Danielle's grandmother taught her to sew about 19 years ago, when her oldest daughter was only 2. Danielle wanted to make her daughter a dress with a full skirt, as she liked to twirl around.
The "how she started sewing for pups" answer is a complicated one, as Danielle had a lot of fabric she purchased for a business idea, but unfortunately she got horribly ill and had several very serious surgeries. When Danielle started feeling better, she wanted to use up the fabric and make a little extra money for bills...so she started creating costumes for pets.
Danielle found herself not liking how store bought clothes for dogs were generally ill fitting, cheaply made and most were not very eye catching. Also, just like people, every dog can be a different build. Some are skinny pups, some broad chested, some long bodies and so on. One size does not fit all and especially not with certain breeds. Dogs like people can carry weight differently. Danielle's Etsy shop opened about 5 years ago and received a huge response. Each year the requests come earlier for costumes.
While Danielle does not have a favorite type of fabric she loves detailed designs and embroidery. Inspiration generally comes to her in the middle of the night~then Danielle can't sleep because she can't wait to work on new design ideas!