Today is the day...It's Small Business Saturday. Did you shop small? Are you shopping small? We did. Today, instead of visiting the big chain Starbucks, we visited a small coffee shop in Downtown Riverside called Coffee Court. The Pumpkin Spice Latte was quite tasty and only cost a couple of bucks, as compared to the prices at the big chain coffee houses. Starbucks also has a Pumpkin Spice Latte for $4.05 when we last checked. Coffee Court also has some of the same amenities as the bigger chains. It has two areas for seating and dining, cozy and relaxing enough to bring friends. Or bring your laptop and get some studying or work done. More than just coffee, they also offer breakfast and lunch. So you can grab a bite to eat as well.
Have you ever sewed a garment, looked at the finished product and thought..."hmmm...it just needs a little something more?" Well, this week's Video Of The Week shows you a quick and easy way to make cute accessories that you can add to your garments to achieve that extra umph. We love the extra pearl and feather embellishments added. If you're sewing a vintage style, these extra embellishments give it an old fashioned appeal. From the video, looks like all you need is trim, card stock, a hot glue gun, and your choice of embellishments. So follow along and you'll be able to easily add embellishments to any garment.
November 26th is the day to shop small. Plan to support your local small business that Saturday by going out to shop! We've got 2 ideas for you to help you get started marking up your calendar.
One of the basic building block for all dresses is the basic bodice. Do you have a pattern for the basic bodice? If not, this video will help you create one. YouTuber Temy Marie takes you step by step on how to draft this basic bodice. It's quick and easy and a staple for any seamstress or dress maker. What are you waiting for? Start creating YOUR basic bodice and share it with us in the comments.
Small Business Saturday will be here November 26th. Sew Cris-Croche is not officially open for business yet but please join us here on the blog. We'll be celebrating with a curated list of suggested small businesses for you to shop. On that day, don't forget to go out and shop small business. Shop small at your local small business!
How many times have you walked through the mall, found the perfect outfit, then looked at the price tag only to find that it was way too expensive? We all know money can be tight sometimes. So if you're on a tight budget, we've got the perfect solution. From the mall, head straight to GoodWill or your local thrift store. You can buy a used dress and make simple alterations to it to suit your style. And voila! Your new outfit.
We hope you enjoyed your Halloween, but now it's time to get back to the normal grind. So for this week's video of the week, we're bringing you a short explanation of how to drape and measure a bodice for pattern making. We're sharing this video found on YouTube . The narrator gives clear explanations and takes you step by step in the directions. You can try this one out, as it is sure to be a great foundation if you are just starting to sew. As always, if you make it tell us about it in the comments!
Halloween is upon us. Did you try your hand at any of the Halloween Costume Ideas we suggested? If so, share it with us in the comments. Today we're sharing our last minute homemade Halloween costume, with the help of a free pattern from www.fleecefun.com, a skirt and glittery tulle dress from GoodWill, and a sheer scarf from a local yard sale. We simply deconstructed the skirt with our handy seam ripper, and cut the bottom of the tulle dress to yield a rectangular piece of fabric.
Our Designer Spotlight continues. This time we're spotlighting the iconic Ralph Lauren. We know him for his jeans, but of course Ralph Lauren does much more than that. Have you seen his September Collection? It's filled with lots of items with handmade and crochet detail which we love. The looks range from tribal prints to delicately elegant silk gowns. Dress prices range from $1490 to $4990 so you've got to have some deep pockets. But if you're like us and those prices just don't fall in your budget, simply look, admire, hope , wish, and use it as inspiration for your next project.
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