3X REASONS TO START SEWING YOUR OWN CLOTHES
You so excited to try on new styles of clothes to add to your style and image, which we all know is an investment to boost your self-confidence. “But, no”! Instead you leave the wonder frustrated with either nothing new or with styles you are not wonder thrilled about but there was nothing else that really suited you better, which you know you are going to regret once you get home having to settle for something that isn’t really you.
Let’s get back to the fitting room as you tried on the clothing items.
1. What was the overall fit of the garments on your body?
2. Did the design suit and fit your body proportions?
3. Did the colours or the prints complement your skin, hair & eyes colour/tones and to mention the rest of your wardrobe to mix n match?
Generally, clothing manufactures make clothing styles for the average proportional size body shape, not taking into consideration that in reality women’s bodies have changed over the last decade or two, with increasing waistlines or hips, due to high levels of stress, hormones in the beef and chicken and the huge impact of chemicals as MFC, MSG, gluten and the high sugary flavour enhancing properties that is in our foods.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, an expert in women’s health, said: “Our waistlines have ballooned – women are fatter around the middle than ever – and our stressful lifestyles are to blame.
“When we are stressed the body releases extra energy in the form of fat and glucose, to prepare us for the “fight or flight” mechanism, but unless you do something physical it is redeposited as fat around the middle of your body.
“The reason fat targets the middle is because it is close to the liver where it can be quickly converted back into energy if needed.”
Reasons to start sewing your own style:
No, wonder you can’t find well fitted clothes in the stores, even for those ladies that do have a well-balanced body shape, are you truly finding styles that suit your personal style?
1. Style of garments do not fit correctly on your entire body, for instance the typical apple body shape, might identify to this, wearing shirts/jackets that are too large over your shoulders when accommodating the fuller tummy area.
2. Lengths of trousers or sleeves are either too short or too long.
3. Seasonal fashion colour trends do not suit or complement everyone’s skin/hair/eyes tones.
The reality is that a lot of women are wearing styles:
1. That do not suit their body shape, with designs that do not enhance their good assets, making them look unpolished and untailored in their appearance.
2. lengths of garments not being in proportion to their body lengths to give that well balanced body proportion.
3. Wearing colours or prints that make them look older, paler or dark rings under their eyes, instead of glowing and being more radiant, which will uplift anyone’s self-confidence levels.
Use the template to draw your designs and fashion sketches when preparing your collection or range.
WOULD YOU AGREE THAT YOUR IMAGE PLAYS A HUGE ROLE ON FIRST IMPRESSIONS?
IT TAKES ABOUT 3SECONDS FOR PEOPLE TO JUDGE YOU WITHOUT YOU EVEN SAYING A WORD.
Breaking down the FACTS ABOUT FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Your image & appearance is 55%
Your body language is 38%
your words are only 7%
There have been studies done on how your clothing affects your behavior, your vocabulary the words you use, your performance and confidence.
As a child you put on a ballerina outfit and you become the dancer, put on a superwomen cape and you get super powers, put on a sexy lingerie number and you become the queen of seduction…
Clothing in cognition studies
how your clothing affects your behavior, your vocabulary the words you use, your performance and confidence.
The test have shown by putting on a white coat on three people telling them one is a artist, another is an doctor, supervisor and did some random tests, they found that the doctor coat, spoke using better word of vocabulary, behavior, character and posture was more professional, and made less mental mistakes through out the test.
You project to the world by the clothes and style you wear & you become what you are wearing and soon people don’t see the clothes anymore just the person.
*Managing your image is the process of putting your best self forward.
*When you project an image of confidence you are more likely to succeed in business and in your social life.. Whether you are changing jobs, recently divorced, single getting back into the dating game.
WARDROBE 20% – Nothing to wear
Wasting time in front of wardrobe
Bored with the same styles you wear
The question is how change this into wearing 80%
Would mean to detox your wardrobe. Letting go of some of your clothes, is never easy, I know.
