Yesterday was definitely a happy mail day. I finally received some custom clothing labels! These labels are from New York Custom Labels and the whole process was super easy.
I designed a simple label format in illustrator. I chose the unbleached cotton labels that are folded on each end. It took about 4 weeks to receive them but they were definitely worth the wait.
I contemplated getting woven labels and I’m so glad I didn’t. I love the look of these and plus they’re soft. So no irritation like you might get with woven tags.
I love how the tag sort of seals the deal on a garment and makes it feel finished.
I feel like this year more than ever people are completely over 2016 and ready to start fresh with 2017. I most certainly am ready for what 2017 holds because I’m getting MARRIED!
This year I have decided to invest in not one, but THREE planners. Crazy right? When scrolling through instagram, I would see bloggers and designers with more than one planner and I didn’t understand why that was necessary. Well boy do I now. Being an adult with a schedule, a sewer needing to keep projects on schedule, and a blogger I thought it was time to get more organized.
My first and newest planner is Colette’s Sewing Planner. I pre-ordered it and I was basically staring at the mailbox until it came.This planner is basically set up to plan a wardrobe, much like their Wardrobe Architect project. It has a section where you can put in your measurements and general favorites. Then it is divided into two sections Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. At the beginning of each there are two pages where you can put your goals/inspiration/pallette. Then there are tons of project pages.
Last but not least, there is a resource section. Here, there are measurement conversions, a needle chart and croquoises.
I have LOVED using mine so far.
The next planner I’m going to be using in 2017 is the Get to Work Book by Elise Joy. I’ve been eyeballing this planner for awhile and I finally made the investment. My goal is to use this planner primarily to schedule my blog and projects. It’s definitely geared towards people who want to get stuff done! Each month features a print that you can tear out for inspiration, a monthly look, and then weekly views.I ordered this back in October and I’ve been dying to use it. I also ordered the today marker for it. It’s essentially a bookmark with a ruler and ‘Today’ tab.
My third planner I will be using is a 5×8 May Designs notebook. What’s so great about these is they are so cute and customizable. I choose a graphic pattern from their Sugar & Cloth collection. I then choose to put a funny quote on the front.
I needed a light smallish planner I could keep in my purse and use for appointments and such. I also ordered this planner back in September (they had big sale so it worked out perfectly) but I did something dumb. I order a 2016 planner instead of a 2017 one. So I’ve had to do some creative fixing.
I’ve also invested in some cute accessories. Theses stamps are perfect for planners.
These stamps are made to stick on an acrylic block to use them. I’ve been using something random every time I used my stamps from A Beautiful Mess so I finally invested in some stamps blocks. These are great because they have a grid.
I recently sold a piece on Etsy and I needed a clean way to cover the back stitches. I’ve experimented in the past with different ways to do this and decided to share the best way with ya’ll!
Here’s how to do it.
Finished work and embroidery hoop
Figure out how big your hoop is, either by measuring or by looking on the hoop itself for a number.
If you are measuring your hoop, use the inside hoop and measure from the outside of the wood.
Now depending on what equipment you have you can either draw out the circle by tracing it, create it in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign or use a few of the standard templates I’ve provided (download at the bottom).
I prefer to use a heavy paper but copy paper works just fine. In the top picture, I recycled and used a brown paper grocery bag (I really like how that one turned out). Cut out your circle.
*Bonus Tip: If you use a brown paper bag, iron it first so it will lay flat.
Now it is time to decorate the back if you want. Stamp your logo, write a sweet note, or leave it blank (I added my logo to the back when I made my template in Illustrator). I have also provided you with a few templates as well (download at the bottom).
Now flip your work over and position the circle where you want it. Use a glue stick to glue it to the back of the fabric.
Now put the work back into the hoop, pulling it tight as you go.
Tighten hoop and cut off excess fabric.
If you want the work to be permanent, you can glue the fabric around the edges of the hoop.
And that’s it! Simple huh?
