In the midst of the smallest village is a little sewing studio sharing the loveliest tips on how to make it as sole trader in a thrivingly busy fashion industry.
Being a seamstress is a way of life for me, literally an addiction and one I love dearly. I'm totally immersed in fabric and spend endless hours of the day thinking & planning what my next collections will be and when i'm going to launch them.
Fabrics and sewing has been around me all my life, my nanna made her own clothes, mum studied fashion it was a total way of life being around women and chatter whilst the needles clicked and new crafts emerged. It's the way it was when i was a kid, sitting as a small child in the launderette (the womens meet) listening to all the women put the world to rights whilst their washing dried, those were glorious days. I used to think the fabric shops went on for miles (i was only about 8 year old) all the bright colours, different patterns and textures, listening to my nan discuss their uses, she loved fabrics that didn't crease, polyesters were her favourite.
There was of course a several years where I never made anything but once the bug finally caught me I was hooked and could think of nothing else. Now i'm privileged to turn what was a hobby into a thriving business.
Over the years I've diversified into several different markets and as my business model continued to evolve and I found out which products liked making the most. In later years I began to dabble in childrens clothing and being a mum and now grandmother it's really come in handy because i've been able to make lots of clothes for my family. My business started from the small beginnings of simple baby accessories later developed into designing a full fashion collection.
These days I love the ideas of making limited pieces or one-off items, this way have the chance to make a really beautiful childrens garment and one that no one else is going to have. My inspiration comes in a variety of sources from watching designer fashion shows, trend spotting and fabric sourcing. Where possible I try to use local suppliers and UK wholesalers for my cottons. My size range from newborn up to aged 10yrs and i make no more than 20 of the same item this way my fashion trends are always current and fresh and customers buying a piece of clothing i've made within the last month. Fashion lines in my childrens collections are always up to moment and every changing with the seasons and times of year.RSS Feed
So hope you like what you see and will pop back next week for further installments.
The Fashion House blog
In the midst of a small village is a little sewing studio sharing the loveliest tips on how to build a fashion brand and make it as sole trader.
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