Good morning, good morning, people. I am having church up in here today (the Lady Lair; i.e., my sewing studio). I stumbled upon Mr. MJ Harris on my daughter’s social media page and by golly he is hitting home runs in his assessments.
Perhaps you or someone you know may benefit from his motivational words. I know I will.
After our recent traumatic move and all that it entailed getting my sewing mojo back is a priority TODAY, right now! This morning I have been touched by the hard hitting words of MJ Harris relative to what I do with my time and what I choose to do as a “career”. I was moved, captivated and motivated by this young man’s message and it’s been a long time coming. Listen to his message if not for yourself then for the someone in your life that needs to hear what he has to share. It is not a long presentation and won’t take up too much of your time.
To that end my new calling cards have arrived. There is something about having calling cards that lends itself toward service legitimacy in my mind. Nothing worse than explaining what you do to someone, they ask for a card and you don’t have one. Then again, I am always impressed by folk who state they do not have a card because “all their business is by word of mouth”. Must be nice.
On the immediate horizon is getting a dot com and web page up and running to show what it is that I am offering. Marketing and locating “my tribe” is at the top of my list of most necessary things to do.
Thanks to you for kind words of support over the years with my sewing projects. A big giant hug to those who have supported and are supporting my venture, SkirtingIt! Here’s to the future, here’s to success and women dressing like ladies.
It has been a while I know, ladies. SkirtingIt! has me sewing at a whirlwind pace. I have not been idle. Much time is being spent getting the word out and putting my product “out there”. Publishing photographs of my garments on social media, blah, blah, blah.
I was of the opinion that when I could afford to get my dot com up and running (I do own the URL; however, hosting is another matter) that I would discontinue using FB as a medium to advertise. Well, recently an advertising director told me I need Facebook in addition to my webpage. Rolling my eyes for I truly am spending entirely too much time on social media. Initially I only joined Facebook to keep up with my family in other states. To date I have two customers. Okaaaay, I did meet one on social media.
Anyway, I thought I would bring you all up to snuff with what is going on in the Lady Lair and what I have been sewing in the name of SkirtingIt!.
This top is one of the two patterns offered by the new indie pattern company Charm Patterns by Gertie. It is a peasant style top with a fitted waistline. And, here’s the cool thing . . . it comes with several cup sizes. Yessss!!! All patterns should have a variety of cup sizes, that needs to be standard. I’m jus’ sayin’!!! Right now there is a sew-a-long going on with this pattern. I have clocked three of these babies over only a few days and in between other projects. That’s how easy peasey it is to make. Check it out on Facebook and Gertie’s blog.
I can not believe what a hit this outfit was last weekend. It was also easy peasey to make. Well, then again, the skirt was ill-fitted but, giggles, no one knows because it’s under the peplum. I swear peplums are my new best girlfriend for they cover a multitude, did I say a multitude of sins. The reason the skirt was so hit is because I semi-drafted a pattern. Ladies, I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to that sort of thing. I use patterns. Doggoneit, why reinvent the wheel if there is a pattern. I needed this outfit when I needed it though and a nice cyber gal/friend helped me with how to do it. The wait is humungous though. The thing is I have this “stuff” below my waist but above my hip. Have you ever heard of that baby pouch or whatever it is called? Well, mine is humungous, ginormous. I need lipo, sumptin’!!! Anywho, this skirt is kinds slim at the top for lack of a better explanation. So, anyway, the waist is too big but its hidden, snickles. I have since purchased a trumpet skirt pattern and that won’t be the case next time.
Okay, this Rita Blouse was featured in an earlier post but I believe it bears repeating. This is my first Rita Blouse with a fabric I have had for months awaiting Charm Patterns launch. It is made with rayon challis and is seriously comfy. I see maaaaany a Rita blouse coming from the Lady Lair.
Absolutely I feel in love with this Ankara print. So far everyone that has seen it has also. My first customer ordered a Maxelle midi skirt in this print also. I think it goes well with my black and white hair. Definitely many more of these coming up perhaps with a larger sash like MimiG.
That ought to hold you for a while. I just didn’t want you to forget about lil ole me. At this point I am thinking along the lines of separating my personal blog from the professional website when I get http://www.skirtingit.com hosted and up. That will mean more time publishing than sewing so time management really needs to be implemented. I have not abandoned my love of vintage style for daily wear but I have a conundrum in that I also need to wear what I offer. Either way I shall be stylish, yes?
