Stretch Goal Updates, Including Sizing Info, Etc

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Hello everyone!

We’ve got just under a week left for the Wearing History Clothing Kickstarter campaign!   We’ve met the minimum funding goal and are now working on the Stretch Goals!  THANK YOU!!

I was in contact with the company who I would like to use for the dress forms.   I chose these forms because, unlike other forms,  their shape were built upon heavy research of current body types around the world.  If you want to find out more information, visit Alvanon’s website.

The main reason behind this choice= YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR BASE MATERIALS.  Budget form=budget fit.  I want the clothes to fit better an feel better, so that means our new forms will have to meet pretty high standard.  I believe these do so.

The bad news… the forms are over $2,000 each, plus over $1,000 in freight.  To allow for Kickstarter + credit card fees, this makes the total for each form in the neighborhood of $4,000.  So, my stretch goals have been updated to reflect those amounts.

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I know the current range is VERY limited.  If you don’t understand why, please read my prior blog post before commenting.

By getting the new form, this enables an expansion in sizing, so any future designs would be based on this range.  ALL CURRENT GARMENTS MEET THE SIZE CHART ON THE KICKSTARTER.  So don’t order based on this size chart… that will be down the line if we meet the stretch goal!

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The addition of the new dress form means all future garments will reach a much more universal size chart.  This form is used by some of the top industry professionals, so will be more in line with the sizing we’re accustomed to at retail stores.

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After the first stretch goal is met, we work toward the second stretch goal.  This will enable me to start working on the future addition of plus sizes.

After consulting various friends who are much more in tune with plus sizes, I am determined I must use an AlvaForm for the addition of plus sizes.  It’s used by companies like Lane Bryant.

Here is a tentative size chart, should I be able to add plus size.  The numbers may not match up to measurements as you’re used to seeing.

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Of course, NONE OF THE PROPOSED SIZE CHARTS WILL HAPPEN if we do not meet the stretch goal.

Once the Kickstarter ends, the business has to use all funds from sales to pay for other business expenses.  It would take a very long time, perhaps 5 years or more, to be able to think of doing additional ranges for plus size if we don’t meet the second goal.

If we’re able to reach $27,000 then we add a men’s form to be able to do menswear in the future.

All the details have yet to be ironed out on actual size charts, etc, but I wanted to provide a visual of what I propose to do if we should be able to reach stretch goals.

So, if you want to see this happen, PLEASE help support and spread the word as much as possible!  Just about 6 days left, and that’s it!!

Click here to visit the Kickstarter and support!

Thank you!!

4 Comments on Stretch Goal Updates, Including Sizing Info, Etc

  1. Susan @ Living Vintage
    September 20, 2014 at 12:21 am (3 years ago)

    First I have been following your blog for a while and bought your patterns but I am busy lady and sewing time has just not been something I can pull off lately. I was so excited for you to do this clothing line for you and for the vintage loving community. I have contributed already and would be willing to contribute again. Not sure how kick starter works from your end but if you can add on to your packages, have you thought of adding a gift certificate packages for some of your expanded lines if the extended goals are met? I just know for me that would be something I would easily contribute to.

    • Lauren
      September 20, 2014 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks so much for the support!
      Unfortunately, I’m not able to do gift certificates. Since the original funding amount was met, that means I do receive the funds from the Kickstarter, regardless of if the next goals are met. That means, if we don’t meet the stretch goals, anyone who pledged for a “gift certificate” would not be able to retrieve their prize, since the stretch goals wouldn’t be met and the forms couldn’t be bought. I do appreciate the suggestion, though!

      Thanks so much!
      Lauren

      • Susan @ Living Vintage
        September 21, 2014 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

        No worries, I do think that I and perhaps others (yes I know its not all about me) would even do a gift certificate option if you came up with some more of your clever ideas for those off us that don’t fit your current size range; like the turban sash ideas. Sorry just full of annoying ideas. So excited for you, Susan

        • Lauren
          September 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

          Not annoying at all!!! You got me thinking, if we don’t meet the stretch goal, perhaps we could do another Kickstarter type thing in the future to make this happen. Thanks for the suggestions!