You know the phrase, “You don’t really know until you know”? You don’t? Oh, it could be that I just made that phrase up. Anyhoo, I didn’t really know how much work SEWN would be until I got into the trenches doing all the work. There’s a lot that goes on behind this blog. And setting up an Etsy store? It’s not for the weak! A lot of details to think about and decide upon. So far, I’ve ordered the SEWN clothing labels and ordered business cards. I put in an order for bulk tissue paper. I have been researching fabric sources for the cutest fabrics. I’ve been brainstorming and designing in my head a lot for different items I can sew/make for SEWN Market (see note about that below). I’ve also been researching cost effective shipping methods. Oh and I have been tweaking the blog a little bit. Some of you will be glad to know that the link to subscribing to the email updates is fixed now. So subscribe away! 🙂
Phew! That’s a lot!
I still have more work to do. I have to say it’s sapping my creative energy a little bit (yes, my ponte knit is still staring at me reproachfully), but I am still excited about SEWN and SEWN Market. The good news is I already have my first customer, my sister! She’s buying a couple of bibs to give as a baby gift. Hopefully she’ll be a repeat customer. 😉
Here’s a picture of little Annie, a recipient of one of the early batches of bibs I made as gifts. She’s the new daughter of a college friend of mine. Isn’t she so cute?
Before I sign off, a special thanks to Noile who reminded me about those pesky fed regs re: children’s clothing. I had conveniently (or inconveniently, depending on your point of view) forgotten about those. Darn! I will have to reconsider what I make and what materials I use to avoid the testing and certification costs.
I hope I have more to show in the next little while. In the meantime, happy sewing everyone!