July 8, 2015

Items of Business Vol. I



Thanks for all the memories and sweet times. The online store is now officially closed. With a little bit of sadness and a huge sigh of relief (whewwww!), I'm finally able to announce that we are closing our online shop. It's finally official. Things had gone, well, sour. I don't want to go into specifics because there are a lot of factors that have contributed to the demise of my business. But in good news, I've landed a full-time job that will work for me for probably a really long time. I have to admit that I'm glad that I just don't have the time anymore to invest into something that requires a fairly large amount of upkeep (yet doesn't pay the bills....). Hard truth, but truth it is.

So I have a few items of business. We are going to be closing everything out. It will work itself in waves until we've finally sold everything and anything we can. Right now, everything in the online store is 20% off with the code AFSCLOSING1. Next week, we'll be stepping down the sale, so stay tuned for that. Everything's gotta go. We'll be adding more items here and there - as we have time to do so. (Update - Please note that these "more items" that we have to add will not include any more wool crepe. That is gone and gone forever!! So sorry if you missed those, they were special and amazing!) Additionally, please take careful note that we are discontinuing swatches. Things will probably go fast, so be aware that even if you get a swatch, the fabric might be sold out when you come back to order yardage! First come, first serve! Get it while it lasts!

Will I still be blogging? I will. Admittedly, I'm not sure what's next for A Fashionable Stitch and my creative sewing life, but here's to hoping it's something good even if it's just creative sewing. I'm good with that actually. In fact, I'm really good with that. I have been working on some sewing projects that I'm excited to show you, talk about and even do some tutorials for. I have to tell you a funny thing. In the past year or so, I've had very limited sewing time and so my personal sewing projects were put on the back burner as I ran a business - mind you, a sewing business. Now that I have a full-time job, it's interesting to note that I am making time for my personal sewing projects and so I feel like I get a little more accomplished. I found out that working for yourself means that you work so much more than you even think and so much more than just 40 hours a week. Since I have workaholic blood in my veins, I felt like all I ever did was work and so I'm happy that I'm going to be doing an 8 - 5 job and creating sewing projects in my off hours and those off hours seem to be so much more than I even remember. Life is good and I do feel positive and upbeat about this change.

I don't know if this will come as a shock or not, but I do hope that you all understand. I adore the online sewing community and have been apart of it for so very long. Thank you for all of your encouragement. I also want to issue a special thank you to anyone who ever purchased supplies or fabric from my store(s). Thank you so very much. It means the world to me! May you always have a full bobbin and a project that doesn't need too much seam ripping!

Now hop on over to the shop and clean me out!
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28 comments

  1. Sunni, I always loved visiting your bricks and mortar store. I was sad that you chose to close this. Again, I am sad that you are closing your online shop, but I support you in this decision. Any decision you make is the right decision. You have a great sense of style and your garments are always impeccably made! Many have appreciated your thoughts on sewing, construction, style, etc that you have generously contributed through your blog as well as in person. Thank you for all of this! On to the next great adventure! You will do well in whatever you choose to do.
    Please keep in touch. Molly, Salt Lake City

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  2. So sorry to hear you are closing, but just wanted to say I hope you keep blogging. Your tutorials have been very helpful to me!

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  3. Sunni, You are a very talented and hard working young woman. I know from experience how challenging it can be to run a small business. You will always have that experience and perspective to bring to the table in your career. I wish you the best of luck! And I look forward to your blog posts.
    I've ordered from your shop before and just placed an order. Thank you.

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  4. All the very best wishes to you, Sunni!
    Please keep blogging and updating us
    your fashionista followers!

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  5. So sorry to hear this - even though I live in Australia, I have enjoyed ordering from your store in the past! I hope that your new job works out well and that you continue to share on your blog :)

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  6. Best wishes to you Sunni! I hope your new endeavor works out for you. Always make time to sew!!

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  7. Kathi giumentaroJuly 8, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    I am sorry to see your online shop close. Your knits were to die for. I look forward to your future posts.

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  8. It's a big step and I wish you all the success in e world. I known you will be terrific in your new role. On a selfish note...please continue to blog. I have enjoyed it so much. Learned so much and really just love your style and writing and photos . They always bring joy to my day. Best wishes Suni!

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  9. Your sewing inspired me to make a tailored jacket! I look forward to your future posts.

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  10. I just started following you. I wish you the best in your new adventure. I will continue to look forward to your blog.

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  11. Sunni - you have accomplished SO MUCH in the last few years. Enjoy your new lifestyle and creative sewing.
    All the best to you-

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  12. Ah Sunni! This makes me so sad but I understand. I just came to see if I could get some more voile fabric I bought earlier only to come across this unhappy news. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

    Emily

    P.S. Keep the blog posts coming. Your blog is one of my favorites. :)

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  13. Sad to see your shop go, Sunni! But, so glad you're happy with your choice. It sounds like you're doing the right thing. :)
    I still use the tailors ham and seam roll I bought from you a few years ago!

