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...


"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!"


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