Friday, February 12, 2016

Trends to Sew:
Conquering the Romper, Part One

Well, I was doing those "A Better ______ for GOTY Lea Clark,"
but that seemed to have a backlash.


So I will just secretly post about a 
better romper for Lea here in this post, haha.

When I saw the leaked pics of this...

...I was like dear God of the Parrots I hope those are pajamas.

And luckily, they were.

And as far as garish pajamas, they work well.

I can't see myself buying them.

But I have thought about it, because they are really fun.

But the issue I have with rompers is this - 
even the ones that aren't made to be pajamas, often look like pajamas.

Like this one:

It's beautiful.

I would wear this.

I would want one for my dolls.

I want one for my Lea.

But it screams "loungewear" to me.

I'm not gonna wear this out grocery shopping or out to the movies.

I am going to sit on my couch in this.

So yes -- make this, sew it, sell it -- but I would advertise it as loungewear.

And I think it will do very well.

The secret / key to a going-out romper?

Higher end drapey, silken fabric.

And darker colors.

Dark blues.



Deep reds, burnt oranges.

These things ^^^ make the romper look more sophisticated 
and for going outside into the world of people.

For example:


That one ^^^ could have easily 
become a bathrobe-pajama combo -- 
but the choices of colors, overlapping shawl neckline, 
drapey polyester fabric, and slanted pockets, sells this as going-out attire.

In different colors...
A patterned fabric...
Even a thicker fabric...
And all I would be thinking is - spa day bathrobe outfit.

Alrighty then...

Again, I am trying to make my posts shorter so 
that I can actually produce more than one of them a week.

So this is all for today.

But I will be posting more on the "Conquering the Romper" theme though!

So stay tuned my fashion-forward friends!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Trends to Sew:
Lace-Up Ornate Lace Peplum Top

So I am trying to post more frequently, 
and in order to do that I have to avoid crafting 30-page-long posts, haha.

I end up spending all my free time during one week trying to write one post.


Not working!

So for these Trends to Sew posts I am going to post one thing per post.

This may not be incredibly useful to everyone.

But hopefully it is in some fashion.

(Get it? Fashion! Pun!)

Well, anyways -- we won't know until we try!!!

So in the earlier post I was talking about making "signature" tops that stand out.

And one of the things I'd love to see more of is peplum tops that aren't just tank tops.

That aren't just from that one Liberty Jane pattern.

(Which I love - but remember, I advocate out-of-the-box thinking!)

So think peplum -- but with varying sleeve lengths and in different fabrics 
and stylings than what we have been seeing in the past.

For example, this Lace-Up Ornate Lace Top.

Peasant top styling with the lace-up neckline.

3/4 length bell sleeves.

Fancy lace fabric in cream and rose colors.

(Rose is very in this late winter/early spring.)

And that drapey peplum waistline.

If you make it -- please sell it with a coordinating cami for underneath it.

Not that many people own doll camis.

And then finding one that "goes with" the top is almost impossible.

It doesn't have to match in colors -- 
just not clash with the lace top!

And don't build the cami into the top.

Then your buyer can't use that cami with their other clothing items.


You want versatility people!

Caption from Forever21: 

"In ornate-patterned knit lace, this semi-sheer top is complete with a tasseled lace-up neckline, 3/4 trumpet sleeves, a subtle peplum waist, and a cami underlayer with adjustable straps."

This will look great with distressed denim shorts -- like on the model here -- just not so short in the legs, haha. We don't need to see doll underwear...
Or a mini skirt with button-down styling.

Okay, that was my one item per Trends to Sew post post.

You guys like it?


We try, we try.

Thank you for visiting us today and 
stay tuned for more posts!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Have An Etsy Shop?:
Get An Instagram Account!

This is one of those really obvious posts where 
I am probably talking to people who already know what to do, haha.

But just in case you don't...

If you sell on Etsy or have your own online shop,
I highly recommend starting an Instagram 
account to help advertise your products.

If you are selling well already,
maybe you don't need an Instagram - 
but I think they really do help out.

What should you post there???

Pics of things you have created.

Behind the scenes pics of your sewing and crafting spaces, 
as well as your photo shoots.

Updates on what items will be in releases.

Release dates and times.

Notices about sales, discounts, special items, giveaways.

Questions about what people like to buy.

Inquiries for opinions on things you have created.

Happenings in your life.

Things that make you happy.

Your doll collection.

Your dog.

Your cat.

Your plant collection.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Pretty much anything you want!

Use the Instagram account to brand you, your product, your style!

Here are some examples of Etsy shops that have Instagram accounts:

Small Scale Styles

QT Pie Doll Clothing

(pssstttt this shop ^^^ has a release coming up on Feb. 20th at 6pm EST)

Closet 4 Chloe

Lori Liz Girls and Dolls

Mia Kate Apparel

123 Mulberry Street

Clarisse's Closet

Katherine's Creations

p.s. If you have an online shop and an Instagram -- 
comment below with the website address 
of your Instagram account so that people can find it and follow it!

For example this is the website address of Katherine's Creations Instagram account:

Thank you for visiting us 
and stay tuned for more posts!!!

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