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Many people confuse my business name as my own, when in fact it is derived from both my husband and my name. Davina is the feminine version of David and Dawn is my middle name. Our oldest daughter shares my middle name while our middle daughter has Davina as her middle name so that she could be named after her father. My husband and I discovered that we loved the name Davina Dawn, after naming our daughters, and held it as a special name to be used in the future. The name means "Beloved Morning", and although we didn't incorporate her name into the business name, our youngest daughter was born on a beautiful, beloved Sunday morning.
I have been sewing for over 38 years, making clothing for myself and family, home decorations including curtains, drapes, table and bed linens, doll clothing, simple quilts, alterations, etc. I started sewing when I was 14 years old making some simple outfits and dresses and mending my own clothing. When I was preparing to get married, I made my own wedding dress. After this, I made curtains for our home(s), home linens, maternity clothes, work dresses, Christening gowns, as well as many intricate infant and toddler dresses and outfits, and gifts for family and friends. My experience only expanded as my husband and daughters required clothing to be mended or altered, including custom dresses when the girls were younger. In addition I taught our daughters how to sew themselves while I home-schooled them. With their lessons, I made sure that they had the opportunity to learn how to sew, from basic hand stitching to using the sewing machine.
My sewing business started after I became a stay-at-home mom while home-schooling our daughters, with my making doll clothing upon the request of our middle daughter when she was younger. With the encouragement and request of family and friends, I started making doll clothing for the popular play dolls, and the doll clothing portion of my business quickly expanded to custom doll clothing for those looking for replica clothing for their vintage dolls. miniature bridal replica's or replica's representing historical family members. I now have a large doll collection which are used as models for many of the doll fashions I create.
Early on the request came for miniature wedding dress replica's, which has become a popular request. The miniature wedding dress replica's, along with any other special doll clothing orders, are made using photo's provided by the customer. Personal attention is given to the details that each dress or outfit requires, and generally patterns have to be drafted as most custom orders are unique to the individual requests that come in.
My sewing business has grown over the past ten years, which continues to include custom doll clothing, miniature wedding dress replica's, to now providing other online products and a vast variety of alteration work along with custom sewing services to meet the variety of requests that I receive. Included in these services, I will take one's bridal dress and transform it into an heirloom Christening gown or other requested item. In addition, I will create special gowns for flower girls, baptisms, and communions, as well as beautiful infant dresses. In reality, my services are varied, providing you the opportunity to purchase online or request what you are looking to have custom made for your special occasion, your home, or gift giving needs.
In the very near future, I plan to start some sewing lessons for local customers who have shared their interest in learning some basic skills so that they can do of their own mending.
The products provided through Davina Dawn Sewing Specialties, from doll clothing, infant items, baby/infant blankets, misc. items such as totes and therapeutic bags, through home decoration are all personally hand-sewn by myself (unless otherwise noted in the product description), with attention to detail and quality workmanship. One cannot compare custom work or independently sewn items to what you might find at your local department stores, so you will not find that I am competitive in price, but you will receive a professionally crafted product.
I continue to take custom orders for most anything someone has an idea for, and provide other services such as alterations, mending, etc. as well as sew other items to have on hand for this web-site. Bridal and other formal alterations have increased over the last couple of years and more recently I have been providing mending services, taking on small mending work as well as large baskets of mending. This has been warmly received by those who don't have the time to conquer the growing pile in their homes, as well as those who enjoy quality garments, saving them from having to purchase new ones. I look at each request as an opportunity to provide a quality and personal service.
As a part of my business, the charity work that I currently provide, when time allows and donated fabrics are received, is that I make Kanga Shirts for moms of preemie babies for our local hospital. These are made and given to the moms with no obligation on their part to pay for or return them.
What started out to be a part-time business, has now turned to full-time, serving customers/clients from NH and across the USA. Occasionally I provide custom seamstress services out of the country, but this is rare.
Prior to starting my seamstress business, I was an accountant for 16 years, before stepping down to be at home with our daughters in 1995. My specialty was cost accounting & managed in financial accounting in manufacturing as well as financial accounting in the health care field. After being home for ten years, I decided to venture into the medical field where in 2006 I received my NH LNA followed by receiving my CST (Surgical Technologist certificate) in Aug 2008. If the right opportunity had showed itself, I would have ventured into specializing in women's health. My medical career allowed me to be a LNA for 4 years along with some time as a CST for a short time after receiving my certificate at a small surgical center for a few months, then later at a small community hospital. Currently, due to a variety of reasons, I have stepped outside the medical field for a short time.
My many interests include spending time with my husband and daughters, flute playing, hiking, camping, walking, canoeing, reading, sewing and many other crafts, gardening, listening to classical, Christian, Celtic and country music, deep sea fishing or spending time on the coast or in the mountains. There's such a sense of peace while being on the ocean waters or close to heaven while on the top of the mountains.
Recent family news: Our oldest daughter Heather married New Years Eve 2009, graduated in 2008, Magnum Cum Laude in Music & Sound Recording, from UNH of CT.. She continues her studies towards her masters in education. Our daughter Holly graduated 2010, majoring in Photography and has started her own photography business (www.littlerollafilm.com), where she specializes in children, family, animal photography. In addition she works full time as a district manager at our local newspaper. Our youngest daughter Jennifer is in her senior year of High School and plans to attend college for youth Pyschology.
Many thanks to family, friends and clients who have provided me support, opportunities and word of mouth referrals.
I look forward to serving you with my seamstress skills.
2010 Family Heather's Wedding
2009 Family Photo's
"For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment."
~ James 2:13 ~
Last Updated 01/15/2012
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