• Bridal Fairs
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    Bridal Fairs

    I participate in bridal fairs every year, in January, and that pretty much jump starts my bridal business for the year.  Oh, I also get a lot of referrals and internet business but the bridal fair is a great way to meet brides-to-be in person and show them what you can do for them. In our area, there are only two fairs a year so it’s not like there’s a big choice but if brides want the “one stop shopping” experience, bridal fairs are…

  • Alterations in a Downturned Economy
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    Alterations in a Downturned Economy

    As more and more businesses downsize and disappear altogether, I feel fortunate that I chose a career that is virtually recession-proof. Sure, I’m not doing as many creative custom projects. Brides can get really cheap dresses on-line these days. And so can bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-brides-and-grooms, and so on. In a not-so-good economic climate, more people buy cheap clothes but that usually means more alterations are needed.  One of the ways to cut the cost of manyfacturing clothing is not using fit models. Pattern software with…