Feeling excited and proud to find Rosie & Me in both Flow International & Dutch Flow Magazine!
International Flow Magazine, issue 19 (July 12th 2017)
Dutch Flow Magazine, issue 5 (July 15 2017)
Looking Back at our Brooke – Workshop Debut!
This was the first Workshop I organized ever! And because of that, plus the fact that I wanted to give everyone the attention they needed, I decided to start with a small group. Of course this resulted in the workshop being full and having to dissapoint some applicants. I’m sorry for that, but also made me realize that it is something that we really should plan again later this year.
Here are some pictures of some absolutely lovely ladies working hard! Yes we did work hard!
Which was even challenging with the tropical temparatures we were experiencing on both days!
Looking back at the two workshop days: My learnings!
I always believe that you learn things by just going for it, prepare the best you can and see how it goes. The very first thing that I learned is that eventhough I thought it was somewhat scary at first, I absolutley loved doing it! It was so much fun being with exciting, creative, positive women that want to learn, share and have a couple of fun days together. I really enjoyed sharing my knowledge and just got so much energy out of the whole experience that I can’t wait to plan another one. That is positive learning.
A few more things:
In advance everyone could choose their sewing kits with three different fabric options. The sewing kits I put together in personalized Rosie & Me bags (see top photo). For the occasion, I made myself a Brooke dress in one of the fabric options and decided it would be fun to finish the collar and band with piping cord, which I wore on day one (also on day two ;).
Well, my second learning was that I didn’t offer the piping cord option when making the sewing kits. And of course when everyone saw my Brooke version, with the cord finishing, that’s how they wanted to finish theirs as well! Ow, I should have, could have, would have known…. Next time, this option will be included!
So, these ladies were not affraid to be challanged a bit, which I thought was great! There was one week in between the two workshop days. The extra chore of both making and stitching piping cord alongside the collar and band became homework. I sent all of them piping cord in the mail, to be able to do so.
The task ended up being quite tricky for most of them: either not having enough time, no zipper pressor (or cord) foot, or just missing the experience. This brings me to some great tips for next time:
Another idea that arose from the Workshop, was to organize a Workshop solely for Plus Size ladies. When having unique measurements one often needs to make more specific fit adjustments to a pattern to perfectionize the fit. Perfectionizing the fit is something that I really enjoy doing. Something that I will plan in the future!
All in all, I can say that it was a great experience. I received very positive responses which include interest in attending the following workshop.
Knowing what I know now, I promise there will be more Workshops ahead. New Workshops will be announced via our FB-page and Newsletter, so stay tuned! As always, I am open for suggestions, so feel free to share any Workshop ideas you might have.
Before starting to work out my plans for the New Year, I wanted to look back at Last Year. Thinking about what went well, what could I do different, what was there to celebrate…highs, lows, of course it was all there!
My initial feeling when looking back at 2016 is that I didn’t complete what I had in mind for 2016. So to a certain extent feeling a sense of disappointment. For example, I wasn’t able to have all the patterns translated to English, nor did I upgrade all the patterns to the Plus Collection yet. Therefore, we haven’t been able to expand the business overseas, reaching more and more sewists all over the world. Sigh.
Thinking about 2016 I re-read my ‘planning, wishing and prioritizing’- post which I wrote just before the year started (still in Dutch then) . Reading my plans and where I was then, I realized that we actually did make really big steps this past year. Just to name a few:
So there are some big – big – changes that were accomplished this past year! Changes that helped Rosie & Me in the direction that we needed to be in. You would think that achieving the above, should be something to celebrate!
Now where is this feeling of unsatisfaction come from? Could it be that I have a tendency to plan too much in a too short of time? Or perhaps I underestimate the time projects require? Or I like to believe that I can work 40+ hours a week, raise two little girls, keeping everyone well fed, a clean house, and that no one ever gets sick while caring for a happy old dog and Oh wait, still have some time left over for my loved one as well?…. (Now, in reality he isn’t always last on the list)
I have to admit, that it really is ALL of the above.
Yes, planning is sometimes difficult and overestimating the hours I have is easy! It all comes from wishing and dreaming big plans for Rosie & Me. Which shouldn’t change! That’s how this small pattern company got to be where it is now.
But this Year’s resolutions are: Dream Big as the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, but Plan Realistic!
That being said, I should make realistic Plans, right? Ok, here we go!
Now let’s hope, that when I re-read this post at the beginning of next year, overlooking everything we’ve done, I will experience the luxury of revewing a year which accompanied a good old fashioned down to earth balance of ambition and expectations. Opening an additional year of vintage inspired patterns, I am excited about 2017 and hope you are too!
Wishing everyone a Happy, Creative, Inspiring but above all Healthy 2017.
2016 is a year which we have worked on some big re-organization changes.
Working on internationalizing our business: we have switched to English and added the flexibility to order our patterns in a PDF (digital) format as well.
But there’s more, 2 significant changes, I must share.
The idea behind these changes are (like mentioned above) to create more time for pattern development. As well as sharing creative ideas, tips & tricks, fun pattern hacks from either myself (yes, I also hack my own patterns) or you sewers, and more fun stuff.
Lowering the pattern price was a tough business call, as our cost price using recyclable products is high and development time and handwork is excessive and therefore quite costly. We don’t want to change anything about this, because we believe in our product, our in depth fitting tutorials and the passion we put into every pattern. However, we hope by adjusting the selling price, more and more people will be able to enjoy Rosie & Me patterns and their sewing experience.
Now let’s go back to living life creatively:
In the next upcoming weeks we will be working on something new!
Our first Seperates will be added to our collection.
Here is a sneak peak of the ELISE blouse and the FRIDA skirt. Both wearable in any season. Depending on your choice of fabric and styling;
A breezy cotton or a more drapy viscose for ELISE in the summer, you can wear with a cardigan on colder days. Wear a wintery FRIDA in a wool blend with boots or a summery FRIDA skirt in a cheery fabric with sandals.
ELISE – Intermediate
FRIDA – Beginner (Yes, finally a true beginners pattern!)
Expected end of November / beginning of December