A creative eye and a love of rockabilly has helped Stacey Taylor turn her passion into a career.
The Shepparton woman recently started her own business The Little Taylor, producing handmade pinup dolls.
Also known as The Little Tats, the fully customisable dolls come with arm tattoos, costume make-up and floral gowns.
Stacey’s love for sewing started 16 years ago when she took textiles classes in high school.
‘‘I couldn’t find anything to fit my short body, so I decided to make my own dresses,’’ Stacey said.
After making her own clothes for many years, Stacey took her passion one step further and began designing rockabilly gowns.
‘‘My friends and I wanted something different to wear, so I decided to get into the pin-up scene,’’ she said.
After a lot of trial and error, Stacey produced her first Little Tats doll, and from there her collection started to grow.
‘‘All of the dolls are handmade, a lot of time goes into making them,’’ Stacey said.
Stacey said all her designs are customised for the client, making every creation unique.
‘‘Everything from eye colour to skin colour can be customised to suit people’s complexion,’’ she said.
‘‘Diversity is a big seller its all about representation really to have a doll that matches you.’’
Stacey’s skill and determination has not gone unnoticed, with her mother Janet believing fabric and a needle have always fit well inside her daughter’s hands.
‘‘She started sewing in high school and never stopped,’’ Janet said.
‘‘Sewing really is her thing, I’m so proud.’’
Stacey has also started working on her first male Little Tats, with a plan to expand her collection in the future.
‘‘I have a passion for this, I’m really enjoying it,’’ Stacey said.
The Little Tats will be available at Culture Tree, Shepparton and NewsXpress Riverside.
Check out the full collection of dolls at www.facebook.com/ Thelittletaylor/