A few months ago I was laid off from the social media job that was my main source of income. It was a hard blow but something I saw coming. Thus, the job hunt began.
Applying for work during the holidays can be very dodgy. No one is seriously hiring for long term, and a holiday position is exhausting. You learn how to do the job right as it ends, making you either start all over again or have to prove you should be kept on board.
So, I casually looked & applied until the New Year broke. I work part time for an attorney, so the matter wasn’t pressing, but definitely needed to find something if I wanted to do more than just make ends meet.
Social media work is great. It allows me to have a flexible photography schedule, travel regularly and do a job that is relatively fun. However, it has always been a job I did in order to pay my rent. It’s taught me a lot about marketing but it’s hard to be pouring all of your energy into someone else’s brand every day. I don’t love it in the same way I love sewing work.
I spent November & December looking at marketing jobs though, with only the occasional sewing position coming across my radar. Whatever I did this time around I wanted it to be right. Zach, as always, was extremely supportive of me taking my time to find something. Things got tight, we scraped by. But we were confident that something would come around if we gave it time.
Then I saw the post on Sips N Sews’ instagram looking for new instructors to teach at their studio.
I honestly applied on a whim. Figured that worst case, I learned something through the application process and would be able to apply stronger to something in the future. Really did not expect to get the job as I’ve taken a brief break from sewing professionally.
The interview went great though and quickly turned into myself & the owner talking about sewing for two hours before we realized how long it’d been. She gave me a tour of the studio, a wonderful space full of sewing machines with a lounge area in the back dedicated to relaxing with a cup of tea.
I loved all of it. It’s a great studio with an awesome woman running it. I couldn’t wait to get started!
The teaching program is flexible in a way that can still give me time to concentrate on sewing for both myself & my business. I’ll be able to come in, use the studio space to work on projects, meet other sewists and be more active in the local sewing community.
My classes are up to me. I’ll be doing a good variety of fun garments and accessories. The goal will be to find pieces that can be implemented into anyone’s wardrobe, so projects have a use long after the class is done. I’m slowly working on getting my own wardrobe to feature more handmade garments & want that to translate over into my classes.
The part I am most excited about is that I will be able to help increase the number of sewists out there. Sewing is a dying trade that was passed to me from my great-grandmother. I am looking forward to sharing her knowledge with others so her legacy doesn’t stop at me.
I am sew happy that I took the risks that got me here. I didn’t take the first job I saw, I waited until something I wanted came along. And even though I felt under-qualified, I still applied. I still went for it. And it paid off. Big time.
Now, I’m off to listen to some music & dig through my fabric stash for inspiration!
You can find my class schedule here. And be sure to still follow along on the blog, as I’ll be sharing lots more about my own growth during this wonderful new stage of my life!