If you are a lover of fashion and all things beautifully handmade you will love this next Toast Tuesday guest. I have been lucky enough to know the ever sweet Valerie of Threads and Thoughts and Things I Love. She has created a shop where you can find everyday pieces that have an extra flare of cute with heart shaped waist bands and scalloped hemlines.
I asked Valerie what inspired her to start her very own shop and here is what she had to say,
"I was taught the basics of sewing as a child and then sporadically sewed a dress or skirt here and there as a teenager and young adult. A few years ago for Christmas, my mom (excuse me,Santa) got me a sewing machine for Christmas, and that's when I started sewing seriously. It didn't take me long to realize I could make an entire custom wardrobe for myself if I wanted to - clothing that fit me perfectly, made out of the fabrics I loved best, in the styles I loved most. I taught myself sewing techniques, improved my skills, and eventually started designing garments for myself. Pretty soon, I was looking in my closet realizing I had nothing left to sew - I had made an entire wardrobe! That was when my shop, Dottie Adele, was born. I had found so much joy in creating my own handmade clothing, I wondered if I would find as much joy in making clothing for other women as well. As it turns out...I do! Perhaps even more so! I love the idea that getting dressed can be simple: I strive to design and make pieces that are easy to pair with a variety of items in anyone's wardrobe, are comfortable to wear all day long, and will still be stylish for years to come. I still work a regular 9 to 5, but I daydream of sewing all day long, and hop on my sewing machine the second I get home from work!"
Isn't she such an inspiring lady?! Working a 9-5 job and finding time to create such a cute shop too! So although it was hard to pick a favorite and I still don't think I can decide between the colorblock dress above and this lovely scalloped skirt: