Fergus Falls sisters take small idea to big placesFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Every little girl plays dress up while growing up. But these Fergus Falls designers turned their passion for dresses and curls into something much bigger.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Every little girl plays dress up while growing up. But these Fergus Falls designers turned their passion for dresses and curls into something much bigger.
Now their custom designs, by Matti's Millinery, are going international.
A few pin needles here, a couple stitches there, and these sewing sisters will take you straight into a history lesson. Ideas sparked in this very attic, seven years ago.
Hannah Burkhardsmeier, Matti’s Millinery: "Matti just decided one day, I'm just going to make that huge civil war dress that we've been wanting to make forever."
Since then, they've spun together about 800 outfits from all different eras. Even a few from their own, but just exactly how old are they?
Hannah Burkhardsmeier: "We get asked that a lot, now a days. I'm 25 and Matti is 24."
Young and mighty successful.
Hannah Burkhardsmeier: "I think the most exciting thing was when we got contacted from someone in Germany and Australia."
Matti's Millinery has gone global. Selling custom made dresses in Germany, Great Britain and 12 other countries not including here in the U.S.
Matti Burkhardsmeier, Matti’s Millinery: "After I made those costumes, and we started putting them online and selling them then a lot of customers were contacting us, saying I really loved what you did here can you make me this. Oh I love these two dresses can you put them together? But I want it in green."
And all shipped out, overseas from the backyard of Fergus Falls.
Matti Burkhardsmeier: "We needed a space because after dad stepped on a couple pins downstairs he said that's enough we are giving you, your own space."
Now, each year, they are doubling business from their own parents’ home. Pouring 40, 50 and sometimes 60 hours of work a week behind this time machine.
Hannah Burkhardsmeier: "The sky is the limit, pretty much."
Taking thread and spinning it into history.
Matti Burkhardsmeier: "I love it. I would never want to do anything else. It's my dream come true and you know, if you can actually do what you love then you should."
The sisters also create dog costumes, some even worn by pets in the Westminster Dog Show.