November 28, 2013

A Fashionable Stitch enters a new phase....

As of May 2015, the shop - brick and mortar and online - is closed. 



You guys, I've got some really really big news. My apologies for my absence here. I feel like I've been running around with my head cut off and to be honest, my head is still spinning (on my finger no less). I taunted you in my last post with this news, just a little. As crazy luck would have it, the owner of the fabric store that I work and teach at (Yellow Bird Fabrics) decided to sell. It was a big decision and one that was made because of circumstance - nothing bad or life threatening though, which is good. She asked if I wanted to buy. I know, I know. This is the CRAZY part! And after some serious fretting and sweating and thinking and inner turmoil and "should I really do this?" type stuff, I decided to dive in, head first. And now A Fashionable Stitch enters a new phase. We are a bona fide brick and mortar shop! Yeah. You could say I'm walking on air right about now.




I never thought I would actually own a fabric store. In fact, I played around with the idea for awhile and thought, um no. Then after being approached with the opportunity to buy, I felt different. I really wanted it. There are so many things that appeal to me about having a brick and mortar shop. The personal contact with customers. Having parties (oh yes, there will be parties!). Educating people in person. Feeling fabric in person. Seeing fabric in person. Decorating. Scheming about how to package things - I love packaging! There is TONS to do and I already feel like I've done a ton and that a ton has been done by Amy, who went before me. She's given me a legacy, seriously and its wonderful. You guys, I own a fabric store! Isn't that just the craziest?


So what does this mean? It means that me and my mister will be quite a bit busier, but all for something that we both love - Mr. S totally digs that I'm into fabric and I totally dig fabric, so we're definitely going to have a lot of fun. I've got a really fine group of ladies working for me - I am so lucky! You'll be hearing so much more about them in the days to come. They all have really fabulous ideas and many of those are going to be popping up here on the blog. I'm pretty sure you're going to get a handful of behind the scenes here at AFS headquarters (and now we actually have a real headquarters!). There is so much to do and I want you all to be apart of it, if only through the interwebs. The online store will be expanding to include more notions and a select amount of fabrics. And I'll also continue to blog, of course - a passion I'm much too loathe to give up.


There's much more to say, but I'll save some things for future posts. You'll be hearing about the shop a lot. Sheesh. It's so exciting. Oh. my. goodness. I'm pinching myself even now...

Here's to something brave and new. Thanks everyone!
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107 comments

  1. Congratulations! You are living my dream!!!

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  2. THAT IS SO EXCITING! Whoa, sorry. That's awesome! I'm sad I don't live in Utah to come and visit!

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  3. Congratulations. I love your online shop as it's really well curated, so your bricks and mortar shop is bound to be equally fabulous.

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  4. Congratulations, I can't wait to get shopping!

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  5. Congratulations on your shop and lots of success to you!

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  6. Omg, congrats! It has always been my dream too to own a fabric store...Glad you had the chance to do this! I'm a follower! Gr, Linda from Belgium

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  7. Wow! That is crazy exciting! Congraulations!

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  8. Congratulations! It's so cool! I would love to work in fabric store :D Nice! :)

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  9. WOW. That is awesome! Living the dream! Congratulations

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  10. What a fantastic opportunity and good on ya. Party like it's 1999.

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  11. Wow, this is so exciting for you. Congratulations. I'm sure you will be a roaring success!

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  12. Sunni!!! Oh my goodness this is such amazing wonderful news! I'm so thrilled for you! I can only imagine a fabric store curated by you is going to be to die for, now if i only lived closer...

    Congrats sweetheart! and goodluck with getting settled!
    xoxo

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  13. Wonderful news, congratulations! I envy your lucky customers, must great to do fabric shopping in a store where the owner has so much knowledge to share!

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  14. Congratulations, Sunni. I am so happy that you are able to realise your dream.

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  15. congratulations, lady! that's great news! i wish you all the best with your new business!

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  16. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and so proud of all your achievements. Can't wait to see what you do next-I'm sure it'll be awesome and I'll be right here cheering you on. So many hugs for you right now.

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  17. Congrats and good luck.

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  18. Wow how exciting, you are going to have a fabulous time.

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  19. Congrats!!! So exciting!!! Another fabulous online fabric store to shop with :)

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  20. Oh Sunni! I'm sitting here in London grinning from ear to ear for you - sooooooo exciting!! Massive congratulations and sending you lots of luck in your new venture. Eep! x

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  21. This is exciting. I think it will give you less time to blog, but LOTS more to blog about! Enjoy, have fun, and keep us posted online about what's up...

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  22. I am behond giddy! I am so happy for you. Long live A Fashionable Stitch!

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  23. Congratulations, Sunni! I hope you will continue to blog about the store == can't wait to hear more about it. I'm so glad you decided to run with this great opportunity!

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  24. Congrats Sunni! What fantastic news

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  25. Oh wow! Congratulations. Owning a fabric store is my dream.

