As the year winds down, my thoughts have been wandering all around Flapper Girl territory and I’ve been dreaming up what I would like to happen in 2013. It’s funny how thinking about the future sometimes includes thinking about the past. So before I put my intentions out there for the world to see, I’d like to share Flapper Girl’s history with you.
I began sewing in 2006, but it wasn’t until my old band, The Jolenes, broke up in 2007 that I started thinking about selling what I was making. When I stopped playing music, I needed a new outlet to focus my creative energy into, and since I was enjoying sewing so much, it was a natural transition to just sew more. That is when Flapper Girl was born. I imagined my own Etsy shop filled with vintage-inspired clothing and accessories that mirrored the attitude of the women I admired from the 1920s: rebellious, fun, flirty.
I just jumped into everything without looking back—and without a business plan, or any idea of what I was doing, really. I just listed the things I was creating—aprons, coffee cozies, ruffle-bum knickers, barrettes, jewelry, paper goods, iron-on patches—in my Etsy shop as I made them. Because of this, I felt like I was never really achieving the vision I had for Flapper Girl. I always felt like I was making cute things, and learning cool techniques as I went, but that something was missing.
Honestly, I almost gave up. In the summer of 2011, when I was supposed to be sewing my seasonal line of Halloween aprons, I just felt like a big failure. I decided I wasn’t going to sell anything I sewed anymore. I told myself I would continue to make and sell paper goods until I graduated college, and if things weren’t going well at that point in time, I would close my Etsy shop forever and put all of my creative energy into the graphic design world.
Then about a month after I came to that decision, something amazing happened. At the urging of my friend Elide, I made some Lady Ties for myself after writing a blog post about the bad-assery of continental-style neckties. I told myself this was a good project that would help me fall back in love with sewing as a hobby. It would be fun to make something special for myself. After posting about my handmade ties, Elide and some of my other blog friends urged me to put a batch of Lady Ties in my Etsy Shop. I was a little hesitant, but decided a small batch wouldn’t hurt. If they didn’t sell, it was okay. I would just keep them for myself, anyway.
I am still blown away at what happened next. I can’t believe how many women have expressed excitement over Lady Ties over the past year—and that I am still sending so many ties around the globe. My heart is so full of happiness and gratitude. And you know what else? Flapper Girl finally feels right. I am finally making rebellious, fun, and flirty accessories for women. The vision I’ve always had for Flapper Girl and the products I’m making finally match. I feel inspired and excited, and I am forever thankful for all of your love and support.
This week I have been reading and admiring a really awesome book called Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion. It is full of inspirational photos and essays, and this excerpt explains so eloquently the ethos behind Flapper Girl—what excites me & fills me with passion, and how I want women everywhere to feel:
Tomboys are confident, rebellious, and adventurous. They are bold, brazen, fierce—and sexy. They aren’t known for following the rules: they are known for doing—and wearing—whatever they want … Although the tomboy is often identified by her outward appearance, what makes her wholly so is her inherent sense of confidence.
Flappers were, after all, the tomboys of their generation.
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So what’s in store for 2013? Well, that’s a two-part answer.
Over the past year, Flapper Girl’s tagline has become Retro Neckwear for Women and I plan to expand on that theme to include different styles of ties, and I’m going to try my hand at some collars too. Lots of plans are in the works, and I will be sure to share what I’m working on as these things unfold.
Then there’s the blog. This poor, neglected little blog. I never really knew what to write or post about, and so it became a hollow, lonely place with no direction. Well, no more! I want the Flapper Girl blog to reflect my passion for rebellious, fun, and flirty style. I want this to be a place where I can document my inspiration, and share it with those of you who like these things too. I hope you’ll join me on my journey. ♥