I frequently have people ask about a lower priced fur bear option. They are just looking for an option that allows each family member to have a little keepsake of the original garment. So, I’m thinking about adding my “Friendship Bear” option but am very conflicted about it.
I prefer to make the jointed bears from fur because they are a higher quality final product that should last a lifetime if taken care of. However, they are time consuming and the price I have to charge reflects that.
I created a little pattern for about a 10″ non-jointed bear many years ago. I call it my “Friendship Bear”. It is much simpler to make than a jointed bear so I could bring it down to a price point of $65-$75. However, it doesn’t convey near the quality that my jointed bears do and I don’t want to dilute my brand. Any thoughts?
Diane Andrews sent the remnants of her dress back to have us make some custom pouches for a future wedding. We had the opportunity to make similar pouches for her daughter’s wedding and she liked them so much that she ordered more for the future. She wanted a little ring bag, two jewelry pouches and a large bag for holding brushes, hair dryer etc.
I’m currently looking for reliable assistant seamstress. Initial tasks would include material prep, pattern cutting, sewing, light cleaning and organizing as well as packing boxes for shipment. FGC is located near Downtown Dayton. To learn more about what we do, visit www.fairygodmothercreations.com or on FaceBook at Fairy Godmother Creations.
Applicant must be energetic, self-motivated and able to work as part of our team. Must be able to communicate in English and must have reliable transportation. Must be familiar with a basic sewing machine and basic sewing skills are also required. Job is minimum 30 hours to maximum of 40 hours per week depending on our workload. We can provide some flexibility withing the hours of 9a-5p Mon-Sat. Starting hourly wage is $8.50 with opportunities for advancement.
Qualified applicants should email your resume and a letter of introduction about yourself, your experience in the sewing field and why you are applying for this job to Liane Wagner: Liane@fairygodmothercreations.com
Dayton is full of unique, small businesses and Fairy Godmother Creations (FGC) is one of them. FGC is a custom heirloom sewing business in Dayton Ohio that specializes in re-tasking people’s heirloom garments. Their primary services include turning wedding dresses into christening outfits and first communion outfits, turning old fur coats and clothing into memory teddy bears. Owner Liane Wagner has entered FGC in the Mission Main Street Grants contest and is looking for help getting the 250 votes needed to push her business into the next phase.
When asked why FGC should be supported, she replied “That kind of investment could really help push FGC to the next step in our growth. We’ve been growing organically since day one. FGC has always been self-funded, but that makes growth slow. Even so, our business is growing. We are located in the city and we’ve brought a couple more jobs into the city. The jobs we bring can’t be outsourced and our customer base is from all over the US and Canada so we bring new money into the area.”
When asked exactly what she would do with the grant money if she wins, she had a specific wish list in mind:
“Well, an influx of $100,000 would allow us to add real, commercial grade sewing machines. We currently use small machines that wear out quickly but I’ve not had the capital to invest in solid, commercial grade machines. It would also help us add some new people to our staff because we could afford the sewing stations needed to support new staff. In addition, I really want to be able to increase my studio space and add a show room so that we can take better advantage of the local and regional market and add a small retail component. We currently have people driving in from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Kentucky so I know people are willing to come a distance to drop off their wedding dress or fur coat”
“As local, small businesses grow, so does the overall economy of Dayton so I’m hoping the community will help push me to the next phase of the contest”
For those willing to vote for FGC, here is the contest page address: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/46645 where you can cast your vote. For more information about FGC, go to their web site at www.fairygodmothercreations.com.
Linda Leggio sent her fur to have us make a very special bear with a very special purpose. Her little Yorkie “Gabby” passed and she wanted a special place to store some of Gabby’s ashes. So we made a bear from the fur with a pocket in the back that could hold a container.
I’m periodically asked to create a pocket in the back of a bear to hold a special memento or object so feel free to ask about it.
Jillian Figueirodo sent her wedding dress to have an heirloom christening gown made from it for her daughter. Because of the lovely lace from her WD, we decided on our “Princess” style. We chose to leave the bodice plain, both to accent the lovely satin from the WD and to add some contrast to the lace.