Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Share What You Know

As you all know I am a member of the America Sewing Guild. I currently hold the position of Vice President of our local chapter. I am on a mission to bring the younger generations into this brilliant organization. There is so much knowledge in just our local chapter - Im totally amazed; and not just sewing knowledge - I'm talking about knitting, crochet, weaving, beading, everything you can think of. I feel so insignificant in the presence of these power house women and sometimes forget that there are women, espeically the younger ones, who have even less knowledge than me.

 I'm the only one in the group who really works with thrift store finds and you know that my style is fast and fun, I don't like to labor over things. I am ALWAYS looking for a better, faster way to do something. Sometimes I find that the faster way reduces quality so I have to keep looking but the answer always comes! Saturday was our April meeting of the ASG and one of my co-workers, Rach, joined. I gave her my old sewing machine when I got my new Viking. She hasn't sewn in years and years, and she's really uncomfortable with just basics like threading the machine. I invited her to come hang with me at the studio on Sunday and she accepted. 

We were there for 6 hours. I wanted her to just get comfortable with the machine and making mistakes and fixing the mistakes. She sewed on her machine, my machine that I use for Elastic Thread only and the serger (I'm always surprised by how many people have sergers that they've never taken out of the box or just have sitting because they are intimidated by it) Sergers are amazing - once you use it you will fall in love forever.
 Threading is a bit of a bear BUT they come threaded when you buy them new SO I never let mine run out of thread. When I can see I'm low on a spool - I tie a new spool on pull it through with the new thread. Of course sometimes I forget and let a spool run out and THEN I have to unthread the entire machine and re thread - but if you pay attention you won't have to do that.

 Turns out - Rach made a sundress from scratch and altered a mans button up into a cutie lil tunic for herlsef. We were both thrilled and exhausted. Teaching someone takes time and it's hard work, but I've been smiling every day since thinking about how excited she was and is. Share what you know.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sylvia Weinstock

Sylvia Weinstock is one of my favorite women in business, 2nd only to Martha Stewart. I have been trying to find black frames like Sylvia wears because I LOVE big accessories. After 3 years I've finally found some similar - I can't find the exact frames but it makes my heart melt to put them on - she has inspired me for my whole life it seems :)
  Watch this interview with her on Branding HERE Buy her book HERE.

Monday, February 10, 2014

From Polo to YOLO!

I've just had it with winter - I need sun and warm and SLEEVELESS!!!! When I got up Sunday morning I was on a mission to make some Rock Out styles for women for the warm weather that's soon coming.
I get request for more larger sizes all the time - and it just so happens that I had a big and tall gentleman donate some of his awesome shirts,
in turn, I made 3 plus size womens treasures! I was totally in the zone! I'm so in love with all of these but especially the Rolling Stones Halter...and actually this would own in the colder months with skinnies or leggings and a denim jacket and boots!
I'm working on redoing Candy Stick Lane's Etsy store - so they're not listed yet - but if you're interested just comment to me or email me at renee@candysticklane.com and I can get you invoiced and get it shipped out for you! Smooches