While most of my sewing has been for myself, I have made a few pieces for friends over the years (see prom dresses) and several things for Cori. Whenever I go to events in vintage or historic clothing people always ask about what I'm wearing and where I get my clothing. When I say I've made something, one of the most common responses is "do I make things to sell?" I've listed some items on Etsy but have not put the time and energy into the shop like I could (although I did list a couple new things this month). It's really more of an online yard sale. I'm hoping I can change that in the future. The last few months have been spent researching how to start a small business, and boy it there a lot to learn!! From writing a business plan, figuring out how to file taxes, and basic marketing skills, it's rather exhausting but no less exciting. There are still many things to think about and work out. This is just the start.
I have made a handful of items to sell (like this dress and these) but would like to expand in the future and offer a wider variety of items but I need your help! I'd like to ask for some honest feedback if I may. You've all seen my work, what do you think? Do you think there's room for another small vintage clothing business? My long-term goal would be to provide living historians, vintage lovers, and swing dancers well-made reproduction and vintage inspired clothing and accessories from affordable materials without sacrificing historic charm or durability. I plan to keep the whole things small, especially to start. I don't foresee ever being able to quit my day job to sew full time but I guess you never know!