Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New batch of coin purses

The other day I dropped off what may be my last batch of snap-frame coin purses at The Rage: the owner has announced that the store will be closing as of October 1st. This makes me sad, for several reasons. Not only is it a great store, but the positive feedback I received on my purses was a huge source of ego-boosting for me. Knowing that complete strangers liked what I made certainly helped improve my self-esteem, and making the items gave me a sense of purpose that a professional career doesn't always provide. I need to have a creative outlet in my life, and the store provided that for me. I'm really hoping that the business is purchased and continues, even if at a different location.

So, I am on the lookout for new retail opportunities to fill the gap. I've already contacted a few stores and hope to have something in place soon. If anyone has any suggestions, please contact me.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top from Japanese pattern book

I'm slowly getting used to making clothes from the Japanese pattern books, so much so that I just ordered two more books. This top is from "Natural Fabric Summer Clothes & Goods" (ISBN 9784834725506). This book has patterns for household items, such as cutains and bags, along with clothes.

I altered the pattern a bit by lengthening the sleeves, and at the collar: I opted for a small V opening rather than button details. It will be a perfect top for the fall.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Purse for my mom

A while ago my mom asked me to make her a purse, and unfortunately it was a while before I was able to start it. It's now done; the outer fabric is Amy Butler, and it has a padded strap, inner and outer slip pockets and an inner zippered pocket.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Finally bought a dress form

For a while now I've wanted an adjustable dress form, but they can be pricey. I happened to be in a Fabricland this past week-end and noticed that they were on sale for 50% off, so I bought one. Originally, based on my size according to off-the-rack clothing, I got the smaller form, but the hips and waist didn't go high enough (!) so I ended up with the larger form, but the bust doesn't go small enough (!). I can't win! The dress form will certainly make sewing my own clothes a bit easier.