I'm not speaking of me, exactly, but I guess I count for that. NewVintageLady is a brand now, so I've been told, and I keep getting all these signs to push myself past my comfort zone. I tried that out this past weekend with a trip to a vintage show.
One of my friends gave me an opportunity. I was an on-site seamstress at a vintage show in Culver City. The show has mid to high clientele, and it was purely to go there for exposure. I'm not good at selling myself. I never have been. I just feel like I'm bothering people, mostly because I myself hate being sold to. I did it because my friend stuck her neck out for me, and I handed out a good amount of cards, but the time and effort I put into those six hours were not worth the $45 I earned. That's the risk of events like this, and I went into it knowing that. But I couldn't sell my patterns or my repro dresses. I was purely there for the 'chance' of getting sewing work. I get that, but now I know why their other seamstress bailed on them.
But it made me think: Do I want to go this way with the NVL brand? I mean, I have to admit, if I did, I see myself going the custom dress route. Gotta take care of my plus size lady friends! I'm getting one custom dress a month lately. That's a big deal for me! If I could do a custom dress a week, then I'd be onto something! :D
All of this is in it's baby stages, but I could see this going better than a line of clothing. I'm not into that, because if they don't sell, you are stuck with a dress you cant fit, and no one is buying. Um, no. Custom gets the best of all worlds for me. The customer is involved in the purchase, they know they want it, and its made just for them. I love that. It's a great feeling to have a custom dress made for you! It's a lost art I would love to bring back and have people appreciate again.
Speaking of custom dress, I wore this wrap dress to the event, rid-rac and all! Got tons of compliments. I can't believe I didn't get a picture of me in the dress!
I also saw this adorable gal and I had to take a picture of her super cute vintage frock.
I totally want to copy it!
To round out my weekend, I worked on this wrap dress.
Can't get enough of these! LOVE them. Got another one in the pipeline.
So much fun.
So what do you all think about the custom dress route?
What do you all think in general about anything actually :)
What a way to end a post! Have a great Monday!