Friends, thank you for your patience as I’ve been getting used to my new role as retail shop owner. I really really hope you all had a wonderful 2013 holiday (whatever holiday that might be for you), with another just around the bend. Here’s to a shiny New Year, eh?! Since posting about my recent acquisition of a physical retail shop, I thought it might be a good idea to answer several questions I’ve received about it. The thing is, I have it all figured out in my head and I just think that you do too when you would have to be a mind reader to know all the details and how its all worked out. I’m sure (so sure) this will be a work in progress. I’m actually still concerned about how the online presence of everything is going to jive with the physical presence, but we’re coming to new and exciting decisions about that too. So here we go:
Who are you?
I’m just a gal with a serious sewing obsession. It’s turned into quite the adventure because not only do I own an online shop, but now I’ve gone and purchased myself a brick and mortar shop too. Yikes!
You have a shop? Where’s it located?
I’m a Salt Lake City, Utah local, so if you’re purchasing from me online, this is where its all shipped from (this, if you’re unaware is in the U.S.). Now I also own a brick and mortar in Salt Lake City, Utah too. It’s also called A Fashionable Stitch. Here is our physical address:
A Fashionable Stitch
988 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 466-3110 (tele)
Wait. Didn’t you buy Yellow Bird Fabrics?
Yes, yes I did. But I decided to change the name to be under my A Fashionable Stitch umbrella. We still share the same vision as Yellow Bird Fabrics just different names and owners is all.
So, what kind of fabric do you sell?
We specialize in fine apparel fabric. Wools, cottons, silks, linens and a full assortment of bridal and evening wear fabrics too. We have a full assortment of linings, notions, trims, supplies and tools too, especially for the garment sewer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do other types of sewing with our wares too. You can definitely quilt or piece using our fabrics and even home decorate with them too. They are beautiful for a myriad of uses.
Are you going to close your online store then?
No. The online store will be staying open because, you know, it’s important to me. I’m an online guru – a bloggy tech (nically challenged) sewing gal and I love my online customers much too much to give it up.
Are you going to sell fabric online too?
Actually, yes! Ha ha! It’s a bit of a slow process, but I’ve already gotten started with some pretty lovely wool knits, silk prints and a couple of knits with kidswear in mind (though you wouldn’t have to use them for kids per se).
What brands of independent sewing patterns do you stock? Do you sell them online?
Well, just so you know, we don’t sell any of the Big 4 patterns in store just yet. We have ideas for selling some of our favorite sewing patterns in store though, so if you’re a Salt Lake City local, definitely sign up for the local newsletter because we send out a couple of newsletters every week to keep you informed of what’s new in the physical shop. As for the independent pattern companies, we are currently selling Colette and Sewaholic and we have plans to bring in several more as well. Plus we’ve decided to start selling a few children’s patterns and fabrics too and I’ve got some Figgy’s on the way and I’m looking into a few more children’s patterns too. Then there’s the matter of this unbelievable rainbow stripe cotton velour that we just got in (which is also online, right now). I only wish I had kids so I could make them a pair of leggings or a hoodie or something out of it. To die for cute, right? At this time, I’m not selling patterns in my online shop, but in the not so distant future, this will change.
How do I contact you?
You can email me at email@example.com. If you’re interested in contacting the physical store, look for the address above and the telephone number to the retail store is (801) 466-3110.
I’ve been subscribed to your newsletter and you never send me anything? What’s the deal?
For quite some time, I’ve not known what to do about the newsletter. However, now that I have a physical shop, I’ve had a lot more practice about what I feel a newsletter should be. You should know that there are now 2 newsletter groups that I send emails to. One is dedicated to my online shop (probably the one you’re signed up for and don’t receive anything about, but you will soon) and one is dedicated to the physical store. You can sign up for the newsletters here. There’s much more on the horizon for the newsletters too. Oh the fun we’ll have!
When are you going to start teaching classes again?
Sigh…. Honestly folks, I am soooooo busy right now, I just don’t know that teaching classes is in the cards for me anymore. Plus there’s this part where I actually still want to sew stuff and that hasn’t been happening very much lately. But, I’ve got something else up my sleeve that I think will work out a little better anyway. Hold the phone though! This doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to hold classes at A Fashionable Stitch. In fact, I’m in the process of getting a few new teachers on board so that we can get some new classes going soon. Most likely February 2014.