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  14. I'm sad to lose a great online shopping resource but really happy you're feeling positive and excited about the future! I wish you all the best going forward and hope that sweet, sweet 9-5 life treats you well (I am prone to romanticizing it these days, haha).

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  15. Sunni, best of luck to you on your new adventure! I enjoy seeing your sewing projects and you have inspired me with my own sewing. Looking forward to see your projects and hope you have more time for personal sewing.

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  16. One thing I'm finally learning is that we work to live--we don't live to work. If your dream becomes toxic and stressful, it's time to reevaluate! You will be missed, but you have my respect and admiration for having the guts to operate a shop (online and in real life) and then close it down when it's time. Best of luck to you!

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  17. Best wishes for the future! I hope you keep blogging, I love your posts! You are very inspiring to me:)

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  18. May you live a long and happy life that has many twists and turns, and find that sweet sweet project that turns on all the stuff in your brain. And then the next one. And the one after that. May your downtimes be short, and your ROI be emotionally satisfying!

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  19. Admittedly, I'm sad to hear this, as your shop has been a trusted source of exceptional quality materials for me for a long time, and that is something which is much appreciated and tough to come by, particularly in an online marketplace :)

    That said, I'm very happy for you, and wish you ALL the very best in your future endeavours! :) As for me, I will always treasure the garments I've made (and will make!) from your fabrics, knowing they are extra special (one of them is still in the making - my wedding dress!) :) XO

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  20. I am so sorry this is happening, but glad you find a good job that makes you happy. And allows you time to sew, that is so important!! I will miss our friendship and hopefully will run into you around town. Please keep blogging, even if it is sporadic, and keep your blog up, many of us use the tutorials a lot. A valuable resource. Best of luck to you, my dear!

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  21. Sunni, I applaud you for making the tough decisions about your business and shop. All the best in future endeavors. Keep blogging. I love it!

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  22. Best wishes to you Sunni. I've dabbled with my own business for over 15 years now but it was always an extra thing I did besides my 8-4 job. I'm sure you can now appreciate those entrepreneurs who strike it out on their own, build a business from the ground up and realize that those who truly make it work are far and few between. That's one of the reasons I don't like government telling businesses what to do but that's another rant.

    I hope you keep teaching because you're very gifted that way. I'll stay signed up for your blog because I'd love to see your personal sewing projects. Just launched my own blog myself. God bless you and yours!

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  23. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors!

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  24. I just wanted to say good luck and also that I do hope you keep blogging! I am a bit of a lurker (sorry), but have always been a fan of your tailored style. I love the whole fit and flare thing for other people, but it just isn't my style. Your blog is really inspiring because it's different.

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  25. I'm sad to hear this but if the feeling you have is relief, then you know it's the right next move for you! Best wishes for whatever the future has in store. It's funny how running a sewing business left you less time to sew than before, and I hope you're finding new ways to enjoy sewing now that things have changed. I hope you keep blogging, but don't feel like you have to if you're not into it! Follow your heart and the rest will fall into place. :) Tasia

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  26. This is another GREAT adventure on your path of life :) You tried another path and it didn't work out as planned :) That's cool :) I am a self-employed seamstress. I LOVE my business and my customers. I work ALOT but seems like I don't get PAID a lot :( I bill labor charges for my work but the EXTRAS take a lot of time..i.e. phone calls, emails and billing..paperwork...'hand-holding'... I do ALOT of bridal work :) etc....I understand how your business ATE YOUR LIFE :) It's a learning experience :) I RARELY have time to sew for myself.... it's okay...I guess???????? I NEED to earn cash to pay bills, the same as other working people :) I think you did a GREAT thing, you gave life a SHOT :) You are SO..... FAR.... ahead of the game :) MANY people sit and TALK TALK TALK about the things they MIGHT try someday :) You DID IT :) GOOD FOR YOU :) BEST WISHES from CHERYL :)

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  27. Sunni, yes...reading your post came as a bit of a shock. I didn't expect you would be closing down your online store...I've always admired your supplies and wished I lived closer not to run into huge duties. I would have loved to help you clear out but I see it's all done already! Most importantly I am happy you found a new job that hopefully is very motivating for you. Running a business is not easy...and turning a hobby into a business does what it did to you...not leaving any time for sewing for pleasure! So I truly hope you will now have a bit more time for that and that you will be less worried about finances. I hope that you will continue blogging at your own pace...for the past 5 years I've been admiring your makes, learning from your tutorials and reading about your adventures. So thanks for sharing this all. Hugs, Silvia

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