inspiration / 24.01.2017

Hello all!

Everyone here at the studio is super happy to collaborate again with Etsy Resolution! Last year, we made the ‘abc’s of the motivated entrepreneur’, remember? This time, I wanted to illustrate my 10 commandments of the self-employed person. We’ve done our best to illustrate them!

Ah! This article comes at an important time in our lives here at the Lemonade Studio. Right now, we’re learning to deal with stubborn suppliers… Anyways, we’ve made illustrations to show the 10 commandments of the self-employed person in 2017 while really trying to keep number 8 in mind: be flexible and adapt!

Etsy is starting their resolutions program this year to help new entrepreneurs open their boutiques online. It’s a free 4 week training program full of good advice and tips from people that have already been down that road! Enrollment will be closed soon! Sign up here before January 27th to join the 2017 Etsy Resolution team!

First of all, I’d like to share a great exercise (and my two cents)! Not too long ago, I tried writing down the history of my business and it’s manifesto. I tried to figure out what exactly is Wear Lemonade’s ‘identity’, kind of like a brand guide, but focusing on the business aspect. This should be read, re-read, and shared with everyone so that your history is known and understood. You should always go back to it if you’re having a hard time making a decision!

Plus, it’s a great communication tool for your website or can be slipped into a powerpoint presentation about your brand.

It’s really been a great exercise since I recently learned ideas might be clear in my head, but it’s another thing to communicate them to others… to help clarify, I write them down or draw them… I’ll share this with you soon for Wear Lemonade, I promise!

Here are 10 pieces of advice from the Lemonade Studio to survive being your own boss!

1# Learn

It’s important to never stop learning. It’s one of the keys to success. Never give up! Always keep learning so you can reinvent yourself!

2# Take risks

Be careful not to take foolish risks. However, there are times in your life as a self-employed person when you have to make choices. In order to grow, you must make bold choices if you want to move on to the next step!

3# Be Unique

Don’t try to copy another successful business; make your own way! It can be paralysing to compare yourself to others all the time. Free yourself from this competition, you won’t question yourself as much and you’ll move ahead more quickly!

4# Surround yourself with good people

You’ll realise very quickly that it’s a huge asset to the success of your business. Together is better! Whether you partner up or delegate tasks, it will help you focus on your job!

5#Try again

Every day won’t be perfect, I’m not going to lie to you! When you’re self-employed, perseverance and patience will be your best friends. Keep your head up and try again tomorrow!

6# Perfect your visuals

Whether you’re offering a service or selling something on the internet, in time of need, don’t forget that the process is often as important as the substance. Be precise and a perfectionist!

7# Share

Whether it’s to get the word out or gather opinions, have a social media presence. It’s a great means of communication, but after a certain hour, be sure to sign off!

8# Adapt

Whether you’re part of a multi-personality team or working with suppliers who have their head in the clouds, you have to be flexible and always ready to work calmly.

9# Take care of yourself

It’s important to know when to take a break from time to time! Slow down and allow yourself to take real breaks in order to free your mind. Most important of all, don’t feel guilty!

10# Celebrate

Celebrate every little triumph! You’ll be busy taking care of problems every day, so it’s easy to forget the happy little things and great news. Calls for some champagne!

Photos Olitax <3

Translated by Whitney Bolin

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Couture / 13.01.2017

Hello friends!

Today’s all about sewing! This is the very first sewing project of the year; I hope there will be many more! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to stop buying fast fashion and to sew at least one thing (that isn’t for a tutorial!) a month. To be continued! I’ll keep you posted and share what I make on social media!

So, let’s get back to the lavalliere blouse: Simona! I really like this top because at first glance, it looks really complicated, but it’s actually really easy. I tried not to say “it’s so easy” every minute in the video, even if it is true! I was surprised to see that you often choose the Bianca blouse or Lola dress as your first sewing pattern, which are collared shirts! Collars always look more difficult than they actually are… so the only thing that might be tricky about this blouse are the tear-proof tabs on the cuffs. But that’s it, and that’s not impossible.

I really wanted to make the Simona blouse out of a silky, mustard colored polyester fabric. So I did, but what a hassle! I think that we could have spent less time making the video if I had picked poplin, viscose, or cotton veil fabric instead. But the truth is that I really like a flowy, loose fit with puckered cuffs that can look kind of 70s-ish if you wear the removable lavalliere… I’ll leave it up to you to decide on the difficulty level.

  • To sew this blouse, you’ll need 2m20 of fabric from a bolt 1m40 wide for the biggest size, or 2m60 if it’s 1m10 wide. I suggest using viscose because it’s very soft, or polyester that isn’t too flowy works too. For those who prefer a more ‘matte’ look, you can use natural or synthetic crepe fabric,
  • The pattern is available on paper by clicking here or via subscription by clicking here. Don’t forget that the seam allowances are included. We’ve indicated if they’re French seams!
  • 9 buttons 8 or 10 mm wide,
  • Some interfacing (50cm, pick something thin and knitted, if possible)!

Remember to share pictures of what you make on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the #DIYWearLemonade hashtag or on our community page! For the next collection, we’re going to modify our pdf subscriptions but don’t worry, we’ll give you all the details beforehand, I promise! I’d also like to let you know that we’re finishing off our upcoming collections… so if there’s something you’d like to sew and wear, let us know. The Carlotta shorts, Julietta pants, and Pierrot pyjamas are all thanks to you!

Hugs and kisses!

Translated by Whitney Bolin

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making of / 12.01.2017

Hello everyone!

Sending you a bit of color to brighten this gloomy day! I’ve been going through my blog archives over the past few weeks and I realised how much I missed posting colorful, pretty pictures, some kind of inspiration focused on a brand or for “Love”. You have no idea how much good it feels to come up with colorful stories. When I was younger and feeling down, no, I didn’t drown my sorrows in champagne… I would tell myself that I needed to create something lovely: embroidery, illustrations, or paint a wall some crazy color, etc… it was my inspiration… Transforming negative energy into something positive!

The more the end product was what I had imagined, the better I felt and it made me proud. Today, things are a little different, because every day brings new challenges. I’ve often told you about them here. The stakes are different when you work as a team. You have to know how to communicate your ideas and get everyone excited about a group project!

I really want to do more projects like this this year. It’s refreshing (no pun intended). From the colorful mood board to figuring out how to layout colors, the different ways to cover the bottles, etc… So even if opportunities like this don’t come up that often, I’d like to make them myself: colorful photoshoots, bubbling with creativity!

Charlotte, our “pinata queen”, worked hard on making all the little pieces- have you seen the little paper bits? Amazing! With Charlotte, the sky’s the limit… she’s not afraid of anything and is always ready for the wildest of paper challenges…

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