Monday, November 23, 2009

No body gives a shit about scarves.

I participated in a fundraiser/craft show on Sunday (11/22) that was held at the Glashaus (where my studio is located). I had to have something to sell that day, and since all of my clothes are custom sized, they weren't really going to work out. So I decided to make silk scarves and pocket squares.

I had bought a narrow rolled hemming foot for my machine a while ago to make some pocket squares for my boyfriend and roommate, and after trying it out, I got really discouraged and frustrated with the thing, and decided to never use it again. This time around I thought I would try hand rolled hems, and my first scarf took me over 3 hours. I went back to the rolled hemming foot, and by the 3rd scarf I pretty much got the hang of it, and by the very last one, I had mastered that thing.

In about a week's time I made 10 large scarves, 7 smaller ones, 6 pocket squares and a new outfit. I was staying up till about 2 or 3 every night, and the very last night I didn't sleep at all. I definitely learned a lesson about procrastinating.

This was the set-up in my studio.


God, I was so tired. Look at my sleepy eyes. . .


Thanks to my friend Kate for letting me borrow the vintage luggage, and thanks to my boyfriend Mikey for staying up just as late as I did doing my whole portfolio, and printing and cutting all my business cards, since Overnight Prints didn't do such an overnight job. (I was supposed to receive them on Friday, but they came on Monday.)

After all that, I only sold one pocket square and one scarf which was a bit disappointing. But I did learn how to use that foot, I made a new dress*, gave away a lot of business cards, talked to a lot of people about my clothing, made a little money, and now I have some scarves to give away to friends and family, and my boyfriend finally has those pocket squares.

*The dress will be for sale in my Etsy Shop soon.

5 comments:

50sgal said...

Well I adore scarves and use them often, 1955 taught me that at least. There is the trusty head scarf a la' rosie the rivetor whilst I clean and homemake and bake. There is the morning, my hair is still in curlers dear, don't mind me, scarf ,there is the, I can't decide which necklace to wear today scarf. The, I don't feel dressed in cooler weather with my coat but far too warm for wool, scarf and of course the ever wonderful movie-star head wrap and sunglasses that can make a gal go from bad hair/make up day, to starlet with that "I van't to be alone" look. I would have bought a scarf for sure and a pocket square for hubby!

Kate said...

That is so disappointing but remember sometimes it is an issue of a market not having the right attendees for something that will work well at another market. Keep your chin up as there are people who love scarves. : )

And on the plus side - you are now a narrow rolled hemming foot expert which is a handy skill and no mean feat!

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