Linda McCoy, Snips--Oostburg, WI
Where is your business located?
Oostburg, Wisconsin. Oostburg is halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. It is 7 miles south of Kohler, home of bathroom fixtures and championship golf courses.
Do you work out of a home studio or do you have a brick and mortar location?
I work from a home studio. Four years ago we put an addition on our home which houses my business and allows a separate entrance.
What kind of work do you specialize in?
Custom bridal gowns, bridal alterations, and cosplay (costumes).
Tell me about your favorite part of your sewing space?
The large storage bookcases which hold a tremendous amount of small things in an organized way. I also love the south and east facing windows- there is good light most of the day.
Do you work alone or do you share the space with others?
How did you develop your layout?
I mapped it out on graph paper first. I started with a carpeted floor, and ended up ripping it up and installing tile instead. Sweeping is faster than vacuuming!
What's the first thing that clients notice about your space?
"Oh! This is a real business!" The work space is integrated into our living space, but still separate from it to allow privacy for fittings.
What makes your sewing space unique?
Although most of the year my fitting area functions as work space, all of the furniture can be collapsed down and moved-allowing the room to transform into entertaining space for holidays and large parties. It can also be reconfigured into extra sewing space when needed for classes or large custom projects.