Mistakes + Promises

On the afternoon of our second vote, I started specs on the new designs.

It was obvious that the winning pieces would be the leggings, perfect tee, a “winterized” Jenny dress, the Versalette, and a convertible wrap cardigan.

Going against everything I’ve learned about delegation, time, my sewing ability, and the amazing quality of professional production, I decided to sew the leggings myself.

Estimating that it would take a few days (max) I ordered fabric to make 45 pairs. I laid it out in my living room, cut all of the pieces, and headed over to the Denver Design Incubator to sew them up. (Not as easy as it sounds. Trust me.)

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The first *week* of sewing passed, and I realized my mistake.

(It wasn’t the first time I’ve tried to produce my own pieces and instantly regretted it.)

That’s when I promised myself (really, this time) not to cut or sew production pieces again.

I spent a lot of time in my head that week, quietly sewing and thinking, and made another promise:

Not to shortchange you, and me, by making such small runs.

There is always more fabric. It might not be an exact match or the same color, but there is always more. And this is the best way to use it. So it’s time to step up production and stop living in fear of, “What if they don’t sell?”

Since then, I’ve been sorting out a new production system and getting to know a cut-and-sew shop in Colorado that can handle larger quantities. We’re still feeling each other out, but it’s exciting…

And that brings us to the new pieces from that vote two months ago!

Yesterday, production started on the Winter Jenny Dress and the convertible cardigan!

After that will be the perfect tee, and then a new vote.

For now, here’s a sneak peek at the Winter Jenny…

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(What’s up with the Versalette, you say? I’ll write about that tomorrow!)

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Kristin Glenn

Hi! I'm Kristin, the founder / designer at Seamly.co. A few years ago, I became obsessed with sustainable fashion, co-founding {r}evolution apparel and Kickstarting "the Versalette" -- without knowing how to sew industrially or draft a pattern. Now, I'm going back to the basics, and learning how this big fashion machine works...

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