Some weeks ago I came home to find a package waiting for me at the door. It had my name on it, so it wasn’t meant for somebody else. I wasn’t expecting anything, so I was anxious and curious to open it. Inside I found two gorgeous hand-made tote bags with a hand-written card, sent by Tia with a LOT of ATTITUDE. One of the bags was for a Re-Discover Washington giveaway, and the other one, with adorable pink fabric with cameras on it was for … me! I am like a kid when it comes to these things, I get excited! I’ve been following Tia’s sewing business on Facebook, admiring all the beautiful things she creates, and she’s been on my list to interview for the blog (a list that keeps expanding daily). Delighted by her sweet gesture, I took it as a sign to get in touch with her. She invited me last week at her home in downtown Washington and I had a wonderful visit with her and her adorable daughter Octavia (don’t you just love the name?). The interview follows.
How did you get the idea to start a LOT of ATTITUDE?
I decided to start a LOT of ATTITUDE because I felt I was pretty confident in my sewing abilities and I have found way too many patterns and fabrics I want to work with but my kids don’t need that many pieces of clothing. I’ve also heard it too many times from others that I should sell the items I’m making, so I finally started a business this past January. The name a LOT of ATTITUDE is inspired by my kids, their first initials make LOT (Lilian, Octavia, and Timothy) and when trying to come up with a name I realized my kids are full of ATTITUDE both good and bad and they were my reason for learning to sew. They are also my reason for wanting to stay home and this is something I can do while still being home with them.
Where did your interest in sewing come from?
I’d say my interest in sewing comes from having it in my blood. My great Grandmother was a seamstress and worked at a local dress shop for years. Between my Mother and Grandmother the only clothes I had as a child were handmade, with Tia embroidered on them, usually across the chest. I remember my Mother sewing tons when I was younger but then she went back to work and with 5 kids to take care of she gave up the sewing. When my second child was born I would see all these great things on the internet and want to recreate them, so I took a beginner’s class through ECC and have been teaching myself ever since. I love to try new techniques and challenge myself to do things that are out of my comfort zone. During my beginner’s class my Mother dusted off her sewing machine and now it’s something we bond over, which is really nice to have a partner in crime when you buy way too much fabric!
What are some of things you make?
I’m focused mostly on creating made to order children’s clothing and accessories, along with adult accessories like the tote bags, key chain wristlets, and aprons to name a few. I make clothing for boys and girls, from babies to tweens.
Do you take custom orders?
Yes I take customs, right now that is really all I’m doing. I hope to change that in the near future but for right now it’s working for me and keeping me steady. I’ve done items for photo shoots, my favorites have been a ruffled butt diaper cover for a newborn shoot and a bow tie, suspenders and diaper cover for a 1 year photo. It’s so fun to see something you put so much of yourself into look amazing in these adorable pictures of little ones. I’ve also made a set of 3 sisters coordinating dresses and a beautiful flower girl dress, just to name a few.
How do you pick out the fabrics/patterns?
My pattern collection is getting out of hand these days, all it takes is one person to post an adorable outfit using that pattern and I have to have it. Another big deciding factor is the designer/pattern company, when you find one that you can follow and they make it easy to create that pattern you tend to stick with them. As far as choosing what fabrics to work with and how to put them together, sometimes it’s my mood, sometimes it’s a color palate I love, it can be the fabric itself but most of the time it’s what the customer wants. If they are unsure I ask the basic question, what colors do they want, and then go from there.
What are some things you’d like to make in the future?
In the future I would love to start making some Ready to Ship (RTS) items, I would post what I have and what size and people could buy them right from the page. I would also like to offer a children’s collection with the different seasons and take only a certain number of orders. Maybe expand that to include a few simple skirts for women at some point.
Anything else you’d like to add.
I also offer a Princess of the Month Club (POTMC) which has a different casual/comfy princess dress offered every month and there are different membership options from 1 month to the whole year. They make for great dress up outfits because kids can get them off and on by themselves. All the info for that can be found on my Facebook page under notes section. Also I post everything I make on my page so if there’s something you like it can be made custom for you. I also teach a beginner’s sewing class through my other business, Make and Take Craft Weekend, and will start that back up this fall. I teach the basics of the machine and then we walk through 3 different projects so students know what it feels like to create something and not get discouraged when they don’t understand the instructions.
Tia would love to design an outfit for your children! Follow a LOT of ATTITUDE on Facebook and stay posted on Tia’s latest creations! For more information and orders, e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org