Friday, January 23, 2015

PRESS: First Coast Living




Wednesday, January 21, we had our first live TV appearance on First Coast Living. Watch the video, above! We talked about our handmade goods, our camper, Shelby, and more.

We won't be at Riverside Arts Market this weekend, we're actually taking the weekend off! And this weekend, take 20% off all the new handbags in our shop, using the coupon code "RAM20".

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New collection with artisan fabrics

 

Our newest collection is almost here. We're teasing you with three new additions to our Etsy shop. 
The fabric comes to us from April Michelle Traugott. A Georgia artist, based out of Augusta, Georgia, where we used to be coworkers. Now as colleagues, it's great to partner with an artist and collaborate to bring you a fresh new collection of handbags and accessories.
When I went back to Augusta for my friend Jessica's wedding, April and I were bridesmaids together, and we got to talking about a collaboration. Wheels started turning, and I was beyond thrilled to receive her fabric in the mail!
April is finishing up her Bachelors of Fine Arts this spring, with a concentration on printmaking. She is inspired by "nature, microscopic fibers, and fruits." With a handful of different prints, the first three are now in our shop
A handbag set that covers all your possible needs.
 An over-the-shoulder and cross body large handbag made from hand printed artisan fabric, printed by Georgia artist April Michelle Traugott. Inspired by "nature, microscopic fibers, and fruits." April is finishing up a Bachelors of Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking. With plans for graduate school, April asked us to put her beautiful fabric to use in our textiles. Interior pocket. The essential everyday handbag.
Adjustable strap allows for adjusted height while worn over the shouler. Shorter over the shoulder strap also included! It's like you have two purses in one. Both straps can remain clipped to the zipper loops, or worn one at a time, with the other tucked in the bag, just in case. Vegan friendly -- faux leather on exterior bottom. 
All handbags are made and photographed in our office in Jacksonville, Florida, by Sally Keiser, owner and sole proprietor of Sally Ann. 
Stay tuned for more news on our GoFundMe, and a giveaway this weekend!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing Lessons With Sida and Madie

Do you want to learn how to sew, and live in the North Florida area? Well, you're in luck! I now offer one-on-one sewing lessons. Purchase them in my Etsy shop, and I can come to you. Also, depending on my inventory of donated machines, I can get you a sewing machine to KEEP! 
Siddalee and Madigan, best friends and both 11 years-old, were gifted sewing lessons for Christmas. Last Sunday, I brought each girl a machine and fabric for our lesson. Sida and Maddie have already been draping fabric on a dress form, and sewing on a child's sewing machine, so they were on the right track to tackle a full size machine. It's an understatement to say these girls were great. Not only were they super excited about learning how to sew, they were such fast learners! They took all my instructions and applied their new skills faster than I expected. Using scrap fabric from the fashion truck challenge TV shoot, we made fully lined tote bags!

To make the bags, we used one paper grocery sack to cut out the pattern, with only four pieces of fabric, the lining, the exterior, and two straps. After the lesson, I left them with the pattern we used so they can make more for gifts and to keep practicing. Next lesson, I'm sure they'll be sewing straighter lines, and becoming more proficient at their machines.
 I'm super excited to have another lesson with these girls in a few weeks. I think we're going to make a skirt with a simple elastic waistband. For more information on our lessons, email me at Sallyannfashion@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company

