After a busy week of buying fabric, sewing, and taking photos out in the cold, I am happy to announce that I have made several additions to my Etsy shop. The fabrics are so beautiful and comfy! Even better than I first imagined. They are called “Margaret Infinity Scarves” because they are an elegant but everyday kind of thing. In my mind, Margaret is an elegant but down-to-earth kind of gal. Laugh at me if you want. Don’t you ever place a name with a certain personality? Maybe it’s just me. If you would like, head on over to check out the updated Margaret and Alice Shop!
Hello friends! The year of 2016 has already come and taken 7 days with it. I had high aspirations to post my resolutions in a somewhat organized manner here on the blog, but once I missed the first couple days of the new year, a bit of my resolve had already escaped. Oops.
BUT, these winds of change blew a new business idea into my brain. I say “new business,” though what I really mean is a special kind of addition to my Etsy shop! Scarves have been everywhere. This winter, in the fall, last spring… They seem to never go out of season. My new line of infinity scarves focuses on fun prints and colors that can be layered and worn year-around. It’s like a scarf edition of the capsule wardrobe (but it lasts through all the seasons!). I will be adding many more options within the next week hopefully… Foxes and flowers coming soon. Yippee!
Check out some of the pairings! Here’s a link to my shop.
Thank you to the sweet friend who taught me how to make these! =D
My dress shop, Margaret and Alice, is having a sweet 30% off sale! It is a significant cut on the price, and we have some great pieces that will look adorable in a layered, fall outfit. I am hoping to make a post in the near future with some different outfit options from these pieces. Each of the dresses would be so cute with a cardigan and leggings, or maybe with a chambray button-up and leather boots. The lace trim top would be perfect to layer with a bow-tie blouse and skinny jeans or perhaps over a simple, dark-colored dress with a belt. In case you can’t tell, y’all need to buy this stuff soon, so I won’t decide to just keep it all for myself! Anyway, to get the 30% discount, use the coupon code: MARGARET30. Also, I’ve got another dress made that I’m going to put in the shop very soon. So keep your eyes peeled!
I just bought an a old Singer 301 sewing machine! For 70 bucks, I got the machine, the cabinet it was in, and various accessories and feet attachments. This entire summer, even with kicking off a business, I have been without my own sewing machine. My Brother sewing machine decided to stop working after two years of hard sewing; so, I was forced to borrow my mother’s machine regularly over the past few months. But, yes, it has paid to be patient in the search for a new one. I was on the verge of paying another $125 for a Brother just like what I had before, when I stumbled across this perfect old-timer on Craigslist. Reading up on the Singer 301, I found that it runs on gears instead of a belt drive. This makes it a dependable machine that will last through years of rigorous stitching. Another thing that makes me smile when I look at this machine: no plastic. It’s all metal, making it a 16 pounder. It conveniently snaps out of the cabinet for easy portability. But, the cabinet makes for a great sewing table in my room (not to mention a cute addition of furniture). This darling machine works perfectly, sewing even stitches quietly and smoothly. In case you can’t tell, I’m sold. Well, actually, it’s sold…… to me! Hip hip hooray!
Perhaps the first project this machine will get to make under my guidance will be this sweet vintage pattern. Generally, I don’t use store-bought patterns; but seeing this one in an antique store, I just couldn’t pass it up.
Over the summer, my friend and I have been working on putting together an Etsy store. Finally, we have managed to put a few of our products on, and the shop, Margaret and Alice, is now open! Being tall, skinny gals, we have been thinking, “There needs to be a dress store that caters to our size, because we can never find satisfactory dresses that are long enough….. Why don’t we open one?” Thus, Margaret and Alice is meant to provide classy, modest dresses for the tall and slender. The dresses are inspired by vintage styles, especially from the 1930’s. Peter pan collars, bows, and lace are our signatures. Every dress (or shirt) is carefully handmade by my friend and I. All the patterns we use also are hand-drafted by one of us to perfectly fit a tall, slim lady. We hope to list a few more dresses over the next week or two. In the mean time, if you happen to be thin and long-legged or know someone of this type, please drop by our shop or tell your friends about the chic dresses at Margaret and Alice! Also, any questions you may have I would be glad to answer!
An elegant lace trim top:
A lovely pale blue sun dress:
And a comfy navy blue dress with white stripe detail: