March is looking to be a busy month, new items, sewing expo, fabric... swoon. I'll touch on all of these in this post... yay.
March 11-13 I will be out of town visiting the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Atlanta, GA (Duluth). Last year was my first visit and I was hooked. So many beautiful projects, quilts, fashion; great shopping, networking, etc. Maybe one day I'll be able to have a booth there, till then I'm happy as a consumer, connoisseur ;-)
Been working on some custom orders here recently as well as trying to get my Spring line ready for March, I truly love how anticipated it is and appreciate everyone holding out for me. :-) Because I'm a one woman show right now I'm looking to launch the spring items on a weekly basis, my thoughts being that March will be full of surprises and newness!
I finally sent off my New Account Application so that I may start to carry some fabric for sale on my site. I would love to say that I'm going to have dozens of fabrics to choose from, but the reality is I only plan to stock between 6-8 bolts, initially. These will all be a reflection of SoChick style: fun, fresh, eye catching; can be chosen for custom bags, but more importantly, fabric will be for sale by the yard. Part of the game-plan for SoChick is to encourage others to create as well. Some free patterns may be popping up in line with the new fabrics to give you ideas for their uses and to allow you to create your own SoChick items.
Here is a taste of one of the fabric designers I adore:
Heather Bailey- Nicey Jane Collection
Along with my one-of-a-kind handbag creations, I want to also encourage a younger generation of crafters, seamstresses, quilters, and what have you. Too many times have I been through fabric shops where I am talked down to because I am from a younger generation than those working at or running the shops. Now, don't get me wrong, I completely love the knowledge and experience of, well, experienced sewists (if this isn't a word, I'm making it so... now.) and value their wisdom, but please, don't talk at me as if I've no idea how to thread a needle or some idea of textiles, honey. I may be far from expert, but I'm no idiot either. I wish I could think of a word not as harsh as 'idiot' but that's how I'm made to feel sometimes... which is a shame.
I want to see more people sharing in my love for fabric, design and passion for sewing. I really believe I can and will do this by growing into an exciting place to go for fun, fresh and inspiring fabrics, knowledge, notions, and sewing patterns... not only my own patterns, but those of individuals who have had such an influence on my love for sewing; holding this all together, unsurpassed customer service. I am a HUGE believer in this and can't say it enough, the product you have or create means nothing without someone who cares backing it all up. Now, I know this isn't going to happen overnight, heck, it may not happen in a year, but it will be a journey and I will continue to work my butt off to get there... and I can't say enough how much I love and appreciate the support I have received from everyone so far! THANK YOU!!!
Till next time...