Sunday, April 9, 2017

And the New Chapter Begins

I have officially closed my brick and mortar shop. I'm actually quite relieved. It has been more headache than it has been reward. The one thing I have learned through the process of having my second store is that I really don't want to do it again.

I don't like the commitment it takes to be open and to deal with customers face to face. It severely hinders my ability to do what I really love to do, which is design and teach.

Another positive thing I learned out of this is how to properly handle inventory control and shipping processes. My online business has grown significantly from the corner of my closet 7 years ago to now require about a 400 square foot storage space to house it all. I am looking forward to designing my ideal work space and storage space for my order fulfillment once we find our next home.

I am now placing all my focus on the house. I've been packing up the house while packing up the store. I've had to get a few missing furniture pieces to help stage the house at the same time of finishing renovations. Its loads of fun.

I'm not sure when the next chapter will begin, but the old chapter is closed. Our next steps will be to sell our house, move across the country and get settled in our new home. Its fun, but also stressful.

On another note, David and I are lucky enough to be traveling to Croatia and Bosnia at the end of the month for a work trip for David. I'm excited to see sights that are my store.

Here is a picture of my baby girl standing in front our mess of a store from a week ago.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flash Fabric Sale on our Website 70% Off

I am trying to move a lot of fabric, so my stress is your gain. From now until Sunday night, all my fabrics, and yes that means all my fabrics on my website are 70% off. If the sale does well, I might do this again as I have a lot of fabric I haven't photographed yet. Because you are a follower of my blog you are entitled to take advantage of the sale before my official sale start. Shop now at

And I can tell you right now, that the videos are being made again, so stay tuned for more videos.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Introduction to My New Wires

I finally found a little segment of time to film my introduction to the new vertical flat wires I am carrying. Pardon my appearance. I wasn't planning of doing the video yesterday, but I saw 15 minutes that were available to me.

This video gives a little detail on the differences of the most standard wires used - regular underwires and vertical underwires. After explaining the differences, I explain why I created the vertical flat. I'm still nailing down which size is most appropriate for me.

In traditional sizing, I am recommended to wear a 54 wire. In my testing, the 52 vertical flat fit well and barely moved on me, but once I was driving, I did feel it moving down a bit. I did not alter the bra pattern. I just switched out the wires, so its probably a combination of the pattern and possibly I need to try the 50 vertical flat.

I named these wires myself because I was the one that created them. I'm still hashing out the recommended bra sizes to wear these, so if you test them out, let me know what size worked for you (as well as what size is recommended for you in traditional charts).

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Changes are my Excuse

These last three weeks have been full of big decisions and changes. That's my excuse for not working on new videos. I will now share these decisions with you.

1. I will be closing the brick and mortar retail shop and school at the end of our lease in May.

2. I will not be opening a studio space to teach out of nor will I be open for appointments.

These are the two immediate decisions. We have other plans on our agenda, but those aren't ready to be announced yet.

In the mean time, I have marked down a bunch of items, including all fabrics, vintage and jewelry down by 25%. In my shop, I have a growing $1 table and today I'll be setting up a second table of markdowns. It is only 4 months away, but I have so many things I need to part with. Here are some pictures. Not everything is listed online, so if you are interested in something, let me know and I can take a better photo and arrange shipping to you. Yarns, cone thread, ribbons and a bunch of random items are 40% off.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year

It was my intention to work on 4 video tutorials in the last 7 days since my return, but my first day back, I got the flu. Yep, it was pretty terrible. Luckily we got into the doctors the second day in and got Tamiflu to help alleviate the symptoms. It still put me out of commission, but I could still function as a mom at least.

Work went on hold for a bit, but not entirely. I was able to sort through and package my last large shipment of inventory. We actually just finished last night (of course right before the last 2 boxes are slated to arrive).

This does include my newest invention: the vertical flat wire. I hopefully will be able to make it available next week, but I haven't photographed it yet. That's on today's agenda (which was actually last Friday's agenda).

Needless to say, everything I had planned to do this last week did not happen. Today begins my actual first day back from vacation, that is, if I can make it to work. We got over a foot of snow last night and my husband is out of town on business, so I will be the one shoveling a path to the street to get the car out. I kind of wish I could take a snow day today. Maybe tomorrow, but there are too many things to do today.

Below is a picture of my daughter working hard to help label my new products. She can be so helpful when she wants to be, but then again, you can't expect too much from a 4 year old.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Video Hiatus for the Holidays

I'm keeping quiet for a few weeks during the holidays as we are chilling with the family. I'll be back with more videos in a few weeks, but until then, enjoy this happy family photo. Happy Holidays Y'all. Stay tuned for announcements in January with big sales coming too.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Video Blast of PolyPattern Tutorials

I had intended to hold on to these videos for later publication, but I encountered an issue when I went to do a tutorial on how to digitize with PolyPattern, so I decided to just go ahead and release the videos. They would be a little out of order for anyone who is unfamiliar with the software.

The series I just released I filmed a few months ago when I was grading my California Dreaming Bra. These videos show you how I graded it, then imported it into Illustrator to make them pretty for downloads.

I was planning on doing the digitizing tutorial, then a truing tutorial, a basic drafting a sloper, a bra drafting sloper all within PolyPattern prior to releasing this set. I changed my mind. I wanted to show how easy the software is to use for the grading and converting to download.

If you are interested in this software, you can download the demo version under the Books & Downloads tab. Play around with it and let me know what you think. Once you test it, I can give you access to the pricing info. Its actually not bad compared to other CAD software, I just can't publish the prices to the world. You need to be a secret agent to get that info. It is in lines with the pricing of Wild Ginger's Cameo Pattern Design and Grading modules.

I will be doing the videos of everything mentioned above, but I am heading off for the holidays in a few days for a couple weeks, so videos will pick back up in January. Although I did just create a legging pattern from kids aged 18 months through size large in kids. If I can get my butt together and do that video today, that will be the last one before the end of the year. If I don't get to that today, then I wish you all a Happy Holiday! If I do, I'll post about it before.