I'm hoping to sew enough that I don't have to work a part-time job. Even full-time, in a position that I could get (assuming that I can't get a salaried position at the moment), I would barely make enough money to make working worthwhile. Childcare around here seems expensive to me (it's probably not that bad, but since I have two, the price is nearly doubled). I realized that if I was able to clear $X every week, I could make staying home with my girls lucrative.
Custom designed dress --- meant to match this doll dress --- another Alchemy bid. Looking at it this morning, I think I'll add bows to the sleeves, that shouldn't take me more than a few minutes.
A super-duper cute print that I found at Joann Fabrics. I call it a Twirls and Swirls skirt. It's made from the same original design you see here.
And this project --- we'll see if I keep making them. This was a one-off try. I thought it was a great idea, but since it has yet to sell, I'm not sure I'll make it again. I'm hoping to spend some time learning about how to make my Etsy shop thrive. But that takes time.
Uninterrupted time. Without small children spilling drinks on my thread (um, as of 2 minutes ago, thanks Naomi!). Or asking a diaper change (5 minutes ago). You know... the usual. :)
I have visions of myself planted in a Starbucks chair, sipping away on some caffeinated-deliciousness, and reading every Etsy blog ever written. Hmm... Hope I can make that happen....
The biggest problem with sewing so much is the time it takes. I can't really sew when the girls are awake. I try, and it goes downhill fast. There's just too many variables with them awake. Too many sharp objects. Too many projects/fabrics/etc that *aren't mine* (essentially, since I'm sewing for someone else).
It's been a lot of late nights this week, and I've only completed 3 dresses! I have confirmed orders for another 6! I better find a quicker way to make dresses! I'm also learning that too many changes to a pattern make for a lot of wasted time. I *can* do it, but that doesn't mean I *should* do it.
It's a whole lot of live-and-learn over here. I'm enjoying myself though. :)