Saturday, April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
And checked their Facebook Page this afternoon, and there I was!
What a nice surprise... One of the perks to joining a community a little less saturated than Etsy (Not that I don't love Etsy, because I do!). I thought that was great that they high light new sellers on their facebook page. I don't get a lot of views over there (no sales yet!), but I hope they gain in some popularity. I do love Etsy, I love the look, like the layout, mostly love the community, but it is really great to have an alternative.
My Heartsy deal has been voted on and has gone to the official Heartsy Judges. I guess I'll find out in the next few days if they are interested. Still kind of uncertain about this whole business, but we will see how it goes!
My last few days at the day job seem to be long and drawn out. It's nearly 4:00 and I still have 3 hours to go! I'm really excited about starting my new job, and really looking forward to regular 9-5 hours again.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I finished off two custom orders, both bra and panties sets. The lace ruffle one is my favourite. I just love frothy, gathered lace! The sad part of today though is...
I added little navy floral ruffles to the hip (I don't think I can sew anything without a ruffle), and navy floral flaps to the bra.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Fourth, I've been thinking a lot about how things are priced. How to stay competitive, fair, and still get paid for my expertise. How do you decide how you will price something. I learned in school, and read on the Fashion Incubator website that you calculate prices this way: a) total of all raw materials (fabric, notions, cutting, sewing cost i.e.labour, label, ) x 2 = wholesale price* b) wholesale price x 2 = suggested retail price** I am not selling at suggested retail if you were to figure out costs this way. So, my next goal is to figure out how to lower my cost of materials (buying in volume, etc) to maintain a reasonable price. I'm really interested in how other people break down prices.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
This got me to thinking... Do I have any license over a ruffle? Over sized bow? I have license over my garment as a whole, but people are free to make things in their likeness, as long as they do not pass it off as an Ohhh Lulu original.
I think this kind of sucks. Though I know there is really no way to control this. We are all inspired by something!
I think alot about how I can make Ohhh Lulu stand out as a unique and different apparel company and I think a lot of it comes from the quality. I finish my side seams with self-bound French seams. Items get pressed with a hot iron, free of wrinkles (I see so many items on Etsy that have not been ironed and it breaks my heart). Fabrics are bias cut so they fit and are comfortable (and the drape of fabric cut on the bias just sends shivers down my spine!). Elastics are basted then sewn on for a professional edge. Etc, etc...
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ohhh Lulu has been crazy busy lately. I've got a pile of things to get sewing, plus my brain is swimming with new ideas... scallops, rhinestones, slinky silks and laces... The more and more I think of it, the more and more I want to give Ohhh Lulu more of my time. It's such a scary venture, going into business alone, but with hardly any advertising or promotion I am already doing way better than I ever dreamed. I keep thinking, if I were to focus on advertising, production, getting into more stores, I could really do this! Such a scary, exciting thought! My dream coming true...
This morning, while at work, I ordered new clothing labels and some custom printed ribbon, as well as some beaded applique's to make hair pieces for my bridesmaids. My mom stopped by my work this morning and surprised me with a coffee and a my Grandmothers wedding band, which I will cherish!I had an email about another great blog this morning. If you have a chance, please stop by and have a visit to FemmePetal's blog! In my morning Etsy surfing, I stumbled upon this Ring by DEVINEsweetness :
And I think I'm in love. She also has the cutest coffee cup and croissant bobby pins that would just look too cute in my hair! I am desperatly trying to resist the temption to just buy them right now, since I have recently purchased tickets to see The Vinyl Cafe, and want to buy a serger and a new camera!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I listed my first item on the Sense of Fashion website. I will need to add more over there, but one item is at least, a start.
Dan and I have made awesome wedding headway, finalizaing the guestlist, and planning out our big day. I can hardly believe it is 5 months away! The time is flying by so fast, but not fast enough! I am really excited about the wedding and all the fun things to come after.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Lastly, I love this treasury, and I wanted to share it with you.