Anyone who has had a baby knows how unbelievably quickly they turn into little miniature people. Hubby laughs at me when I mention, "when Sadie was a baby", because of course she is still a baby, but she is so aware and has such a little personality now. Everyday there is a new movement or sound, mainly a wiggle dance, squealing and blowing raspberries. She has just learned the roll over onto her tummy and back onto her back and grabs at everything. It's going to be baby proofing time soon!
Last weekend Sadie went to her first big kids birthday party at the bowling alley. Fussy at first, she has a bit of stranger anxiety with men, but relaxed quickly and had a great time looking around at all the lights and action, then fell asleep in her daddy's arms. Also exciting as she got to wear her glitter converse tennis shoes, her first shoes out in public!
What amazes me is how you get used to something and then one day it changes. Riding in the car with Sadie used to be torture, she would cry so hard until she fell asleep, then one day she just stopped crying and now calmly looks out the windows, such a relief! She is still quite sensitive to her surroundings. When hubby shaved off his beard it scared a horrific cry and scream out of her and she was none to pleased to see me pumping instead of feeding the milk straight to her. I can only pump when she is asleep or I'm at work to avoid upset. She has started to eat baby rice cereal, which is a big (and messy) hit, lots of grabbing at the spoon and bowl. I honestly couldn't have imagined having such a sweet and happy baby, such a joy :)
So, last year, before I got pregnant, I started designing a line of vintage inspired dresses and separates to start selling in my shop. That's the dream, to one day have my own design studio with pattern maker and sample machinist, rolls of fabric, cutting tables, dress forms, and on and on. It's coming along very slowly, but along none the less. I found a small factory in Hong Kong that has very low minimums and are pretty easy to work with. Their English is great, but if you've ever worked with China, some things just get lost in translation. So, a lot of trial and error. I would love to have my garments made locally, but the few factories in Seattle have minimums that are too high and to have them made by one machinist would just be too expensive. Eventually, if I am able to wholesale my line then I will have it made locally.
I'm very pleased that some of the styles have sold out (the shirt dress and the print dress) and all have received great comments. I have re-ordered the shirt dress in red dot and black dot and should have it in the shop in the next few weeks. Next is to do a fashion shoot with our model Lucy and really show off how cute these styles are. Below are pictures of my label, inspiration & sketch.
These styles can be found in my shop and on the Website.
Fingers crossed for more to come for summer and on into Fall!
New in the shop and just up on the website is the entire Spring line of Suzabelle, the fabulous local Seattle designer. Her designs are so fresh and feminine, a joy for Spring!
St Gabriel Wrap Dress ~ Cotton ~ $156
Adelaine Dress ~ Cotton ~ $148
Laurentides Dress ~ Silk ~ $148
So, an update to the below email. It looks like the Northwest Fabric and Trim show is back and will be in Renton on Oct 2 & 3rd. More info on their website: http://www.nwfabricshow.com/
is for Sale. I'm not sure how you buy a trade show, but there you are. I haven't gone in a few years and thought recently that I would the next show only to find that it is retired pending a buyer. There really aren't a lot of fashion fabric resources in Seattle. A couple very nice fabric shops (mostly for bridal) and the rest is mainly quilting.
It makes me miss my favorite fabric shop in London, The Cloth Shop, which looks like is now called The Cloth House. They used to have a sneaky shop on a side street in Camden, but it's not on their website so, not sure if it is even there anymore. The Berwick one is lovely and a must see for any fabric lover shopping in London. Berwick street in Soho has a great selection of lovely fabric shops on both sides of the street. On their website in the gallery section they have a great picture of shopping bags made from recycled Indian newspapers. Love.
I bought the most recent and last issue of Craft: magainze lately and it is, of course, wonderful with great articles and inspirational projects. Sad that such a sweet little gem is not going to be published anymore. They will still be online in their extensive website & blog. So many projects, so little time.
Design Sponge has published a delicious list of not to miss shopping destinations in London, a place very close to my heart. The many comments left by visitors has some great suggestions too. I spent 7 years there and still don't feel like I saw everything I wanted to. Maybe someday I will take my daughter there.