Wednesday, November 27, 2013

THIS goes here....and this goes over there........

This is the Anna Bag......just one of my many Handbag patterns!!
I will be chatting the Anna Handbag Pattern in just a bit.
Some important stuff to say first!
Has it really been 3 weeks (since I last posted).....
I am not going to is quite challenging to run your own business....doing your own passion.  I go to bed at night thinking....did I do all the really important stuff today?

I am learning to be ok with doing what I can, even if I do not think it is the best I can do.

Well.....I am getting organized.
I am doing totally making a splash with social media!!
Be on the lookout for my Pinterest......coming very soon.
I will have a board for every pattern I have.
Hang in there,this will take some time!!
As soon as I have something fun for you to see...
you will be the first to know!!

I also found I need to let everyone know what the hell I am doing with these patterns...why did I decide to design them? 
What can they do for you?
A few facts about
Paradiso handbag patterns:
1. I design my handbag patterns so that they really do look like designer handbags that you would purchase for a lot of mula from a high end department store!!
2. I developed my own technique to sew pleather/vinyl into straps that look like real leather.  The pleather is way more comfortable as it is more flexible then fabric straps or woven strapping that can tear at your shoulders!
3.  When I found that it was really hard to carry such pleather/vinyl in large amounts for the stores carrying my patterns, I found a way to make it easy to carry a number of pleathers by creating my own pleather collection, of which there are 3 different pleather kits available now to purchase retail or wholesale!!
2. There is nothing fused to an external fabric in Paradiso patterns, so you will never ever experience any bumpiness that occurs when an external fabric starts to unfuse unevenly from its stabilizer/interfacing.
3.  All Paradiso handbag linings are muslin lined to give it strength.
4.  All pockets are sewn into seams, and if there are divided pockets, then they are rigidly sewn at the top of the divider to prevent tear-out.
5.  All pockets are lined with trim to give durability. 
So it Starts.......

The Anna Bag was the very first bag I designed that became a pattern.  But I designed the Anna and the Xine Handbags to just sell bags.  I designed to use different materials that POP against each other in the bag design.
Feast on the silk in the tabs that attach the handles.
Throw in the ribbon that I used to bind the top of the bag.
The tabs allowed me to use buttons...ohh lala...vintage buttons,
and 2 button sizes for the 2 different tabs.
Of course this allows you to change the tabs around or 
to change out the handles.....just a thought!
Do not forget the side tabs that gather the sides!!
Pay special attention to how the fabric themes match the bag handles!
This is a home d├ęcor fabric

This is the side view of the Anna, and it allows you to see the 2nd tab that holds the side gather in place.
I put black lace over the antique rose satin for this Anna Bag.
Here is the first Anna Bag I ever made!!
It is made with a tapestry upholstery fabric that is amazing.
I used a silk for the handle tabs, and an ombre silk ribbon to bind the top edge!! 
Here is the inside of the bag.....there are 4 pockets!!
This Anna is made out of a pink crocodile printed fabric, and it was fun to use the zebra stripe for the tabs, with pink silk for the binding.
Honesty....I would not do that again.

This is the inside of a rose satin bag,
very high contrast lining to the external fabric.
Look how it makes you able to see the inside of the bag!
It works the same way when you line the backside of a pocket with a different fabric, meaning that you can see into the pocket.
Here is how the bag looks with the rose satin fabric!

Last but not least is the pricey designer fabric Anna.
The metallic woven fabric + lame tabs,
+ the lazer cut wool is to die for.
It is truly stunning!! 

Next up:
A Few Facts about Paradiso clothing patterns,
Find out what is a Formula?
What else can be done with it?
And why does it work soooo well!!
Thanks for reading.....xoxo!
ps......any questions....please ask me at any time.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

International Quilt Market Fall 2013.....

I recently was at The International Quilt Market Fall 2013t in Houston.  I was very lucky and was a part of the Bosal Interfacing/Foam booth.

This is what Market looks like when everyone is setting up amidst all the boxes that house all of our goodies!!

