Monday, January 16, 2017

{ NEW PATTERN } - CARD WALLET ORGANIZER & TESTER PHOTOS


Yay! Finally now the pattern is LIVE on Craftsy, Etsy and Chezvies. It will be on SALE until I come back from my trip to Japan by End of January. 


First of all I want to thank all my friends for generously help me testing the pattern and also for their invaluable input/comments which help me in perfecting the pattern ❤❤

The pattern features :
12 or 16 cards slots, 2 flap styles included in the pattern templates, 2 zipper pockets and 2 slip pockets, clear step by step instructions with graphics and photos. 

In my previous post I mentioned about the fabulous tester result by my generous facebook friends. Now you will get to see them and what they think about the pattern. Let's Start! 

Maria of Miacreates  was the first one to post and I love how neat her work is. It's simply perfect. You will love all her shabby chic style creations. Here's her comments about the pattern : Great pattern and love the inside concealed zipper




 Sudha Sekhar from Madras Motifs always come up with something quirky and unique. And sure enough she came up with this cute Elephant print CWO.An elephant wallet with bright contrast card slots inside and she said "All in all its a very simple, straightforward pattern"

 

Novi is my bestie from college. She converted into the world of sewing few years ago and I love her one-of-a-kind style. Whatever she made, she never made them twice. She came up with this cute Japanese Linen wallet. Using different print for flap really give a unique result.


My BFF Agnes tested the first draft and she's one of my "brainstorming" buddies. She tried the triangle flap and I love how neat it is. This is what she said about the pattern "This CWO pattern is very clear and easy to follow, especially the pictures, they are very helpful". Her hubby thought she bought it! Ha, I guess it's high time to take your sewing hobby to a different level ;)


And here's Susan of SKH51 Teal and Grey Wallet. I really love her fabric choice. This is what she said about the pattern "It's a really super pattern!" Susan's work is alway fantastic. You can follow her works in her instagram and I am sure you will love it too!!


Here's my friend, Hernik of Jemariku from Kuala Lumpur who loves anything shabby chic. I always love her work and how neat it is. Red is another fave color of mine. It's my "cheer-me-up" color. I love how she added a fancy leather strap there. She said she loved the pattern, because she can fit in her phone too!  


Alka of Sew Fab Stories really live up to her brand name. Whatever she does, it's fabulous. I love how the green binding make the orange pop. And look at how neat her work is. She said "Wonderful pattern with clear instructions" 


Sudesh Jangra of Stitch A Memory came up with this bright & beautiful red wallet. She just released her pattern too, so make sure to check out her Instagram to get a look at her popular pattern. 


Poonam of Quiltsiop is another artist that I admire. Her works show how much love and dedication she put into each one of them.  Don't you love this modern look wallet? Perfect binding too. She said "It was my first pattern testing and that's a wallet. I enjoyed making it. Instructions, measurements were clear to understand and follow". 


Prabha Mathew of Quiltaholics did another pretty wallet in spite of her busy schedule. She said  this is the first time she made concealed zipper and she was happy to be able to do it in one go. And it's pretty neat zipper!!  


I'm super happy everyone finds the wallet is easy to do and it's a fast project to sew. Perfect gift to make for your friends and family.

Once again, don't forget to get your copy while it's still on SALE.

Pattern Available here:


until then,

Happy Sewing



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Coming Soon ~ Card Wallet Organizer Pattern

I'm so excited to announce that my second PdF Pattern is coming  real soon. Right now it's being tested by my fabulous Facebook Friends (I love facebook for that!!) 

The tester photos have been coming out really fabulous!! I love how everyone is using different kind of fabrics and each one is so fantastically pretty. (sneak peek photos soon!!)

I have made few wallets from this upcoming pattern few months ago (here and here)
 

Pattern making is a learning process for me. Even if I wrote several tutorials before, but selling pattern is totally different. There is a certain degree of  responsibility that I feel. Maybe it's just me, but I want those who buy my pattern will feel "yes, it's worth it".  From my First Pattern I learned  how to convey what's in my head  with less confusing sewing terms or less confusing photo angles. I tried my best to use a simple English that can be understood by non English speaker. 
 



