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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Skirt Wars, Round 3

Our next Skirt Wars competition is between Laurie (Events Manager), Morgan (Executive Assistant) and Sara (Seamstress). Each of them designed and named their individual Limited Edition skirt, becoming involved in the process of conception to marketing and sales. The criteria for deciding who wins this friendly competition consists of: the athletic skirt with the most sales, the quickest skirt to sell out, and the skirt with the most votes on Facebook (vote here). Check out these fabulous skirts and let us know what you think! Shop for them.

Laurie's Skirt, Coral Bloom
Coral Bloom


Morgan's Skirt, California Girl
California Girl
Sara's Skirt, Lotsa Dots

Lotsa Dots Green
Lotsa Dots Blue




Wednesday, June 10, 2015

National Sewing Machine Day

 
In honor of National Sewing Machine Day June 13th, we'd like to celebrate our seamstresses! A lot of care and detail going into sewing, snapping and testing each athletic skirt. Tina, Pam, Sara and Debby all work out of our Vancouver, WA store, while we have several other seamstresses who sew out of their homes. Since Sweet Spot Skirts began in 2010, we have focused on keeping production made in the USA for several reasons. First, Stephanie wants to support local seamstresses and stay at home moms looking to make a flexible income with their skills. This is her way to support the local economy instead of outsourcing. Second, it's important to us to be able to ensure high quality standards. So many fast fashion clothing pieces are made overseas, and we want our customers to know where their athletic clothing is coming from. We recently expanded our flagship store to include a manufacturing area where you can see the seamstresses in action with the sewing machines, creating your favorite adjustable, reversible skirts in bright, beautiful fabrics. Stop by to experience it first hand. Thank you for shopping local. We are so proud to be "Made in the USA!"


Did you Know? A little History of the Sewing Machine


Thomas Saint, a skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  The original invention was meant for leather and canvas, and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found. It wasn't until 1874 when William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, that he made adjustments and built a working model.  This sewing machine model is currently owned by the London Science Museum. Some other notable people:
  • 1832- Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine
  • 1842- John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bike Bonanza National Bike Month Contest Winners


Thank you to all who participated in our Bike Bonanza contest for National Bike Month in May. We loved seeing the wonderful photos, reading posts about where you biked and hearing which rides are on your bucket list! Out of these entries, we selected 7 raffle winners for various prizes. 
And the raffle winners are...

Congratulations to the following people:
  1. Grand Prize (wins a free skirt of their choosing): Casey Washington
  2. 1st Prize (wins a $35 Sweet Spot Skirts gift certificate): Lynne Johnston Nelson
  3. Runners Up (each win a $20 Sweet Spot Skirts gift certificate):
    1. Ingrid Stitser-Hendron
    2. Kelly Campbell
    3. Jen Brown Filarski
    4. Betty L. Dilbeck
    5. Laura Flick Lewis



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays at Sweet Spot Skirts

From left to right, top row: Sara, Mary, Tina, Pam, Dianna and Debbie
Bottom row: Stephanie, Samara (on laptop via Skype) and Bella

We have so much fun at Sweet Spot Skirts! Today for our Wacky Wednesday we had a "Hello my name is" day! We were all required to come up with a unique name for the day. Working in the shop today are:

  • Shoo be do be do
  • Lumpy Space Princess
  • Cinderella
  • Guido 
  • Sew Fun
  • Student
  • Flying Underpants
  • and Oh Just Shoot Me
Stop by and say 'Hi' to the crew! We are located downtown Vancouver at 105 W. 6th St. Store Hours.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Best of Luck, Nicole!

Nicole, our Assistant Designer, has moved to San Francisco to start a life adventure! She got a new job at a startup in the area and we know she will impress them just as much as she did us. Her eye for  design, positive attitude and ability to solve any problem thrown her way were much appreciated on the SSS team. We miss her already, but are so thankful for the last two years where we worked, laughed, learned and of course had fun together!  Best of luck, Nicole, and we'll see you when you come back up to visit Vancouver, WA. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seamer Skirt Wars- Debby

Help Debby win Skirt Wars!

The Sweet Spot Skirts team seamstresses each designed 2 skirts to compete for Skirt Wars. They used their creativity to design and name their skirts, becoming involved in the business process of conception to marketing and sales. Each skirt is limited edition. There are a few criteria to help decide which seamstress wins Skirt Wars:  the skirt with the most sales, the quickest skirt to sell out, and the skirt with the most votes on Facebook. Shop Debby's athletic skirts

About Debby: 
Hi there, my name is Debby.....as a creative (so my boss calls me and my fellow seamstress "sisters") I have a love for color and texture.  I tried to make my skirts River Rock and Green Peace represent that love.  The fabric combinations are stylish but super easy to wear whether you want to go sporty or be a little dressier.  The best part is they look great on every lovely lady's body shape.
Debby's Skirts:


Seamer Skirt Wars- Pam

Help Pam win Skirt Wars!

The Sweet Spot Skirts team seamstresses each designed 2 skirts to compete for Skirt Wars. They used their creativity to design and name their skirts, becoming involved in the business process of conception to marketing and sales. Each skirt is limited edition. There are a few criteria to help decide which seamstress wins Skirt Wars:  the skirt with the most sales, the quickest skirt to sell out, and the skirt with the most votes on Facebook. Shop Pam's athletic skirts

About Pam:

I grew up in the pacific northwest, married my high school sweetheart, and raised 3 wonderful kids. I am a self taught seamstress spending hours behind my machine. Two years ago I began contract work for Sweet Spots in my home. I enjoy my weekly visits to the shop and getting to know everyone. When I was asked to work at our flagship store there was no question, I was there.

Pam's Skirts:

Flower FiestaAdd some color to your life with our new skirt! "flower fiesta" will have you fantasizing about a beautiful floral celebration while on your long rejuvenating walk.

ZenTake a deep breath, exhale, and relax on our new "Zen" skirt. It is bound to bring relaxation, calm, and peace to your meditative walk.