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2011 January 7
by elizabeth_admin

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!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. January 7, 2011

    It’s not for the weak, it’s for the WEEK. Get it? 😉

  2. January 7, 2011

    Wow, indeed. You’re really moving, Elizabeth! So glad you’re checking out the fed stuff; you’ll be heading in the right direction from the beginning, and not having to re-trench in the face of a bad surprise later.

    You’ve had a great week!

  3. January 8, 2011

    Elizabeth, would you mind sharing what you learn and decide concerning the Fed regs, please? I’d love to know … .thanks!

  4. January 11, 2011

    How swiftly you are moving things along. Have to say I think bibs are a great idea – they’ve always sold the best at every craft fair I’ve done, plus they’re easy to make in batches, and cost next to nothing to post! Hope you do make enough to cover your fabric addiction!!

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