WE are up to Our Knees in our new line of SKIRTS!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PS. But not too above the knees :)

Greene & Sunset: SEW Moni Sister Company!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Much is happening at SEW Moni and one thing that we are most excited is to expanded our creativity in a new direction via our Sister Company, Greene & Sunset.

We're still designing away on both scales at full speed but we just had to give you a sneak peek of what we are up to lately.

And if you are in Brooklyn please stop by the Brooklyn Lyceum Craft Fair this weekend, and you'll be able to purchase ALL items.

Hello Spring! We love you.

XO Moni

Mother's Day

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mother's Day is a lovely day set aside to honor the mothers in our lives.  Starting in Grecian times, it developed over the ages and became permanently ingrained in the American culture when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill declaring it a national holiday 96 years ago.  It was all brought on by a daughter, Anna Jarvis, who wanted to memorialize the legacy of her mother who spent her life working on behalf of those less fortunate. 

So let us continue the tradition and honor those that have not only given us life, but have influenced it as well.

We here at SEW Moni feel that something handmade and heartfelt is the way to go.  Whether it be something sewn, painted, written, baked, or said, make your appreciation known.

Happy Mother's Day and Happy Sewing!

 - Katie

The Apron

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

As our first craft show of the summer draws near, production has been in a bit of a frenzy in our final stretch to the finish line.  We have been washing, cutting, pressing, sewing aprons and aprons and aprons oh my!

With the many aprons passing through my fingers, I couldn't resist thinking about their history.  How many other women have been in the same place I am at this moment, sewing straps and pockets.  Did they create their own patterns?  What kind of fabrics and trims did these women use?

So let the search begin...

The aprons of Victorian era mimic the fashions of the day and incorporate the same fine fabrics and trims found on the intricate dresses of the day.  

The apron made a drastic change in the 1920s reflecting the simplistic fashions of the time.  The fine fabric is no where to be seen and the trims are replaced by simple style lines and a long sash to secure the apron.  Functionality was the name of the game at the this time for aprons.

The aprons of the 1940s and 1950s sported brightly colored printed fabrics and ric rac trimmings.  Utility and functionality still came first but with a playful twist on the design.

all apron images from Ageless Patterns

I love looking through the pages of fashion history.  It's both telling of the times and quite inspiring for this Brooklyn seamstress.

Happy Sewing!


Gearing Up for Spring

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The last 2 month's have flown by with little time to genuinely sit, and reflect. Today marks the first day that I'm actually doing so, and it's strange. It's strange not to be in constant movement. It's odd not to be on the go or cutting fabric. Where is my steamer and where are my students? Why am I not on my way to run a "sewing" related errand?

And that's just the point.

To every small business owner out there, I encourage you to take time for yourself. Relish in the shear fact that you are paving your way to something that is your own. I have not done so in too long and I regret that it's taken me this long to make time for a personal high five!

My father encouraged the above this morning after he noted that I was concentrating on all the problems lately and not the achievements. He reminded me to pull my employees aside and thank them. He also said that it's not going to get any less busier for a while so I should enjoy the craze.

And I will! And that's just the point.




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