Thursday, October 11, 2012
I'm Hoping for the One I Love to Find Me Today
When we cut things assembly line style, my husband can bust out the FABRIC SAW OF DESTINY! *cue theme music* and I won't tell you friends how many layers he CAN cut at a time, but it's a ridiculous number. We've dulled 6 saw blades in the last two years. We freaking put that thing to WORK. After Tyler cuts out multiple sizes, all in the same colors and styles, he can move them down the assembly line, where everything can be done in batches. This ensures that all of the correct materials, boning, and thread are sitting there ready to go, and I can expertly sew through entire batches without blinking an eye.....well, I occasionally DO blink, and I generally blink both of my eyes. Wait...you HAVE to blink "both of your eyes" because if it was only one eye, it would be a wink. Thus, I sew the batches with SKILL and SPEED without winking an eye.
After all is said and done, we have batches of things that I have put together out of my brain (I have the seriously awesome advantage of being able to see ALL of the fabrics in person and together, so I can match away and construct marvelous costumes. This is my favorite part of the job.....besides meeting the customers, but I can talk about that later. All of this means that I have extremely well-made pieces that I can keep at much more affordable prices and you can receive instant gratification! You buy it in your size, we ship it right out, and Priority Mail generally gets it there in 2-4 days. Swell.
So, keeping the balance? I don't....The custom orders are obviously the most important to the company, and since my last whole blog was about doing it for better reasons that money, I won't talk about how much better we do on assembly-line style pieces, but I will let you know that it DOES allow us to keep actually functioning. If my company consisted of only custom-fit-to-you pieces, we would have died long ago, along with many other ill-fated start-ups. On the other hand, if we didn't offer custom-fit pieces, many of the ready-made things would get sold long before you could get your hands on them, and people would hate me. I DO love offering the luxury of getting EXACTLY what you want.
With that being said, I will just TELL you guys a few of the main pieces that I'm desperately trying to roll out in my "free time" after work (this just means that I work until 9 at night, having woken up at 4 that morning.) on the custom orders. I've got a Steampunk Owl, complete with a bark-looking corset,some Ringleader Jackets, the most BAD-A Darth Vader Corset in Black (complete with buckles) that you ever saw, some STUNNING two-piece Red Riding Hood Sets with matching Tieranny Skirts like the 3-layers Snow White one above, a darling Rapunzel set, some Queen of Hearts goodness, and some Maleficent Madness. I'm trying to get them out within the next week, because I KNOW you guys have Halloween parties that you freaking want to go to, and I assure you, I'm busting my rear trying to make some amazing things for you. Thank you to all of you who made custom orders. At this point, we're doing really good on them and keeping up with the 3-4 week wait time.
As always, thank you TREMENDOUSLY for your support. I'm a sad little pile of tears, estrogen and anger without you ladies.