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Melrose, MA, United States
Hi there, and thanks for visiting my Blog! How did I get started? Well, when I was pretty young, my mom taught me all the basics of sewing. It seemed to come natural to me, and by the time I was in middle school, I began to make lots of my own clothes. I did some sewing for people I knew, (including my mom!)and then bought my first sewing machine in 1986 when I decided that I would make my own wedding gown! I live in Melrose, MA with my husband and our 3 boys. When expecting our first, I started to make dolls, just in case I had a girl. I continued making and selling them as they were fun to make and customize for a special girl. I work out of my home and have had the great experience of making gowns, home fashions, dolls and doing many alterations over the years. My work has been largely word of mouth, with very little advertising. I think you will find my work unique and would like to create something special just for you!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

I was recentently "tagged" in a Facebook post, as reference to a young girl who is in an entrepreneur program (YEA!) at a local high school. She needed someone to produce her prototype. I responded that I was interested in hearing more, so was put in touch with her mentor. The student had come up with an idea for a product. Her idea was athletic wear, specifically, leggings, with a twist.

Next thing I knew I was talking to the student on the phone and we made an appointment to meet in person to discuss the details! We met at local Starbucks and I took notes as we spoke. She said many times she would wear yoga pants, then wish she had shorter leggings, so her idea is to have a zipper below the knee, to make them convertible. Genius!
But I had lots of questions about the design. What did she want them to look like, did she have a sketch, what was her business plan, what about a contract for my services, what was the intended use of the garment (casual or workout wear), what was her targeted market, who would manufacture them, etc, etc, etc...

Many of these questions she didn't have answers to yet, and the fabric she had already purchased, was all wrong, because it is to be sold as workout wear. It was too thin, more like dancewear. She said, " I want a good quality legging, I don't think I want to use this fabric". So I suggested going back to the fabric store and proceeded to accompany her. I educated her on the amount of stretch needed for a good workout fabric and the importance of the weight of fabric. I offered a few suggestions, such as an alternative fabric for the lower part of the legging that zips off, since the top part of the legging would be worn all the time, and the lower part only some of the time, so the fabrics would wear (and fade) differently. And most importantly, I asked her if she wanted the zipper to show and where to place the tab (front, side, back)!

She did return the original fabric, and purchased a newer, slightly heavier weight, more useful fabric for the leggings, and also the zippers needed and waistband elastic and handed it over to me. I have 3 weeks to produce the product that she will then present to a panel of "investors" (like Shark Tank).
She graduates in May, then will be going to school in CA to study business, with a focus in entrepreneurship.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A new year...a new YOU!!!

When a new year rolls around, many of us try to better ourselves, make ourselves "new". Whether it's getting outside more, making more time to spend with our families and friends, or just trying to handle situations better, we all, whether we know it or not, make some kind of resolution for the New Year. For any of this to work, the resolution has to be reasonable and within reach.

With that said, I wish you all the best for YOU in this new year, of 2016.

Celebrate life and all those around you. Happy New Year! Cheers!