I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

maiden voyage into craft show prep

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Having never previously participated in a craft show, I was honored and delighted to be asked to join Handmade Detroit in their store at the Detroit Music Festival Movement 2009 this weekend.  I’m sure One Girl Circus will be one of few, if not the only kids’ garment vendor at the Marketplace and I am thrilled about the opportunity to participate.

…and terrified!  What was I thinking??  Once I get over my initial anxiety about creating a standard design, there’s producing multiples of inventory, there’s tracking it, labeling, designing hang tags and a display…. and working in the booth/store itself.  I’ll need to really prepare to be open to a new experience. I am ready for a new experience. All this without any idea how my garments will sell in an international music festival environment.  Bringing me back to fretful hand-wringing.

Did I make enough?  (Too much isn’t an issue)

Am I pricing correctly?  Too high?  too low?

Do I have the right designs in the first place?

Will music fans even be interested in bringing something home for their kids/nephews/friends’ kid, etc?

I suppose the worst-case-scenario would be that I don’t sell anything and spend 5 hours of my Sunday in a place where I’d want to be anyway – with a babysitter at home (thanks, mom) and good music.

There, I stepped out of my terror of being a total fool in public and was philosophical about the entire thing.  I think it’s a week for a lot of yoga.  Any tips on preparing for a craft show would be greatly, heartily appreciated!!

I decided to offer my new “Raw-edged Raglan” tees.  I chose those as much to see folks’ reactions and get feedback as anything, really, and the “D-town Bucket” because I love that hat.

I’m using bamboo and organic cotton blend knit for the shirts. They are buttery soft.  Seams on the outside mean that they are totally and completely smooth on the inside. A little Kokka Echino Ni-co hotrod fabric I’ve been hoarding since last summer for the appliqués and hats, and cotton canvas for the black side of the (reversible) hats.

Raw-edged Raglan, Motor City StyleRaw-edged Raglan and D-Town Bucket

Naturally, Miss Ella had to get in on the action….

Makin' off with the goodsIs this mine?"Is this for me?"

You may recall that she already HAS this hat in its previous incarnation

I made a few changes from the original, but it’s still the same hat, really. 

Beautiful Teeth :-DOoooh Sour

.4 more hats and 5 more tees to go. and I think I’ll be ready.

fingers crossed.

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  • Jennifer May 20, 2009, 8:37 am

    LOVE the hat and tee! You are going to rock Movement ’09!!

  • christina May 20, 2009, 10:24 am

    I think you are spot on with your designs for this — fresh, funky, but still kid stuff. And I for one love it when I do something from my previous lifestyle (before kid) and can still “be a mom” and feel included. There are so many music loving mamas and papas that are going to be delighted to find you there.

    My only advice is to remember to take a gazillion business cards and display your website addresses everywhere. They may not have cash or time right then to pick up something, but they’ll remember you and want to find you later.

    Good luck and most importantly, have loads of fun! Oh, and tell us all about it when you get back :)

  • Jeannine May 20, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I cannot give you any advice Karen because I have never participated in anything this fantastic. I will just sent {{hugs}} your way, and wish you the very best. All your stuff is fantastic, so anything you decide on will be great. Cannot wait to hear about your day!

  • Cindy June 3, 2009, 7:42 pm

    These are adorable! And good for you, I’d be terrified!


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