A material obsession

April 26, 2010

Its clear to anyone who knows me that I love fabric ๐Ÿ™‚ And now you can too!

I’ve opened up the fabric link in my store and stocked it with a bunch of fun and beautiful Michael Miller prints for now – more from Moda, Free Spirit, and Marcus Brothers to come tomorrow!

Some call it an obsession, some call it a stash. Others, in an attempt to justify, liken it to collecting. I mean, my collection is worth more (and more useful) than a pile of Beanie Babies, right?

Whatever you call it, you have to admit its beautiful!

If you’re in the area, feel free to come by and stare at it with me, otherwise, stop by the store and see if there’s anything you like!


The Mother of Invention

April 10, 2010

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I think irritation is the mother of invention. Only because I think in many cases “necessity” would be a strong word..

I don’t really “need” a robot vacuum cleaner, but its irritating enough to clean up after kids and petsย that someone invented the Roomba. We named ours Myrtle – because the girls thought she looked like a turtle. Get it? No, me neither. But my floors are a lot cleaner now..

This must be especially true when it comes to baby products. Diaper wipe warmers? Really?

Then again, there are a lot of cool baby products out there, and I have to say that even though my oldest is only 10 (10.5! she chimes in) they make way more cool stuff now than they did then!

Like the stroller that just holds the infant seat then folds away light and small in your trunk – love it! Car seats with multiple cup holders and extra padding for those sleepy floppy necks. The boppy, in all its cozy incarnations.

What does this all have to do with my little sewing venture? Two words: nursing covers.

About a year after I had finished nursing my third baby, we were at a family gathering and my cousin had one of these “new-fangled” nursing covers and I was instantly in love. Ok, I was instantly jealous. No more overheating with a heavy blanket over my shoulder? No more baby pulling the blanket off to see the world? No more big sister pulling the blanket off to see the baby? ๐Ÿ™‚

So one of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant with baby #4 was to look for nursing covers. I loved the idea, but wasn’t too keen on any of the patterns I saw out there. (Naturally the one my cousin had, which was beautiful, was retired by then)

So what’s a crafty mom with 75 bolts of fabric in her sewing closet to do? Well, obviously make them myself!

I made several for my own baby, several for friends as shower gifts (something in the water – everyone I know was pregnant at the same time!) and finally decided to put my own spin on them and market them.

One of the things I changed from the first design was using a wide belting for the rigid open neckline – still rigid enough to hold itself open, but not something that would become irrevocably bent when thrown in the washing machine or unceremoniously shoved into the diaper bag, you know, when you have “help” packing up.

Another thing I noticed with the first ones I made was that my baby loved to pull on the strap while she was nursing. I remembered a few years ago when there was a craze for “nursing necklaces” – something for baby to play with so that she wouldn’t pull on blankets, clothes, etc. So I put the two together, and now I make the nursing covers with an extra long adjustable strap. There is a snap closure at the end so you can even attach a toy or binky. (My girls liked to have a binky as soon as they were done nursing, kind of like a cigarette…, well, never mind..) So baby can’t pull the nursing cover off of you because its secured around your neck, and she’s discouraged from trying to pull the bottom corners up because she has her own toy built in. Ah, the joys of multitasking start so young….

So there is the history behind my nursing covers. If I can figure it out, the next evolution will involve keeping baby more interested in nursing than what’s going on around her, but we’re not there yet ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find my nursing covers in my store, currently available in 16 prints, but really its wide open. If I have the fabric, I’ll make you a nursing cover out of it. Let me know what you’re looking for and we’ll find one you like! You don’t “need” it to be the perfect pattern, but admit it, it’ll make you that much happier to shlep it around for the next few months!

Kathryn Rose by any other name?

April 9, 2010

I get asked all the time where I got the name for my business. Well, ok, in reality, I get called Kathryn a lot and when I explain that its not my name I get asked where I got the name for my business!

When I started this venture, I named it for my two daughters, Anna Kathryn and Amanda Rose. If you know me, you know I now have two more daughters, Allison and Amelia.

While it seems unfair to the two subsequent siblings, I have chosen not to rename the business to include them ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t feel too bad, though, I don’t think they realize it yet!

And until they do realize it, they are content because they are the ones who get to wear all the samples that I make!

Where it all began

April 8, 2010

I suppose I could say it all started when I was a kid and my Mom took me to a sewing class one summer at the local fabric shop. I remember that we got to make a skirt and shirt for ourselves, and I remember that I chose pink and white gingham for the shirt to remind me of the bedding I’d had as a little kid. I don’t remember if I ever finished the project, or wore it? But I distinctly remember the joy of picking out the fabric.

So I guess that really was the beginning – of an obsession with fabric if not any talent for sewing with it!

In junior high I made bedding for my new room – and kept it all the way through college. In high school I helped make costumes for a play, though I seem to remember stitching up the sleeve holes on those, so perhaps they aren’t the best advertisement for sewing either!

I think when it really all began was when my oldest daughter was a toddler and I made her a Halloween costume:

And that was of course followed by as many dresses as I could make her – for Christmas, Easter, sundresses. She was a flower girl three times one summer, and twice more two years later. By then I was hooked!

I knew that I couldn’t support this “habit” only sewing clothes for my daughters (by this time there were two of them) so I went into business making dresses and little skirt sets.

I started out on Ebay six years and two more daughters ago! Though the four of them definitely keep me busy, I still very much enjoy keeping this “habit” afloat as a business.

Moving into this new phase of business (a stand alone website) is exciting and a little bit scary for me – web design is not as easy as clothing design! But I look forward to stocking the store, and I’ll probably keep my little shop open on etsy as well. Who knows, maybe I’ll come full circle and be back on ebay one day!

Hello world!

April 1, 2010

Welcome to Kathyrn Rose Designs!ย ย 

I decided to (finally) start a blog so that I could share thoughts and new ideas with my customers and friends.ย 

Learn a little more about me and my business –ย I’ll post updates this week as I build the website and stock it with goodies ๐Ÿ™‚