Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I'm on a roll - Here's another edited video

If you start watching, you will notice two things. First, that I am working in my old office in California. I filmed this video almost a year ago. The second thing you may notice is my hair is super long. It is no longer. Two weeks ago my daughter and I donated all our long locks to the organization "Children with Hair Loss."

Here is my daughter showing off her new do and her donation.

This video is an instructional video on how to digitize a pattern into PolyPattern software. More videos coming soon. I'm on a roll.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Finally - Tour of my workshop

I have been slowly working on little things here and there. After moving into our new house, we purged big time and the things we didn't get to, got shoved back in the closet and put on the back burner. Case in point, my daughter's closet and our office closet. Both were packed to explosion status with baby stuff.

After much deliberation and reality checks, we have decided to stop trying for a second kid. Because of this decision there was no longer a need to keep the baby items anymore. I pulled out everything baby related and re-organized. With reorganization, I decided to get back to my long long long long to-do list that I have been procrastinating on.

I don't know if anyone else is like this, but I find it impossible to start new projects until I have completed the projects I already started. Maybe I'm an exception. I am a stickler for follow through. I will follow through on everything I say I'm going to do, it just sometimes takes me longer than expected. Because of the need for completion, it may seem like I am not doing what I said.

I am now complete with my explanation as to why I have not been posting videos as I promised. But that time will come shortly. I have one more video I started that I have to finish, then I can start new videos again! Yay!

Drum roll please...... Introducing my workshop.

Any my solution to bulk elastic storage.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Make your kid some leggings

This is quite embarrassing, but it took me nearly a year to complete this video of kid's leggings. I made this a downloadable pattern about a year ago and proceeded to film a video of Emily and myself sewing it together.

It was before we closed our store, maybe last April or May. It is now February and all I had to do was add the waistband and hems. Talk about a long term project, but its complete and doesn't even fit my daughter anymore.

This pattern is available on my website for 99 cents, so no big investment to try it out. I included a coupon code in the video to get it free for the first 10 people. I hope you enjoy it.

As you can tell, I am trying to catch up and restart where I was a year ago. This isn't the only video either. I have at least 3 others I started but never finished. Those are my future goals, you know, between finishing my pattern drafting book and raising a family.

By the way, I need to gain 500 YouTube subscribers or I lose some of my channel privileges. Please share and subscribe. Thanks in advance.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Teach my sewing classes - Session 1 now available

As you know I closed my store before I moved back to Florida. I have no intentions to open up a new store here, but I think sewing is an important skill to have, so I am releasing all the training videos I did for my employees. This first set is our Sewing Session 1. Future ones will include my Sewing Session 2, pattern drafting and illustration. The pattern drafting and illustration won't be released until the books are completed that we used for them.

The videos will NOT be monetized on YouTube mainly because we filmed them in our shop and music was playing in the background. But we can release them for free viewing. There is a lot of information on there. On our website under downloads, I am offering the course material for a small fee to cover my time for putting all this together. Once you purchase the set once, you can use it over and over again for your classes and your students. If you wish to contribute additional funds, you can always purchase additional downloads at your discretion.

The pattern used in the course I tiled so you should be able to print on regular letter sheets. Just make sure to de-select the "fit to page" option or your pattern will not go together well. If you have a plotter printer, you can always open the file in Adobe Illustrator and alter the page size.

The videos were made early on when we were first developing this class, so some things have changed from the current and revised syllabus. After teaching this many many times, we settled on the syllabus included in the teaching material. Some items are not talked about in the videos, so if you have questions about how to present other material, go ahead and ask them either here or on YouTube.

If you are planning on teaching this course, we would recommend charging $45 per session per student for a total of $360 per course. We had the overhead of the store and only broke even after we had 3 students attend. Because I was so passionate about teaching the world to sew, I often took a loss with only 1 student. This is all up to you. We included the supplies with the course material. If enough people show interest, I would be happy to share how to price a class based on overhead.

We still have some of the sewing supplies for sale on our website, but we are selling through them fast. If you would like us to purchase and put together kits of all materials your students will need, just send me a message through my website and I will see what I can do to accommodate your request. We would need to have an order for at least 6 kits.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Holidays are Almost Over

I'm a little late to the game in regards to the holidays. Christmas is next week and I still don't have our dinner menu planned. All I know is we are getting a ham.

I know I keep using the excuse that we are taking time for me to settle in in order to pick back up on my videos. I actually got everything set up to finish a handful of videos I had started, then I received a big shipment from my factory. That unfortunately took over my sewing studio for a month and I am just now getting everything put away.

I got a cool new machine that helped me package everything 10 times faster than normal, so that is a good thing. I'll post about my adventures with that machine soon. And by soon, I mean after the holidays.

Its a little belated, but I am putting all my fabrics on Sale for 70% off from now until December 27th.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Back in the spotlight

I did it! I did my first video in our new home. I only had to film it 3 times. The first time, I completely screwed up and altered the wrong pattern pieces and was adamant about it. The second time my daughter was helping me. I actually got some usable footage from it, but then went on a tangent and filmed bad directions. The third time was actually a composition of 3 filmings because I kept messing up! I cut the clips and put them together. I think only one place jumps a bit, but I really, seriously, had to cut the bit out in between.

I just started using Premier Pro and I really don't know my way around it yet, so the editing will get better eventually. I have new camera mounts arriving today, so the camera angle will be changing too.

This video shows how to alter a pattern for the vertical flat wire. Well, technically the video shows changing the California Dreaming Bra pattern from a vertical wire to a vertical flat wire. What I have discovered is that my naming of the vertical flat wires was off by one size. I can't change it after the fact, so if you fit a vertical wire and want to try a vertical flat wire, go up one number in the vertical flat.

Now that I have explained my madness, here is the tutorial. Enjoy Emily's little cameo appearance.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Downsizing and Reorganizing

The last 4 months have been trying, stressful and exciting. We closed our Southern California chapter and started our new Florida chapter. In the process of this adventure, I have learned several things.

1. Moving with a family is complicated and exhausting
2. Trying to meal plan in a hotel room or a vacation rental is near impossible
3. Basic TV sucks, I truly missed my OnDemand and recorded programming. We had no idea what was going on in the world for 3 months.
4. Trying to keep your business goals intact while making a huge transition is not practical.
5. What you think you can do in a week, actually takes 8 weeks to complete.
6. Breaking your promises happen. Sorry- this is in regards to my video tutorials. I really, honest to goodness, wanted to press on, but I just couldn't.
7. Moving with stuff sucks even more. I strongly suggest if you ever do what I did, just sell everything you own and get new (and used) when you land in your destination.

My expectations of myself have also changed. I am not able to work in chaos. A room full of stuff that doesn't have a place will make me leave that room rather than find places for said stuff. I made so many promises in regards to my video goals, book goals and inventory goals, that I know I have let people down. It kills me, but I can't even begin to pick back up on my goals until the boxes in my workshop are no longer in the room.

For a bit of prospective, I used to own a 2300 square foot store and workshop and had a 2300 square foot house. Our new house, which I am now working out of, is 1800 square feet. Ouch. I have no place for my stuff, mainly inventory items that take up space. Because of this, I have decided to discontinue carrying several items and am having a fire sale on it all.

Select Colored Hooks & Eyes for 25 cents each

My $2 sale - This includes a variety of size tags, bra hardware, cups, corset busks and lacing bones, pattern supplies, elastics, sewing supplies and all the random little bits and pieces

50% off all Fabrics - Help me make some room in my tiny little studio

More updates and videos coming soon. I promise.