Mom turns passion for kids clothes into a small business

Mom turns passion for kids clothes into a small business

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Trish Tallent, Corina's Closet founder Trish Tallent, Corina's Closet founder
Corina's Closet sells childrens clothes for both boys and girls. Corina's Closet sells childrens clothes for both boys and girls.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tucked away in a spare room of her West Knoxville home, Trish Tallent has spent countless hours sewing a week working on clothes for her small business, Corina's Closet.

Tallent said years ago, most of the clothes did go to the real Corina, her daughter.

"When I would go to the store, I never found anything I just loved for her," said Tallent.

At the age of eight, Corina's taste in clothes have changed, but the clothing line named after her seems to keep growing.

Tallent says nowadays she makes a number of different products for the line.

"Lots of children's clothes, burp clothes, bibs, hair bows, hair bows," said Tallent. "A little girl can ever have too many hair bows."

But it is not all girl's stuff. There's even an offshoot boy's line, mostly of just infant clothes, named after Tallent's second child, Grant, called Corina's Brother.

Tallent's natural knack for sewing was handed down from her mother and grandmother. In fact, her mother gave her a sewing machine after she got married, which Tallent used to make curtains for the couple's new home.  After that, she said, it just evolved into making clothes.

Recently, Tallent has taken it one step further, calling herself a fabric hoarder. Once she finds something she likes, she comes up with her own eye-catching designs, using her art background.

So what can you expect from Corina's Closet this spring? 6 News checked out some new arrivals at her display inside the Adorable Child in Farragut.  There you could see lots of color for the upcoming season. 

"I am always changing," said Tallent. "Right now I am into bright colors. I am glad to be getting away from browns and ready to move on to fun whimsical prints."

But no matter what the season, Tallent strives to make one thing constant with this line of clothing.

"I really try to stay age appropriate. They are only little for so long, let them be kids."

You can find Corina's Closet at several local stores and she has her own Etsy site. While Tallent knows she could expand, she said she doesn't necessarily want to be any bigger, remembering why she started this to begin with.

"My family has to come first!"

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