Welcome to Kitty Lou Vintage!
Welcome to the launch of the new and improved Kitty Lou Vintage website and my first blog post! My name is Kitty, and I am so excited to share with you more of what Kitty Lou Vintage has to offer!
As you probably already know, I am a self-employed seamstress specialising in the styles of yesteryear. I have been running my small sewing business, Kitty Lou Vintage, since 2013 when it was a part-time endeavour to make some money after graduating from university. In 2015, I was fortunate enough to be able to take my business full-time with the help of a start up programme, and I've been making magic with fabric ever since.
Why I started my blog...
I thought it only right, that to accompany my new website, I should begin writing a blog. That way, I can tell you more about my love of vintage fashion and share my business adventures with you, as well as keeping you up to date with everything going on behind the scenes at Kitty Lou Vintage.
I used to write a blog, once upon a time, when I first got into vintage, and it was something that I really enjoyed and even found therapeutic. Now, the amount of ideas and inspiration whirling around in my head are ready to jump out again and I can't wait to share them with you.
What you will be seeing more of in my posts...
Vintage fashion will obviously be the main topic of my blog, but there'll also be a healthy dose of sewing, as well as style inspiration posts and a mixture of behind the scenes and lifestyle, including my favourite vintage businesses, favourite vintage movies and the latest news at Kitty Lou Vintage.
Please feel free to comment and communicate with me along the way! I'd love to hear more of what you'd like to see on my blog and I hope to inspire you, and that you'll enjoy reading my posts!
My new website...
So, you're probably here reading this because you heard about my new website launch, but I bet you didn't know that I had a website before this one?
That's right - for the past three years I had a website on WordPress. It was very basic looking and there was one huge flaw - it didn't have a store. (And I also found the limited options very frustrating to work with.) So naturally, I gave up on it.
When I envisioned my website, I imagined it containing everything that people could possibly want, all in one place. My business is mostly commission based, and I have always struggled directing people to the information they need in order to understand the commission process. I needed a website where I could have all that information in one place.
I also have a huge pattern collection that I use for commissions, but no easy way to display that collection for customers to view. I needed a website where I could have multiple galleries to show these patterns and that was easy to navigate.
I also wanted my website to have its own store, so I'd have a dedicated platform to sell any vintage patterns or fabric I wanted to, as well as any 'off the peg' garments I make. Plus Etsy fees were eating into my profits (I know a lot of you are nodding right now).
And of course, I wanted to start my own blog.
Then a friend of mine mentioned she was going to set up her own store on Shopify. 'What is this Shopify you speak of?' I asked, before googling it and falling down the proverbial website building rabbit hole. Shopify seemed like the perfect mix of information website, blog and store, with a few extras thrown in for good measure - just what I'd been looking for!
It didn't take me long to decide to take the leap. Naturally, I got a bit excited at the prospect of finally having a website that I liked, with everything in one place. I wanted everything to happen fast, and building a website is not a fast process - let me tell you. It has taken me just under a month to get where I am now, and there is still plenty more work I'd like to do, but I knew if I didn't launch my website now, then it would be months before I did. The perfectionist in me wants everything to be, well...perfect.
So I hope you enjoy looking around what I have so far. There are still more galleries to add, and I'm still perfecting some pages, but if you have any suggestions or advice, please let me know.