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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Contracting out your work? on: February 13, 2007 01:12:35 PM
Thanks Stereoette! I'm familiar with that site and love the up to date info they provide. I'm looking for something more local to start as I'm in Nova Scotia. Plus the shipping to and from and other long distance hassles could add to be more than it's worth! I'll be going to Toronto in the summer for my line (sourcing and to meet with more stores) and am planing to do that level of production by next winter.

For now I'm looking more at someone who's looking to make extra money from their home, I suppose? Plus I have no clue what to pay! Not to sound cheap but less than what I bill myself as (I sew work for anywhere between $10-45 and hour).
2  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Does anyone know where I can get "piece work" done in Halifax area? on: February 13, 2007 09:54:03 AM
Hello lovely craftster's! I'm trying to get some "piece work" done in order to speed up the production of my bags for upcoming orders this spring. Same sort of idea as Suttles and Seawinds in Mahone Bay (they contract out their sewing to locals) in the Halifax area. Any suggestions are welcome as I've just moved back here and am at a loss for local contacts. Thanks!

p.s- More info about what I'm looking for can be found here:
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Contracting out your work? on: February 13, 2007 09:37:04 AM
Alright here goes!

I'm a grad of fashion design and have put in as much time as I can handle working for the "big guys" before hating the industry and those whom are part of it. Through out school and my many jobs I've run my own company, it has flourished and has alot of interest from stores, mags and the most important the people who buy! However trying to stay afloat without making the same mistakes as other small companies have is a major task...Like every other fabulous artist on this site! Currently I am running the show (aka sole proprietor) so everything from design idea, sourcing, to the pattern, cutting etc etc is done by moi. For the summer I have 6 stores that have asked for my products and a website currently under construction. The thing is in order to sell my bags at a reasonable price to stores and still work part-time at a regular job, I'm going to have to start contracting out the sewing work aka piece work...

I'm fine with doing everything else as I am a bit of a perfectionist with my product. But when it comes to hiring out the production of my work I'm at a loss. My only experience has been the usual "send it to China to figure out" sorry I'm not on that level and want to keep our jobs in Canada for now thanks. The other time I posted an add at my old school and the work I got was sad at best (and those people were supposed to be design students almost graduating!).

So now I'm wondering if any other craftster has had this happen and what they have done? My ideas thus far have been to post ads in the newspaper and local sewing guilds and stores. But what is appropriate to pay for the work? Is it rude to ask for a sample of the persons sewing before hiring etc? I'm open to anyones opinions and suggestion. Thanks for reading my mini novel!
4  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Tantallon on: January 01, 2007 05:58:53 PM
I can't remember the name of the store but it's in the same building/plaza as Jumbo Video. The store is in the front of The Purple Frog Sewing, the owner is super nice and they have a pretty good selection of yarn cheaper than Loop. They also have some free patterns and will help you with questions.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 24, 2006 03:50:05 PM
I'm happy Jen and everyone likes my bag and jewelry! I have my own label and bags are what I mainly produce for stores and custom orders (clothes to follow in the summer).The bag I did for the lovely Jen is called the "day tripper" and is one of the more popular. I love how the color combo turned out with the pocket design Wink Noelle, the lining is actually pretty flimsy, I used a chiffon with a thin layer of fusing. It sits the way it does as part of the design; there's no cardboard or stitching, tho the outer bag has a rectangular base to provide some structure. The sharp corners are a result of teachers threatening to fail you for sloppy sewing habits and me being a perfectionist when it comes to my work!

As for the jewellery, i make it to compliment my designs and for when I'm stumped for what to shove in my ears! Thanks for the compliments again, everyones made some amazing stuff for the swap.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: First Timers Swap Gallery on: November 24, 2006 03:33:11 PM
Yea! I received my package from thegwenanobi last night. It was waiting at the postoffice for me to get to the right province!

Everything is awesome and the chocolates have been eaten before I could get pics! I'll take pics this weekend and post them soon (sorry just moved and still rattled and unorganized).
Here's what Jen sent-
a baby blue tee with Homestar Runner stenciled running across the bottom
a beautiful colored neck warmer with a bunny button
bunny picture magnets in a bunny stenciled tin
chilled out octopus
a 'Dunny" character to add to my growing collection (a graffiti thing for those not familiar) and another cool character
...I know I'm forgetting something but will remember when I take pics! Thanks Jen Grin

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is the interfacing really necessary? on: October 24, 2006 09:09:04 AM
Interfacing is meant to give a garment structure and to hold it's shape from stretching out...

I have skipped interfacing before because I wanted a more relaxed/less structured look and other times I just hate ironing it onto the fabric! I suppose it really depends on how you want your jacket to look. Maybe rather than using the really stiff interfacing try the light weight kind? Or if as you said the fabric is stiff enough just skip it! Keep in mind that if you decide later to add it it's going to be just about impossible not to ruin your hard work!

The motorcycle style zipper sounds cool. From the looks of your pattern it'll be a nice style adjustment. Please show pics when you're done! Good luck.
8  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Halifax? on: October 23, 2006 01:07:34 PM
Trench Coat Flasher - I'm not much of a knitter either, more sewer and artist! I was in Hali for the summer and the "market" I was referring to was indeed the Farmer's Market. I've been going since I was a kid and used to sell stuff there on occasion. I had a table in August but wasn't impressed with the results I had (tho' I did get to work on my tan). Lesson learnt, I still love the Market but as a shopper not vendor! My stuff belongs in a store Wink

I too read about the Agricola Market but didn't see anything happen ... I would love to get something going in the winter possibly? Currently I'm in Montreal but am moving back to Hali in mid-November.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Puffy on: October 20, 2006 11:10:42 AM
Wow nice work, that's a beautiful bag! Very fall season.

It makes me want to hurry the hell up sewing my store order (6 bags for tween age group) so I can get cutting the tweed and wool I just bought Wink
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: Initial Swap Angel Needed on: October 20, 2006 10:27:37 AM
I can help out if you want. I would love to be an angel and practise my initials / monogram work Cool.
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