I recently purchased some fabric from Etsy and while I was searching I ran across some things that I thought might be helpful tips for people who are buying or selling vintage fabric.
For the Seller:
- Judging a book by its cover
The first thing a buyer sees while searching is the featured image. Before they even click further to see the product they have to be drawn in. Use a good semi-up close photo of print. This will catch their eye and make them want to see more. Avoid blurriness.
The title is another thing that you first see, however you do not see the full title at first glance. The first few words are important. I suggest putting the yardage first before anything else. Such as, “1 yard of 60’s fabric.” I was bummed that many of the pictures I saw were only scraps. It would have been helpful to mention this in the title.
Price is another thing you see first. There isn’t much to say about this except make sure you aren’t overpricing your items. Compare prices of other sellers. Also keep in mind stains (I’ll touch on this more later). Don’t overcharge for an item that is stained. Many old fabrics will be and no matter how cute the print, a buyer doesn’t want to pay extra for a stain. I know you are trying to make a profit but there is nothing like a bad review to kill your business.
- I like what I see but I need more info
Once the buyer has clicked on an item they want to know more about it. Include an up close and further away picture of the print. It is also helpful to use something to compare the size of the print. I see many sellers use a coin of some sort. Another thing I liked was some sellers draped the fabric on a dress form. You may not have one of these, and that’s ok, but it really shows the sewer how the fabric lays.
Size is important too. Many patterns call for different yardage depending on the width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge). Try to include that width along with the totally length of fabric.
As an extra bonus include what type of fabric it is. If you are not a sewer this many involve a little research but it really helps the buyer and could give you better reviews.
One question I had when looking at fabric is if the seller would be willing to sell smaller amounts of the fabric. For example, it you have 5 yards of one fabric offer it in 1 yard increments but if they want to buy the whole thing offer it at a discounted price. Like if you have 5 yards you might say, “5 dollars per yard but 20 dollars if you buy all five yards.” If you aren’t willing to put that in your listing try to be open to it is the buyer messages you and requests a certain amount. *Disclaimer: I would only do this if you had lots of yardage and I would not sell smaller increments than 1 yard. If you cater to doing whatever size a buying wants you may only end up with a quarter of fabric that you can’t sell*
Now back to stains. A lot of fabric will have discoloration or a stain. This may not be a big deal but many people do not want to disclose this information because it makes the listings less desirable. You don’t have to necessarily have a picture of it (even though it helps) but include it in your listing description. If you choose not to make sure you disclose the information if the buyer messages you and asks.
For the Buyer:
- At first glance
Don’t be sucked in to that fabric that first catches your eye without a bit of research. If not included, ask about stains and fabric type. I saw many a cute floral pattern that ended up being horrible polyester. It wasn’t included in the description but I could sort of tell from the picture (it was shiny on the non-print side).
- Don’t overspend
Just because you love a fabric don’t buy all five yards when you only need 1. Try to contact the seller and see if they’ll sell you less or cut you a deal. I like to have a price budget going in.
- Really analyze what you’re buying
A lot of prints in the 60’s are bright and busy. Look at the sizing (if shown) or print to make sure you’re not buying something for a dress that will make you look like a carnival.
- Always wash
This should be a given before any sewing project much it super applies here. The seller may have bought a fabric with some stuff at an auction or it came of someone’s attic. ALWAYS wash before using.
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Going home for me (my parents house) doesn’t just feel good because it’s home but also because it’s like a mini vacation. So much so that me and my parents jokingly call it my vacation home. We have several acres out in the “county” and are enclosed in woods so it is very relaxing.
Another thing that is great about being home is the fresh fruits and veggies. Nothing has come up yet in our garden but my grandmother had a ton of strawberries.Another thing I like to do at home is forage. Last summer I took a class with Chris Bennett and ever since then I’ve tried to find ways to use what we already have on our land. (Check out his book here)
Flowers I spotted along the way
The blackberries have dropped their flowers and will be ready soon.
This little lady bug
and this snake