I think that does it for now. Have any more questions? If you do, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll update this post with your new questions. Again, I would like to thank all of you, my dear readers, for your support and encouragement. Means so much! Not just to me, but also to my mister and my staff! If you’re ever in Utah, please don’t hesitate to stop by the physical shop location or even contact me for a meet-up to talk sewing! I’m pretty nice, I think (OK, I’m actually a serious pushover, so I’m totally nice). Here’s to all things A Fashionable Stitch! Yay!
I’d totally be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m soooooooo tired right now. It’s been a whirlwind of prepping, cleaning, buying, paying, needing this, wanting that, ordering, transferring ownership of certain things like bills, shoveling snow, working, selling, and well the list goes on and on. Wow. Guys (gals) owning and running a real life shop is hard work. I haven’t been sleeping well either because I’ve been so excited and jittery and stressed out about all of it. That’s what my stress does to me – I don’t sleep and I don’t eat. Ha ha. More like I just forget to eat and the butterflies in the stomach fill me to a point of not even wanting to eat. Weird.
I’d totally be lying if I didn’t tell you that its pretty fun though. I mean, yeah, its hard work, but its fun. Just proves that hard work can be fun. And quite satisfying. And it leads to more and more ideas and creativity and wow. I’m so inspired by so many things right now, I feel like I could explode. The fact that I’m way too tired to follow through on all these ideas hardly matters. Ha ha ha!
So what can I tell you? Last week was my first full week as a brick and mortar entrepreneur. Did I make a million dollars? No. I have to say that I’ve done a lot of prepping for this venture and now I feel like I’m finally ready to just start helping people find the fabric they want and need and well, selling my wares. Admittedly, getting the word out is probably one of the harder parts of owning a business. I know this from my online adventures. And then of course there’s the bills and there’s the scheming for what’s next and there’s a lot of people giving you advice and pulling you in all sorts of fun new directions and then there comes a time when you have to finally find your own voice and start doing what you know you feel in your gut to be right. It’s so crazy. Today is that first day where I’m beginning to feel that calm after the storm. You know, where you exhale and think, I’m ready.
I’m baring a bit of my shop owner’s soul to you and though it might not make any sense whatsoever, I’m ready. I’m actually ready to start sewing again – haven’t touched my machine in weeks. And there’s a little something something on the horizon where I’ll need something like a whole wardrobe of new things. Yikes! But exciting. Guess I’ll not want for fabric, right? Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say, I’m back baby! We’re ready to roll again. For those of you who’ve emailed me – I’m slowly getting back on top of that. All orders from the online sale have all gone out. Whewwww! The online shop is back up and running too. If you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area – HOP IN to A Fashionable Stitch (988 East 3300 South, SLC). I’d love to see your bright little face.
Thanks 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 world to me and really gave me hope that I can do this. Thanks. I totally needed that. Now, off to cut out a Papercut Ensis Tee in some pretty lovely wool double knit from les shop. And what about you? What’s on your sewing table?
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…
And because we have some serious celebrating to do right now and because its Black Friday – the online shop is having a sale. Right now. I’ve tried to stock up on everything, so clean me out, would ya? Save 25% on your total purchase today and tomorrow, when you enter THANKS2013 at the discount code section during checkout. While supplies last. Can’t be combined with any other offer. Here’s to something brave and new. Thanks everyone!
Well, hello there! I’ve been MIA for a little bit now and believe me, I know that I owe y’all some posts on fitting. Those of you who have emailed me (and heard nothing back) I’m super sorry. I have a huge huge announcement that I’ll be making soon that has not only kept me incredibly busy (oh so busy) but it was also one of those things where I needed to step away from everything else for a bit. I’ll be telling you more about it come December 1. But I’ll hint that its local and it has to do with my shop. Oh my goodness, its so incredibly exciting! Well, scary and exciting. I hope you’ll be excited (and willing to help out a little) too. Anyway, moving on, the shop has been long overdue for an update – both cosmetically and inventory wise. One thing that brings me lots of joy, especially around the holidays is my shop and soooooo….