Then something cool happens and with everyone working like squirrels in the fall....things start to fall into place as all the colors bloom and start to come out.  Visually it is a big color blare, then after a bit it becomes easier to focus and actually see things individually!!
This picture below was taken during Market and Bob (the prez, yellow shirt) and Rolando (the vice-prez light-blue shirt), are in the background networking as we all are to drive our businesses.  I learned so much from being around them.  Plus, they are a hoot to be around.  I laughed so hard, and met a lot of good people through these 2 gentlemen.  It was a memorable experience that I will never forget!!
This was different from having my own booth, and I liked it!!  Plus I got to sew  on a Bernina of course (thank-you Jeannine at Bernina) is always so nice to be able to multi-task!!
The Bernina model I was sewing on was a Bernina 530, and it was a great machine.  Handled the pleather for this bag wonderfully.
Here is a Cross-Body Bag(you know that this is a fee pattern) that I am sewing for my friend
Ginny picture shows what it looks like!
See it hanging right there on the I just need to send it to Ginny!!
Hope she likes it!
YOu know I have pleather kits (to make straps)  for the handbag patterns.
They are sitting on the table....use them for my patterns OR
other handbag patterns.
Makes super comfortable straps.
Please check them out!!
I really loved being a part of this booth!!
At the end of the table in the picture below is a new bag design that I have not named yet, and the bag that is in Sew Stylish Fall 2013 right now.
Coral Lace over Gunmetal Lame'....I loved how that came out.

then of course 3 days are gone....and it is time to pack up....
and so we do.
The most important thing I take from this market is that I want to do really good business.  
Meaning that:
I want to give the best I can to the lovely sewists that buy my patterns. 
I want to give them what they want.  I want to educate them so that they can make the right decisions, and be happy with what they are creating.
I want them to be successful at what they are creating.
I want them to know it is possible to sew beautiful things for a fraction of the cost.
And I want them to know that it will take some time.
I had a wonderful conversation with Kathy Mack, owner extraordinaire of Pink Chalk Fabrics  at Market.
Her Fall Market Trend Report was excellent.   I have seen many people mention how well spoken it was.
This conversation gave me so much food for thought on what I need to do for my own business journey.
I work very hard on my patterns to give sewists something that is not offered by anyone else.  But I have to do two things to get the word out.  I have to tell the world about these patterns and pleather kits....and I need to explain how it all works.
And this is where Kathy comes in with her report.  She talked about slowing down.  Taking things step by step to achieve and create something beautiful.
My patterns take time, but the result that one gets is awesome.  I hope to get the word out about what I have to offer the sewing world, and I am hoping that you all like it!!
So be prepared to learn some new things on this little blog...because I have some really fun things coming up!

Thank-you to every body that I had the chance to talk with in Houston.
I learn so much each time I go.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Big Time Embroidery via the Bernina 780........ happening in the Sewing Lounge

This is Anna, and she learned to sew this last summer.
She wanted to make a vintage inspired dress....
something like a shift!
Well....she sewed for a few weeks, and finally finished a
cute, cute dress!!
She went for retro...using polka dot material...
but in a funky robin's egg blue color.
See retro classic fabric, but in a swell color!! 
Somewhere along the cutting out stage...a spool of red thread was next to the polka dot fabric...and it reminded me of the mid century colors for diners.
Anna loved it....and we decided to sew this retro frock with bright red thread that contrasted the robin's egg blue perfectly.
After Anna finished the dress I asked her if she would be interested in sewing an embroidery design around the circle-like skirt.
Anna loved that idea too.
So I showed her how it works with the Bernina 780...
oh what a machine!!  She practiced getting use to this really cool
sewing machine.
We did interface the skirt fabric with
Bosal woven sew-in interfacing #306.
When the embroidery was finished, the excess
 interfacing was cut away!  
Here Anna is stitching away.


Anna was stitching pattern 1059,
and if you look at the display,
you can see what is being stitched.
The pattern is bigger then the foot,
so the foot moves.
To sew straight, a seam allowance must be followed...
and this was a bit tricky because...
the hem was curved. 
But Anna was determined to make this embellishment happen!!  

Here is all the stitching that has been done!!

And here is the finished result!!

Back View

She was very, very happy to be finished.
This dress is completely lined also.
It has an invisible zipper too!!

Ava and Ellis showed their infinity scarves....
& Ellis is holding the newest member of the Sewing Lounge....
The new lab puppy!!

Jackx could not control herself!!

I had such a fun time with these girls....I hope to see them again!!
ox, Cheryl!!