Donated fabric is the best. Like my most favorite thing ever. Friends, customers, family members, strangers, you name it, all donate fabric to my stash. Thankfully, the property where I reside is home to a two stall garage, and a pole barn style building (also Shelby's bedroom), and my home office, so there is always room for donations. I have absolutely no reason to say "No" to boxes or giant garbage bags of fabric and old clothing, because I have room. I sort everything and store the majority of my fabric in the larger pole barn garage, and bring in fabric as I need it. Sewing with donated fabric also helps to create the most interesting pieces. Sometimes, I'm able to pin point the exact history of fabric, like today, and find out exactly where the fabric came from,.. it's story, history, and imagining it's former life.
Today's blog post will feature just one small yard of fabric that lines the interior of a small camo wristlet (above) I made as a commissioned piece, and how the fabric made it's journey to my workroom.
When local artist Crystal Floyd sent over a few egg crates packed full of fabric with a friend of mine, this past summer, I was so excited to go through it! Loving Crystal's work, and knowing that she has great style and taste, I just knew that the fabric pile would be home to all kind of goodies. At first glance, there was a fabric remnant that made this purse, tweetie bird fabric I used to line a small collection, and countless other pieces I have laid out for future projects. Mostly vintage by the yard fabric, the egg crates were full of promise. 
After a customer from the market had seen this wristlet in my inventory, she wanted a similar clutch for a gift, but in a different color of camo. Custom pieces are so much fun, I always say "bring 'em on"! All I asked was for the camouflage, since the previous blue Navy collection came from my sister's uniforms. When planning and cutting out the clutch, I came across this piece of fabric (above), thin cotton perfect to line the clutch.
"LOT APPROVAL SAMPLE" from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company. Dated and stamped December 1st, 1978. This small sample from the factory was purchased by Crystal's grandmother in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
I like to picture her grandmother in fabulous clothes in the 1970s, an artist like Crystal, purchasing fabric straight from the source, in a small showroom in the front, clearer area of the factory. A place where designers would go, and get first pick of the new prints, or commission rolls of custom fabric. And then I like to step back in time and see old Rock Hill, and picture the people that would work here everyday for 30 years. 
The factory, "Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company", was located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, dating back to 1925, when the first of six building were built. Known by the locals as "The Bleachery", the plant bleached, dyed, printed and finished cloth fabric purchased from cotton sources in the South. 
In the early 1960s, it expanded from 200,000 square feet to more than 2 million square feet. At it's peak, the company employed over 5,000 people in Rock Hill, in 1965.
The factory was sold in 1986, and in 2012, it was finally tore down. It will eventually be developed into real estate, according to a Rock Hill news article. And to see some photos of the abandoned factory, click here.
Special thanks to everyone that donates fabric to me and my company, it really means the world to me. I'm such a sentimental person, these little bits of history, and seeing the Rock Hill Printing Factory make the construction of pieces like that clutch so much fun. I'm actually using the last of it today to line a beautiful new handbag. 
And also thanks to Crystal for the extra special fabric donations. To see her work, click here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Ulitmate Fashion Truck Challenge - Pilot Shoot

Last Saturday was a huge day for Sally Ann! HUGE! A day that will hopefully propel our company to the nationwide fashion truck playing field. A production company from New York flew down to little old Jacksonville to shoot a pilot for the reality TV show "The Ultimate Fashion Truck Challenge". Think Food Truck wars meets fashion trucks. A pretty badass reality TV show concept if I do say so myself.
Bright and early, Saturday morning, Jenna and I met the crew at Friendship Fountain in San Marco, across from downtown to shoot our intros and background information. There, we were also given our challenge for the pilot, "create a sellable accessory for our fashion truck WITHOUT the use of a sewing machine. A 'no-sew' product!"
Our competition for the day, local fashion truck "Belle of the Boulevard." A local truck that sells boutique clothing, right in the above picture. 
 At Hobby Lobby, we purchased upholstery fabric, Heat'n'Bond, stitch witch, grosgrain ribbon, cotton lining, and magnetic clasps to make a "NO-SEW" envelope clutch. This challenge was a little tricky for me. My brain thinks about garment and accessory construction in terms of a sewing machine, and that's how I envision them being together. With STITCHES. So take that away, and my brain is mush. It throws me off. In place of stitching, we used fusible materials to make a wonderful envelope clutch that was near perfect.
Where can you see this pilot you may ask..? Well we heard this question from people all over our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the answer is, you won't see it on TV. The production company is editing it down to a 5 minutes episode to use to seek funding for the actual TV show, that will hopefully begin shooting in the spring. How great that we're the awesome example of what the show will entail? We had such a blast, and although we didn't win since the winner was chosen on crowd applause (and we were in Belle of the Blvd territory out at Neptune Beach, that's 20 miles away from our neighborhood of Riverside) we stand by our product, below.
Being that we had a GREAT turnout of friends, we are so thankful and appreciative to everyone that came out. Really melts our hearts to have such local customers and friends, alike. And thanks to everyone that sent me these pictures. Most from this post were sent to me from attendees of the shoot, since we were swamped with ironing, and being awesome for the camera.
In the next few months, we may get our hands on the reel and 5 minute highlight clip to share with you all, in the meantime, we're back at it, working on a new line of handbags and planning our takeover for 2015. Big big things ahead!

Jenna and I have just announced our intention to open a SECOND mobile boutique in 2015. We've started a GoFundMe page that every dollar donated translates to gift cards and store credit when we open. Find out more info by clicking here.
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