The Easiest Sundress Ever

March 26, 2010 at 11:38 am | Posted in sewing | 2 Comments

I was in Toronto last week visiting  Canada Blooms and couldn’t resist dropping in at a couple of fabric stores while there.   My local Fabricland is closing and is almost completely empty at this point.  So, while shopping for some black and white fabric for a friends duvet cover I came across this

Please ignore the mess in the background.  I’m trying to make a few things for the farmers market when I was distracted by this bit of loveliness.  It was $17 a metre, but I had to buy it. The top of this fabric is smocked . Normally I wait for sales but I was afraid the prints that my daughter would like would be gone by then.  So, for just around .8 of a metre or $13.60  she has another new sundress.   The fabric was printed with some horizontal stripes along the bottom edge.  These can be cut off and made into straps if you’d like.  I cut them off to achieve the desired length and she decided not to put straps on this dress just yet anyways.


I couldn’t decide which picture is least dreadful, so I’ve included both.

Now, back to business and cleaning up the horrendous sewing room.

An Education

March 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Posted in sewing | 2 Comments

My daughter has been asking for a couple of years now if we can get a booth at the local farmer’s market.  Well… I’ve relented.  I was happy to see that Bobcaygeon, the town we are actually a part of (on the outskirts of) is starting a market this spring.  Many years ago when our greenhouse business was starting out we took our wares to the Lindsay Farmer’s Market (30 minutes away).  Once we had enough wholesale buyers we stopped going and I sort of missed it.  Maybe not the early hours and the rain but, it was nice to feel part of a community like that.  This new market is closer and they have a shelter in the event of rain.  As well our honey producing neighbours will be participating.  How nice!

My daughter wants to sell her jewellry and I thought I’d sew up a few things to round out the table a little.  We will probably be bringing planters and hanging baskets once the season starts as well.  I’ve made these

so far anyways.  They are a combination of tutorials I’ve been collecting lately.  One is from here and the other from here.  I changed the size and methods but both are really good to get you started.  The fabric for the one on top came from scraps included in a fat quarter swap from Amanda.  They look great and I’ll probably  be looking for more of these fabrics from Amy Butler.

I’ve also made three yoga bags inspired by Amy Butlers free pattern here.  I changed them a little as well.  I’ve made it before for my daughter and myself and found it quick and easy.  I think I’ll make at least 15 of these to get started and then maybe some shopping bags.  I hope they go well seeing as it is a farmer’s market and people will need shopping bags.  Pricing is always a problem.  I don’t want to under value my time and ability and price things too cheap, but I still want to make enough sales to pay for the booth.  I’ve read lately just how important it is to place a fair price on these handmade goods.  They should be valued more than cheap imports.  By underpricing we hurt all the people trying to manufacture good quality goods locally.   I’m not trying to get rich.  Trust me this wouldn’t be the way to do it.  I’m trying to give my daughter a taste of business.

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