First Project: Lap Scarf

My company, J. Govan Designs, specialize in various clothing, jewelry and accessories. I sell custom lap scarves (designed to cover knees due short or knee length skirts or dresses while sitting. Usually, in church.), custom jewelry, etc in my online store http://jgovandesigns.bigcartel.com.

Today, an order came in for a navy blue lap scarf for a funeral. Her deceased husband was a Dallas Cowboys fan. She initially wanted a Dallas Cowboys tie, but the timeframe was too tight for me (I work full-time). So she just wanted the lap scarf for herself. Well…this order gave me the chance to finally test out my new machine. I like it…it’s quieter than my mom’s, but I feel like it could be smoother going across seams or folded corners. It makes a “thump”. 😮 So I need to get used to it. It’s not an expensive machine, but it gets the job done. My ultimate goal is a computerized model.

Here’s a pic or two of the process:

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Jaila the Brother sewing machine.

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Hemmed edge.

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Lace edge.

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Folded for packaging.

See you soon!
Jai

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Course Introduction…Successful

Today, I introduced my sewing course, “Say Sew! The Sewing Studio” to my church family. It was a major hit! Thank you, Lord! My Hubby’s small business introduction was successful also. They are pleased with his performance. Today, I found out just how many people in the audience have started a small business. It was astounding! I am so excited for everyone…even you if you have recently embarked on a new journey. Blessings to you!

Happy Sunday,
Jai

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My New Baby is Here!

I have never shared how I started with arts and crafts (as most people do). Both of my parents are artists (portrait), therefore, it’s only right that their offspring has the gifts too. Well, not in my case. My artistry revolves around tangible creations either through sewing, jewelry making or painting. Give me a pencil, I will surely show you a train wreck. Lol, OK, so it’s not that bad, but it’s not great either. In addition to being great artists, they (my folks) happen to be some of the best seamstresses/seamsters that I know of! So proud… This is where I come in. I have the ability to recreate an item by looking at it. It’s a beautiful gift and Mom wishes that she had it. I have created one-of-a-kind dresses and handbags. I actually named the handbag collection after my name. So for the past few years, she has lent her Brother sewing machine to me. (Honestly, I thought she gave it to me). She has always been a Singer girl with the old school hide-away sewing table. When she brought the Brother home, I fell in love! So now she will be happy that I can “officially” give her machine back. (Along with that crazy 4-step buttonhole!)

I introduce my new baby…

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I love unwrapping gifts…

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Almost…

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Here she is! Let’s call her Jaila (pronounced J- la). Welcomed home by Emily the Brother embroidery machine…

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I bought Jaila’s new storage last weekend from Hancock Fabrics. Cute, isn’t it?

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Fancy, right?

I purchased 2 machines because I plan to hold some sewing classes next month. I will be launching “Say Sew – The Sewing Studio”. The investment has been made, so let’s get it! Stay tuned for some awesome projects and meet the newbie seamstresses!

Jai

Staying Warm 2014

South Carolina’s Winter 2014 has been freezing! Two snow storms and most recent the experience of 2 earthquakes! My goodness! During the first earthquake, the sound and tremors were horrifying. My hubby opened the room door and said, “Jai, what was that??” Caesar sprinted across the den to the safety of his crate and I was just in shock! The only words that surfaced was, “I believe that we just had an earthquake!” Then the news confirmed that it was a 4.4 felt by 3 states.

But, that’s not the point of this post. I want to show you some of my mom’s crocheted items in my wardrobe.

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Crocheted Cowl Scarf and my handcrafted embroidered fabric earrings.

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Crocheted Poncho

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Crocheted fedora and my fabric covered earrings.
These are a few of my favorite things…

More to come!

Jai

Getting Started…

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Jacquetta, but I am better known as Jai. I have a loving hubby, Thom, and a 2 yr old Shih Tzu named Caesar. I am an ordained minister of the gospel. In my time after my marriage ministry and spiritual ministry, I feed my passion for sewing and crafts. I design costume jewelry, clothing and accessories for the confident woman. I love to be different… I don’t consider myself to be mirrored after anyone (other than striving for spiritual perfection to be like Him).
I am currently working on the curriculum for my first series of basic sewing classes. The course is based from my home for now, so I will only instruct 2-3 excited newbies. My hubby said, “So you’re excited about this project. This is where your heart is….teaching. So go full force.” I love him for giving me support in this project. My goal of this blog is to let the world experience my world as I train newbies to be inspirational and confident with their creations. So follow me…..

Jai

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I am here to make the difference!