August has been a lovely month. I think it’s one of the slower months in the bra making world as everyone soaks up the best weather of the summer and finally takes that weekend off to go somewhere and do something fun.
For me it was a busy month settling into my new studio. It is SO nice to finally feel moved in and start actually working in the new space- to get pattern drafting, sewing, to do a photoshoot – and now video! And I am always being happily surprised by how much I love my new spot and how much it suits me : )
This Sunday it’s all about swimwear- and all of the essential supplies for making a top quality suit- because I know when you’re first getting into making your own swimwear- it can be a little confusing to know what supplies you should get!
I made a video all about this over on my YouTube channel, if you want to see all the supplies in action 🙂
How has your summer been? My summer has been all about moving studios. I usually think about the summer as this ‘in between’ time where everything is more relaxed and things just coast for a little while. You take more time out to enjoy the sunshine and do all the fun summer things that you miss the rest of the year. And, while I have still been doing my best to enjoy the sunshine, it’s been way busier than my normal summer coasting- full of big changes and new challenges- it feels much more like fall that way.
If you haven’t been following for a while- you might not know the two big things- first (and by far the biggest) is that I’m moving my studio to a new spot- which I couldn’t be happier about! The second is that I’ve launched a YouTube Channel- and posted my first video – a vlog about moving- so you can see some behind the scenes of the move! Both of these changes are so new for me and come with challenges- but honestly I feel like I’ve just swung open a door that has a million more opportunities on the other side! If you haven’t seen that video yet- it’s a great way to get up to speed with this moving process (and I’ll be coming out with a part 2 of that vlog soon!). You can watch that here 🙂
So I finally took the plunge. Video.
I have to say that it’s been a pretty daunting- the whole idea of filming things- figuring out cameras & audio, thinking about lighting and the way that I want my videos to look. There are so many things to think about, so many things to learn. Then once you have some footage- you have to put it all together and edit it into something that people might want to watch- yikes!
So naturally- being me- I just jumped right in and decided that a ‘my life / bring you around with me as I move studios’ style of vlog would be the best place to start! I know that I LOVE watching videos like this- I’ve been watching YouTube since 2010, and I just love how you get to know people and see their lives (yes I’m just super nosey). But it’s such a cool personal connection and way to share information. And I really wanted to give you guys a glimpse of the ‘behind the scenes’ of my business and life, and to see my new studio as it all unfolds!
Now, of course, I’m planning a lot of different content for this video channel- not just ‘follow me around’ vlogs. I’m thinking about all the different tutorials I can do, maybe some lookbooks for patterns I plan to release, some fun sewing videos.. the ideas are endless. But I just love the idea of you guys coming along with me on this sewing business journey!
SO for this vlog- what is it about?- This vlog is all about moving into my new studio – this is going to be a part 1 of 2 moving vlogs- so you can see the transformation of my new studio space as I move all of my things over, and start to organize the space.
This was also a highly requested tutorial- like last week’s tutorial on changing your pattern for different sizes of underwires. If you’ve read my posts on Underwire Fitting and my Guide to Different Underwire Styles. Then you might have found that you need an underwire that is a different style than the one that you use in your favourite pattern. So what do you do about it? – Modify the pattern of course.
To start off- I want to say, just like with any bra pattern modification, there are definitely limits to this- and depending on how large of a change you’re trying to make with you pattern, there will definitely be some test bras and fittings required. There’s only so much you can do with a bra pattern if you’re planning to make serious modifications.