New Plan for World Domination

For ages now, an Etsy shop has been in the back of my mind as something that I should do, but somehow, it was extraordinarily difficult to get myself going on it. Perhaps I have finally managed to think of a way to make it work for me. My plan is to make TWO of whatever I am making, one for me and one to sell.

Here is my first foray in that direction. The photo on the left shows the top for me,  made from cream silk charmeuse to match this skirt. I learned some things from making this first top. Firstly, the length is good for me to wear with the skirt, but it would be more universally flattering if it were slightly longer. Second, there is too much fullness from the gathers. I fixed both of these issues with the next one I made, which is listed for sale on Etsy.   I hope someone buys it.  I learn something with every project I complete, and it is kind of nice to put that newfound knowledge to work right away instead of filing it away for the future.

back view

Back View

Inside Out View, Front

Inside Out View, Back



  1. Posted September 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good luck with world domination! I’m glad you got your Etsy shop launched and I hope it’s very successful. It’s a beautiful top.

  2. Posted September 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good luck with the Etsy shop! I hope you are very successful with it!

  3. Posted September 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good luck with your etsy store. Your first effort looks great.

  4. Posted September 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Go for it! This beautiful top is a great launch product.

  5. Posted September 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink | Reply


    Perhaps you can explain on Etsy what you mean by a US size 6.
    What’s the bust, waist, hip, backwaist length? Or what are
    the garment dimensions?

    • Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I should do that. Now I need to figure out how to edit my entry.

  6. Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous! I wish you the best of luck with your shop. I’ve been doing practically nothing with mine, just selling patterns and a few vintage sewing accessories.

  7. VTMartha
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good for you, Claudine! It’s a gorgeous top.

  8. Posted September 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good luck on the Etsy shop. I love the blouses. Did you draft your own pattern? They’re beautiful! I’m cutting my silk charmeuse tonight for my coat. I’ve finally made peace with finding the straight grain. Phew.

  9. Posted September 27, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely top. Good luck with your shop.

  10. Kathryn (fzxdoc)
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful tops, Claudine. Did you use a pattern or draft one? Best of luck with your Etsy enterprise!

    • Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I drafted it from a sloper. My drafting skills encompass tops, skirts, and simple dresses. If Etsy thing takes off, I will extend my skills to include trousers and more complex dresses.

  11. Rosie
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous top! Congrats on the Etsy store!!

  12. Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    oh, one of my favorite colors-cranberry. It’s a lovely blouse and I wish you the best in your shop.

  13. Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone. When you were in Philly I recall that you mentioned your goal of doing this. Your first piece is gorgeous.

    In terms of making it easier to sell, I would recommend including the actual bust and side seam measurements. Also possibly the neck to the bottom of the back too. People who do this on Ebay sell their items more frequently.

    Good luck

  14. mem
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is a a great top . Did you make the pattern yourself ? Have fun with ypour great idea . I also think that you need to put all the dimensions on each garment. I would never buy something from just a size number.

  15. Posted September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a great way to jump out of the gate! Best of luck on your Etsy enterprise.

  16. Posted October 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is bravery! Good luck in your quest for world domination

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