Subversive Sewer

{October 13, 2011}   Checking in


I just haven’t felt like blogging – or sewing – lately. I’ve started an accessory business called Orange Blossom Accessories, which has been taking all my free time. The website will be up soon. I’m doing mostly hair bows to start with.
But there will be a lot of sewing on the horizon. I’m very happy to announce that I am getting married late next year! Since I have a small budget and a lot if time, I’ll be DIY-ing everything, including my dress, the maid of honor dress, and 3 flower girl dresses! Wish me luck!


About 2 years ago, I entertained the idea of selling either hard to find sewing notions or international pattern magazines. The magazine idea was a logistical impossibility and a huge cash investment, and I couldn’t decide what notions to sell.  I also didn’t know where to find a wholesaler to buy them from. However, I really want to do this, and now I’m also considering selling swimwear and lingerie supplies. I would offer fast, reasonably priced shipping, which would give me an edge. And my boyfriend can do the website, so my overhead would be very low.


{August 24, 2009}   Business idea, part 2

After asking for suggestions on Pattern Review, I’ve concluded that there is a huge need for a reliable, US-based source for international pattern magazines.  Leave it to me to pick the most difficult idea!  There seems to be quite a demand for them, yet most titles are nearly impossible to buy.  So, I’d be filling a need, and I wouldn’t be stepping on any toes.  (I know, that attitude is not very capitalist friendly…)

The foreseeable problems?  There would be a large financial investment (the mags are $10-15 per issue and I’d need to buy several of each), and I don’t know how I’m going to obtain them, since none are based in English speaking countries.  I have no experience with international travel, let alone business, but I do have a friend with relatives in Tijuana, where Patrones is sold (I’ve heard).  I also know someone who speaks Dutch, so I have a shot at getting Knip Mode.  And there’s Maniquim, based in Brazil, and my friend also knows a little Porteguese.

Now is when I ask for opinions.  Am I out of my league?  Is this a bad idea?  Should I sell something else instead?  What do you think?

et cetera