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Wednesday, 14 August 2013


One meaning of niche is "An area of the market specializing in one type of product or service" as defined by the Urban Dictionary.

Often you hear that people have found their niche, I guess I'm not one of those people, not yet anyway. I like to sew a variety of styles and themes, otherwise I think I might get a little bored. Another aspect of creating a variety is the exposure to other ideas, fabrics and even history.

On facebook there are lots of like minded creatives, and one way of getting our "wares" out to a wider audience is to enter a showcase. A showcase is kind of like a market but online and run via a facebook page like CharlyE

There is often a theme and this one is Rockabilly. Now I don't know much about Rockabilly, but have done a little research and came across this interesting article Rockabilly clothing which talks about the styles back in the 1950s and the precursor for what Rockabilly is today.

So the items I decided on for this particular showcase are as follows:

The Elvis Cushion Cover

The Headscarf

Cherry Dress for a child - using a vintage pattern

Selection of Fabric Hair Bows

Thats my take on Rockabilly, like I said I don't know that much about it but I know more than when I started.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


We all have to start somewhere right?
I have been wanting to start a blog for Uku Chic for some time but keep putting it off.
Writing it seems is not as easy as we think. Yes I may have been taught how to write essays at University but does that translate into real life? I personally have yet to come to a conclusion on that question.
Writing a blog needs to grab the readers attention and I don't think writing an essay necessarily does that. Maybe I should find some references to back that up or perhaps quote an author or two. Anyway back to the topic at hand, Uku Chic and beginnings.

Uku Chic is my fledgling hobby business or whatever you wish to call it. It started last year when I sewed a bunting for my birthday. I decided to have a dessert table with the theme of Cat in the Hat and the rest they say is or was history and Uku Chic was born.

Uku being short for Waiuku, where I currently live and Chic for stylish or because I am a girl - you decide.
When my children were babies I sewed most of their clothes until they decided that they didn't want mums homemade stuff.
But since my passion for sewing has been rekindled I find myself sewing kids clothes amongst other things.
So this is the beginning of my blog, you can also find me on facebook and hopefully I will have a website up running at some point.
Have a fabulous day.