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  26. Congratulations Sunni! Must be a giddy time for you! Wishing you all the best in your new venture ... a brick and mortar one no less!

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  27. Oh Sunni! Congratulations on your new venture! Such a dream come true!

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  28. Wow! Really brave, but amazingly exciting at the same time. Congratulations! What a dream come true!

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  29. Congratulations! What a fabulous opportunity!

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  30. Congratulations! I know your store will be amazing!

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  31. Congratulations Sunni! What a dream-come-true! Your wonderful design sense will make a well-curated shop even better!

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  32. how awesome!!! i am so excited for you, mega congrats on the new venture!

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  33. What an awesome life-change! Just to clarify: Will the online store cease to exist? Just trying to figure out how I'll continue to get all that good iron-on interfacing in strips.

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  34. @everyone!!! - Thank you all for your support and encouraging comments. Here I am, hyperventilating over here!

    @K-line - The online store will definitely still be open. May sound a little weird, but I do feel a duty to keep my online shop up and running because I have so many customers that purchase all these crazy notions from me. We'll actually be carrying more items and a few select fabrics too. I've linings next on the agenda for adding to the online shop. More interfacings. More notions. Yay!

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  35. Sunni, this is AMAZING news!! Congratulationsx10000, you have earned this and I cannot wait to see what you do with the business and how you can make it blossom even more than it already is :) Might be trying to pick your brain in the future, you have been warned! Haha! But in all seriousness... you are awesome, and I'm so happy for you! Yay!

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  36. Wow... you are truly living the dream!!! Imagine hanging out in a fabric store all day, and then imagine it's YOUR fabric store... what a lovely lovely thing!! :)

    I'm so glad to hear your online shop will still be open; there's stuff I get from you that I can't find elsewhere so that's a relief! Add some merino fabrics too - I'll support the heck outta that! ^__^

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  37. I'm so happy for you! I know you weren't the happiest at the jobs you were doing and that this is the perfect niche for you. After all I've heard about Yellow Bird, I was always hoping that someday she'd go online with her products (hint hint ;) Maybe someday I'll convince DH that Utah is a great place to visit with an empty suitcase.

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  38. Congratulations!!!! I'm so excited for you :-) I'd write more, but I have to go shop now ;-) (thanks for the discount code ~ I was hoping for one)

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  39. Congratulations!!! How very exciting this news is. When I was much younger, I dreamed of having a sewing store, and for all the reasons you've written. {{SMILE}}

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  40. Congratulations you fearless woman, or maybe you are feeling the fear and jumping in anyway. Whichever is true I wish you much success.

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  41. Congratulations!!!

    I can't wait to see what's in store for you! Pun totally intended. :)

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  42. So exciting, Sunni! I just celebrated by buying some lovely items from your shop. :) I'd love to have a brick and mortar shop for all the decorating possibilities - especially at Christmas!!!

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  43. Congratulations, we're all cheering you on and look forward to hearing more about your venture.

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  44. Congratulations Sunni! That is awesome and amazing! I know that you will be very successful because this is so you!!!!

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  45. Congratulations! I have ordered from Yellow Bird (after seeing fabric on your blog). Will you be selling fabric online? Do you plan on stocking belt kits again (either at Yellow Bird or at A Fashionable Stitch)?

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  46. That is amazing news and so very exciting! Congrats!

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  47. Congratulations - such exciting news. I think you will do an amazing job with your real life store and know it will be a huge success.

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  48. Congratulations!! This would be a dream come true for so many people, I bet you feel like you're walking on air!

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  49. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you. It's such a lovely store, so welcoming and bright, what a wonderful opportunity. This is such an exciting new chapter in your life. Can't wait to hear what it's like running a fabric store! Good luck!

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  50. This is just stunning news! I wish I lived near you so that I could come visit. I am very excited for you, and I wish you the very best in your new adventure. Hooray for you!

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  51. congrats!! if ever im in the SLC area id love to come shop!

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  52. That's so exciting!!! Congrats!!!

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  53. Congratulations! What wonderful fun! Look forward to your future endeavour :)

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  54. Om my gosh, I am so pleased for you!! Congrats and I can't wait to read more about your shop! P.s I'm also full of envy, I would love to own my own fabric shop so well done you :)

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  55. I'm so excited I'm going to stop quietly lurking on your excellent blog and say congratulations! Hooray! Thank you for teaching me so much and hope your shop is a fabulous success :-)

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  56. Omg, Sunni that is super awesome. Congratulation!! How exciting. Can't wait to hear more about your new adventures.

    Oh poo, I wished I waited to order the stay tape just a few more days, such a great holiday sale.

    Again Congrats.

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  57. Congratulations! I'm jealous of everybody who gets to visit your store :-)

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  58. Oh I hope you have a launch party/reception day thingy! I'd love to come by and help you celebrate such a wonderful new chapter in your life. Plus you've got fabric, I'm in! Congratulations!

