The only real "by the time I'm 35 I'd like to _____" goal I have is to sell my handmade stuff.
Last year (at what I thought was age 35), I put some things in a shop here in our little downtown. It's a nice place, but it definitely wasn't geared toward my target market. One thing sold.
Things would be so much easier if I sold on consignment, especially in a super cute shop in downtown Asheville, but the commission means I wouldn't break even. I'd lose money if I sold things.
I've been playing around with Etsy and Facebook, trying to get a feel for the selling potential on each. And the market. Apparently I'm not the first person to want to sell a-line dresses and bonnets.
We're moving in a month. I don't want to talk about it.
(How's that for simultaneously burying a lead and killing a story? Dr. Dillon would be proud.)
So, given our soon-to-be-changing-dramatically logistical and financial situations, I figured it was my last chance to make the investment of time and money to establish inventory.
Gah. That's a long-winded introduction to these dresses, isn't it?
The first four are made using the Cottage Mama Ruby Ruffle pattern. For the middle ones I simply cut off the bottom of the dress and added a contrasting band.
The first two are my favorites. I intentionally made them too small for Eliza so I wouldn't be tempted to keep them.
As of writing this I'm not 100% sure what I'll do with them and the bonnets I've got slated to make. I've got one more week before I move into Crisis Packing Mode, so if I can get a few more things made and get the accounts set up. . . we'll see. I have a tendency to jump into things head first and spit and sputter my way to success. Painfully.
It's worked for 35 years. Maybe by 45 I'll figure out an easier path.
Patterns: Cottage Mama Ruby Ruffle Dress (view B) and New Look 6578
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner, not sure about the contrasting fabrics -- all bought at Bumbletees in Germantown, TN. Alexander Henry (fruit) bought at Hobby Lobby years ago.
Modifications: Lined the New Look dresses, added contrast bands to a few
Thoughts: The Ruby Ruffle pattern runs significantly short. I knew that but failed to plan for it this time. Also, the New Look pattern has too-long straps.
Next time: Oh my, I learned SO much from sewing these. Marathon cutting sessions and assembly line sewing are effective. So is using only cream or white thread. Lining a dress is actually easier than fiddling with facings or bias tape.