Friday, June 19, 2015

Shelby lately...

Big things coming up and always working. Story of my life as the owner of Sally Ann and this mobile boutique we call Shelby. But I can't complain. Life is good. 
On July 4th, our mobile shop will have been open for business for TWO YEARS! I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was polishing all that aluminum to make it shiny, and now we're prepping the celebration by doing some slight modifications and updates to the shop. Sunlight, awning, new layout, new displays, etc. 
What's your favorite thing about Shelby? Excited to see the remodel? We'll share more on the awning and sunroof when we finish next week! In the meantime, keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sewing with Sally

It's official. We've added more sewing classes --- AND --- they're going to be every week. Every Tuesday night we will host sewing classes in our workshop, starting next week with a Sewing 101. 

When we had the last sewing class at Southern Roots, there were 10 students, and only a handful had ever used a sewing machine. Since the lesson plan was to make a skirt (that even had pockets), we were all a little overwhelmed. The new classes are limited to only five students per week, and the first class is a very simple and basic "let's get to know your machine". We will review all the parts of the machine, explain the way the machine works, and then start with simple straight stitches on scrap fabric. 

By the end of the lesson, the student will leave with a market tote bag and a new outlook on sewing.

After taking the 101, students will be able to take our other beginner and intermediate classes. Lesson plans include a throw pillow and slip cover, a zipper pouch, a skirt with an elastic waistband and pockets, and more. We're currently writing new lesson plans for more intermediate and advanced classes.

All reservations for the class will be made through Eventbrite since space is limited. You can also follow our event schedule, along with all pop up stops, on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sewing a Bridesmaid Dress

Sewing with Sally: Revamping A Bridesmaid Dress from Sally Ann on Vimeo.

How may of you out there have a bridesmaids dress just sitting in your closet, collecting dust, because it's too formal to wear again, floor length, and not something that could pass as a casual spring dress? Watch the above video to turn the bridesmaid dress from a formal gown to a fun dress you can wear again.

You will need a chalk hem marker, scissors, a rolled hem foot, matching thread, and about an hour. Maybe two if you've never used a rolled hem foot.

Using a chalk hem marker, mark the desired new hemline all the way around the skirt, on all layer of the dress. The bridesmaid dress may be floor length, or shin length, this alteration applies for any dress you want to shorten.

VERY IMPORTANT: be sure to wear your proper undergarments and shoes when marking the dress. Depending on your body type, a bra will change the fit and fall of the dress, and if you hem it without these on, and then put on heels and a bra, the hem won't be uniform all the way around the skirt.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Spark Recap -- WE PLACED 9th!

One Spark 2015 -- we placed 9th in our category of Art, 55th overall out of about 550 projects. "Sally Ann Vintage Fashion Truck" was our project, and we proposed our expansion into a drivable fashion truck, upgrading from our little pull behind.
The festival took place from April 8th-12th, five long days hanging out in downtown Jacksonville. My business partner, Jenna Richey, and I were seeking $15k for the expansion. We were also "selling" vintage clothing with certain suggested donation values to help our project.
"Pitching" the project idea to about 100 people on Forsyth on day two. Who needs written speeches when I could just wing it! The crowd and thousands of people we were able to speak to over the course of the festival really gave us the motivation and drive to keep on pursuing this project. 
And while placing 9th didn't get us funded, it still got the word out there about our business. A vintage and sustainable fashion truck is something our city needs, and we're going to deliver.
Jacksonville spoke, and we heard you. Thank you so much for everyone for their support and positive encouragement. More news on the expansion coming soon!
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