29 October 2012

A Day in the Life of Quincy - Q's Daydream

While I'm a purely selfish stitcher (mine, all mine, woohaha!), many stitchers have turned their talents into a dressmaking business. What would it be like to have your own handmade clothing company? Introducing Quincy for the latest edition of A Day in the Life, the feature which delves into the daily routines of inspirational people who have turned their love of sewing into a career. I was following this lovely lady's blog, Q's Daydream, for a while (she's an Elvis and Anna Karina fan, nuff said) before she launched her GORGEOUS collection. I literally yelped when I saw it, her clothes are soooo cute... scroll a bit further down to get a sneaky peek of her upcoming line. "Is her favourite TV programme what I think it is?" you ask. Read on...

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"Hello! My name is Quincy and I have a handmade clothing line called, Q's Daydream. I just launched my first collection back in April of this year. My designs are inspired by my favorite decades in fashion, the 1940s through the 1960s. I also look to ladies like, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Seberg and Anna Karina for inspiration for my designs. As of now I run my business by myself, with occasional help from my husband Jonny. I feel truly blessed to be doing what I love every day. I hope you enjoy reading about my day!

Every weekday morning I'm lucky enough to be awoken up by my wonderful hubby Jonny. He usually comes and kisses me goodbye on his way to work, which is around 7:30am most mornings. After he leaves for work I lay in bed for a few minutes and just think about the day ahead. Once out of bed it's time to take care of my 9 month old basset hound puppy Loretta. She usually goes out in the yard for a bit and does her morning sniffing. Bassets are quiet the sniffers. While she keeps busy outside I make my breakfast. Usually cereal with almond milk. While eating breakfast I like to watch the morning news. After that Loretta comes back inside and I have my morning cup of coffee. While drinking my coffee I like to catch up on my favorite blogs and browse Pinterest for some morning inspiration.

Around 9:00am I do my morning chores. Making the bed, doing the dishing and so on. You know the fun stuff, haha! I'd like to say that most mornings I get dressed up pretty for my morning of work, but usually I stay in my pajamas. Or I'll put on one of my comfy dresses.



Then it's off to my sewing studio, which happens to be right across the hall from my bedroom. I see where I left off the day before and think about what's got to get done that day. I usually have orders to catch up on and spend from about 10:00am to 1:00pm sewing. I always have music on while I'm sewing. Usually Elvis Presley (he's my favorite!) or Big Band and Swing.

Around 1:00pm I start to get hungry for lunch. Most days I'll make myself a salad with spinach and veggies. I like to watch some TV while I eat. Right now I'm in the middle of watching the 1960s TV show Peyton Place. The episodes are about 20 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time to take a little break.

After lunch I head back into my sewing studio and check up on emails. I usually find a minute or two to catch up on Pinterest as well, hehe. Then it's back to work! I continue wherever I left off before lunch. It's almost always an order I'm working on. Some days are busier than others. That's the nature of running your own business. You never know how busy or not busy you'll be! Lately when I'm not busy working on orders I've been working on my fall/winter collection.

 
Sneaky peek of the Fall/Winter collection!

Later in the afternoon, around 3:00pm I like to take a little break to take Loretta for a walk, weather permitting. It's always nice to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Once back home I'll have an afternoon cup of coffee. Then it's back to my studio to spend a couple hours finishing up my work for the day. It's normally around 6:00pm that I feel that I've got enough done to stop for the day. Once I know what time Jonny will be home from work I'll start to plan dinner. Dinner usually consists of lots of veggies and brown rice. Some nights Jonny will cook when he's back home from work.

Once Jonny and I have had dinner we'll take Loretta for an evening walk. Then it's time to get cozy at home. We like to watch TV to settle down. My favorite TV night has to be Project Runway night! Then it's off to bed. I'll an early bird, so I'm usually in bed by 10:00pm. Then it's back to doing pretty much the same think the next day. Weekends are usually my time off. Though, sometimes I get super busy and need to get some work done. Then Monday I do it all over again, and I couldn't be happier about it!"




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Thanks, Quincy! Wow, that sounds like such a pleasurable working day. Best of luck with your business and the new collection!