A blessing was received last week that I just must share. Yaw’ll know I am feverishly working to get Skirting It! off the ground. Well, I set up a Go Fund Me account which is a platform where you may ask friends, family, whomever to support your dream. Well, while sitting around one day it occurred to me a couple of family members who are not on social media and whom I had not contacted with my Go Fund Me link. My big brother came to mind and I decided to ask him for some money to help with my venture. Then, I promptly forgot about it.
Some weeks went by and two weeks ago I sat down and wrote him a letter telling him my situation (described at the original post) and thoughts. I made sure to tell him this was not a pity party; no, that I have plans! Years of research has led me to know I would do well with a dressform and gravity feed iron. Therefore, specifically, I asked him to please send me the money for them and told him the price range.
After waiting a very short period of time I remembered that I had made the request, but I had not heard anything. Then, I got chicken so called a cousin to ask her opinion. “When I call him, I said, do I get right to the point or beat around the bush, make small talk, before asking IF he had read and is considering my request. Did he feel like being philanthropic?” She felt like me, “Don’t beat around the bush get to it”. Then, LOL, I made the comment, “If I were him I would have read the letter and immediately sent the check in the mail; or sent a declination letter.” Sew, I got up the nerve and called him . . . NO ANSWER! Geeesh, then I got really nervous.
What do you know about THE NEXT DAY a letter came in the mail WITH a check and his best wishes for my venture!
All praise to Jehovah God and thanks be to my big brother for his love and kindness. Now, I want to get a photo with “Riyaaz” (the dressform) and my unnamed gravity fed iron (a boy) and send it to him. He’s 81 so don’t know if he’s into getting photographs via his cell so I am going old skool and printing out a photo to send to him AND to place one in the Lady Lair, my sewing studio.
I am so happy, excited, and can’t wait to bring you pretty, lady-like, way cool skirts and more from Skirting It!. And, did you check out the motto/by-line? “Modest excess within control!” Yeah baby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Here is my latest acquisition. She shipped today and I can NOT WAIT to sew her up.
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.
Here we go, “Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fir, everybody lookin’ at her. She hit the floor; next thing you know, shorty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low”. Don’t ya just love the movie Zookeeper?
Okay, on to my good news. Just left weigh-in no. 4 (I think); 179.3 lbs. YAY!!! I do not know the last time I was one seventy anything!!!! That’s 7.2 lbs down from when my job’s “Biggest Loser” contest began. I know this is a vintage style sewing blog, but I am really excited about this progress and me thinks writing in public adds another level of accountability. Plus, thankfully, I am surrounded by positive well wishers like YOU.
Now, gang, I’m going to need you all to pull together and send good vibes, strong will my way. I go home next week. And, ahem, at home I can get things like bean pie, peach cobbler, and fried white bass fish. The good things is, we have Anytime Fitness at home and oh yeah, I WILL be a workin’ out. Can I get an “amen”?
Okay, ladies (and any really cool gents who may be readers of Sew Lyrically Vintage), they say confession does something for the soul, whatever. My job has a “Biggest Loser” contest going on and I decided to play along. I asked a fella to take these this morning just after the weigh-in.
Weigh-ins are every Thursday until May 26th. The grand prize $500.00 (mamma needs a car to get to the ministry and work). I am not even scheduled to work today but I got my butt up at 0600 and prepared to drive to the weigh-in. This is the third weigh-in. Last week I went up 1/2 lb. Hey, check it, my husband treated me to an impromptu luncheon and my congregation took us Pioneers (full time ministers) to a luncheon. The increased weight was worth it, don’t you think?
Try for the life of me I can’t find the post when I blogged about making this skirt. I could have sworn there was one. I was away from my Tabitha and thus made the skirt by hand while visiting family either last year or the year before. I tell ya, time is going so fast. A small person could fit in there. YAY!!!
I have decided whether I win the $500 or not I will be “a biggest loser” for ME. In March my friend encouraged me to join a local gym with her. We even hired Matt, the personal trainer. When I first when to the gym I was at least 189 lbs. In a month’s time I had gone down to under 185. I love it and I do not want to go back to the 190s.
Now, hitting the 170s seems to be a reach. But I AM GOING TO DO IT! Lifting weights, behavior modification, next to no McDonald’s (I have enjoyed the snack wrap, no ranch sauce, and the small parfait). This from a McDonald’s-a-holic. I used to eat there daily and I am proud of myself so far for exercising restraint. Basically instead of eating sweets with wild abandon, I am watching what I decide to put into my mouth. I ask myself often, “Is it worth it?” When I think of the money I spend to workout at Anytime Fitness and the fact that I am only part-time; i.e., not much money, I refuse to waste all that I am doing for a stupid pastry.