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  59. Congratulations!! I am coming very close to setting up my own fabric shop and seeing someone else going for the same goal is very encouraging! I know it will be great!

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  60. Congratulations, you will be fabulous.

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  61. Although I have just started with your site, I was smiling when I read your 'new' news....I live in West Coast of Canada and so happy for you and I don't know why, but had to write you!!! Good luck in your new venture...hope you keep writing!!! I will try and order soon in the future. LN

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  62. Oh my goodness! Every seamstress' dream! Congrats Sunni! I'm so happy for you!

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  63. Wow! Congratulations! I can't wait to visit YOUR STORE next time I make a visit to Utah!

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  64. Such wonderful, exciting news! Congrats! It's great to know the shop is in good hands!

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  65. Wow!!! Yay you Sunni! I think this is so perfect for you! I love all the cute packaging too!! So happy for you- and I know you will be successful !!! You have such a great following... Will you be changing the name of your store?

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  66. Congratulations on this very exciting news, Sunni!

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  67. Congratulations! Wonderful news! :)

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  68. Gah! I just missed the sale. Never mind, I'm looking forward to receiving my order. I forgot all about this crazy Black Friday stuff over in America :-)

    Hearty congratulations on your new venture. You can Mr S can double date with Lauren and Ayaz from Guthrie and Ghani!

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  69. Congratulations, Sunni! So happy for you!

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  70. Fabulous news! Now I no longer need to pay shipping and handling. I can just drop by the store! :)

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  71. Congratulations, Sunni! May your new venture be successful beyond your wildest dreams!

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  72. Sunni,

    This is amazingly wonderful news! I'm so happy for you. I would love to own a fabric shop one day too. Congratulations!

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  73. Congratulations! I'm so excited to hear more about your adventures into the world of owning a brick-and-morter store. I hope you'll continue to write about it, especially during this first year. Happy holidays!

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  74. Wow - when I saw you at the fabric swap I had no idea! Very exciting, indeed! Hope to see more of you soon

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  75. wow! huge congrats! so exciting!

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  76. I am beyond thrilled for you. It seems like everything in your life has been pointing to this. I'm so happy that you decided to go for it. I wish you every success!!

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  77. Sunni, this is the best news ever. Congratulations to you. I am cheering you all the way - yay!

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  78. CONGRATULATIONS! This is HUGE and exciting, and I am wishing you all the best!

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  79. wow, congratulations Sunni! You can do it!! :)

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  80. congrats!! That is huge! and amazing! Best of luck to you, I now we all are looking forward to this new chapter. Happy Holidays!

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  81. Wonderful news! Congratulations!! I wish you the best of luck!!

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  82. Wow, that's huge! Congrats! And I'm selfishly glad to hear that you'll be keeping the online shop open/adding more things to it, since my local sewing supply options are quite limited and I've loved having your shop as an option for some harder-to-find things. Best of luck on this next stage of your sewing career!

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  83. Wow! That's so exciting-- congrats to you and the mister! :)

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  84. This is the most exciting news! Congratulations both. Can't wait to see what is to come with this awesome opportunity. How fun to have your very own shop!!

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  85. Good luck Sunni! I'm sure you'll make a go of it.

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  86. That's pretty awesome news! For a moment when you said Yellow Bird's owner had decided to sell, I was bummed thinking the store would close! I live just down the road from it, and love it! Need to take a class still though, just been having some busy months. :)

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  87. Congratulations and the best of luck!

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  88. Fantastic news! I can't wait to hear more about the shop.

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  89. How incredibly exciting!!!! I must make a special trip out to visit someday! Here's wishing you a great success on your new endeavors <3

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  90. Congratulations on the new store! Glad you are keeping the online store open as well, you carry some great items.

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  91. Wow! Congratulations, that's awesome news! Let me know if we can be of help here at Kollabora.

    ALL THE BEST!!
    Nora

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  92. Serendipity is a wondrous thing. Many, many congratulations.

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  93. Congratulations, that is so exiting! I will have to check
    out the online shop!

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  94. Wow, congratulations! That's such a great news! I wish you the best for this next adventure, what a perfect way to start next year!

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  95. Owning a real time fashion seems like a dream to me. Just all the fabrics!

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  96. […] everyone for your incredibly encouraging words from my last post. I’m definitely a little anxious about what this new venture holds, but your words meant the […]

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  97. This is awesome, Sunni! Best of luck to you, and I'd love to stop in when I have a chance to go to Salt Lake City.

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  98. Congratulations Sunni! That is very exciting. I live the in SLC area, so I will be sure to stop by and say hello. I love that little shop, so I will look for you. Good luck!

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  99. How exciting for you Sunny!!!!! I think its absolutely wonderful and I so look forward to doing business with A Fashionable Stitch!!!! :-) Love the blog and your humor and hope you'll still have time to do it!

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  100. I wish you luck with your business venture and hats off to someone who had the guts to go for it! Good luck X

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  101. Congrats! Let us know how it goes.

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