18 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading about your day. Good on you for working hard to be able to do what you love every day.

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  2. Great day in the life! Quincy's designs are just beautiful!! Totally identify with her home studio routine too - such bliss to make a living doing what you love to do.

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  3. Thank you for sharing the insight! It's so cool to see how creative ladies running their own businesses spend their time. It's SO different for each. I have a greater appreciation of Q's brand now :-)

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  4. Awh, I love Quincy! Such a sweetheart :)

    Also, I'm dying to see the new collection because it looks pretty freakin' adorable based on the sneak peek!

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  5. What great clothes! And Loretta is so cute!

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  6. What a great job- Wow! Looking forward to checking out the collection.
    Freya May
    thedressmakingdiaries.blogspot.com

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  7. What a great job! That picture of Loretta is devine.

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  8. Thanks for introducing me to Quincy. It's so inspiring to read about someone who truly loves what they do! And the fact that her studio is across the hall from her bedroom is pretty awesome if you ask me!

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  9. I would have liked to order something from her website, but then I saw what she feels is a large. And I have to say I feel her measurements are sizest. I am... very upset. I am either a size 12 or 14 (depending on type of garment and the company who makes it) and I would not fit into her large sized dresses.

    I will not comment more, because frankly I don't think I need to.

    She's adorable and her clothing is adorable and I'm happy she gets to live her dream. However it would be nice if she remembered that many of the buying public are not as tiny as she is!

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    1. I don't want to speak on Quincy's behalf, but I'm sure she would love to offer more sizes if she could, but from what I know about the fashion industry, independent designers working with limited means have to select a few sizes only and stick to a limited target market. Unfortunately they cannot cater for everyone. I know how frustrating it is not to fit into designs that you love though so I sympathise with your dilemma - I'm unusually short (and pear shaped) so struggle to fit into lots of things I love. Hurrah for sewing so I can make things that fit me!

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    2. And I understand that, and that is not precisely my issue. It's the labeling of what is a size medium as a size large. Size 12 is a large, not an extra large, or G-d forbid an extra-extra large. Many indie fashion businesses size small and then people like me who AREN'T plus sized can't fit into a size that they would normally be able to.

      I understand that many indie clothing makers cannot make larger sizes for the sheer issue of costs. It's terrible but a larger garment costs more to make because it requires more material.

      But to market a size medium as a size large is... not okay. It sends a message and that message hurts.

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    3. Oh I see what you mean - S, M, L etc. I was just thinking about that issue this week, as it happens. Sizing has always stumped me so I've been comparing size 12s across a range of high street shops and sewing pattern companies. And countries, as the average size in different countries can vary hugely (you should have seen my mum in a shopping frenzy in Hong Kong - clothing fit her!). As expected, what different companies call a size 12 varies hugely, so much so that labelling a selection of measurements as such seems completely arbitrary. That made me think, "Wouldn't it be easier if clothes and patterns were just labelled S, M, L etc and encouraged people to compare themselves to the measurements?" But then I realised that a drawback would be precisely what you are saying - that people have different ideas of what small is etc and it could result in even more head-scratching. It's a tricky one to get right. Personally I'd favour a system where labels like 12 or medium are ditched altogether and they just give the bust-waist-hip size!

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    4. Sizing is always going to be an issue. The luxury of working with independent designers is that you can contact them directly and enquire as to whether they can make different sizes/alterations. I feel that the term sizest is quite harsh in this context and counter productive. I would be communicating with the designer.

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  10. I was wondering about sizes when looking at Quincy's designs too. They are adorable, but they would need to fit well to really be at their best. I love that sewing patterns are sized by measurements, it's so much more practical! I agree with Tilly - ditch the judgmental size language and just go by the measurements. Then you're guranteed a better fit too - best of both worlds!

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  11. I should add that I really love Quincy's designs, they are fabulously contemporary and vintage-looking all at once. So impressed that she is making her life creatively like this!

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  12. I may have gasped a little when I saw how beautiful her designs were! I would love to own every one of those dresses. What great scenery too! Glad you introduced us readers to such a great line and designer!

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  13. I like the reader above gasped at how gorgeous they are. Thank you for sharing a taste of talent

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