It has been a long, slow, and very deliberate process to come to a most difficult decision. After having cut back my work load and hours substantially at the Purple Pincushion this past year, I have decided that it is time to close the doors for good. Today marks the exact completion of 10 full years in business.
I am not closing the doors for lack of business or financial hardship, rather I have simply reached a point of moving on. These past 10 years have been filled to the brim with passion, determination, and love for what I do as a skill, and the service I have been able to provide for my customer. I happily put in 60 and 70 hour work weeks because I loved what I was doing and what I was building. Creating a successful small business in today’s world is no easy task and I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish.
But somewhere along the way my original intent for my business got bypassed. I opened the Purple Pincushion as a “Custom Sewing and Alterations” shop, but in short order it pretty much fell into just alterations. I was able to narrow down the alterations to doing only the type I liked (bridal/formal wear) but that limited my time for custom work even more. A seamstress skilled in bridal/formal wear alterations with reasonable prices is a hard creature to find apparently.
I knew things were going to have to change in the day to day operation of the shop when we adopted our daughter. This was part of the reason I was so determined to build my own business. I wanted to be able to control my work hours and environment so I could give my child/children all of the attention and devotion that they need and deserve. At the time I had no idea how much my sweet daughter was going to need me.
For as many amazing and wonderful accomplishments we have seen our daughter through this past year there have been an equal if not greater number of trials and struggles. That just comes with the territory when you have a special needs child.
When you wake up each day not knowing if it will be one of “those” days (those days being days filled with unexpected health crisis and or emergency medical visits) your life suddenly gets re-prioritized. To put it bluntly I l no longer have the ability to care whether or not you have a wedding in two weeks and are freaking out because I haven’t called you about your dress. Every single minute I have to spend with my daughter is too precious to be pushed around and shuffled down the chain of importance.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your special events are not important, or that they are frivolous and meaningless. It is just that they are no longer important to me. That is how I know it is time to close the doors. I want my work to reflect my passion and dedication not apathy and resentment.
So I intend to finish out the year and fulfill the orders I have promised at this point. I am not sure what my exact closing date will be, probably some time after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. Vicky is planning to continue running Hem it Up and she is actively looking at different options for spaces to operate from. I will keep you posted from here as to what she will be doing as we work out details. Vicky has been my friend and sidekick since day one and it makes me the saddest knowing that we won’t be working side by side anymore 😥
Thank you to all of the wonderful customers who made the Purple Pincushion the success that it was. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of many of the milestone moments of your lives. I will miss that connection that I have had with so many of you over these past 10 years.
And what am I going to be doing once the shop is closed? I’m not exactly sure yet. It takes a while to unwind from the grueling schedule of weddings. I intend to spend lots of time with my daughter, read some books, do some writing, and find my passion for sewing again. When the time is right I will bring my custom sewing out for all to see. Sweet Ginger needs some time and attention to develop into what I want it to be. I am looking forward to taking this time to exercise my creative muscles designing and reproducing vintage style dresses and designing custom corsets. I will also continue writing on this blog because it was always about more than just my business.