I’ve been busy making little girls dresses for a shop I’m opening on Etsy. Actually the shop has been there for a long time but hasn’t had anything in it since I made a few upcycled baby cashmere sweaters over two years ago.
It started this week as an idea to make some baby dresses for my daughter’s school auction from some unused fabrics in my stash. Then I started thinking about what I really want to make and now my head is full of little dress ideas for the Country Chick Handmade Shop and The Patchwork Craft Fair in LA in November where I signed up to sell. Country Chick Handmade dresses will be inspired by vintage styles and I want use vintage fabrics as well, but in fun ways.
This little dress is one of my first creations that I’ll be listing. It’s a little pinafore style inspired by the 1940’s. It has a set in waistband, a square neckline, a button back with vintage anchor buttons and a ruffled bodice and skirt. I made the pattern in sizes 1 to 5 but have since made some changes to it so I’m not sure if this is the style I’ll be listing yet. I have to sew up the other design first.
Our corn is getting so big! Of course it will all ripen at once and we will have it coming out of our ears. Literally.
The set in waistband requires hand stitching on the inside to look smooth on the outside with no stitch marks. This style takes longer to make. It’s one thing I’m wondering about. Do I make something simple but hopefully still cute to keep the cost down or do I make something more detailed and time consuming, then have to charge more? And will people who don’t sew understand these little things that drive up the cost of time and labor? I’ve seen so many extremely low priced baby clothes on Etsy I wonder how the designers can afford to stay in business. As a consumer, I don’t expect handmade clothing to cost the same as clothing mass produced in overseas factories. I know it will cost more and I’m OK with that. How do you feel about buying handmade clothes?