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Emily

all about labels

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One of my favorite parts of starting my business a few years ago was the planning stage. Truth be told, I’d been thinking and dreaming and planning for a long time, probably since my college days. After the paperwork is filed, domain name acquired, and business plan combed over for the zillionth time, there’s time for a little fun. Arranging the studio, ordering fabrics, sewing samples, customizing a website–all my idea of a good time. I get asked quite often about where/how I had labels done, so I thought I might suggest a couple things. Whether you have aspirations to launch your own line one day or if you just love designing and sewing for yourself or your favorite people, I hope this is helpful. I’m definitely in the “sewing for myself” camp these days, and I’m very happy about it!

There are plenty of options when it comes to having labels made.  A lot of places were eliminated right off the bat because they were done overseas or had huge minimums. I knew labels–of all things, sheesh–could be made somewhere in America, with minimums that didn’t make my eyes pop out, and at a reasonable cost. Enter, New York Custom Labels. This place offers a ton of design options, as well as woven or printed labels (mine are woven cotton), and a number of different styles (Manhattan fold, custom cut, center fold), and low minimums. I ordered a few thousand and it didn’t break the bank.

fall wardrobe: tops & coats

Today, we top things off. (See what I did there? Good one, Em.)

I wear a lot of tees with my self-made skirts, but I’ve found that I have a lot of holes in my closet when it comes to tops and blouses. A few years ago I had this pussy bow blouse that I loved. I think it was the wrong size to begin with, so somewhere along the way it got donated or sold. Fast forward to present day, and I still adore that style. I’ll be making at least three of them this fall. Vogue has a great pattern for that particular design. The best part is that it also comes with a standard collar option, so it is one seriously versatile pattern that you’ll use again and again. I know I will.

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Vogue 8772: This is the ultimate blouse pattern. I’ve cut view B in three fabrics: olive poplin, navy chambray, and burgundy. I’ll be making views C and D as well. Also, I love the darts in this design. It will be nicely fitted.

Vogue 9002: I love the simplicity of this top, and I also love the raglan sleeves. Won’t it be lovely under a blazer or long, textured cardigan too? I have a couple challis prints that will be lovely in this design, and a quick sew at that.

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Butterick 6385: I bought some coral wool in London last spring, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect coat pattern, and this is it. Another classic design that I know I will still love in a few years. I already have the lining, shoulder pads, buttons, thread, and fabric for underlining. I know I live in Texas and won’t get as much use out of this as some of you might in other areas, but I am really, really excited about this one. It’s been too long since I made a coat!

Butterick 6382: I love jackets and blazers. When it’s tailored and the quality is top notch, there isn’t much a good jacket can’t do for you. I took tailoring in college, and it was one of my favorite classes. Building shape into a garment and investing the time into the stitching and foundation of the garment is so rewarding. I have a blue wool that I think would be great for this (view A), or maybe a forest green gabardine that I’ve had for ages. Of all my projects for fall, this is the only one without a dedicated fabric. Suggestions welcome!

So, there we have it. I have a ton of projects on my list for fall–let the sewing begin!

fall wardrobe: dresses

Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of September? I’m always sad to see summer come to a close, even though we get a few extra weeks of warm weather here. When back-to-school season rolls around, I can’t help but look forward to a fresh start, a new season.

I have a lot of projects on my list for fall, and the list of dresses is no exception. I re-read yesterday’s post and laughed a little because, for the most part, the skirts are pretty basic–and in basic colors. That’ll happen when you go for five years without buying new clothes, selling or giving away what you have, and essentially starting from scratch. You need the basics! Anyway, while some of the dresses on my must-have list are great foundation pieces, most of them have a little more personality than the skirts. I’d like to whip up eight new dresses, with an eye on one or two more, time permitting. For now, I’ll focus on the eight. Pattern and fabric choice are included, so feel free to sew along with me. I’d love to see your projects!