Design work/pattern making for my dressmaking job is keeping me on my toes! I have been working on the samples for an evening dress and top which will be part of the Tartan Touch display at Scotland's Trade Fair on the 20th-23rd January at the SECC in Glasgow. The shop has taken a couple of orders for the top already so I need to get my pattern finalised and the tops sewn up asap!
Since starting this job in June last year I have learned a lot more than just creating patterns and samples. I've also learned about running a small business- everything from the importance of creating a good relationship with your customers by taking on board their feedback and catering designs towards their needs and expectations, sourcing fabrics and manufacturers based in Scotland, marketing and promoting your brand through launching a website/on line shop and, last but not least, doing your homework - finding out about AND attending as many local and national trade fairs/exhibitions as you can...and making contacts!
So far I have attended the Ballater highland games in August, where Tartan Touch had a marquee displaying all the most recent stock/accessories/bags. The main aim of this was to highlight the launch of the on-line shop, take e-mail addresses of potential customers and get some feedback from the public-which was very promising....and it was a different side to being stuck behind the sewing machine!
Scotland's Spring Trade Fair at the SECC in January will be my next new experience, being surrounded by local and international buyers and over 500 other business and crafty people promoting their wares. Its definitely all good experience for me for when I embark on my own venture in the near future :)