A few weeks ago I joined in the Top 5 of 2013 blog series started by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow. I posted my top 5 hits and top 5 misses of 2013, but I’ve been procrastinating on doing the rest of the lists because I couldn’t think of five things for all of them. I’ve decided to stop being a perfectionist and just post what I have.
1. I work slowly. I know this about myself, and most people who know me know this too:) I want to someday support myself by making and selling clothes, but I need to think about how long I spend working on a garment when it comes to pricing it. Because of this I’ve been trying to simplify and streamline my patterns and my work process on things I intend to sell.
I’m also focusing on developing a collection of go-to patterns. Pieces that are simple but flattering and can be remade in a variety of fabrics.
1. Alabama Chanin
I love Alabama Chanin. If I’m in a slump, I’ll take a look at their website and I’m always inspired to get my hands on some fabric and get back to work.
2. Isobel Toledo
The best. I interned for her when I was in college. She runs a tight ship.
3. Grainline Studio
The Grainline Studio blog is a constant source of information and inspiration for me. I have been sewing for over 15 years, but there are still things that I shy away from when sewing (set-in sleeves and zippers to name two). Jen’s tutorials are so helpful and easy to follow, they really make me feel like I could tackle any sewing issue I have not mastered yet.
Ok, I feel like I’m rambling on, so I’ll keep this short.
1. Make my Etsy shop more cohesive. So far a lot of what I’ve made has been the result of me experimenting with new dyes, patterns or fabrics, so the pieces are a little all over the place.
2. Try selling at a handmade market. I’m a little scared of doing this, but I think that is why I need to do it. I refuse to be intimidated!
3. Sew more clothes for myself. My wardrobe is kind of pitiful at this point. I feel silly buying clothes when I could make them, but I also put a lot of pressure on myself to make things to sell, not for me. So I end up wearing the same three shirts and two pairs of jeans all the time. My goal is to make more clothes for myself because I need them and because it’s fun!
Ok, that’s it. Done and done!