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    And soon it will be brexit too!  As it is now past the posting deadline for corset supplies to get to Europe before they have to go through customs, I have decided to take some time out for a number of reasons.

    1. We need to take stock - it's been a crazy year!  Orders going out like mad has meant we've hardly had time to update stock let alone catch our breath - since March we have had 3 pallets of corsetry steel and plastic whalebone delivered with the last arriving today. 

    Eagle eyed customers will also have notcied a shiney new shelf in the Fabric department where we have been selling coutil remnants, roll ends, and slight seconds.  These usually go very fast only hours after they are listed, so you'll be forgiven for having missed them!  Anyway ... there is still a mountain to climb on that front ...  We have 'bundles' to list yet, which include bra making materials, herringbone coutil boxes, lace and trim bundles and special edition corset making kits.

    corsetry coutil fabric remnants corset making fabric remnants at sew curvy corset boning roll ends for sale
    Corsetry coutil fabric remnants for sale at reduced prices.  Sometimes this includes corsetry fabrics which are no longer in stock or available so the early bird does catch the coutil worms! The famous pile! It's getting alot smaller but there are still corset making goody bags to go!  We have closed the Etsy shop where all this used to be listed because fees and postage rules are ridic! The corset boning roll ends is always the biggest pile! This is  particularly handy for when you need small or odd amounts of flat spring steel and plastic whalebone.

    2.  We need to figure out what to do after the Brexit transition period which ends on 1 January 2021.  As yet, there are no guidelines at all.  For a small business like Sew Curvy, the most difficult thing is VAT.  Customs information etc., is all taken care of through our Royal Mail 'Click and Drop' account but we need to be more clear on the way we present products and VAT.

    3.  We haven't had a furlough scheme going on at Sew Curvy and while that has been a blessing in disguise because I was able to get out of the house, it has been crazy busy - we have sent out more corset kits this year, than in the whole of the previous 10!  You'll see from my previous blog posts that there has been some personal busy'ness going on too - moving house during a lockdown, is no small endeavour let me tell you. 

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    Corset making supplies going out all over the world
    This was a quiet day!

    I have therefore decided that the 2 week festive break will be an ideal time to take a bit of time off, and sort out the shop & studio without the pressure of orders to send out daily. 

    I have therefore turned off the shopping basket for the Christmas period and will re-open on 31 December.  We need this time in order to catch up with ourselves after what has been a hectic year, and to prepare for the year ahead and our new trading status outside of the EU.  This means we are sorting out stock, getting a sale ready, streamlining the business, and swotting up on really boring things like tarriff codes and VAT.
    If you are in Europe and are wondering where your order is - don't worry!  If you ordered before Monday 21 December, your goods are safely on their way and have already left the UK.  If you ordered after 21 December, your goods have not left the studio yet due to the EU blockades on UK goods.
    We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers old and new, a merry festive period and a happy and prosperous new year!
    We look forward very much to seeing you on the other side!
  2. The Big B

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    a pallet of corset steel and synthetic whalebone
    The last delivery of corsetry steel before Brexit!

    There are some changes a'foot at Sew Curvy - I haven't worked them all out yet but even though we are still fighting Covid, we really now have to turn our attention to "the big B" ... Brexit.  As of this moment, Brexit is still going to happen despite the intense misery that 2020 has already inflicted upon us ... For a small business in a small country this is not great news.  What will change?  Tax, Customs, VAT - everything ... So all our supplies from January 2021 will be subject to import tax if no deal happens. 

    Yes ALL of them - except corset lacing.  Laces are made in the UK so that's something. Coutil and steel for corsets, carry import duties of between 2-8% so we must keep everything crossed that a deal happens.

    Did you know that most sewing materials and tools are not manufactured in the UK?  Most of everything we sew with from pins and needles to fabrics and notions are manufactured in Europe.  That means VAT rule changes, Import Duties, and Processing fees .. Fun eh? 

    VAT will not change too much for me except the processing may be more complex.  But on top of the usual VAT, there will be import duties and processing fees and more vat on top of those (I know! does it ever end?).  These charges will be between 10-20% on top which means price hikes of at least that much, and lets not forget about the pain of getting the goods from Europe to Oxfordshire and the logistical horror that will entail  - lorry parks in kent anyone?   SO .. the only thing I have been able to do is stock up as much as possible before the big day so that I can continue going until either we fold, or we find a way forward.  Whichever happens first.

    I will have to close the shop for a period during the festive break - this will give me a bit of a rest and space to sort out the new breixity status of Sew Curvy.