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It’s been a great week of no sewing and focusing on social media. My hands are rested and now my mind is full of ideas! 

I follow Jason Miles (from makesellgrow.com) on Pinterest and have been working on applying what I’ve learned from what he pins. My photography has improved so much! I’ve made a banner for Facebook and Etsy. Oh, and most important, I posted 6 outfits on Etsy!

 
Back in the day, we used to use Gimp photo editor on our computer that ran Linux. I reinstalled it on our Windows computer and man, I need some refreshers. Thank God for YouTube. Check out the banner I made, I will make a better one once I have learned more. 

  

I have also increased my presence on Pinterest and Instagram and took some pointers from the experienced. Pin less about me, like and comment on other people’s work, and space out posts. 

  
At the vendor show last week, I promised that I would send out updates and let people know when I got my Etsy shop up and running. So I sent out my first newsletter to my little group of followers. MailChimp turned out to be a great resource for newsletter creation and subscriber management.

What a great week of learning! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook

Have wonderful weekend everyone,

Jolene

So Saturday was the day! Our first show with doll clothes and my first show since 2012. 

  
The event was put on by Dewey Events and sponsored by Yelp. They have 3 more events coming up over the summer but I don’t think I will attend. As awesome as the price was and the efforts put in by Shanna and Rex, it was not well attended nor were there as many vendors as originally planned. I know this wasn’t their fault; vendors backed out… 

We networked, made future plans, met new some new followers, and received some good advice. 

My newest friend, Kathlean from Fantasy C, will be attending the Treasure Valley Renaissance Fair next Saturday and my family was already planning on visiting so that will be awesome. Her and her husband encouraged us to keep going and attend more fairs because there are so many out there and we have great product. 

Mom also met a talented lady who is a master seamstress that enlightened us on copyright laws (we are in compliance, we were just unclear about other pattern makers). 

We plan on attending the Nampa Art Festival and desire to expand to Renaissance Dress etc. so we can have a theme at certain events. 

I just want to encourage all you new makers out there to keep on going, don’t give up after what seems like a lousy show. Network, gather emails, broaden your social networking presence, and selling outlets. New networking buddies, new followers, and leads are priceless. Even though we financially did not make our money back, we gained so much from this show. 

Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instrgram, Etsy, and here. Just search for Phoenix Fabric Art. 

Til next time,

Jo 

I am so so anxious, I only have 1 week until #BoiseWhatAGirlWants Expo. It’s been 3 years since my last vendor fair. I am taking a step back to make sure all of my “i” are dotted and “t” are crossed. My card reader, business cards, and bags are in. I need to make my table runner/banner and some more hangers.  My BF was my handsome handyman and made me a peg wall. I also need to take my phone in and replace the screen so that no one cuts their finger while signing! So much to think about. 

On Pinterest, I made a board for Business Tips. On this board you will find good ideas for table runners, booth set up, display examples, etc. This is where I got the idea to make a peg board. We went to the local lumber store and picked up a big sheet of peg board and gathered some 2x2s and scrap wood. Some cutting here, some screws there, a little paint and BAM, peg board display!

  

Yesterday, I made a test run of some doll clothes hangers. I found this tutorial to be quite helpful. Some tips: if the threads are too thick to just slide in between your craft sticks, grind them down on each side, super glue works great but be careful, and try to pick out sticks that are fairly straight so that they will glue together better. I painted mine with yellow and red craft paint and plan to write Phoenix Fabric Art on them. We could only find 4 packs at our local Walmart so I will try our local hardware store for bigger packs and make more since this was a success. 

 
If you are in the Boise area on May 30th you should come see me and mom. Also bring your kiddo and her doll for a free pair of doll undies. Check out #boisewhatagirlwants on Twitter and Facebook for more vendor posts! We hope to see you there! 

It’s very important to me that I am always learning. By learning new techniques, I am becoming a better seamstress. If I am always a student in life, then I will act less like a know it all! For I know nothing. 

This week I learning two new sewing techniques: welt pockets and sewing knit fabric. Now I am no expert, but at least I attempted these new things!  

Today I finished my first knit project! I used Pixie Faire’s tutorial on sewing a cardigan. It actually turned out really good. So happy!!!

  

In my last post I mentioned taking an online class called Couture Techniques offered by Pixie Faire. In one of the lessons, I learned how to make welt pockets. It was actually easier than I expected. As I said last time, it is worth taking!  I tried this technique on the Liberty Jane Skinny Jeans. Next time I think I will make skinny slacks! Adding the welt pockets should make the pants look oh so professional!

   

 

I have finally finished the dress for J’s doll using the leftovers from the Princess Dress I made earlier this year.

I used the Ariel pattern in the Simplicity pattern 1581 for this Wintery dress. I omitted the crown and the tulle underskirt. I also made a bolero to cover her cold shoulders.

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Here is my next inspiration: a pattern I was given in a box full of fabric, patterns, and notions still in their original store bags with receipts from the 1950s-60s! I have sketched out what I think it would look like on the doll. The dolls don’t have NEARLY as many curves as a woman but I think I can make it work.

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I love making my costumes each Halloween! I have been making them since 2009. I’ve been a pink and blue mad hatter, an army girl, an elf, circus ring master, Harley Quinn, and now a mad hatter… again. Check out my Facebook page to see my pictures!

In my previous post I showed my corset in process. I decided to add ruffles instead of bias tape. The corset turned out pretty good and versatile.

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The Mad Hatter vest is made with New Look pattern #6914. I cut a foundation fabric piece for the front pieces and sewed scrap corduroy fabric to the front.
Here’s what I have so far:

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Can’t wait to finish it!!!

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I love “Whatever Weekends.” Me and my bf just did whatever we wanted on Saturday. No appointments, no obligations. We ended up going to several different thrift stores in our area. Our first stop was a Catholic thrift store where I snagged a halfway made girls dress for 59 cents! It has that vintage print look to it and I plan on making a few sundresses for the American Girl Dolls.

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I also worked on my white corset for halloween. I want something versatile so I can be a mad hatter one day and a zombie the next. Then wear it to a Renaissance Faire some other time. I changed up the pattern a bit by sewing down the two layers around the boning and adding bias tape at the bottom. I also did not add boning to the top so that it would lay on my chest better since I have lost a little mmmph up top

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On Sunday, my folks and I went to Ketchum to watch the Trailing Of the Sheep. We got to see 1500 sheep run through town, eat some awesome grub, and explore the little shops. After things died down in town, we went to a small fabric store in Hailey and picked up this awesome small print houndstooth fabric. I think I will make a suit jacket or two for the American Girl Dolls.

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Sneak peek at week 7

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

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