This time around, I learned to make graphics (instead of photos) to use in the instructions and also added alternative designs (yay!!)



I've been trying out the pattern using different kind of interfacings too, I will elaborate more in my next blog post. 

I'm so excited about this pattern! I'm sure you will love it. 
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Until then,

Happy Sewing







Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Small Family Travel Wallet

I made smaller version of the Family Passport Wallet. Instead of 6 passports, I made the 4 passport slot version. And it turned out really cute. I think I'm going to make more for the shop. 

Many family travels the world together. Our family travel to Indonesia every summer holidays to visit my Mom and sisters. Keeping documents in one place in very necessary when you travels in group. So many documents to keep, from e-ticket print outs, hotel bookings, multiple boarding passes if you change flight multiple times, foreign currencies, etc.

Mini Zipper Pocket & ID card slot included

This travel wallet is perfect to help you organized while traveling. No more searching through numerous envelopes or pockets to get your travel documents. 

Slim & Sturdy even when fully loaded

If you already purchased the pattern, you can modify it  by omitting the middle passport slot and lining pieces. Reduce the main panel length by 1" and reduce the flap width by 1" too. That will give you cute family passport holder perfect for family of 4 . 

Passport Wallet Pattern available in:








Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hello 2017

Hello, I hope you all have a great start in 2017. Last year was a lot of great fun and achievements, if I may say so. As family we traveled and explored quite a lot too. 
Umngot River/Dawki Border

And as crafter, I crossed 2 things from my bucket list i.e I decided to branch out from Etsy and started my own webstore and I released my first Pattern.


In December, my friend Prabha Mathew of  Quiltaholics conducted a workshop on my Family Passport Wallet in The Square Inch studio (by Tina Katwal) in Chennai. 

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It was a great fun and success. They sent me these pictures and they made my day!! I wish I could be there in person ^^ 

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So, if you're in Chennai or visiting Chennai, get in touch with The Square Inch (TSI). They have many fun classes going on. 

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Meanwhile, my year starts with my next pattern is being tested right now and hopefully by next week (which is hubby's birthday) I will be able to release it! I'm so excited and nervous. This time, the pattern will use colourful diagrams. 
It's fast & easy pattern! So watch this space for the release!



Until then,

Happy Sewing













Friday, December 23, 2016

Fabulous fabrics

I've been busy revamping my shops. Running online shops is not as easy as one two three anymore. Most people are selling online, so we have to get more creative in presenting our products. Thousand of competitors are emerging everyday. And VISUAL presentation is VERY important. So during this break time I pull out my stocks and starts re-taking pictures and editing and update the shop. And believe me, it's tiring LOL it's so worth it!!

Indian Cotton fabric in bright colors fuchsia, green, orange, floral fabric, geometric flower print cotton, half yard 

I started one morning, I decided to pull out my stocks from the cupboard and start sorting out by the sets. Cutting, folding and ironing was the next step. Stacked them neatly for photo shoot.

Geometric lightweight fabric in pastel colors, multi colors Indian fabric, soft colors dress fabric, quilting, half yard

Winter sun was not so bright, the good thing is I can take photos until 1 pm in the afternoon. I set up my "photo booth" and start styling and start clicking. In between I took photos with my phone and posted them in Instagram. It took me almost 2 weeks to get most of the stock photographed.



I'm still editing few of them, but  most of the fabrics are updated in my website. Speaking about website, now I know why many handmade business coach always said about starting your own website or webstore? because it's SO MUCH FREEDOM, not to mention that you get to keep most of the the $$$, unless someone is paying thru paypal then you have to pay the paypal fees. 



I have added currency converter too so it's easier for shoppers from outside India to purchase. 

I've been working on the website  from scratch since October. It still need a lot of improvement. 

I am using Ecwid  which I find quite easy for me with limited knowledge. I found using Ecwid starter site is quite beneficial to me. 

So, please take a little time to visit my store at CHEZVIES and let me know what do you think about it. I'd love some feedbacks ;)

Thanks a lot for stopping by

 until then...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!