Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Ever shared your sewing at work?

I did yesterday. It was a first for me. We had our School wide Christmas party and before the festivities began in full force, we held our first creative fair. It turns out that there a lot of creatives among the staff, both administrators and faculty, and we got together to exhibit what we create and/or sell items if we wanted to. 

Creative fair tables

I originally signed up a few months ago to show the outfits I made for the photo shoot. I wasn't sure about selling and decided that making connections and sharing my creations would be enough. Who am I kidding? Of course, I made items to sell as well. I thought I would give it a go to see what happens. You can see my stall in the above photo - the one with the clothes hanging above it! 

I made a few needle cases. I have needed one for a while and was playing around with how to sew cardboard into it. I wanted a hard backed case as it is sturdy and will survive my clumsiness. I finally worked out how and thought they might make some nice stocking fillers. I also made hats. I got a lot of nice comments and interest about my hat that it seemed worthwhile. 

Needle case outside

Needle case inner

The making was the easy part. I could select the colours, fabric and techniques with relative ease. What wasn't easy was the branding, pricing (just how much should you charge?!), and the confidence to stand behind the table while people browsed. What if people didn't like what I had made? It would be time wasted when I could have been sewing my Christmas gifts. What if they weren't interested in my hobby? 

Handmade Hats

Life was made a little easier though. I also solde the products of another member of our community. Monica, from Made by Moni, makes crochet bags and bowls as well as some interesting earrings. I love her products! 

I did manage to sell a few items - I couldn't believe people would pay for what I made! I was pleased with my work and never think twice about giving items I have made as gifts but for some reason I was shocked, and excited, that people would part with their hard earned cash. I would definitely try this again and hope that we will have another fair at work. Oh, and the party afterwards was great! 

10 comments:

  1. Yay! Congratulations on your success! Both the needle cases and the caps look amazing, so no wonder people liked them. I'll be seeing you later.

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  2. Aaaargh, this will be my third try to write a second comment. After having been lurking sewing blogs for so long one should think I would be able to post comments easily. Wrong! Fingers crossed it will work now.
    I just wanted to add that I truly love the new look of your blog. I quite like the colour palette you have chosen and the blog looks neater in general because the background is less busy. Great job!

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    1. Thank you! I thought long and hard about what I wanted - it had to be something fresh and look like a turtle might live near by...

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  3. Well done! I especially love the needlecases.

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    1. Thanks, they are practically sewing instant gratification!

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  4. Congrtulations! It is a good feeling when someone else apreciates youre products! One of the ladies who work in my sons kindergarden came up to me a few weeks ago and asked if she could order a dress from me. I was trilled! And scared... We did the whole process of picking the fabric and design together, so that there will a few suprises as possible. I am terrified that she would`nt like it when i give it to her tomorrow! :S As it is quite expencive as well. But I ceep telling my self not to sell my self cheep! The hours I spent on this dress! Phew! I am telling you.....

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    1. Wow, that's amazing she asked you to make a dress and it is great that you said you yes. I'm sure you did a fabulous job and she will love it. You're right about cost - it is important to not undersell your time.

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  5. Well done. That was pretty brave and I'm glad people liked your stuff - but then of course they did! :)

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  6. Congratulations on your success at the craft fair! Your needle cases and hat are gorgeous.

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