I am working toward viewing my “choices” not as deprivation, but sensical (is that a word) choices for healthier living. I was almost 200 lbs., with body fat of over 45%, pre-diabetic and hypertensive ; i.e., a disaster in the making. When I last visited my doctor my LDL had dropped 24 points (that is the bad one, right)? My hope is that my next visit in August will remove me from the one medication I am taking. At the very least go from the current 10mg down to 5 mg.
Apparently I should be drinking a gallon of water a day.
Still working to get to that. It’s not that I do not enjoy water, it’s more of remembering to drink the stuff. At work, I’m busy. While in the ministry, I’m busy ministering, LOL. I’ll reach it though. By “choice”. Hey, perhaps I should do this!
Stay with me on this successful journey to health, reduced weight, and Sew Lyrically granny styled cuteness to the max!
The concept of “She Shacks” have been on my mind for some time. Of course I didn’t know they were “she shacks” until I saw that moniker on Pinterest or some such site.
It’s decided. I am going to have to shape up my sewing area. A sewing room renovation is definitely in order. To top it off I will have to do it on a serious shoestring budget. I was hoping soap, water, and paint would do the trick but that’s too good to be true. I am working with an old 48′ x 12′ park model trailer with two pop-outs. There is a bedroom, bathroom, main area and kitchen. For now we actually use the kitchen to eat (rolling my eyes); the bedroom area holds my stash and my clothing, a desk for study, and sewing notions. The main area is where I sew (treadle and hand crank sewing machines), a cutting table, thread holder, and again, the kitchen with normal kitchen stuff including a stove with broken oven (another story all together).
The proper thing to do would be to show you what I am working with, right? One day I just might get up the gumption to do that. You see my sewing area is “tow up from the flo up”. Do I need to translate? Okay, my sewing area leaves much to be desired and I am embarrassed as ever to show it to my cyber friends. Not many IRL friends have seen it either to show you how embarrassing it is.
You see, we live off grid which I have learned if you have money is cool – we don’t. I was looking for at least one photograph to show you of my sewing area and came across this which reminded me to count my blessings.
That’s what we call our lil living place. That is the banner I used for a blog I was writing when we first arrived on our land, 2011, here in the “kuntry”. Listening to Mr. Lyric I was idealistic about living off the electrical grid, sigh. Now two of the children are gone, I’m older, finally blessed with a less than part-time job, and working to be a thankful person. Wait, I digress . . . . this post was to be about remodeling a trailer into a “She Shack”, right :-).
These “She Shacks caught my eye – click the photographs for their story:
“A Husband Gave His Wife An Old Rusty Trailer. Wait Until You See What She Did To It”. The story above was the straw that broke the camels back for me. That’s it – I must do SOMEthing with my sewing area. I figure if I write about what I want to do it will solidify my desire and increase accountability in not continuing to work in an unacceptable environment.
In my thinking the pop-outs need to be torn away and destroyed. Mr. Lyric says that would make my space very small and that I may not like it. Here’s the thing, there is yucky mold on them and the wood is, how do you say, nasty. I’ll have to think about that.
Bright, bold, sassy, colours appeal to me. Then again, when I see the fruity, pastel, 50s “Happy Days” colours used in vintage style decorating, I like those too. Thankfully, I don’t have to choose today.
As an honorable mention, how cool is this . . . .
I’m not finding as many online vintage-inspired sewing room makeovers as I had imagined. It’s okay for now because I do need to do some demolition before getting to the good parts. In the meantime if you know if any sites I may visit please holler. I’m looking for 40s and 50s colour themes.
My thoughts are to host a give-a-way to the one who comes up with a swanky, cool name for my She Shack in the future. Stay tuned as I hash out this project and thanks in advance for your support.
How nice would it be to just be able to pluck fresh green onions from the soil whenever you need them? Nothing beats fresh onions for your salads, dips or soup. But how can you ensure a supply of fresh onions at hand all the time?
Sure, onions are available all year round from the supermarket, but they are hardly fresh and there’s almost always no way to know for sure where they came from.
Gardeners of course will simply grow them but some simply have problems with available space.
I came across an image of spring onions grown vertically on the windowsill, using a common 5 Liter PBS bottle, which I thought was a practical, space-saving and green way to grow onions. I posted the image on our Facebook Page and a few people asked how it was done…