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FORT WALTON BEACH — Elesia Higgins of Fort Walton Beach not only loves to dress for the occasion, she loves having the occasion dressed on her. On Taco Tuesday, Higgins wears a taco printed cardigan she sewed herself. At concerts, she wears a homemade dress covered in microphones and music notes. "I've always kind of had this weird way of dressing," Higgins said as she fidgeted with the material of her pineapple-printed dress. "I make things you wouldn't ordinarily find in the stores. People are always looking for ways to stand out a little and be different. Clothes do that." Now, after years of friends and family encouraging the clothing designer to sell her creations, Higgins is finally taking their advice and opening an online shop — Sew Quirky Couture. Higgins said when her site launches Friday, she hopes to target clients who enjoy themed and "quirky" clothing just like she does. From organ-printed clothing for doctors, to Pride and Prejudice quoted fabric for librarians, Higgins said she wants to offer outfits for any profession or occasion. "These clothes are how I express myself," she said. "I thought, I'm sure I can help other people express themselves, too." Higgins, an actress and military wife, hopes Sew Quirky Couture will offer her a more flexible schedule to pursue more auditions and acting gigs. Though the business only sells women's clothing, she plans to eventually open a line for men.
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