The Like Sew Amazing online fabric shop was launched in April 2018 and has grown steadily over the last few months. I now want to take the business to the people and open a real life bricks and mortar shop, where people can come and stroke the fabric and learn to sew with us.
As well as selling fabric, we will be holding workshops and classes and building a hub for the South West's Sewing Community.
I have found the perfect space in the heart of South Bristol and need your help to make my vision for it come to life.
I need help to raise the initial start up costs to carry out some renovations and kit out the shop and that is where you come in.
I would love it if you could help by donating to my Kickstarter campaign to help me transform the space into the stunning shop and studio space I know it has the potential to be. All donations will be gratefully received, no matter how big or small.
All donors will of course be guests of honour at the launch party. You will also have my eternal gratitude and there will always be a cuppa waiting for you!
Why a fabric shop?
I want to put Bristol on the Fabric Buying Map! Cities like Manchester, Birmingham and London are awash with wonderful fabric shops and Bristol is sorely lacking in good independent shops stocking quality dressmaking fabrics.
I took the decision to start out online, to keep overheads low and test the market, and I've had to be very clever in terms of how I describe such a tactile medium to people who aren't able to touch it until after they have purchased it. Online shopping is convenient and offers more choice, and we will continue as an e-retailer, however, when it comes to buying fabric, there is nothing like being able to see and feel it in person.
It has also long been a dream to create a sewing school where I can teach other people how to sew. I have taught private lessons over the past few years but it would be great to have a dedicated teaching space.
As well as sewing lessons, there would also be guest teachers giving lessons in macrame, knitting and all sorts of other crafty goodness!
Sewing and similar crafts are proven to benefit positive mental health. Within the sewing community, there are numerous stories of how people have turned to sewing during troubled times and have found that it really has benefited their wellbeing.
Not only does it bring about positive mental health, but it is also great for promoting body positivity and allows people to feel good about themselves by creating unique garments that fit and flatter them.
Sewing is also an antidote to the fast fashion and mass-produced garment industry, allowing people to create their own handmade wardrobe in their own time.
Why South Bristol?
South Bristol has always had a creative, artsy vibe and we want to capitalise on that.
I have been a resident of Bedminster for 11 years and am very proud to call it home.
The Bower Ashton campus is also nearby and we would love to provide the fashion students a place to be able to shop for supplies locally.
North Street has acquired a real local village feel to it over the last few years and I feel that a fabric shop and creative hub would be a perfect addition to the local independent businesses in the surroundings.
Sewing has steadily increased in popularity over the last ten years. There is now such diversity among the sewing community and it just keeps growing.
And with the ever popular Great British Sewing Bee returning to our screens later this year, the spotlight will really be back on sewing, meaning more and more people will want to try it out for themselves.
Why Like Sew Amazing? (what do we stand for)
The ethos behind the shop is to curate a collection of wearable fabrics that dressmakers can make chic, modern garments from. There may be the odd irresistible novelty print thrown in, but the focus is really on exceptional fabrics that look and feel great and will create long lasting quality items. I also try to source as many ethically responsible fabrics as possible.
I want my customers to swoon over the collection of fabrics that I procure and pour that love into garments that they will cherish and wear for years to come.
Ultimately, it is about empowering customers to choose the right fabric for their garment in order to help them feel good about themselves.
Risks and challenges
With every business venture there are risks. As my business stands, the operating costs are fairly low, however, I really feel that fabric is something that most people prefer to see and touch before they buy it and my market will open up by having a physical presence on the high street.
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