Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Suit for Baptism (and other things)

I am pretty pleased with myself actually, I have never sewn a suit before and while I made a mistake or two (or three, who is counting?) this turned out pretty well if I say so myself.

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I am grateful to have a reader. Also grateful he is a patient model.

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looking dapper outside of the Williamsburg Public Library in his linen suit

My Little Man was baptized the Saturday before Easter and because I love tradition I wanted him in something white and formal. Linen Suit - off white was the answer.

Chillin' with George outside of the Williamsburg Public Library

I've had one or two people ask, "will similar suits be in the shop?" The answer is: probably not. At this time I am not buying fabric by the bolt, certainly not wholesale, we have not moved into that kind of inventory sales yet. And at retail price, linen ( 100% linen, not a blend ) goes for somewhere around $17 a yard. I needed three to make this suit. Yep, $51 in fabric, plus a zipper, plus buttons, plus time to sew. I pay myself and the artisans I work with, $8 an hour right now. I'd love to offer more really, but the market barley supports $8. Time and Materials I'm coming in around $90 and I haven't made a profit yet. So no, I don't see myself adding suits to the shop anytime soon. But I might have to come up with a reason to sew one more for my little guy. He looks so sharp!

I know the shop notice said I was going to re-open last month. Still closed. It seems each year brings challenges to having this little shop and family comes first. So, I'll get to it when I get to it. Terrible business practice I know. But like I said, family first.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Jane

We call it "The Jane" this charming summer dress takes inspiration from classic dresses for girls that have stood the test of time.

This little dress is really lovely, it is a classic shape, and it is comfortable. It will look fabulous at a summer wedding, a church picnic, eating out, on vacation at the resort and on the school playground. Every little girl should feel pretty and feel comfortable and The Jane is ready for anything.

We will be making these up out of every scrap of fabric we can find because we love them! So far we can show them off in yellow and in blue:

The Jane Dress
In Riley Blake Yellow Dot print WTJYD4
is in the shop
The Jane Dress
In Riley Blake Aqua Floral print WTJAF3
is in the shop

The Jane Dress
In Aqua Floral, please send us a message at the shop to inquire
about availability
If you are shopping for a little girl and you just don't see the size you need, please feel free to message the shop. If we have the fabric in stock we will make one up. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JonJons in Seersucker

JonJons are kind of our thing. We love them. We seem to sell them more than anything else. We are looking forward to adding fabrics to our fabric collection but we need to sell off what we have first! So we've been cutting and sewing up the blue striped seersucker with the crab detail, the red white and blue striped seersucker and the orange striped seersucker with owl detail. We do love the critter detail embroidery!
Blue Seersucker with crab embroidery

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Red White and Blue Seersucker

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finished JonJon with Owls

in the Etsy Shop:

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in the Etsy Shop:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Seeking local children - pattern testing and modeling

We need help growing our shop!

Do you live in Williamsburg James City County or surrounding area? Do you have a super cute kid who wears clothes sizes 12 months to 4 T? Do you have a minute for your super cute kid to try on our clothes and help us determine if the sizing is correct? Are you interested in allowing us to use images of your super cute kid in our clothes in exchange for exclusive discounts and discounts for your friends? Let us know! whigstories(at)gmail(dot)com or message us via Facebook or Instagram.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Knit Dresses

Well it has been a little while since we added to the blog. There was Thanksgiving of course, and then Christmas and now it is ski season (ski season is a big deal to 1/2 of Whigs & Tories staff of two)
and we have been stitching away, the best place to keep up with our latest is Instagram

But we've been playing with knits and a new pattern we've dubbed "The Playground Dress" and we are having loads of fun. Which is perfect because this dress is all about fun.

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Hearts and Jewels Playground Dress

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Pink and Hearts Playground Dress

We think these dresses would be 'tres mignon' paired with tights or high socks and rain boots. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday - 20% off

We posted on Twitter.
We posted on Instagram.

We slipped and neglected the blog.

We are running a Cyber-Monday special. 20% off anything in the shop. You will need a code.

code: shopsmall20

 Active now and all day Monday. Have fun! And thank you for supporting small shops!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Christmas is Coming!

With no intention what-so-ever of rushing or overlooking Thanksgiving, we are prepping for Christmas. What is in the shop now:

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Holiday Tunic "Partridge" One of a Kind Size 6 WTHOK16

One of a kind Tunics sewn from a mix of Michael Miller Holiday Prints.

Visit the shop:

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More is on the way!
Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!