- Christine and I scour the internet for sewing patterns and print out the images of the envelopes' fronts and backs.
- We divvy up the printouts and type the tables into spreadsheets, which have lots of formulas going on in the background.
- Once we get enough patterns to establish a stable average number for every size, we copy the tables into PowerPoint slides and look up representative examples of patterns that require the minimum, average and maximum amounts of fabric for each type of garment.
- We paste those images into the PowerPoint file as well and then ship the whole thing off to our graphic artist, Beth.
- She creates the artwork - putting our numbers into nicely formatted tables and creating sketches of the representative patterns that we provided to her.
- Once we approve the artwork she emails the files off to the card printers and they work up proofs for us.
- Once we approve the proofs, they print the cards for us and punch holes in the upper left hand corner of each card.
- When the cards are delivered to my house, we hand check each one to make sure it's a good print, collate them into sets and slide a ring (like a key ring) into each set.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thank you so much to Lisa Laree, Carla, Marie, Claire, Debbie, Linda, Barb, Gwen, Anotheryarn, Becky & Summerset for talking back to my confession last week! I asked about your experiences with people commenting on and/or asking about the clothes that you are wearing.
So, who asks us, “Did you make that?” Well, almost everyone (9 out of 11) reported that they are usually asked by someone who already knows that they sew – a friend or family member. (Although, at the other extreme, Summerset reported that her friends and family just take it for granted that she has pretty much sewn her whole wardrobe, and thus they rarely ask…) Only 3 people reported that they get asked by distant acquaintances or strangers.
And, almost everyone (9 out of 11) reported that they generally take the question as a compliment and feel good when they are asked – regardless of whether they are wearing one of their own creations or something RTW. Certainly no one reported feeling offended by the question, but sometimes Mary feels a bit caught off-guard and embarrassed, and Anotheryarn remembered a time when a stranger asked if she had made her skirt and then did not follow up with a compliment, and so she was never quite sure how to take it. (I’ve had that happen too – it is disconcerting.)
There were two other popular refrains echoing through the comments. The first, brought up by 4 people, was that many people who don’t sew are not able to tell the difference between RTW and handmade. They don’t know what to look for and sometimes don’t even recognize the differences between well-made and poorly-made garments. Barb, for example, reported that her sewing experience has taught her to notice and be critical of lots of details, such as puckers, mismatched seams, etc.
The other theme, also brought up by 4 people, was how amused and/or surprised they were by the reactions that they get when people find out that they are wearing something that they made – apparently many people are amazed by the idea! (Possibly getting the cat face pictured above.) Debbie has even met people in Joann’s – in line to have fabric cut! – who are shocked by the fact that she is wearing her own creations. Okay, here’s one place where the idea should NOT be coming out of left field…
Becky, on the other hand, has the opposite experience – her friends know she sews and so they are more surprised if she tells them that she bought something in the store! ;)
Finally, Lisa Laree called out a reaction that she gets – and that she finds quite annoying – when people find out that she makes her own clothes. Apparently some people take it for granted that, if she sews, well of course she’d just love to sew (or mend!) something for them too… Yikes! Thank goodness I don’t run into that situation too often!
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! I love reading your stories! :)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
And what did I learn? Well, first of all, the desire to sew does seem to flag periodically for almost everyone. Seven out of 9 commenters responded that they do have dry spells in their sewing. The exceptions were Linda - who has more of an issue finishing projects, but is pretty much always up for starting something new! - and Becky - who is more likely to lose her motivation for other activities, like knitting.
Why does it happen? I didn't specifically ask this question and so not many people addressed it, but there were two explanations offered. For Patsijean, it can be caused by having too many projects and not knowing where to start. For Becky, having a project not work out the way she had expected can put a temporary dent in her enthusiasm to get back into the sewing room. I can definitely relate to both of those situations!
How do people become recharged? Well, we have as many suggestions as we do commenters! Interestingly, there was only one idea that (sort of) came up twice - both Sarah and Katherine suggested that organizing-your-supplies / cleaning-your-sewing-room could help get you back on track. (Hence today's illustration - although I'm not sure how much good that broom is going to do Snow White as long as all those animals keep roaming around her kitchen...) Katherine apologized for the suggestion, saying that she knows that we don't want to hear this, but I think they're right - this certainly has worked for me in the past.
Faye searches for inspiration anywhere she can find it and Gwen often gets her inspiration from the other sewists in her sewing clubs.
Sarah has been motivated by (a) finishing up quick projects, (b) taking on a big project like a 6PAC, and (c) learning a new skill like drafting.
Mary also reports that it's never the same twice - sometimes her mojo comes back naturally and sometimes she guilts herself into getting back into the swing of things.
Finally, on those rare ocasions when Becky gets discouraged, she finds that permitting herself to take a short break is often all she needs to get her enthusiasm back.
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment and share a little bit about your sewing lives! These are a lot of good suggestions that I'm going to keep in mind for the next time my sewing needs a jump-start!
Image credit: Paragon Fine Art