Our Story

 

The heart of Love My Jean Skirt is to provide affordable, well made, modest jean skirts for all ages (and sizes) that fit todays fashion. We offer both “Ready Made” and “Custom Made to Order”  jean skirts. All Love My Jean Skirts are  repurposed and restyled at the Love My Jean Skirt Boutique & Shop retail location in Hannibal, Mo. Each  jean skirt begins with a pair of  carefully selected jeans and is then professionally restyled and recrafted into a great looking skirt. The result is a jean skirt that you will love, and want to wear everyday.

The idea for Love My Jean Skirt began because of a one Moms personal need to find both modest and fahionable jean skirts for herself and 5 of her daughters. The first Love My Jean Skirt, was designed and created as an at home project in 2009 by the owner Theresa Drazba, (read her story below). She loved it, and much to her surprise, so did a lot of other women who raved about it and asked if she could reproduce the design. She began making a few skirts here and there for friends and family. But, because of the unique style and durable quality, the demand for Theresa’s jean skirts quickly grew. With a rapidly growing fan base, Theresa knew she needed a business plan. She contacted SCORE, and in less than a year later Love My Jean Skirt (LMJS) had its name; it was incorporated, able to get funding to buy new  equipment and the retail boutique & shop was open.

Love My Jean Skirt has been in its retail location, in downtown Hannibal Missouri, since April 2011. Of course, as with any new business developed in the heart of a recession, LMJS has been faced with a host of challenges. But, despite the hurdles, this young business has grown immensely since its beginning in that spare bedroom of Theresa’s home. What started as one women’s desire to fill a need for her family, evolved into a driving   passion to help fulfill that need for others as well. This once a driving passion for one, has turned into a team of people committed to facing any challenge that lies ahead.

The Love My Jean Skirt Team mission is to be a place that any women can turn to, to find a jean skirt they know they will love; one that is modest and fits great. That first skirt, since named the Princess Skirt , continues to be a beacon of inspiration and is still a favorite skirt for Theresa today, still holding up and still loved by others.

Theresa  friends, family and team members are very proud of the fact that ALL Love My Jean Skirt designs are original designs, designed by Theresa Drazba and if you see similar designs, it is very likely that their inspiration was found here.

Here at Love My Jean Skirt

we believe, ” With God ALL Things are Possible…”!

(Right Carson)?

 

Theresa’s Story
Owner/Designer/Sales

Born and raised in small town USA – Hannibal, MO, Theresa was brought up in a simple, traditional family where creativity was a way of life. At a very young age Theresa enjoyed watching her father use his artistic ability to skillfully draw and paint signs for many local small businesses as a way to bring in extra income. She would also sit for hours and watch her Grandma transform unusable items like old shirts and torn jeans into functional items for the family. She especially enjoyed sitting on her grandfather’s knee as she watched him repair old sewing machines as way to make extra money as well. Although young, Theresa loved to channel her own creative energy into sewing by hand. Although her own mother did not have a knack for sewing, she was always happy to thread a needle for this young seamstress. At age 5, Theresa began hand making and sewing doll clothes and other small items. Being quite the little perfectionist, this hobby often bred frustration. Convinced that her problem would be solved if she had a real sewing machine, at the age of six, she begged for one for Christmas. Though reluctant to buy a 6 year old a sewing machine, her parents gave in and on that Christmas Morning, a seamstress was born.

It didn’t come as much of a surprise, that come middle school Theresa excelled in Home Economics class., A class that is intended to develop and teach how to young people that practical skills, like sewing, needed to manage a home. The class added some technique to her already growing drive and creativity. At the age of 19, Theresa skillfully used the Sunday paper to transform some old fabric into fashionable and modest skirt. One of her younger brothers, being an entrepreneur himself, was impressed by her skill and creativity. He suggested she create her own clothing line. “Yea right” she thought. Because while she had the technique, creativity, and drive, at the age of 19, the one thing she lacked was the belief in herself needed to see her dream fulfilled.

Over the next several years, Theresa devoted her time and passion to her most coveted role of mother. It was always her desire to be a stay-at-home mom, but with 10 children there was always a need to make extra money. Because she was so creatively driven, Theresa always found ways to bring in extra income while remaining at home with her children. She sold everything from lingerie to Tupperware. She marketed legal plans and dental plans. She was a part of multiple multi-level marketing companies including several ground floor opportunities which give her the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the industry. However, even though there was ability and potential for success was there, Theresa burned out quickly. This was because, not realizing she had all the skills she needed, her true desire was to build something of her own

After the majority of her kids were grown up, or in school, Theresa had the room and time to revisit her old hobby. After seeing a growing need for modest skirts in her own family, church, and community, Theresa began making them. Transforming something old into something new, as she had seen her grandmother do all those years ago. A decision that took a lifetime in the making, the result of much prayer, support and encouragement from friends and family – Theresa would begin Love My Jean Skirt in October of 2009 .

Because at this stage she believed what she did not truly understand at the age of 19, “With God ALL Things Are Possible”. When you are truly in HIS will, he will open doors that no man can. Still with a heart and passion for people and a desire to please God, Theresa believes she is finally following Gods will for her life. She had to realize that although, she is not able, God is able to take our dreams and turn them into a reality.

To God be the Glory.

 

 

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