Follow up

I found that the majority of my followers on Pinterest are around my age (in their late high school or early college years). Most of them are women, but a few are male, and they normally log onto the website in the evening (probably when they’re watching TV after dinner and don’t want to pay attention to the commercials). Furthermore, they mainly “like” or “repin” my fashion and quote posts as opposed to my animal, art, or health and fitness posts.

All of this is important and helpful to me in making my Pinterest blog even better. I now know to post more fashion and less fitness to keep the interest of my followers and gain even more. I also know to keep the fashion posts centered on more modern and youthful looks as opposed to what older Pinterest users would like or wear.

My Instagram, however, is mainly followed by my friends and family, who give me the most likes on pictures I post with other friends and family. This helps me know to post more pictures like that as opposed to pictures of landscapes or pets, which was what I did when I first started the account.

All social media and blog sites are learning experiences, and checking the stats is like a free tutoring session.



Homemade Handbag

Companies often design or create their own fabrics to maintain the essence of their brands and create exactly what they want. I had to make my own striped pattern for a ParsonsxTeenVogue assignment and use it to make the signature bag that I previously designed.

I created the pattern by sewing together strips of various fabric remnants and then taping the fabric to the mockup test version of the bag I’d made out of a poster. In order to do this, I had to keep track of costs and create yet another cost outline to make sure I still had a viable product.

I found that creating my own fabric significantly added to the production time, so I would either have to sell the product on my own (to keep it at the estimated retail price of $47 that the one-fabric designed bag is) or raise the estimated retail price to $90 (see one of my previous blog posts to find out why). The cost outline of the striped bag is posted below.

Various remnants $1.29
Poster board $1
Tape $2
Thread $2
3.5 hours @ $8.50/hr. $29.75
Total cost $36.04
20% profit $7.21
Total cost plus profit $43.25