Is Tailoring the New Mall Alternative?

| February 27, 2009

Phyllis Sullivan says that her alterations shop brings in approximately 55 customers each week, up from the 40 she averaged per week last year.  Sullivan hasn’t had time to slow down since people started heading to their own closets instead of heading to the mall.She says “we’re turning around like a top” as she bustles […]

College Student Surprised By Flood Of Sewing Machines

| February 26, 2009

Tariro Mupombwa is a 21 year old student at the University of Pennsylvania who is working on a major in biochemistry.  A couple of months ago she visited her native Zimbabwe and witnessed the effects of the cholera epidemic that started last August, along with the major economic issues the country is having.In an effort […]

Part Time Fashion Designer is Creating Her Own Dream

| February 24, 2009

Sarah Jo Saunders has been sewing since she was a teenager and says she is “completely self taught” when she talks about her fashion design.  Saunders never wanted to settle for mass-produced clothing so she got started by designing and sewing her own outfits.  She has since decided to go for her dream and opened Jo Clothing, an […]

Make Something Special For Your Child

| February 22, 2009

There are so many things that you can make for your child — for a birthday or just because you want to let them know they are special!Snake wall pockets are sure to make a child smile — AND might even encourage them to keep their room a little cleaner by utilizing the pockets for […]

Styled Baby Designs Supports Local Moms

| February 20, 2009

Styled Baby Designs is a small boutique in Hillsboro, Oregon just outside Portland that carries “unique gear for the modern mama and child”.  The boutique proudly displays wares ranging from bibs and blankets, barrettes and aprons, shoes and diaper cakes.  More than 80% of their stock is made by local moms, most of whom live […]

Michelle Obama’s Fave Designer Heading to Hollywood

| February 19, 2009

Maria Pinto is hardly new to the business with over 20 years of experience as a fashion designer, but even though she’s well known in Chicago she has only recently gained national exposure thanks to Michelle Obama wearing her pieces on the campaign trail last year. (check out our previous post on Pinto)Well last week […]

Are You Afraid To Tailor?

| February 18, 2009

If your sewing business has been mostly “simple” things because you’re afraid to do tailoring, read the following tips and practice them, and before you know it, you’ll be able to add additional sewing to your business.** Make all marks for notches, darts, grain lines with darning cotton — it has a tendency to stick […]

Give Your Customers What They Want

| February 17, 2009

The decision on what type of content to place on a website is usually always made by people within the company.  While it is important for a company’s stakeholders to determine how much and what type of information to put out there for visitors to their website, it is even more important that they give […]

Denim Jeans Organizer

| February 15, 2009

There are many uses for old jeans, and I found a cute jeans organizer that might just help keep the kids’ room a little bit cleaner.  It’s one of those “wonder why I didn’t think about that” kind of projects.  Sometimes things are just “too easy” and we either overlook them, or try to over-complicate the […]

Buttonhole Elastic Tutorial

| February 14, 2009

We’ve talked before about the many uses for buttonhole elastic, one of which is for making those pants fit for your small skinny toddlers.  Deanna at DeannasStuff blog has a short, to the point, tutorial about how to use the buttonhole elastic in a pair of children’s pants. How about that for a finished buttonhole elastic […]