Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello? Anyone there?

I know, it's like I went missing.  It's not like I haven't been working on a lot of different things, but it's hard for me to sit down and write about it.

So here's what I haven't shared lately.

1. For my birthday last year (2011) I got this great Singer Steam Press.  The first time I used it, I had too many other things (mainly my regular iron) plugged in and I blew the breaker.  We had to have some electrical work done for something else, so they looked at the power into my sewing room, and told me 'deal with it'.  So I finally decided that I wanted to try it out.  I turned (most) everything else off and found that it was ok to use.  So I've been using it for fusing my interfacing and fusible fleece, AND I LOVE IT!

2. I've been making lots of box pouches - I make them in two sizes.  I think my most popular fabric is the cat faces, which is out of print, so once they are gone (and the one yard I have left), that's it.  I also sell several of the 'manly' fabrics - the houndstooth (available in several colors) - check out the new black and white - pretty cool, huh?  I made two sets this year for wedding parties.  I think they make pretty good groomsmen gifts.  I imagine they could be great for the bridesmaids too, but haven't had anyone request that.

3. I only had one show in August - it's usually such a hot month and miserable for shows - so of course this year, it was pretty pleasant since I didn't do any.  I have a pretty light schedule for the rest of this year - I have two in September and one in October and I'm done for the year.  I'm planning on concentrating on online sales during the fall and winter.

4. To that end, I've been working on pricing, shipping, description, tags, etc.  It's a lot of work when you have close to 400 listings.

So stay tuned and see what comes next!

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Push for Pink

For some reason when I picked fabrics to work with the other day - everything was pink!  I'm not a huge pink fan, but I do have to say, I've sold a lot of pink items, so someone out there really likes it!

So I had pink houndstooth - all I made were box pouches - 3 in each size.

I had pink with cat faces and flowers - I made cell cases, zipper wallets, wristlets and hipsters.

And I had pink and brown peace signs - same fabric but different colors than I've used before.

This photo is after the cutting and gathering stage - I have all the items, fleece and linings cut, along with all the hardware and price tags gathered.

I guess I'm a one-person assembly line!

I should be working on curtains.

Happy Sewing!


Monday, August 6, 2012

My Helper

I have a set of short pleated curtains to make.  I don't do pleated curtains or drapes very often.  Most of them require me to be able to measure a piece of fabric longer than my cutting space - which makes me very uncomfortable.

But these are short - 45" finished length, for a friend of a friend - you know how that is. 

So I got out my book that has the best instructions for calculating the measurements of the fabric and instructions for sewing them with the buckram heading.

As you can see, I have help.

I see my friend in a couple of weeks, so I was planning to get them done this week - I'll have to wait until my helper has done all the math before I get back to it!

Happy Sewing!