Too Much, Too Much

My beautiful two year old puts her hands up and shakes her head, chanting, “too much, too much” when she’s overwhelmed by anything.  It always makes me smile and laugh at how adorable she is and how easy it is for her to admit it’s more than she can handle or need at the moment.

Right now, I’m borrowing some of her resolve and saying “too much, too much”.  Although I absolutely love doing custom work my work schedule is incredibly full right now with orders.  If I have any chance of getting Christmas pajamas ready, as well as some new fall items, I need to put a halt to custom orders for the time being.

My apologies for this, but I’ll open myself back up to custom work when I get my work schedule a little more manageable!

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

New Items for Spring

Life is still chaotic here in the Stitch To Stitch household — just when I think that I’m getting it under control, something else goes haywire and I end up learning how to rejuggle everything to make it work again.

I’d found myself getting into a good groove a few weeks ago:  computer work and photos in the morning, sewing when the kids were all napping in the afternoon and after they went to bed at night.  Then my toddler decided she no longer needed to nap (and instead try to tear my sewing room apart if I tried to let her play while I worked) and the baby only wants me to rock him to sleep until I can safely transfer him to bed at 9:30pm or so.  Which means my sewing time has been drastically cut short again.

Just as I hit my stride, I managed to get some new things up and listed in the shop and they’re doing really well so far.

Girls Yellow White and Grey Chevron Dress with Removable Flower

Girls Pink and White Chevron Peasant Dress with removable sash

 

There are more things in the works, so keep your eyes open! 

Don’t forget you can always follow shop updates over on my Facebook page if you want to stay up to date with what’s going on.  Thanks to the wonders of a smartphone, I’m much more active over there.

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

Spring 2013 Giveaway

To celebrate Spring and the reopening of the shop, Stitch To Stitch is having a giveaway! 

Up for grabs is this Girls Twirl Knot Dress (size 12M to 11/12) in a gorgeous fabric combination of purples, green, ivory and blue — a perfect addition to any spring wardrobe.

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This beautiful dress is made using coordinating fabrics from the Joel Dewberry Heirloom line of fabrics. The combination of colors mimics the beauty of spring blooms and is sure to guarantee twirls of joy in your little girl.

The contest will open today February 12, 2013 and run through midnight (Mountain Time) on Friday, February 15, 2013.

The contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents.  The winner may gift the item to someone else but may not receive monetary compensation.  No substitutions allowed.

STS Spring Dress Giveaway 2013

 

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Back to Business!

After welcoming baby BOY to our family the beginning of November, I opted to take maternity leave through the beginning of 2013 to spend time with my family and enjoy the holiday.

Now the first of the year has come and gone, Stitch To Stitch has been reopened and I am back to sewing when I can sneak some time in! Shipping times have been adjusted to reflect a (temporary) slower timeline; as I settle into a routine with three kids, items will be turned around more quickly.  Current turnaround is 10-14 business days unless otherwise noted in the listing.

My time away provided me with ample time to dream up new ideas for the shop — stay tuned to see these great pieces come to life!

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

Summer Is Sundress Season

While I love sewing all of the items in the shop, without a doubt, one of my favorite to put together is the super cute sundresses made using white eyelet fabric.  When they’re made as flowergirl dresses for a wedding it just makes me smile — knowing that my creations are going to take part in such a beautiful day.

Over the last two weeks I’ve had orders for 5 of these little cuties.  With each dress using almost 5 yards of fabric (between the top skirt and the underskirt layer) it means my sewing room has been a cloud of fluffy whiteness!  It also means taking even more care to not have anything in the room (especially dirty hands!) that could get the gorgeous fabrics dirty.

One of the aspects I love about the dresses is the ability to customize the ribbon detail at the bottom of the skirt.  While most customers order the ribbon in simple white grosgrain, sometimes I have one made to order with colors matching the wedding theme.

White Eyelet Sundress with Pink Ribbon Detail

The last order I shipped wanted light pink to match her wedding colors — super cute and perfect for a little flowergirl!

Happy Sewing!

 

Friday De-Stash 5/4/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this great twirl skirt made with black ruffle fabric, on sale for $18 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.  This is a perfect piece for every girl’s wardrobe!

