Back in March I really started getting interested in making clothes for Kina. I drafted a few patterns for myself and Kina on paper and really started learning how clothing went together. I enrolled in the Pattern Workshop class, and bought a few books on pattern making. I slowly started buying patterns from indie designers and started sewing both self drafted clothing and clothing from a pattern. I began following blogger and instagram bloggers who sew clothes. It really ignited an excitement and desire to make and sell my own patterns. As this passion grew I talked to Loren about just where I wanted to be with the Ruffled Stitch. Through my sewing journey I am finding I really love sewing clothes and I love helping others learn to sew. We decided my next stop on my sewing journey would be pattern making. It is a scary thing for me to just quit making wallets (post coming soon on wallet info) and dive into the pattern making world, but it is also very exciting too!
Lately I have been thinking a lot about exactly what I want to be doing. I am very entrepreneurial at heart, and I love being my own boss. I love being able to stay at home with Kina, while also creating some income. I have been sewing for a couple years now and I thought I had found my thing. I thought I absolutely loved making wallets, and I did. However, I don’t think its my forever thing. It was my thing then, but I feel like I have something new now. I have been sewing a lot of clothes lately. It’s funny, because I never dreamed I would love sewing clothes. I tried many different things when I was first starting to sew and clothing was one of those things. After trying to sew a few different garments I decided to just stop. They didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to, and they looked…well handmade. I didn’t want to wear something that looked unprofessional. I couldn’t get the fit right and I had no clue how to properly sew clothes, hence the unprofessional look and lack of confidence to actually wear it. Lately I have jumped back into the garment making world and I have to tell you, I am in love. I dream of having a handmade wardrobe. Now that I have more sewing experience under my belt I can tackle clothes with more confidence.
I always struggled with marketing my wallets. No matter how many tips on marketing I read, I couldn’t quite find that authentic zeal I may have been missing. Not that I didn’t love my wallets and believe in them, more so that I just didn’t know how to say these are awesome in an authentic way. That’s one thing about selling patterns that I may not struggle as much with. Sure it’s always going to be a little hard to market myself, but this community of sewers that I have stumbled into is awesome! They are always praising people’s patterns and hungry for more. It just seems to be where I fit. I can buy a pattern from someone else and brag it up, while still being able to sell my own. I love how it’s not one and done. You only need one wallet, but you can have multiple patterns! I have found patterns are almost like fabric, you can never have enough 🙂
So this is the new thing for The Ruffled Stitch. I am working on a woman’s pattern right now and I couldn’t be more excited about it! My vision right now is to make modest, stylish, comfortable patterns. I know it is easy to modify patterns to be longer, etc, but when I buy a pattern I am so excited when I don’t have to do any modifications. I think that is what pattern designing is all about. Making patterns to fit your style and sharing it with the world. I can’t wait to share all my creations along with tutorials and tips on how to make clothes.
While we are on the topic of sewing clothes, I just made Kina the Stella Tunic by Shwin and Shwin designs. It was part of our family photo shoot outfits and I love how it turned out! It features a button down front with a high-low gathered skirt. The pattern came with leggings. I did follow the legging pattern but added the lace triangle modification like I did in the DIY lace baby legging post. I think next time I will follow a different legging pattern. The legging pattern included was great, I just personally prefer to sew leggings up more like I did in this post. It was just a different method, and I prefer the way I am used to.
I made this outfit awhile ago, and it was one of the first times for me sewing button holes and buttons on a garment. I found out I needed a little more practice! I probably should have chosen easier buttons, but um, the ones I chose were just too cute I couldn’t help it! The end result, however is the shirt coming unbuttoned fairly easily! Oh well, you live and learn, and who doesn’t like a peek of a cute baby belly everyone and then!?
I love all the patterns I have made from Shwin and Shwin and this one is no different! I will for sure be making many more for Kina as she grows :).