Lucky Sew and Sew

Lingerie and Accessories for Badass Babes. Magic Maker. Leather Painter.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday's Week

Hello, friends!

Seriously, where are the days GOING?! They're slipping away quicker than I can grasp them.

It's not been the most exciting week, but I'll update you all anyway,'s my party and I'll cry if I want to?

So orders have been trickling in nicely. This is good. The 30% off thing we did for International Woman's Day went well, so we're working through our orders for the Savannah and Felix bits from that, and I guess it must be wedding season as we've been getting a lot of orders for bridal knickers.

Speaking of bridal knickers - bridal is one area we want to expand and is on our ever-growing list of things-to-do. We've sketched out the designs and ideas, and we CANNOT WAIT to make up some samples, but we need to wait for some time and some funds to put into this little venture.

One thing that's tough with having your own business is having ALL the ideas and wanting to do them all now, or like, yesterday. We have some big plans of how we want Lucky to grow and what direction we want to go in and we're so PUMPED to sew up ALL the samples and make ALL the lingeries. I'm quite an impatient person by nature and once I get my mind set on something I just want to do it, so I am finding it a bit frustrating to have to wait!

I've been not only sewing knickers and bras, I've done quite a bit of other sewing too. I mentioned in this blog post about my purchase of three sewing pattern from Puperita on Etsy. I finally got around to using some of them! I sewed up Logan a Jumpy romper which is made from a black galaxy print fabric(which Logan loves) and has a red lining and vintage buttons from my button tin. Logan has since made me buy some Paw Patrol fabric to make him another romper from. He is OBSESSED with Paw Patrol! I sewed something for Rori too - a Hearts Hoodie with lemon fleece lining so it'll be nice and warm when she's in the baby carrier. I also started to sew her a jumpy romper too, but it's not finished quite yet.

At the weekend we had Logan and Rori's first ever birthday party invite, which they had a great time at. I can't believe it's going to be Rori's first birthday next month! STOP, TIME!


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday's Week

I can't believe I still don't have a better name for these posts...

Double posting today, sorry! I totally forgot it was Wednesday when I blogged earlier. I am forever loosing track of the days.

So we're not ill anymore, big yay! After weeks of being ill and sleeping terribly, Rori slept well last night, and didn't wake up for her first feed until 3.30am. Did you hear me?! THREE THIRTY!!! To those of you who do not have tiny humans yet, you may not understand my enthusiasm, so let me explain. Usually at 3.30am, I have already been up with Rori about a gazillion times, my eyes are burning with tiredness, my mouth dry with middle-of-the-night thirst that comes from nowhere. I have a tension headache, am worn out, and basically done with life. So, to actually be able to sleep until then, without her in my bed and in her own cot...PROGRESS my friend.

The rest of today has all just felt like a winner really. I managed to put the shopping away, blog, keep the kids fed and watered, Rori took a nap - IN HER COT and not on my chest (!!!), cook a yummy dinner, work out (say whaaaaaat!), do a tiny bit of sewing, take a trip to the post office and basically just feel like i'm swimming with the tide today and not against it. Hallelujah.

So, what else has happened this week? Like I mentioned in last week's post - our London trip was cancelled and instead we were going to have a much needed business meeting. So, Saturday morning I headed over to Mum's house, sketchbook in hand. First of all we took a trip to buy some stationary, because...well, stationary. Then we had some lunch, because...well, lunch. Finally we felt prepared enough to get started. We spent HOURS pouring over SO MUCH STUFF! And to be honest, it still didn't feel like we got anywhere. No, that's a lie. We did make a lot of decisions and got really focused on lots of things. We have a plan of action, and lots of new, shiny things are in the pipelines for Lucky. I'm feeling super positive and motivated for things to come this year. PUMPED.

Our meeting on Saturday - fueled by coffee

After our meeting on Saturday, I headed into town to get my Mother's Day present - my new tattoo. WOOP! I had booked in with my regular tattooist, who has done the majority of my other work. When Logan was 6 weeks old I got his name tattooed just under my collarbone on the left. I've been wanted to have 'Aurora' done to match on the other side for, well, like 10 months! So what better time than my first Mother's Day with both kiddies. I haven't got a great picture yet, but when I have, i'll show you it. I LOVE it.

