I am really pleased to be announcing that I will be launching Elise Patterns, my lingerie sewing pattern business this week at the Makegood Festival which is being held in London between the 29th May to 1st June. It’s a showcase of startup businesses that all took the same business course as me.
Nine months ago, I had the privilege of being accepted onto a course run by the School for Creative Startups here in London. I had an idea for a business and not an awful lot else at that point.
My interview consisted of showing the course director my bras and knickers (no, not the ones I was wearing!) I’m not sure he was expecting that! Still makes me giggle to this day.
Nine months later and I’m about to launch my website, my patterns and my business. Ok, I’m pretty terrified. It’s been a lot of hard work and late nights, fitting it in around my day job and other commitments but it’s been worth it. I have learnt so much in the past year from how to build a website to adobe illustrator and indesign, i’m apologising now to all my friends who I may have neglected a little along the way!
But i’ve also met and made new friends with some really lovely people like Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons and Helen from Curious Handmade.
But I’m pretty certain that if I had not taken this course, I would not be where I am now. To be honest, I’d probably still be sitting at home, envious of others that were doing something that they loved. (Seriously, if anyone is reading this and wondering the same, do it, you won’t know until you try!)
Who knows where this will take me but it’s an adventure right? And I’ve always loved adventure. I would love it if you had a few moments and take a look at my new website http://www.elisepatterns.com, perhaps I’ll even persuade you to buy a pattern or two?
And finally but not least, a big thank you to my lovely pattern testers who have helped me out. It’s one of the things that humbles me most in the sewing world is that people give up their free time to help you out.