WE MADE IT! What’s next? The Stretch Goal!

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WE MADE IT!  With your help, we were able to raise the minimum amount needed on Kickstarter to receive funding!!  YAHOO!!!!

That means all the clothing in the current collection will be made, and everyone gets their awesome rewards!

It’s not too late, though!  You can still contribute to my Kickstarter!!

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If we’re able to reach $5,000 above the original goal, that means we can invest in new dress forms to enable better sizing.

Why do we need that?  Well, if you read my prior blog post, you’ll see that all sizing is based off of my current dress form (bought right after fashion school), which fits the size SMALL in my size chart.  This is why the current size range is limited.  To be truly accurate and have more freedom in what sizes you can base your grade on (that is, how you mathematically increase or decrease patterns to other sizes), I need something more in the middle of the range.  That will enable me to get more into the 42″ bust range, or more.

Not only that, but I’m really hoping to get a plus size form so I can start offering future designs in larger sizes.

And, we have high hopes of adding a men’s form as well.  (though, that’s only if we go higher than the stretch goal.  Girls first!)

Why so much more?  Well, it’s actually not very much to raise if I want accurate, industry professional forms.

Right now I’m really looking at Alva forms.

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(image from Alva’s website)

Why?  Well, instead of standard dressmaker forms, which are made to a sort of prior ideal, these forms are actually drafted by comparing the measurements to real, current, body types.  That way I can make vintage garments for women NOW.  It would be way more accurate in fit than getting a cheaper alternative, and these forms are very good quality.  One of the better ones in the industry.  And a better base means a better end product.

So, if you want to still help out, we’ve got just a few hours over 7 days left.  A week left!  This has gone so fast!

What are other perks of preordering through Kickstarter?

  • Discounts on e-patterns
  • Limited edition tote bags, only available for Kickstarter supporters (and I’m almost out of those!)
  • Discounts on garment packages
  • Free shipping if you’re in the USA
  • I pay sales tax if you’re located in California.

So a bunch of discounts and reasons to pledge while there’s still time!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!

Don’t forget to share my Kickstarter with your friends and via social media to help spread the word and make the stretch goal happen!

3 Comments on WE MADE IT! What’s next? The Stretch Goal!

  1. Deanna
    September 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad that you’re going to get to live out your dream! I used to have similar dreams, life ended up steering me in a different direction.

    Just a suggestion, perhaps add your printed patterns as one of the options for the Kickstarter? I’m glad they come in smaller sizes (but understand why the ready-to-wear doesn’t).

    • Lauren
      September 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Deanna!
      Unfortunately, the printed patterns don’t help too much towards the goal because of the costs involved in making them. But I appreciate the suggestion :)
      Best wishes,
      Lauren

  2. Deanna
    September 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Ah, that makes sense. I must admit to being a bit daunted by the puzzle-piecing and potential for error that printing at home would involve. But I’ll have to get over that!

    Best of luck in your new adventure! I had hopes of going to fashion school, and either working in costuming, designing my own clothes, or especially working in a museum in the textile/costume department. The closest I got was trying to take over a vintage clothing store in Yucaipa when the owner had to sell for health reasons. There was no Kickstarter or similar funding option at the time, and all the banks and credit unions said “You’re too young, not enough experience.

    Anyway, you seem to have done most of the things I was aiming for, so I really enjoy getting to read about it all!

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