From Small to Successful Handmade Business

So a lot of you that follow my blog own a business where you actually hand make your products to sell to your customers.  Sometimes we all get into that slump where we need someone or something to inspire us.  A few weeks ago my friend and I decided to take a road trip to Richmond, VA and while there we found this store that was so inspiring. I decided to vlog the trip because I wanted you all to be inspired as well. The vlog that I filmed shows that we all are starting small now, but with hard work and determination we can eventually grow our business, hire employees, and open a store front. Wouldn’t that be a dream?!  It may be hard to believe it now, but the world is at our feet.  It sounds cliché, but we can have anything we want if we believe we can. How so?  If I believe I can own my own business, I will do my research, network, connect with small business owners, and do any and everything I can to get myself there.  You cannot go anywhere with just a thought. Have a plan. Take some action.  We can do it!  Let’s get inspired.

What inspires you?  Where do you go for inspiration?  Comment below and share your thoughts with all of us. We’d love to hear from you.

Little Gentleman

     So in my previous post I mentioned that last year I made my first article of clothing.  Last year, I felt that my daughter’s Easter dress was so difficult that I couldn’t even make anything for my son like I had hoped. Yes, I felt bad.  So this year I went all out for him.  I wanted my son and daughter’s outfit to stay in the same color pallete so I found a really nice purple cotton and a nice neutral suiting fabric to complete his look.tylerI decided to make my son a vest, a pair of pants, and a button-up shirt.  My husband was the happiest I think. Only because I haven’t made anything that looked in the least bit masculine.  He absolutely loved it. He even had the nerve to say that it was the best thing I ever made.  Oh please! SMH! Even my mom who has been sewing longer than I’ve been alive, was looking for tags on the clothes because she couldn’t believe that I made this. How rude! LOL!
tylereasterSo, the pattern that I used to create this entire look was M6873.  It has everything that you see above + more.  Now for the review….this pattern doesn’t have any waist measurements like adult patterns do so if you want to make it for you little ones, I feel that this pattern only works for maybe Newborn -2 years.  I guess it depends on the size of your child.  My son is 2 years old and I used the largest size in the pattern.  The pattern does mention that it is EASY.  I would have to disagree.  It’s not that difficult but I would say it’s difficulty is in the middle.  The vest was easy until the last step when it came connecting the sides of the vest together.  It was quite difficult to maneuver while sewing, but I was able to manage it. (Tip:when connecting the sides, sew the outside of the vest first, then slipstitch the lining to hide any stitching.)  The pants were probably the easiest. I did not add a cuff because I don’t really like that look.  One thing I must mention though.  The pants were quite baggy or loose.  They almost had the look of gauchos.  I prefer slimmer pants so used a 1.5 seam allowance on the outside and inner leg and used my serger on the edges to cut the extra seam allowance.  As for the button-up, that was the most difficult because the sleeves did not match up to the front and back of the shirt.  When I used a 5/8 inch seam allowance, wrinkles and creases were created allowing for it to look messy and unprofessional.  This also happened when I attempted to sew the collar.  So in order for me to sew everything together with a neat appearance, I had to use a smaller seam allowance, maybe 1/4 inch.  The button-up was definitely my biggest headache.

Button-up: DIY
Vest: DIY
Pants: DIY
Shoes: Target

(Note: I DID NOT tell him how to pose. I guess he was just ready. LOL!)
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Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Lifestyle: Williamsburg, VA Farmer’s Market

So this past weekend, my family and I went and visited the Farmer’s Market here in Williamsburg, VA.  This Farmer’s Market is #1 in the state of Virginia and #3 in the nation.  And let me tell you,it was absolutely beautiful.  I had amazing time.  I did’nt buy much, but next I will surely bring enough cash to do so.  I loved the fact that everything was handmade, homegrown, and how fresh everything was.  If you haven’t yet, visit your local Farmer’s Market and support your local farmer’s and small businesses.  Enjoy my pics!

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