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Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's Your Why?

Stephanie (pictured here at Pacific Crest in the Power Flowers skirt) is the Marketing and Promotions Director at Why Racing Events. Life can get extremely busy and oftentimes it can be hard to balance work, family, play and workouts. When asked "What's your why?" she responded:
"Mine is to stay healthy & fit, to keep up with my four boys, to challenge myself, to explore trails, to support causes, to stay young at heart, and to live out loud."

What's Your Why?

Why Racing, owned by Sherri McMillan, puts on some fabulous events in the Portland/Vancouver area. Check out the Wahine Triathlon and the Girlfriends Run for a Cure Quarter & Half Marathon.

Crash: Sleek Black Fast 'n Flirty Running Skirts

You Asked, We Listened!

Crash Fast 'n Flirty is available with pink, purple or red highlighted stitching

Since launching the Fast 'n Flirty running skirt a couple of years ago, we've had more requests than we could count for a black option. Our colorful Fast 'n Flirty skirts are bright, flattering and get lots of compliments. Occasionally, people wanted another option to match their patterned shirts but still have coverage. "A black skirt would make a great second skirt," others told us. So, it is with great excitement that we present Crash: a line of technical running skirts that are made out of ultra-light fabric in solid black. Each offers a highlight of color in the stitching and snaps. Choose from pink, purple or red and crash those records this summer! Run fast, run flirty. And above all, feel confident and comfortable.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

K5K & Linda's Loop: Runner Spotlight on Kristina

Meet Kristina, the K runner behind our upcoming K5K & Linda's Loop. She was also the Kristina behind our fabulous K8K race 2 years ago, where over 150 of us ran in matching Fast 'n Flirty running skirts and had a wonderful time.

"I haven’t always been a runner. In fact, up until a few years ago if you had seen me running, it probably would have been safe to assume that I was being chased by an axe murderer and thus running for my life! Then one day, like Forest Gump, I just started running! And I haven’t stopped since!
As a chubby and somewhat clumsy girl, running does NOT come easy for me. I’ve had my fair share of pain and injury, and ice packs and an inhaler have become this girls best friends!  Whether I’ve just hit the one mile mark, or I’m crossing the finish line of a half marathon, I always look like I’m one gasping breath away from death, but don’t let my appearance fool you; I’m loving it!
Running is my outlet. It’s my therapy. And it does more for my sanity than Prozac ever could! I spend a lot of my running time in prayer, thanking God for giving me a strong body that is able to run and for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that I love running in. I recently had the opportunity to do a 5K at 5,000 feet elevation in Fort Collins, Co., which was exciting and invigorating, but as they say, “There’s no place like home!” 

Whether you’re new to running, or a life-long enthusiast; if this is your first event or your 100th, I hope you’ll have as much fun at the Kristina 5K/ Linda’s Loop as I know I will!"

Find out more and join us at the K5K & Linda's Loop. Get your super cute outfit and on September 23rd run with us in Vancouver, WA or run virtually.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Skirt Scraps- The Big Grab

Since the beginning of Sweet Spot® Skirts, we've saved all of our skirt scraps to send to Deaver, WY to be made into quilts. Cousin Jean has a quilting club there, and she creates beautiful quilts that are donated to many different local charities. Our "Sweet Shenna" line of pink and black quilts are in honor of Stephanie's mom, who passed away from breast cancer. This line of lap quilts and matching pillows are given to women around the country who are battling cancer, as well as organizations which are raising money to fight this disease.

Recently, we've had so many scraps that Jean could have been sewing for decades! She went to her local church quilting group and let them take all the scraps they wanted. The only requirement is that whatever they make will go to charitable causes (of their choice). We are excited to see the beautiful quilts they make and share with you where they end up. Stay tuned for updates!

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