Week 1: Each One Teach One Coaching Series

Being a HUGE fan of Mrs. Shari of My Daily Threadz and a customer of Bootstrap Fashion I was excited to learn of their recent collaboration.  Not only just for fashion, but they have taken the time out to teach us the business side of the sewing and fashion industry.  I will follow along in their series and give my reviews as I work the program.

WEEK ONE OF OUR COACHING SERIES, “TURNING WHAT YOU LOVE INTO A BUSINESS”

The first week began of course with Yuliya and Shari introducing themselves and giving us a worksheet complete.  It was followed up with a  Each One Teach One Coaching Series Week One Video where the ladies really open up about some of their experiences in the industy.  I love how they expalined  the differences between the Hobbyiest and the Entreprenur.  What I most enjoyed about week one was the encouragement the ladies continued to give.  YOU MUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.  Thinking outside the box allows you not to have an excuse because you can be creative.

I leave week one asking myself:

  • What am I will in to invest?
  • Do I have the skills?
  • Am I committed?
  • Do I have the finances?

Stay tune as I contiue through this process…………………

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THE SEWING BIZ REPORT

Welcome to The Sewing Biz Report section of my blog.  I decided to add this section because there is so much information on the internet on business that is can be overwhelming.   Follow me as I share information and inspiration that is helping me transition my hobby to my passion to a profitable business.

WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME IS FOR ME”

Last year around this time I was motivated to start my sewing business.  Fast forward to today….I’m still in the same spot….motivated but did not move much. BUT within the year’s span,  I was able to collect A LOT of information.  So today I am gathering all my information, blog readings, books, workshops, online classes, etc and applying them. I will keep you all posted as to what is working for me vs. what is not.  Also if you see/read information that I am sharing, please feel free to try it for yourself (it may not be resourceful to me but maybe resourceful to you).  We are all here to encourage and help one another.

Lets Learn and Sew this Business together.  Until next time………

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

This past weekend my sewing group had a zipper workshop to review techniques as we prepare our spring/summer collections.  Since this was an all morning workshop, we decided to bring breakfast refreshments.  I brought sangria and blinged out the wine glasses for everyone.   Sometimes sewing can be stressful when your creative thoughts are blur, so the ladies we happy to have a glass to sit by their machines as we worked.  By then end of the workshop…well lets just say we may need to retake this zipper workshop….LOL

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

  • 1 box of 5 liter box wine
  • 1 liter of ginger ale
  • 1 liter of mango agava
  • 1 cup of flavor rum
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapples
  • 1 cup of mangoes
  • 2 cups of peaches

Let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge and enjoy the next day.

*** you may use any fruit of your choice

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1st Update on 2016 RTW Fast

You see this beautiful picture of sisterhood. Well they put me to the test this past weekend.  We went shopping at one of my favorite stores, on a sales day, while I had a little extra change to spare during my RTW fast.  I did just like the husbands/boyfriends…found a seat and watched them shop….lol (it was hard 😢😢😢😢).

I did buy two accessories for my new clothes I will be sewing myself this year.
The seamstress in me did walk around observing the details in the clothing.  At my current sewing level, I must say I am doing very well compared to retail stores.

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2016 Ready To Wear Challenge

How do you tell a person who LOVES shopping they can’t for a whole year.

I first heard of the Ready To Wear Challenge from Vatsla of Fashion Behind The Seams. We met on periscope and she was explaining the challenge and the things she had learned from it thus far.  This allowed her to me more creative and pushed her to improve her techniques on certain garment items the she would normally buy.

This encourage me to want to try because I began designing garments for area fashion shows.  I wanted my garments to be unique, not knock off copy cats.  I ordered a few sewing technique books, enrolled in a few online classes, and began following a few technique youtube channels.

Here I am banning myself from shopping for 2016.  This may be a little difficult because I am used to running in the store to pick up a cute shirt for a social gather.  Guess I need to have these shirts on deck now…lol.  I will post updated through the year on my progress.

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Check out Vatsla’s summary on her RTW 2015 Fast.

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McCall’s 6744 Pattern Review

I made this mock wrap dress for a Saturday evening bridal shower back in July of 2014.  I chose this fabric color because they were the colors of the wedding, black, red, and white.  I received a lot of compliments on the dress and when people found out I made it, they really became excited.

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Pattern: M6744 VIEW D

Pattern Description:  Pull over dress with elasticized waist, mock wrap, very loose-fitting bodice with elasticized shoulders.

Pattern Sizing: I cut size XXL, next time I will go down a size smaller

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?  Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes this is a super simple pattern.  I completed it in 3 hours.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved how the shoulder came out with the elastic.  I was very proud of myself

Fabric Used: Cotton Jersey Knit from Hancock Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not add elastic to the waist because I knew I was going to wear this with a belt.  Other than that I followed all other instructions.  For some reason I ran out of fabric, so I had to run and get more.  Thank God the store still had plenty.

Would you sew it again? Sure will.  I want to make another long version and a short version

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Happy Sewing,

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Sewing for Charity: Pillowcase for MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital

Most Sunday afternoons are spent with family, relaxing from a long week, and/or preparing for the upcoming week.  Welllllll my Sunday afternoon was spent a little differently.  It was spent SEWING!  Yes, you make say that is nothing new for me, but this sewing Sunday was spent with my sew sisters as we made pillowcases for Houston’s MD Anderson’s Children Cancer Hospital.

A few months ago Leslie of The Sewcial Place our “sew mama” (sewing instructor) asked us to come up with group projects and events for 2016.  We submitted a list of things and this was selected for our first event.

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Pillowcase for MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital

SUPPLIES and INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SEW A PILLOWCASE

  1. Serger sewing machine and thread that would coordinate with all of the pillowcase I made.
  2. scissors, rotary cutter, snippers
  3. healing cutting mat
  4. chalk
  5. lots of pins
  6. lots of pretty fabric.  (search your personal fabric stash for remnants first before you purchase fabric.  You will be surprise what you find)

Written Instruction from Case for Smile:  Here you have a step by step written and photo instructions.

Missouri Quilt Company also has a written version and a youtube version that is easy to follow along. (this is the version I followed).

CONSTRICTION TIME

My fabric prep set up, packed to head to our sewing destination, and set up and ready to sew!

I did not post my cutting stage because again the links above have all of that information need and you also have to use a creative mind.  Plus you need a little concentration to make sure you have your cuts and measurements correct.

Here we are sewing the pillowcases together

We had a little assemble line going:  ladies ironing flaps/trims, ladies rolling and pinning, and ladies sewing.  This stage was fun because we rotated using each other’s sewing machines and cutting tools, learned new sewing features and techniques from one another. This was also our giggle and catch up on the happenings time.

Here are my sew sisters showing off completed pillowcase.  Look how beautiful and fun these look.

Here I am with two of the pillowcase I worked on.

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……here is one of our sew sisters showing off our beautiful work.  We complete 48 pillowcase in the time allotted and took home some to complete for homework.  We will get together again in a few weeks to have a wash, iron, package, and deliver sewcial.  They will be some happy patients in the MD Anderson Children’s wing🙂

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The Ladies of The SEWCIAL PLACE Sewing Group….where we come together and Sewcialize🙂

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We Came, We Sewed, We Left

Happy Sewing,

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