Setting Up My New Office

So, we have been in our new home for a couple of days now, but my office is far from ready for work. I am hoping to get set up and ready to go in the next week or so. I am really looking forward to sewing again and have found my coast to coast roadtrip to be very inspiring. There was a lot to see, do and think about. Seeing the vastness of this country really humbles a person, and I am still in awe at the beauty and inspiration I have found.

I am planning my office to be both inspirational, as well, as functional. I have chosen paint colors, received my furniture and now I just have to put it all together. I will share photos once it is set up!

Moving Across the Country!

So, many of you know, my husband is in the Navy. He has received orders to be stationed on the other side of the country come this May. Because of this, I will be delaying any work on my collection and shop until we are set up in our new home. This delay will be rather long, I am expecting to not be set up fully until about June 2014. Once June hits, however, I will be in full swing again.

It’s tough dealing with unforeseen circumstances. They have caused my quite a delay in this endeavor, which is forcing me to choose not to allow made to order items anymore. I will only be offering in stock items from now on, just because life can be so unpredictable and I want to make sure orders will be filled on time.

Once I am fully stocked, we will be reopening our shop on our independent website. We will be parting ways with Etsy. I am very excited about being completely independent. It allows me to set up, design and run my shop the way I want to.

I am so thankful to my friends and customers from my previous shop who have stuck by me in this slow process.

-India

A Brief Absence

I haven’t been online to post in a couple of weeks due to illness. Right when I think I am getting better, I start to feel worst! That’s how it always seems to go, isn’t it? I did pick up some more supplies. I am going to make a small run of knit shirts featuring leather trim. I am pretty excited about them, because I feel they will round out what I plan to offer pretty well. If this first batch does well, I will offer these shirts in more color choices and sizes!

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These shirts will take a bit to be released since I still have to do the pattern work on them, but I have the supplies and sketches, so I am just waiting to feel better before I get back to work!

People’s Reaction

I was thinking a lot lately about how people react to what I do. When someone asks what I do for a living and I tell them I design clothes. Usually, their reaction is something similar to “You actually make clothes? Like sew them and everything?” then I usually give a quick “yep” and smile. People just find it so amazing that people still sew in this country. Frankly, when you think about it, it’s kind of sad. It’s sad to think of the great amount of manufacturers and skilled workers we had in this country, and how most of them no longer exist. I just hope the new generations decide to rekindle this country’s love and excitement to create. There’s just something truly amazing about taking a raw material, crafting it to your design with your own hands. Yes, you will get blisters, cuts, burns, but the gratification in the end to see that you made something completely on your own is wonderful.

War Brothers- New Menswear Collection

So, I wanted to talk about the menswear collection I am working on. It was inspired by the Civil War. I am using a lot of greys, blues and details I saw i pictures of Civil War uniforms.

(Photo Credit: Color plate from the War of the Rebellion Atlas )

I really wanted to do something that I found to of interest as far as the actual costume of the time and something you don’t see that often. I feel the era gets over looked because of the negative history involved, but I still find the clothing from that time to be very interesting.

This will be a mini collection consisting of a well balanced mix of coats, vests, trousers and shirts. I may add some accessories at a later date.

I am very much looking forward to bringing you these pieces and I hope you all will enjoy them!