A New Beginning
Everyone has their opinions about the year 2020. For me it represents the end of an era. After 40 years doing engineering graphics and virtual models, I finally retired from the corporate world. Now I am able to focus on my real passion, sewing.
It started for me as a child, watching my mother whip up dresses, slip covers and even a canopy for our fishing and crabbing boat. I began with doll clothes, a simple cotton jumper in 7th grade home economics class and my first quilt when a high school senior. In those days there wasn't the wealth of quilting books and online resources for designs and techniques. My first effort was pretty pitiful. Throughout my career I always felt the need to have some creative project going. Despite having degrees in fine art, the craft world has always called me the loudest. With dozens of quilts made, about 12 years ago I revisited clothing for myself, then machine embroidery.
In order to keep myself busy in retirement and find a justification for buying more fabric and equipment, it seemed like handbags were a product I could make and sell without issues of fit with my customers. Plus multiple friends and contacts insisted that "if you ever decide to sell your bags, I'll buy one". So folks, here you go.
Don't get discouraged if you don't see any styles that call out to you, I hope to ramp up production once I get the nuts and bolts of starting a business under control. In my next post I'll show snippets of patterns I enjoy and plan on making in the future. In the mean time, please comment on any specific styles, colors or bag features you enjoy and maybe you'll see them pop up on my site in the coming weeks. At this point I am not accepting custom orders, but who knows, that could change. Stay tuned.