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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Just Launched! Spring Boutique Clothes for Girls

I am so very happy to announce that 3 of the 5 girls clothing collections I have planned for Spring have been launched!  Genteel in Pink, Genteel in Yellow, and Enchanted are available HERE

Daydream will also be launching within a few days, and Graceful is due to be released in a couple weeks.  Boys Tie Shirts and matching Shorts will also be available at the same time as the Graceful collection.

Each collection includes a knot dress, halter swing top, capri pants, retro sunsuit, matching hair accessories, and lace leggings! 





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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spring 2012 Collections will launch on Friday!

I am so excited to launch the first two Spring collections on Friday!  There are some new designs, including a ruffled sun dress, halter swing top and capri ruffle pants; as well as old favorites like knot dresses and retro sunsuits.

Photography  by the amazing Artsy Tartsy Photography.




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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Planning for Spring 2012 and some sneak peeks

I am SO EXCITED about Spring 2012!  After lots of planning, things are coming together perfectly!  It takes a bunch of behind the scenes work to launch new collections.

First I have to decide on fabrics to use.  I keep in mind the season that I'm designing for {in this case, spring} as well as what holidays are a part of that season, what specific colors have done well in the past, and also what the trends are.

Then I have to make sure I'm not buying all the same general colors, I want to make sure that I have a good selection of different prints and colors.  I know my customers have different tastes, so I try to have lots of options!  If I were designing just for my girls I would probably make all pink dresses.  LOL ;)

Once I have my fabrics and any trims I want to use selected - I decide on what staple pieces I want to do, as well as what new designs I want to bring in.  The possibilities for new designs are endless, so I have to narrow it down to a few sets of outfits {which takes forever!} that I think will work well for the season.

When I have an idea of the outfits I'm going to make - then I have to decide how to use best position the fabrics with any given piece.  I take into account the colors and patterns of the fabric and try to use them in a way that makes the outfit flow well and is aesthetically pleasing.

Usually I just write down where I want to place fabrics in a notebook, but this year, I decided to be fancy schmancy and give myself a better visual.  I can't draw to save my life {thus the reason why sewing is my creative outlet! ;)} but here are my planning "maps".



When I have everything mapped out on my papers, then all the pieces get cut out.  Here are my maps organized by type {ie dress, pants, top..}, and my pattern folder. 


So after this point I didn't take any pictures until the clothes were finished.  Why?  Because it looked like a bomb went off in my studio.  I can't stand unorganized spaces and let me tell you - it was driving me crazy!  Piles of cut out, unfinished clothes were all over the place.  Remember that I have to work on new things in addition to working on current orders, so its definitely a stressful time.

After the clothes are made then I had to make up some made to match hair accessories.  Ooooooh I am so excited about them - but I will leave that for a surprise when the collections launch in early January.

There are a few other surprises I have up my sleeve, but you will see those soon!

Three of the five collections for Spring are out to photographers - and the last two will be going out this week.  I am so grateful to be able to work with some amazingly talented ladies - and can't wait to share their stunning work with you!

For now, here are a few more pictures of some new designs coming for Spring:




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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ready to Ship Upload Tomorrow on Facebook!

Here is a peek of the fabrics for tomorrows Ready to Ship Upload on Facebook!