I just wanted to post a quick update on what I’ve been doing lately as a creative outlet since I can’t share yet the patterns I’ve been working on and after spending my working days around bra making I sometimes don’t always want to be making bras in my spare time. So I’ve been working on my other passion. Figure skating and of course figure skating dresses.
Of course, I can’t do things conservatively and my mind is always on the business aspect of things. So instead of just sewing up a few samples to enjoy. I’ve been doing sketches and creating tech packs to have samples made at the factory. The last month or so I’ve gotten a few of the samples in and have been spending my time applying rhinestones while watching tv. I love making things sparkle.
I’ve posted the sample dresses for sale on Etsy and have been blown away at how fast they sold. One of them sold within 15 minutes of being posted. I really was rather flattered by that since I’ve been feeling very creatively stagnant lately and making things that sparkle and bring people joy has been a good boost to my moral and positively affected my bra making too. They aren’t the fanciest dresses you could imagine but my vision was to create dresses for the level I compete at rather than creating elite Olympic level couture.
I’m not sure if this is something that I will continue to do long term but I always try to encourage people to do something new when they are feeling stuck. Sometimes it recreates the passion they once felt in other parts of their lives.
I will for certain be stocking more rhinestones in my online store in 2018 and offering more fabrics that are suitable for both bras and skating costumes. Maybe a skating pattern will be in the plans for 2019.