I’ve got new products for you. With even more on the way. Sigh… The life and times of sewing notions and supplies. I do seriously, get all sorts of jazzed about sewing notions and supplies. Especially really good ones. I’ve been holding onto some products for the shop especially for the holidays. I have to admit that I feel that gift giving for a garment sewer is actually quite personal, meaning that sometimes its actually really hard to know what to get for them. I know my mister has this problem. He thinks I have everything I want in that category and to be honest, I kind of do. There are really outrageously expensive things that I would still like to acquire someday, but right now we don’t even have the room. So keeping these types of things in mind, I’ve amassed several choice items for the shop. Because this post would be mega long if I listed everything new, I’ve got a few highlights here. Hop on over to the shop and check out the new stuff – you can see it all if you scroll to the bottom where there are “newest” items listed.
Silk Basting Thread. I love using a nice basting thread and these fit the bill. They come in a package of three different colors and they are simply splendid to hand sew with.
Gingher serrated shears. OK, so here’s the thing with serrated shears. They are MARVELOUS! I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure, but this lovelies grip fabric as they cut. They are, hands down, the only type of shear to use when cutting slippery fabrics. They are AWESOME. Everyone should have a pair of these. Everyone.
Clover Thread Nippers. Carbon Steel baby with a little vintage style resin handle. These are the bee’s knees. You’ll never need to buy another pair. These would be a great gift for someone still using their sewing shears for thread cutting….
Just a few goodies for upcoming holiday larks. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming products in the shop. There’s a bundle! Yay! Hope you enjoy! I’ll be back soon with more sewing news (the big news) and more informative tutorials and posts. Later friends.
So after my post on Pattern Review last week, I have to admit that I too completely agree with the feeling of most of the comments. The platform is way outdated. I do love Pattern Review, but as many of you stated, this community needs a serious makeover. I hadn’t posted a new project on there in some time and tried to go about doing it just yesterday and sheesh, it is sooooooo ugly. So janky. Although I’ve heard rumors of updates to this site, I’m beginning to wonder if they are just rumors. Seriously. I’ve heard about these updates for about a year now. Show me the money already!
I remember when BurdaStyle first came about. It was awesome. I loved being apart of the BurdaStyle community. But admittedly, I feel its a bit janky these days too and its been quite some time since I’ve used it. I started looking into My Sewing Circle. Hmmm… Then I found Threadbias and while I like the layout, it seems very much geared towards quilters. I mean that’s cool, but I don’t really quilt or piece in that way.
I was a beta tester for Kollabora and at the time, I remember feeling overwhelmed with everything else in my life and felt like one more online sewing community was going to break the bank. I’m still really busy these days and it is starting to feel like there are just too many online sewing communities, but I have to say, there is something about Kollabora. Remembering the beta testing days, I went on there just yesterday and they’ve made updates. They’ve made incredible updates. They are cool.
And the really cool thing about the updates is that they have been made. Like, they have actually changed from the beta testing days to a more updated interface, meaning people are actually working on this site, which sorry to say, seems a far cry from what’s happening on PR. Its really easy to use. I like the current, beautiful layout and design. I like the way my projects look. I like the way others’ projects look. I like how easy it is to “heart” something and follow people. You can curate inspiration boards, you can have wishlists, your profile looks really nice and well, I think I’m converted.
I’m not affiliated with Kollabora other than being a member, but I would love to see more people on there. I would love to see people reviewing patterns on there – like they do on Pattern Review – and I would love see this community grow into something even bigger and better. I think that Kollabora could get to the point of having online classes – just like they do on Pattern Review. And they’ve already started a supplies page for things like patterns and kits and fabrics and more. I think they would totally dig forums too (I didn’t see a forum or message board on there). If you alerted the Kollabora staff to things that you want to see happen in the future, I think there would actually be a good response to this. All of this, with an updated interface that people seem to be working on all the time. So I don’t know about you, but I’m on board with Kollabora. I’ll be uploading tutorials, reviews and playing around on there a lot more. I love it.
I know that nobody needs one more item on their plate, but I think if you do choose an online sewing community, my vote is for Kollabora. It’s lookin pretty nice people. What do you think? Do you think we should all start a migration from PR to Kollabora?