anne_mikolay_120Ladies, we've all been there...shopping for just the right outfit, and coming home frustratingly empty-handed. What's a gal to do when she knows exactly what she wants...the style, the color, the fabric...and she can't find it anywhere? For most shoppers, the cost of a custom-made garment is out of the question...that is, unless they are familiar with Tiffany Brooks Designs.

Founded in 2003, Tiffany Brooks Designs, an on-line company located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is committed to “providing quality clothing, home decor, and accessories at very reasonable prices” for domestic and international customers, and specializes in “custom made clothing and accessories for the whole family, including your pets.” Tiffany Brooks omits the middle man; all orders are placed and filled directly with the company, and all garments are created and shipped by Ms. Brooks, the company's founder.

Tiffany Brooks has been sewing for over twenty years.

“Since 1989, when I was in the sixth grade,” Ms. Brooks explained. “I hand sewed a baby doll dress, and I still have that same dress today!”

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Though she received formal training, Ms. Brooks' fashion abilities developed naturally. In high school, her talent was well known; she sewed things for the principals! In 2003, she began selling her custom made clothing on Ebay, and launched her own website to accommodate her growing customer base, which includes pet owners.

Surprisingly, the sluggish economy's hold on our purse strings does not extend to our pets. A recent Associated Press Petside.com poll revealed that 52 percent of pet owners planned to purchase a holiday gift for their furry one in 2009, up from 43 percent in 2008. According to the poll, six in ten dog owners put their pups on their Christmas shopping list, and searched for plush toys, rawhide chews, little doggy Santa suits, and Mrs. Claus dresses. They could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they simply browsed the one of a kind clothing, accessories, and doggy beds available at www.tiffanybrooksdesigns.com.

“I love making anything and everything,” Ms. Brooks said. “But if I had to choose (a specialty), I'd say doggy clothes. They are so fun to make...many different styles and colors make it so fun! I made my first doggy outfit in 2004. I didn't even have a dog small enough to fit at the time, but I knew one day, I would!”

True to her word, Ms. Brooks now owns three dogs: two yorkie mixes and a cocker spaniel mix that make perfect models for her unique designs.

Ms. Brooks' designs are not limited to puppy couture; she creates fashion for men, women, children, and the home, and works closely with the client to meet the client's needs in designing a customized, unique garment. There is no assembly line manufacturing at Tiffany Brooks Designs. By omitting the middle man, Tiffany Brooks offers old-fashioned, personalized service and quality craftsmanship. She personally receives and fills all orders.

“I do make everything I sell,” Ms. Brooks said. “I have no staff at all. The customer deals with me on everything. I search through all available patterns and all the out of print patterns I have (when an order is placed). Then I send the client pictures of all the close matches and then I explain how many of the patterns can be used to make something very similar to what they are looking for. ”

Her family (and her pups) definitely benefit from her design expertise.

“My website features a flower girl dress my daughter wore last year,” Ms. Brooks said. “My sister in- law sent me a picture of her wedding dress, and she wanted the flower girl dress to match it. Many things about it I just did as I went along. And in the end, it turned out way better than I could have imagined!”

When placing an order with Tiffany Brooks Designs, accurate measurements are important, Ms. Brooks says, and turn-around time is “usually up to two weeks.” All orders are shipped priority mail, and discounts are offered to repeat customers.

Whatever your heart's desire...a one-of-a-kind Valentine's or Mardi Gras dress...a doggy tuxedo or sweater...a unique doggy bed...a prom dress no other girl will have...Tiffany Brooks can make your wish come true. For more information, and to view Tiffany's designs, log onto www.tiffanybrooksdesigns.com.

Happy shopping!