A mother’s blog turns into a children’s clothing store.
Gracefully Made Boutique offers personalized and handmade children’s clothing and accessories. All clothing and bows featured in the online store are handmade from start to finish by owner Corey Buckman. Additionally, Corey partners with other U.S.-based women business owners to provide high-quality retail options such as graphic tees, stockings/tights, socks and accessories. other unique gifts.
Corey says, “Gracefully Made originally started as a blog when I started navigating my role as a bonus mom. As our family dynamic continued to change, so did my blog. When our daughter was born in 2019, I started asking for a sewing machine all the time to make her adorable little dresses. My husband bought me one for Mother’s Day, and I made my first dress that night. It started out as a hobby and something fun to do on the side, but quickly grew into a business. In a short time, the Gracefully Made blog became Gracefully Made Boutique.
Gracefully Made’s edge over the competition is the personal touch Corey strives to bring to every project. Corey enjoys building personal relationships with his clients. It’s her custom garment process that really allows her to get to know her customers. One of Corey’s favorite parts of his job is seeing his products appear in photos commemorating special events like the first day of school, family photos and everything in between.
Growing up in South Carolina, Corey says flowy summer dresses, neutral tones and schoolgirl bows will never go out of style. As Gracefully Made grew, it focused on focusing on the “Vintage Designs, Timeless Style” brand. As for the fabric, you won’t find any loaded characters or patterns in the store. Instead, you’re more likely to find vintage florals or neutral earth tones from the Lowcountry of its home state — especially those swamp browns and tans, ocean blues and greens, and spectrum. from a sailor’s sky. In terms of clothing shapes and details, Corey leans more towards classic dresses, summer rompers, ruffles and jumpers. In a world trying to rush childhood, Corey says she wants the style of her clothes to be timeless. She wants to let the kids be little as long as possible, dressing them in classic styles that can be passed down from brother to brother.
“While I often make my own clothes to match my daughter, I do not currently intend to offer handmade adult clothes for sale. Instead, we periodically offer custom orders. presale for graphic t-shirts and other clothing items that would go great with handmade kids clothes.
Additionally, I enjoy supporting other local small businesses and frequently refer our customers to these stores. A few of our favorite places to shop for clothes and gifts: Plume, The Tin Roof Monogram & Gift, and Brek Boutique,” says Corey.
Her next step is to completely transform her blog into a retail website. Along with owning Gracefully Made and being a mom, Corey is also a speech therapist, so the website change took longer than she’d like. She hopes it will be up and running in about a month.
“My goal is to move all merchandise sales and custom apparel options from our private VIP Facebook group to the new website for easier shopping and accessibility. This is a grassroots business – I built it from scratch with no loans or anything, which I’m really proud of. I would love to continue to see this business grow!
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