Erm.......I hope I haven’t misled you with that title!
What I mean is that I have just over 12 months before I have to go back to a day job.
Unless I can figure out a way to earn money at home that is.
Before I had kids I had never imagined that I would be a stay at home mum. I expected that I would be back at full time work after a year and life would be as it was. That’s not how it panned out though. And darn it I have gotten used to sewing and mucking around with the kid every day.
I have a plan.
And while I always swore that I would never sew for money (and despite being employed in the fashion industry for 12 years, I never actually had to design or patternmake on a regular basis, I just used to tell others how to do it!) that seems to be my only option.
And while I know all the pitfalls about trying to sell homemade garments and am hopelessly out of sync with the industry buying timeframes I am going to forge ahead regardless.
This is my fabric palette for a second summer range for girls aged 2-5years or thereabouts.
I figure that I have enough fabric to quickly make up some simple styles in time for all of our Christmas fairs and markets in November. Then, if I get a good reaction develop a first winter range for the shops.
The plus: it’s all from the stash so technically I don’t have to actually spend any cash to start production, just my time.
The minus: no more sewing for me.
I will need to draft some basic blocks from scratch to make the patterns but I do have a (sometimes) willing fit model so that shouldn’t take too long.
What could go wrong?
I might not sell anything. In which case Miss C will have a larger than average summer wardrobe.
Or, I sell everything and I have a real business on my hands.
Perhaps that is what I am really afraid of.