More Catch Up!

Playing a little more catch up for anyone new around here!  Today I thought I'd share a little bit about the history of City Kid Style and share a few images of some of my fave pieces....

When I really think about it, my last blog did not start out as a result of having a business.  It started about 7 years ago as a way for me to document family happenings and have a place for pictures.  Not for the public...but more for our extended family.  Somehow, my obsession with fashion, home decor, Paris, and sewing kind of took over that little space.  And while I still blogged about my little family, I blogged more about those things.  

Fast forward a few years...I was working in my chosen career as an administrator in Early Childhood Education...something I had gone to graduate school for and been doing for at least 15 years.  Something I started out loving and ended up being extremely burnt out on.  By the end, I was working long hours, was underpaid...well wait-I guess it was always that way...but once you add having a family into the picture it just didn't seem as worth it anymore!  I also knew that I wanted to be doing something more creative, and be able to pick my kid up from school, and be able to fall asleep at night not worrying about the stresses of my job!  So my husband and I did some math and realized that once we added in the cost of before and after school care, the cost of a dog walker, etc...I really wasn't bringing that much home anyway.  We figured that I could take a few months off to figure out something I could do that would be more fulfilling and more conducive to having a family.  And I knew that it would probably have something to do with sewing...since it's a bit of an addiction and I basically can't go a day without doing it!

And boy...once I quit that job and had time to sew I just didn't stop.  I saw a need for girls clothing...not there's not enough of it out there cuz there is!  But my daughter hated "fussy" clothing...like poufy stiff dresses or jeans.  And I felt like there was too much pink out there!  So I started making her comfy, knit dresses with fabric combos that were a touch edgy but still girly.  Dresses that she could be wearing and still hop on a skateboard or go for a bike ride.  And then I started screen printing...and then I started buying thrifted tees and button downs and giving those new life in the form of cool girls' dresses...and well-that's how City Kid Style was born!  It's all handmade by yours truly...and it's all either one of a kind or very limited edition (like 10 max!). 

One of my more recent photo shoots with fall hoodie dresses which are my fave style!

One of my more recent photo shoots with fall hoodie dresses which are my fave style!

As mentioned above, I do everything myself...all the cutting, screen printing and sewing.  I either design the images my self, or I have an artist, Stephanie Corfee, design them for me.

As mentioned above, I do everything myself...all the cutting, screen printing and sewing.  I either design the images my self, or I have an artist, Stephanie Corfee, design them for me.

And here the Dream Catcher prints are all sewn up!  They were popular!

And here the Dream Catcher prints are all sewn up!  They were popular!

I also do a lot of upcycling from thrifted garments.  I also take custom orders for these types of dresses.  Send me a shirt and I'll make it into a dress!

I also do a lot of upcycling from thrifted garments.  I also take custom orders for these types of dresses.  Send me a shirt and I'll make it into a dress!

Upcycling at it's best...these dresses were made from Sounders tee shirts and a thrifted couch slip cover!

Upcycling at it's best...these dresses were made from Sounders tee shirts and a thrifted couch slip cover!

This is maybe my favorite item I've made!  Completely upcycled from a tee shirt and pieces of old fabric scraps mostly from a duvet cover and then patched together.  Thankfully it was bought by someone I know and love dearly!  Sometimes it's hard to give these little lovelies up!

This is maybe my favorite item I've made!  Completely upcycled from a tee shirt and pieces of old fabric scraps mostly from a duvet cover and then patched together.  Thankfully it was bought by someone I know and love dearly!  Sometimes it's hard to give these little lovelies up!

And finally, City Kid Style was recently featured in the Sunday Seattle Times!  Yay City kid!  And Yay Parker...she was so excited to be in the newspaper!

And finally, City Kid Style was recently featured in the Sunday Seattle Times!  Yay City kid!  And Yay Parker...she was so excited to be in the newspaper!

So there you have it...a brief (or maybe not so brief) history of City Kid Style including some of my favorite pieces.  I really am so thankful to be doing something from home that I really enjoy.  I'm not going to lie...it's not always easy.  I easily still put in as many hours as I did working a "real" job.  But it's on my own time...while Parker's at school, early in the mornings, etc....so I can still be there for her on school breaks, during the summer, etc...It's definitely a balancing act but so worth it.  And City Kid Style is still a baby...some months I barely break even.  But it's gotten a lot of recognition over the past year and I know that if I keep working hard it can only go up from here!

Happy Tuesday!