THIS IS DELICIOUS NECTAR! I got this to take to my tattoo appointment. It is LIFE! Go get it!

I came home to a bunch of lovely flowers given to me from Logan who proudly told me he picked them out himself. Cutie-Pie. Onthe Sunday we headed over to Mum and Dad's again, and we gave Mum her cards and pressies. I got her a few bits and made her a gold satin pair of knickers with black trim. She loved them. She sent me an underwear selfie the next day with her new knickers on. That's normal right?! That's when you know lingerie rules your life. Dad cooked us all a yummy dins of Chilli. Perfect mummy's day. Oh me and Mum did also go for a Mother's day lunch at Logan's pre-school on Friday which was fun. we had jam sandwiches and sausage rolls and he gave me a pasta shape necklace and a hand-print card. Makes my heart melt!

Ready for our Mother's Day date at pre-school

Logan took this picture of me and Mum after our Mummy lunch

We celebrated International Women's Day yesterday with 30% off our two most popular sets and that went down a storm!
Felix bralette

We've seriously got so many AWESOME new ideas, and I've got a few samples on the go right now. I can't wait to show you ALL the new things!


Snap Happy

You might remember that I posted a few months ago about my confuzzlement surrounding cameras. I was so confused by the deep ocean that is the camera market, that I pretty much drown in it and gave up all hope. I was disheartened and put-off so I delayed my search for a while. Until now.

We decided that for Lucky Sew and Sew and Thor's Threads we needed great product shots. So we finally took the plunge. With some guidance from my brohter-in-law, I decided to go for a Canon 550D, with a 50mm lense and a 18-55mm kit lense too. I got all of this from the website MPB, which has pre-loved cameras and accessories at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new. Plus, they grade their items depending on wear and tear so you know exactly what you are getting. We bagged the camera and both lenses for less than £300!

It arrived yesterday and I've had a quick play around. I love it already. I need a lot of practice, but I can really see why photography is so popular - it's really fun and slightly addictive!

So, i'll leave you with a couple of shots of snotty-nosed Rori that I took just now when she was in her high-chair eating olives and I was attempting to put the shopping away.


Thursday, 3 March 2016

(A slightly late) Wednesday's Week


I know, it's actually Thursday, but hey. Both the kiddies and myself have come down with a viral bug, so we've all been feeling sorry for ourselves and trying to rest up.

Due to the plague hitting our house, this week hasn't been too exciting. As I mentioned in the last post, we were featured on the Mother's Day gift guide on the Enchanted Pixie blog, which is awesome! If you haven't stumbled across the Enchanted Pixie blog before, go and check it out, it's really great, and I can definitely relate in a lot of ways to Polly's posts.

Speaking of Mother's Day, I've been busy making something for Mum (only something small) that I hope she'll love. We've been busy working on a custom sized set, which is always fun to work on. I enjoy grading the patterns up and (surprisingly) the mathematical side of it, even though I always hated maths at school!

We've had a few issues restocking a fabric, which is one major downside to only being able to purchase small amounts in one go. This particular fabric is purchased on Ebay, and even though I purchased the exact same listing as I had previously, they sent me a slightly different fabric. I thought maybe it was my issue, as the shop has three listings with different prices but all with the same picture and description (confusing!), so I purchased another listing only to be sent the same, wrong fabric again. I have messaged them to no avail. I even put a note on my second purchase,which obviously went ignored. Grrr. So I'm going to have to chase it up, which is a pain. I really hope I can get the same fabric again, or I will have to stop making it and take this particular set off Etsy which is a shame.

At the weekend, we took the kids on our monthly National Trust day out, and this time we visited Rainham Hall, which was about 40 minutes away by car, so not too bad. It was a really great day, and Logan really enjoyed himself, even if he did freeze to death eating out outdoor picnic (although he did defrost with a nice hot chocolate from the cafe).

The London fabric trip this weekend is cancelled, instead we are having a much needed business meeting. We have never had a proper meeting, and as Lucky Sew and Sew grows, I really feel like we need to focus and pull all the loose ends in and trim them up nice and tidy.

So, not much to catch up on, I am now going to go and wallow on the sofa with a cup of tea and feel sorry for myself some more.

Too all the Mummas, enjoy your Mother's Day this weekend :)

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