As you may know, I have been selling wallets for the past couple years. It has been so fun and has taught me so much. I am so thankful for all of my customers and all the support I have received. If you have been following along my journey, you also know that I have decided to switch gears a little bit. I am starting to dive into designing and selling patterns so you can sew yourself something lovely! I started with my Deluxe Wallet pattern, designed with the Dave Ramsey budget system in mind. Now I am about to release my first garment pattern. I am finding this to be so rewarding and so fun. I absolutely love it. Through this process I have really found myself. I have to admit, my confidence up until now hasn’t really been there. I worried about failure and what others might think of me. I never really pinned down exactly what brand I wanted to build. I was afraid to say “this is what I am all about”. Though this journey I am learning I don’t need to be afraid. I need to be who I am and do the best I can at it.
I have done a lot of thinking of what kind of brand I want to build. Here it is. I want to be a pattern designer and life coach. I want to help seamstresses who want modest patterns and women who need some encouragement. I design modest sewing patterns, share sewing tips and encouragement, so you can have confidence in sewing, fashion, and everyday life.
The Ruffled Stitch, up until now, has been a mix of things. Marketing my wallets, sharing tutorials, recipes, DIY, encouragement and more. I have never really pinned it down to a certain thing. I have been afraid, but I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to share with you what I am passionate about. I have struggles and big fears. I want to share those with you. I love sewing and designing. I want to share that with you. Those are what I am passionate about, and that is what The Ruffled Stitch is going to be all about. The more I thought about what I want my brand to be, the more I realized I couldn’t choose between sewing and encouraging.
Modest Sewing Patterns
I was a little scared to take this stance. Everyone views modesty a little different. To say I am modest and create modest sewing patterns, makes me a little nervous how others will view what I call modest. My patterns will be high enough on the neckline, and knee length for dresses/skirts. I like to be comfortable, cute, but still modest with the clothes that I wear. Those two things you can expect from me. When I was thinking about just what style of clothing I wanted to design, modesty kept coming to mind. I did a little google search on modest sewing patterns to see what was out there. What I found was modest, but not very fashionable. I love fashion and I want to feel cute in what I am wearing. I don’t believe you have to sacrifice modesty to fashion. Here it is, modest meets modesty. I want to be the place you come to buy patterns you know are going to cover you. I know it isn’t hard to alter a pattern, but sometimes I just want to buy a pattern knowing it for sure will. That I don’t have to search for a bunch of pictures of the pattern made up to make sure it will be the length I want. In addition to trying my best at creating patterns that are modest, I will also include finished garment size charts in all of my patterns so you can make sure you don’t need to alter it. I will also include a shorten/lengthen line on all my dresses so if you do want to alter it a little more for your very specific taste, it is ready and easily available.
Real Life Encouragement
This is such a huge part of who I am, I can’t possibly leave it off my blog and focus solely on sewing. I think many of us struggle with insecurities, doubts, fears, guilts. I think it is easy to hide behind our smiles and “deal with it” alone. I know social media has made it even more difficult on me. It has increased my comparison problem and has made me feel inadequate and lonely at times. Sometimes it feels easy to stay in my mud pit of self doubt and fear, but I know in my head it’s not the answer. So each time I sink in, I eventually pull myself out. I just recently reached out to a dear friend and told her some of my hurts. She so very kindly responded with a long heart felt email that made me cry. I know I am not alone when I have friends that are willing to share their heart with me. I want to be your virtual friend. I want to share my hurts and experiences to help you realize you are not alone. You are an amazing human being full of so many talents. Fear is a liar. Together we can help each other out. You are doing the best you can, and sometimes thats all you can do.
So this blog, my brand. It’s all about making you feel confident both inside and out.