Exactly. Not the business; Day Dreams is doing great and it feels just as great to know I'm providing a valued skill and service to my home town and surrounding communities.
In the past 5 years of business, I have had some orders that were an immediate, "no", a few that were, "you're kidding, right?", others that I thought, "I'll give it a shot." and yet more that left me wondering, "What did I get myself into?". One of those, OMG moments as you look down at the project and not sure what to do or where to start.
Let's have a little fun and re-visit some of the projects that gave me those OMG moments.
This is an image of a coat that was brought to me for repair. There was metal burned into the fabric, melted nylon and more. With a little imagination and skilled sewing, I managed to make the coat wearable again.
A customer ordered the Double Wedding Ring Quilt on the left. It turned out gorgeous, though it was a tremendous amount of work. I found a pattern in crochet for the same quilt and, you guessed it. I made that too. A living room full of stacks of arcs and yarn, and one year later I had a bedspread.
So, I made the decision to try Etsy for awhile. Personally, running an Etsy store takes more work and time than what I put into for running my tailor/seamstress shop. On top of the work put into an Etsy shop, there is the risk of having your items deleted because someone thinks they look too much like their items, or too much like the original merchant product. I left Etsy with the knowledge that apparently, every item made or manufactured is an "original idea" Ummmm, really?
It speaks for itself. Scary. Glad it was in a duck blind and daylight.
Yes, you are seeing right. Truly an OMG project. These sleeves came to me just as you see them. Stitched on the outside to raise them. I made an entire guide from this repair and alteration about how not to raise sleeves. I still shudder seeing this picture of all the horrific errors on this suit coat. I saved it and made a young man quite happy!
I'm sure my OMG moment projects are not finished yet, as I plan on another 5 or 10 years before I pack up my sewing machines. Be sure to check out the portfolio page for a view of many projects, as well as Day Dreams Sewing on Facebook.
What are some of your projects that caused you to wonder what you got into? Share with us in the comments section below. Until we chat again, I wish you success and inspiration, today and always.