What do you do when the clothing stores just don't have what your looking for?
I had to go to a wedding this month for a friend of mine and I wanted to find a nice dress. I thought I would hit up my local mall and be done with the shopping but to my dismay I couldn't find anything elegant enough. Every store that I went in to was a flash back to the 80's. Don't get me wrong I like some of it but when your trying to dress nice for a formal evening neon colors just wont do neither will Jersey knit.
So to solve my dilemma I went home and emptied out my pattern drawer. Yes success! I found a great pattern with a very trendy style. Now off to the craft store to find fabric (and other fun goodies).
After spending some much enjoyed time at the craft store I found the right fabric in a gorgeous plum color and a stunning black lace to really add some glamor to the dress. I also picked up some black sequined stretch elastic and made a headband to go with the dress.
When in doubt my fellow crafty ladies make it yourself.
So here is what it looked like after three days of altering the pattern and sewing it all together.
I received a lot of complements while at the wedding and it was a perfect opportunity for me to hand out some of the new business cards that I had made. I think one of the best ways to promote your small handmade business is to find ways to use your stuff when you go out. I am always making small things for my self to wear when I'm running around town. Most of the time someone will want to know where you got something so unique and when you tell them that you made it yourself they are floored.