Selecting items that will help you create a functional and more versatile wardrobe.
Draw up a list of items that are missing in your wardrobe,
invest wisely in your shopping
adding new items into your wardrobe,
creative in mixing and matching you can have an exciting wardrobe and creating your own individual style.
Know your body shape,
which styles suit your curves
your correct body proportions – correct lengths
my service is to offer you advice ad guidance
colours suit you best.
Using this knowledge To develop your own style & invest wisely
Groomingneat and tidy hair,
good cut, healthy condition,
well manicured, as we speak with our hands this is what most people notice
Corporate world – very masculine
Yin and yang – keep your femininity
Dressing for corporate but still managing to keep your individuality.
LAYERS – having more tops and some basic bottoms
Fabrics types, details that you like bring these into your personal style
- PANTS –classic pants, fitted or straight leg and flair leg. Black , navy or neutrals
- Shirt – white , black or in neutral colours
- Classic jacket –in black or navy
- Soft jacket – one button
- Cardigans long or short length
- Blouses – print or plain
- Shoes, pointy toe, flats, block heel, closed shoes
- Well fitted dress, shaped for your body shape
Each item you keep in your wardrobe or purchase, must be able to mix n match with the rest of our items in your wardrobe.
FASHION BIZ START-UP 3#
3 STARTER-UP STEPS:
TURN YOUR DESIGNING & DRESSMAKING INTO A BUSINESS
STEP 7 : Promoting yourself
Where are you hanging out to get more exposure as a designer or seamstress?
What are you doing to get noticed?
What are you currently doing to get orders to grow your business?
- Join business networking events meet other entrepreneurs, an opportunity to talk about your business
- Display your clothing or products at these network events
- Wear your designs to promote your style
- Find an ambassador to wearing your designs
- Look at getting involved in community charity events fashion shows
STEP 8: Marketing
Where are you marketing/advertising yourself or your business?
- Advertising is expensive so be selective
- Start advertising on all the free sites you can find
- Social media platforms; networking; FB pages; Instagram; Pinterest
- What’s app groups;
- Be consistent and advertise in the same place weekly or monthly
- When you can afford then place bought advertising space in local Newspaper, magazine, FB AdWords
- Charity events holding fashion shows or dressing celebrities
- Get friends and their friends together set up pop up fashion show
STEP 9: Budget
When you get started you might find that your cash flow is low. Having to juggle between building up your range, samples, buying machines, mannequins and other machines, materials or haberdasheries and trying to advertise.
- Get out of any debt, stop buying clothes on accounts, start wearing your styles
- As you sell items reinvest portion of the money into your business to either build up stock, or purchase machines you need or portion for advertising
- Savings, try to save, even if it is a little at the beginning
- Keep records of all your expenditures, advertising, materials, equipment and so on
- Plan ahead for your budget for advertising; machines you want to purchase, set up a goal schedule plan with dates for each function you want to invest in to grow your business
FASHION BIZ START-UP 2#
3 STARTER-UP STEPS:
TURN YOUR DESIGNING & DRESSMAKING INTO A BUSINESS
STEP 4 : Business name
What are you calling your business?
- You can use your own name, as a designer
- Using something else that is short and sweet to remember
- Deciding on a brand name that you can expand on other products lines in the future
- Selecting a name that you can sell or turn into a franchise
STEP 5 : LOGO
What does your logo represent about your business or style?
- Your logo should be relative to your business, personality and your style
- Select a colour for your logo or website theme that presents your image, style and brand?
- Add your logo to your email signature & om what’s app profile
- FB banner should have your logo, and other social media platforms you advertise on.
- Your blogs should have your logo on
- Remember your logo get associated with you and your brand, keep it consistent and use it everywhere
STEP 6 : Business cards
- Print business cards, add your logo and same colours throughout your marketing and advertising
- Your business card should have a slogan or something catchy
- Putting less on your business cards appears more professional, be precise with details but be brief