Aug 30, 2012

Pursue. {part 3}... and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I sure am loving reading about all these women who have pursued a dream, a 
hobby, or an opportunity that was laid in their lap. I hope you are too. If you've missed any of the last weeks, you can click here or here

They chose not to let their visions sit. They made something happen. 

I want to introduce you to another awesome mommy, friend, party planner, crafter {I could go on}... I have known Angi since I was a little girl. Our families have spent many holidays together, family vacations, and day-to-day dinners. She is now a wife and mommy of two ridiculously cute kids...and in all her spare time {yeah right} she and her mom are the brains and creative genius behind Sew Sweet Patterns.

I'd like you to meet Angi...

- Tell us a little about yourself. What dream did you pursue?
We are a mother/ daughter team that specializes in sewing patterns for kids and dolls. We started about 2 and a half years ago with a dream to provide simple sewing patterns for beginner sewers.

- How your dream started.
This started after my daughter was born and I decided I wanted to sew clothes for her. I picked up a store bought pattern and a few minutes into sewing it, I called my mom in tears! It was so confusing and hard to work with! She showed me a few things that made it clearer and easier. Then she put together a few patterns herself and I was able to follow those easily! So we thought maybe we could help others who were just beginning or as frustrated with store bought patterns as I was! So we started with 5 patterns in our Etsy shop and today we have 87! 

- Encouragement when hit with setbacks.
We haven't had to deal with too many setbacks yet! Thank goodness!! We of course have the occasional unhappy customer and it is hard not to take that too personally. We do our best and there is always going to be someone isn't satisfied, but we choose to use that to help make us better instead of getting too discouraged. 

- What you've learned.
We have definitely learned that you need to be doing something that you enjoy (which is cliche but so true). We love the whole process of developing new patterns and giving customers the means to create something for their children themselves! And to not get to frustrated if your first attempts just don't work. I think this is my third or fourth attempt at turning a "hobby" into an actual business. We just finally found our niche and it worked!

- Where you are now. 
We are currently working on 5 new patterns. That will get us up over 90 listings in our shop. Our goal is 100 by the end of the year! We have our own website now and a wonderful following on Facebook.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Angi!!!

And, that's not all... Angi and her mom, Patti want to give away a 3-pack of patterns to one of my readers. Winner's choice!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Misty Sedehi said...

I LOVE the maxi dress pattern for little girls!!!! Love, love, love!!! What a great business!

Sunshine and Spoons said...

I seriously want to buy every pattern in the Sew Sweet Patterns shop! They're all so cute! :)

Jerrinne said...

I love Sew Sweet patterns. I have a few. My favorite is the flutter skirt. It was the first one I bought and I make it all the time. I am so excited to see the new fall patterns!!!!

Samantha K said...

Just checked out the patterns and they are great. I have a little red head and can't stop picturing her in the Madeline dress,

.ambre. said...

Iris Reversible Wrap Dress
I follow with GFC.

Moncada Family said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Iris pattern. I purchased it back in January and made it immediately! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Digital Misfit said...

Of all of the Sew Sweet Patterns that I have tried, the Harper is my fave. It gets rave reviews, and looks adorable in a light corduroy/cotton combo. The Bubble dress is next on my to-buy list!

Kristen said...

My favorite Sew Sweet pattern is Maya. Love the reversible top!

April Wireman said...

I love all your patterns, so far my favorite is the Harper dress!

Kristy said...

Very nice! Thanks for the chance! Lots of cute, cute patterns!

Amanda said...

I purchased the Elsie dress from Sew Sweet Patterns to sew for my daughter for her first Easter this year and it turned out great! Sewing her Easter dresses will definitely be a tradition in years to come! Love that pattern!

hueisei said...

I love the Harper dress

JulesMcClung said...

I bought the Flutter Skirt two weeks ago, and LOVED it. As for one that I haven't bought yet, my next favorite would probably be the Abby Dress. I LOVE the neckline!

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