So I've been sewing for 2 years now. I'm more consistent now than in the beginning. When I first started sewing, started off with a small item such as skirts. In between then and now, life happened and I fell off the sew wagon. Now that I am back on the wagon, I have been sewing my Sunday attire for almost a year now. Friends and Family have often seen me post pictures on social media with the hashtag, #4mebyme. While I was tickled by the tag, those that wanted me to sew for them threw me a loving side eye.
In August I decided to make all my clothes for our annual church convention. I received a lot of compliments for the outfits that I made. That was a proud moment for me. I felt like finally I've arrived and became an official member of the sewing world. Since then, I have been getting requests from people asking me to sew for them. I continued professing that I sew for myself only. Can I be honest here? I was terrified to sew for other people. Even though I now had an audience, I knew that I was not a professional and I had a long way to go to get there. I was ok with how I made my clothes. The outside looked store brought, but underneath did not have that Macy's look. I didn't have the professional look equipment such as a serger and I didn't want a customer to return a garment or call me and say she no longer wanted the item. People can be picky and harsh when spending their money. I get it, but I'm a new seamstress and one thing I was not.... was ready for the world.
A few months went by and I continued to sew for myself. When I say myself I mean not even my children or grand baby. When my son asked me to sew a button back on or restitch a hole, I gave him the side eye and tried to get my daughter to start sewing herself. Requests came via text and email to make a skirt for various occasions and I continued to state my motto - #4mebyme. I even went as far as recommending other seamstresses to a fashion stylist. I know, I know........ I wasn't ready. The recommended seamstress did an excellent job though. Way better than I would have at that time.
With the number of people asking for my services, I began to think maybe I could start a small sewing business. After watching Eryn's video of Style Sew Me on Starting a Business ( https://youtu.be/_GU8lHQmMm4 ), I slowly leaned towards the yes side of things. I'm still not at the professional level, but I am more skilled then when I first started. Eryn made starting a sewing business seem less scary. I watched the video a few times and then on New Years Eve, while in church, I finally said a full yes, I'll start small and just stick to one type of garment. I got home about 4:00 am New Year Day and fell asleep with a grin on my face from all the compliments on the Regal Maxi skirt I made for myself. (That skirt gave me grief, but I conquered it - See my blog, Regal Maxi Review). From 4:00 AM I slept until about 10:00 AM, I logged in to Facebook and what did I have in my inbox? A request to make a skirt!!!! Sheesh!!!! Was God listening to my conversation with myself?
All I could do was laugh! I know God has a sense of humor, but He didn't give me a chance to back out on this at all. I made contact with my new potential customer, who happened to be a former high school classmate, and shared my that I was trying to get up to par. Immediately she said, I'll send you a picture of the skirt I would like. Low and behold she sent me a picture of MIMI G'S REGAL MAXI SKIRT!!! The very same skirt that I had just made for New Years. I took that as a sign for 1 things. 1) God really have a sense of humor and He moves fast for a reason. 2) It was meant for me to share this new talent that God has allowed me to partake with. I really had no reason to say no, I had just made the skirt for myself. So I drew up the customer agreement and gained my 1st customer.
The entire time I was creating her custom skirt, I was nervous. I even prayed while sewing that everything would turn out right. I came across a few obstacles while making the skirt, but because I wasn't sewing for myself, I had to push through it and get it done. The fabric choice was a delicate Satin. It was soft, pretty, and elegant.
We encountered a major storm that gave me more time to really give more attention to the details. At the end, I was proud of my work. I now wanted one for myself. Since I wasn't going to be at the event, I had to get my client to take a million photos for me. I must say, I think she looks beautiful in it. See for yourself!!
So I now encourage anyone who's afraid to step out of the box to be like Nike and JUST DO IT!!!