolutely love!  Please allow me to introduce you all to…

I randomly found Miss Brache on Etsy quite a while ago and was immediately smitten.  The dresses and other items created by shop owner Diane are simply amazing.  And here’s the best part – all of her items can be made to fit anyone between sizes 0-24.  Tell me – how often do you see that?

Let me show you some of the items that can currently be found at Miss Brache:

You all know how much I love yellow, so it should come as no surprise to you how much I love this Hello DeeDee Dress:

Not only is the size customizable – but the color is, too!

Check out this Juliana Dress:

Wouldn’t it make a wonderful bridesmaid dress?  I just love that shade of navy.

If you’re feeling saucy, Diane even makes and sells petticoats that you can wear under the dress, for a little bit of extra oomph!

That’s pretty fun, don’t you think?  So fun for a night of dancing!

I also love this Boogie Trumpet Halter Dress:

I don’t know about you, but it really makes me want to go on a picnic.  Or square dancing.

Diane was gracious enough to answer a few questions about Miss Brache!  Enjoy!

1. When did you begin designing/making clothes?

Since I was a little girl. Halloween and being poor was the catalyst. My mother always made my sister and myself the best costumes. We were always first and second place in Miami’s San Juan Social Club’s (a Puerto Rican Club) yearly ball. By the time I was in High School I was making my own clothes, so I can save my Pizza Hut money for a car. We had a sewing class in high school and we had a big fashion show once. Everyone one supposed to wear what they had made but at the last minute many of my classmates used garments I made.


2. What was the first thing you ever made?

I have very early memories of hand sewing doll’s clothes with my Grandmother. I also remember one Mother’s Day trying to make my mother breakfast in bed which turned out to be a disaster. In an attempt to butter bread perfectly, I had gone through an entire loaf. To top that off I ended up just putting one gigantic lump of butter in between two pieces of bread so I didn’t break it.

3. Where do you draw the inspiration for your fun designs?

Mostly from real life. I just try and think of what I would like to wear to certain events. I’m also constantly looking at street style for inspiration.

4. The saying on your masthead, “You’re beautiful just the way you are,” is lovely. When did that become your motto?

It’s sort of always been my personal motto. I’m always saying it to friends and myself. I think it’s really important for people to feel happy with the way they are. In today’s society it’s hard to feel beautiful. Especially, with plastic surgery and photoshop. I think that women should love their bodies no matter the shape and not worry about what other people think.

5. If you had one signature item, what would you say that it is?

Maybe my Lucy Jumper or Reversible Party Dress. I love versatility in a garment, so you get more bang for your buck.


6. Do you accept custom orders?

About half of my work is custom orders and everything is made to measure. I end up making many Bridal Party dresses and those get customized quite a bit.

Thanks so much, Diane!!

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I am looking for new shops to feature on Etsy Monday. If you own an Etsy store, or know someone who does and doesn’t mind answering a few questions, please send an email to: fantabulouslyfrugal@gmail.com

One Response

  1. Shaina says:

    Wow, so pretty!