Skirting It!

skirting it

Much to-do is going on over here.    My Precious ones I have some good news, no better than that, great news!  But first, let me tell you the how and why of it all. Me and hubby left Florida to begin anew in southern Georgia the end of last year.  He loves rural living so we went from one country town to another an even smaller kuntry town.  Cost of living, okay.  Jobs, not-so-much.

The Deal

Imagine, having played the education game, earned a masters level degree, moved to the south, can’t even get a JOB at McDonald’s. It’s been 8 months and I am underemployed, working less than part time at a local hospital for . . . ready for it? Drumroll . . . $8.50/hr. Less than PART TIME!! Yeah, I’m screaming.  No pity party here though.   I absolutely refuse!

For years various ladies have been in my ear about the inability of finding modest garments to wear.    And, for years various people have inquired about my sewing for hire.   A concept I fought vehemently, LOL.  Why even a couple of months ago my daughter asked what I would charge to make her a maxi skirt.  With all the discouragement I could muster I turned that job down.  Guess what, she went to a local to her woman and paid $80.00 for an Ankara maxi skirt!  Between that, the promptings of a friend, and my pitiful prospects of self support where we now live, I have been persuaded to sew as a means of support.  “Skirting It!” at your service.

The Beginning

I am at the beginning of this cottage industry venture.  Busy researching web hosting (that won’t charge me for a year or more up front; ain’t got it like that yet), the dot com is in place, and just purchased a dressform and gravity fed iron so my garments will look crisp and professional.  Keeping an eye out on what ladies are wearing.  A strong presence on Instagram will be developed. Etsy is looking out of the picture for now because they would own the shop, not me, and that’s not the direction I want to go.  Also researching and meditating on paid hobby vs. business status.  No money for a tax attorney (right now) before anyone brings that up.

The Vision

I am thinking of offering up to nine pieces, made in standard US sizing to ladies, teens, and little girls.  Mommy and Me lines seem big and that is definitely something I can do.  I will displaying a variety of fabric swatches from my suppliers for customers to choose along with the style garment they desire.  Each garment will be handmade individually, expressly for said customer.  Meanwhile I am building up my wardrobe of samples for daily wear so that local people can see what I offer.

The hope is that the styles I choose will be evergreen; i.e., skirts.  Skirts are my chosen IT to feature.  I will offer an accessory or top or two here and there as a little something-something extra for flavor.  Have you seen an Ankara Obi belt?  Lovely!   I found this one online and went gaa gaa.  Thought it might be a nice accessory to offer.

Obi Belt

But, seriously, I want to focus on skirts.  I will be the skirt lady!  After Skirting It! gets off the ground I will add vintage style dresses in Ankara to the mix.   That will be a special look for sure.  Oh, I forgot to tell you Skirting It! will feature Ankara/African fabrics, Indian fabrics and Middle Eastern (if I can find them) textiles.

black and white ankara
Recent acquisition. Can not decide vintage style dress or maxi skirt?

Here are two skirts I found on Pinterest.  Personally, the one on the right has got me swooning.  I must make one to show off.  In case someone did not know what Ankara is and why I am crazy about it I thought I would share these.

Peplum and Flounce Skirts

Here is an Ankara garment I made for myself last spring.  The fabric was given to me by a Christian sister of mine whom I have yet to meet face-to-face.  We somehow got together via social media.  Wasn’t that kind of her?

African Fabric Assembly

Here is my latest acquisition.  She shipped today and I can NOT WAIT to sew her up.

Ankara Spheres
Can you say “Maxelle Skirt”!

This photo does NOT do the fabric justice.  When I complete my garment I will have to do better!  Anyway, I just wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come with Skirting It! fashions.  How can you not be happy with such gorgeous, colours that pop?

I’m excited, a tad nervous, but on I forge.  Any helpful suggestions are warmly welcomed as I embark on this creative venture.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

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16 thoughts on “Skirting It!

  1. the very very best of luck – I have in the past refused to sew for others (except my gorgeous niece) but lately I have had a rethink and now putting together all the sew samples I have made pattern testing etc, and will be selling them at a local market. its not totally as a moneymaker, essentially, just to clear my sew room, but also if it can be converted back to money – all the better

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  2. Wonderful news! This is sew encouraging! I have wanting to do the same thing but have been dragging my feet (plus vision problems–getting that worked out). Same thing here–wanting a part time job that pays well and coming up empty. I want to do something to make money but not on someone else’s watch–know what I mean? Congratulations on your endeavor. What I find really helpful is watching videos by ‘The Tailor and the Dressmaker’ on YouTube. Very helpful about pricing, starting a business, professionally producing garments, etc. I also follow a few bloggers who own sewing businesses. I remember distinctly one of them said ‘Do not spread yourself too thin–start with one item you do well and perfect that–like skirts. While you are selling skirts, work on perfecting your next item’. When you said you were selling skirts, I immediately thought of what she said. They are very popular now, especially with the ankara, waxed, and middle eastern fabrics. Praying that you stay focused, encouraged, and successful!

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