AfterHoursOlive

AHO Fashion Design - by Kate Wells

Roswell, Georgia · 272 Sales

AfterHoursOlive

AHO Fashion Design - by Kate Wells

Roswell, Georgia 272 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(91)

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Note from shop owner The shop is currently on vacation hold. I will be back online in a few weeks or around July 10th. If you have any questions, please contact me in a conversation or at katewells22 [!at] comcast.net.

Thank you,

Kate

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Last updated on Jun 11, 2017

The shop is currently on vacation hold. I will be back online in a few weeks or around July 10th. If you have any questions, please contact me in a conversation or at katewells22 [!at] comcast.net.

Thank you,

Kate

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5 out of 5 stars
(91)
jnslstone

jnslstone on Mar 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is fabulous craftsmanship and detail!! Can't wait to get another one!! If you like what you see on-line, then go ahead and order it, or them. You will not be disappointed!! Top rating !!! :-)

tracymcguire

tracymcguire on Jul 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and unique planter. It's a little taller than I thought and my umbrella crank dips in to the container a bit so I leave a space in the dirt for that but it's so cute that I don't care and I'll make it work. Can be a stand alone planter too that I can set anywhere. Nice!

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After Hours Olive Designs - By Kate Wells

A Look Back...

When I was young - my father put me in Singer sewing lessons one summer. The lessons lasted approximately 6 weeks. It was my first experience with sewing and I felt awkward and clumsy...and out of place. I hated being in that class, when I could be out riding a bike or climbing a tree. When I could be out feeling and living in the now with the warm breezes...the singing birds and carefree moments that come with the summer months.

Because sewing was so horribly awkward for me, I found myself comparing myself to others in the class right away. The people who seemed talented. Here's the thing, I just don't like competing. I don't like feeling like I have to be better than the next person in life. I just want to smell the roses and take in what I see. I don't really want to have to outshine someone else. Especially, the girl next to me in my summer class. Well, you know what I mean...things just seemed to flow for her. And it appeared sewing came very, very easy to her as well. Still, if I took the time and thought back on it, maybe this girl had a few more lessons prior to signing up for the lesson I was registered for. And as I have found out in life, things are not always as they appear...In fact, things are always different than they appear.

Our first assignment, in my Singer Sewing Class, was sewing an outfit for a contest. A complete outfit - top and bottom. Did we ever start out making a simple apron? No. We went for the hard stuff right away.

Thankfully, when I was finished with all the cutting, pinning together and stitching away..."the thing" didn't look half bad. Still, it was a little lumpy here and there so, needless to say, I didn't win.

Sewing that one outfit got me going though. I was 11 and as time went by, I began designing things I could wear in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades. I even made matching outfits for my best friend and me...that was 9th grade. I sewed and sewed and sewed. And then one day after the 9th grade, I put my needle down and packed my sewing machine away. I don't know, call it burn out. Call it one too many pin sticks in the fingers. Call it seeing boys for the first time and thinking it was time to move on. I just didn't really seem to enjoy sewing anymore just for the sake of enjoyment. So, my singer machine got packed up and stored away for a very long time.

Many years passed. Roughly, 35 years. For some unexplainable reason, I felt inspired and creative again. I believe this inspiration came to me because of my very talented Grandmother who had passed away. And too, I was much older and settled and when you get to this point in life, sometimes you can do a better job on projects you start. Ideas seem to flow better when you get past the hormones and emotional junk of being young. I guess sometimes experiencing life and getting through things both hard times and easy ones as well, help one to focus and find their creative juices. Anyway, not sure of what happened to my old machine, but I bought a new one and began to sew...once again.

At first, it was aprons. I needed to start out easy...wasn't sure of what I could remember. It turns out, learning to sew is a lot like riding a bike...once you ride a bike...you really don't forget how. And it appeared I remembered everything about sewing. I began with my own designer aprons...mixing and matching pattern pieces. I sewed nearly 50 of these and gave them to family and friends.

And then I found Etsy...the year...2011. I decided to open my own apron shop. And let me tell you... I didn't sell a one. Disappointing, but hardly a road block in life.

I wanted to keep my Etsy store open, and realized I needed to revise my shop. So, what could I do? Well, I had always wanted to make pajamas. And nighties. And things for ladies to wear at night. Wasn't sure of what these items would look like, but pajama design is exactly the direction I headed. And, happy to say, I began selling my cute pajamas right away. Turns out, I had found my niche. Something I loved doing. Something that made me feel talented. Something that made me feel inspired. And that is where I stayed in the design realm. That is where I am now.

Even though today, 2016, I also work with wine crate design...upcycling and building beautiful wood items. As it turns out, I am not afraid of using a few shop saw...and designing in wood is not much different than sewing when you are working with pattern ideas.

So, here is the lesson in life. Don't create with the idea that you will be a great designer and that you will be rich. This is hardly the case. And few people find this success in life. Create and sew because you love the feel of fabric in your hands. Do it because you love the smell of new fabric. Create because you have an amazing idea of how to shape that straight piece of fabric or wood

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Last updated on June 28, 2016
Welcome to Kate's Designer Crates and Olivia and Kate Clothing Designs - My goal is to create one of a kind items...whether it be in woodworking design or a lovely pair of pajamas.

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