Some Exciting News!

First off,  I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported Sweet Mildred so far.  It has been almost a year since I have really been pushing myself, and it looks like it has payed off:  I just quit my job.

I guess I should say it wasn’t a great job.  I was waiting tables and bar tending three double shifts a week.  While it is an optimistic dream that I will be able to support myself someday solely off of my sewing, this is one step in the direction towards that.  And all that I can do is to keep continuing.

Not working those extra 33 hours a week is going to mean a lot of changes for Sweet Mildred.  You can expect a quicker turn around time on your orders (sorry to everyone who had to wait for theirs, I am doing the best I can!).  It also means more product updates, including an original print coming up soon in the future.  I also have a late sale event planned for super soon! (I hope!)  This also means that I will be traveling to more conventions.  I am happy to announce that again this year I will be attending Kotoricon and Katsucon, with more and better stock.  So I look forward to meeting everyone and if you are going to these conventions, please stop by to say, “hi”!

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported me at Otakon.  It was a great success and I had a really nice time talking to everyone and getting to know you.  I also had an incredible table partner, and I hope to be a part of the artist area in Otakon next year as well :3

Review

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this review of one of my products from Art du noir, a French lolita blog.

Check out the review here, complete with very detailed photos!  Thanks so much Yumi, I am so glad that you like your headdress!

Sweet Mildred Colaboration with Dancer and Documentary Film Maker Mary Nine

Check out a custom hair accessory from Sweet Mildred in Mary Nine, from Tank9’s, dance video made at Anime Expo here

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I think her coordinate here looks so cute, like out of a Miho Matsuda catalog.  I look forward to meeting Mary at Otakon this year during her filming.  In other news, I am working on my first screen print now and will be taking photos to hopefully post here within the next few days.  Yipi!

Just finished a new commission…

Today I finished a commission for a hot pink flower hair accessory with ivory accents.  This is what I came up with:

Just a quick little post to share what I am doing, or to keep from going crazy.  My work area is such a mess right now from trying to accomplish so many things in one night, but I’m about to sit down and watch Flash Gordon while finishing up some hand sewing.  Yipi!

Working in the heat

Not having blogged in about 3 years, getting back into this is going to prove to be quite the exercise. But one that I’ve decided is worth it! And besides, there is nothing better to do because it is so so so hot. Actually, I am wondering when I am going to be getting all of my work done, being so hindered by the heat. Besides having a few orders remaining to fill, I am going to be selling at Otakon this year and am really set on having an impressive amount of stock for my half table. I guess it will have to get done, but I am determined to have no last minute all nighters this time around!

I’ve made a decision not to participate in the Otakon fashion show as a designer this year, not because I think that I wouldn’t have time but I just feel like the timing is inappropriate for me and I am still developing the brand concept of Sweet Mildred. I would much rather develop products to sell, as I am more interested in the customer aspect, rather than promotion. Does that make sense? I feel like the more people that I can get in my products, and make feel beautiful…that will in the end have a much more positive impact than participating in the fashion show. But I hope that one day I will be able to show there.

So that comes back to making stock…I hope to have at least 8 dresses newly made for the convention. I get so caught up in the hair accessory business that it feels like forever since I have actually made a dress, but last night as I was standing over the table with a rotary cutter in hand, I was so excited about what I was about to make, I wanted to start sewing right then. That was a great feeling that I hadn’t felt in a while, and hopefully it will repeat itself tonight! hah. Here’s hoping for inspiration, as well as a cool breeze and relief from this wretched heat.
empire waist jsks, waiting to be made

Hello world!

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