Girls Black Ruffle Skirt (sizes 6m to 9/10)

More than a Nuisance — Clothing Tags

We’ve all had them: tags in the back of a garment that are more of a nuisance than anything else.  Maybe you’ve pulled out your scissors and cut them out; maybe you rolled the dice and tried to rip them out.  I’ll gladly admit that I hate them.  I hate how they scratch against my skin; I hate how they irritate my children’s skin; and I really hate having to put them in the items I sew and sell (because I know your children think they’re a nuisance too).

But thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), I have to pass that nuisance — times two — along to you!  Once again, I’m sure you’re asking, “why?”

These labels allow the buyer to “ascertain” product and source information.  Translation, it’s a way for the buyer and seller to know exactly what materials are used in a specific garment, in case of a future problem/recall.

For a crafter the CPSIA tracking label (required on all items for children under the age of 12) must be permanent and to the “extent practical“.  They must include at minimum the following information:

  • Your company or shop name, or your CPSC’s Small Batch Manufacturers Registration Number.
  • Information on where the item was completed.
  • Contact information, website, or business registered address.
  • The season with year of manufacture (at minimum) or date of completion of the product.
  • A batch number if you make repeats of the designs.

**Small volume manufacturers and crafters may be unlikely to use lot, batch or run
numbers, and, again, the Commission does not interpret Section 103(a) to require them to
create such a system. Nevertheless, reasonable practices should be in place by such
manufacturers to keep records of components used in their products.**

In simple terms, if you already keep records of your materials and sources and you can tell where each material came from, you do not need to use a system of batch numbers.

Along with the CPSIA tags that I’m required to include, manufacturers who create garments, regardless of the age of the intended user, also need to comply with the FTC’s Care Labeling Rule (unless you are lucky enough to fall into the exemption).

An FTC label needs at the very least:

  • Your company’s registered business name, or a brand/label name with Registration Number.
  • Fiber content by percentage.
  • Fiber’s country of origin.
  • Washing and care instructions

If the FTC required information is already found on the CPSIA tracking label, it does not need to be duplicated on the care/content label.

Stitch To Stitch CPSIA & FTC Labels

All this means, is that for every item I sell, I have to permanently affix (i.e. sew) both of these labels into the garment.  It adds a small amount to my production costs and a couple extra minutes to my sewing time.  As much of a nuisance as I think a label might be to the wearer, at the same time I think it makes the finished item look more professional as well.  It also means that I’ve done my part by following the laws to help keep our children safe.

The big question for other small business owners…are you CPSIA and FTC compliant?

Friday De-Stash 4/20/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this super cute peasant top, on sale for $15 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.  I only have enough fabric to make THREE so if you’re interested get one quickly!

Girls Yellow Green and Gold Peasant Top (sizes 6m to 9/10)

Friday De-Stash 4/13/12

In order to make room for new fabric, I need to use up what I have!  So I’m making fun new creations and dropping the price *DRASTICALLY*.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Today’s de-stash deal is this super cute skirt, on sale for $16 (shipping included). Click on the photo to go directly to the Etsy listing.  I only have enough fabric to make THREE so if you’re interested get one quickly!

Girls Blue White and Brown Spring Skirt (sizes 6m to 9/10)

New Shop Items

There are some super cute new rompers listed for sale over at Stitch To Stitch! When you look on Etsy you can see pages, upon pages, upon pages of the ruffled petti rompers.  But there isn’t much (if anything!) available that takes a similar design and uses fabulous printed fabrics to create the ruffles.  So I figured I needed to step in and try to fill that void.

These are the two that I have finished and are ready for sale.

Girls Brown Pink & Grey Floral Ruffle Romper -- available in newborn to size 6

The more delicate nature of this romper combines super cute fabrics from the Daisy Cottage fabric line by Riley Blake.  It’s alternated with lace in pink, white and grey for a soft look.  All sewn onto a super soft tee-shirt knit base for all day comfort.

Girls Pink Blue Yellow and White Floral Ruffle Romper -- available in newborn to size 6

The bright, bold colors of this romper is vastly different in taste from the more muted tones of the first.  Fabric from the Kumari Garden line is used for the print, alternating with rows of power mesh (a product similar to tulle, but much, much softer and stretchier).  This gorgeous pairing of colors creates a one of a kind look.

In the next couple of weeks I’d like to add on with other fabrics and styles — right now something vintage-ish has my brain spinning.  Maybe rows of ruffled dupioni silk and delicate lace in a creamy ivory?  Maybe another set of fun colors for the upcoming 4th of July holiday?

A huge thank you to Kamieo Photography for the amazing products shots.