An inspirational Plymouth teenager has launched a new baby clothing business in Plymouth after making gifts for her cousin’s baby.
Abigail Young opened Missy Moos Boutique in Plymouth Market on Tuesday, which sells handmade bespoke baby clothes made by the 19-year-old herself, as well as stock bought items.
The 19-year-old switched career paths after realising her passion when her cousin fell pregnant and now she will be working on her new stall full-time, working every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Before taking the plunge to launch her own business, Abigail cared for her mum who has fibromyalgia, but with the support of her whole family, she’s now taken a step back to focus on her
“My mum and dad, and my nan and grandad have been really supportive,” she said.
“They’re just brilliant. They’ve done whatever they can to help.”
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Abigail was training to be a hairdresser and barber before realising her dreams.
“A few weeks ago I was on a barbering course and I realised this isn’t what I want to do anymore,” she said.
“I want to do the baby stuff. I was going to college, as well as being my mum’s full-time carer, so I was doing that as well, and then I had all the stuff for the baby clothes to do as well.
“I was stood in the salon a few weeks ago and I was like do you know what, I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Abigail’s brother is now helping care for their mum so she can concentrate on her dream – and business is already booming.
“This has really taken off, because depending how things go in a few months or years I could need a shop,” she said.
“It’s crazy how much it has kicked off.
“My mum said to me that I shouldn’t be tied down, and encouraged me to do it. She’s been such a great support, and has really pushed me to go for it.
“I was with my mum all the timer during lockdown, I was never not with her. So, it was quite difficult to take that big step. I had to grow up very quickly.
“Seeing the kids in the clothes that have come from me always picks me right up.”
She added: “I wasn’t in the best place mentally before, but this has been really great for me. It’s stressful and sometimes I doubt myself and worry it won’t do well, but deep down I know that it will.”
Speaking about what inspired her to take a different career path, she said: “Basically, what happened was my cousin got pregnant, and I started making her little bits and bobs.
“I put what I’d been making up on Facebook, and people showed quite a lot of interest in it. So, I went on eBay and bought a load of lacey trim and started making baby grows.
“Over the past few months, it kicked off big time and I had to invest in a sewing machine and all sorts of other bits to be able to keep up with the latest thing.
“My front room wasn’t big enough anymore, so I ended up getting a stall.”
You can visit Missy Moos Boutique in the market at stall 47 or find the Facebook page, here.