Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What's Up | Hemming

Hey y'all! It's been awhile since I've checked in here! The main reason is the huge project of custom-hemming the 193 pre-orders of Errand #17 skirts for Fresh Apparel Denim Company. My friend Madeline came to help for five days and documented some of the fun: 

 We got these 80 done (stacked on the couch) in the time she was here. 

Some skirts had 90" hems, which can feel like forever when you're trying to make even, straight stitches in light thread on dark thick fabric. The smaller sizes had narrower hems, obviously, and were much easier to get right.  I had to re-do about 1/4 (or more) of the hems I sewed because the stitches looked wonky.

 There are about 18 different sizes, so I had boxes everywhere separating the sizes out. I ran out of boxes so I pulled empty dresser drawers from the guest rooms and used those for some sizes with fewer quantities. :P

 For all the adventure this endeavor has been, I get a healthy swell of pride when I see the "Made in USA" and "Fresh Apparel" tags in each skirt. 

 My super trusty Singer Confidence machine (read my rant about it here) did pretty awesome plowing through all that heavy fabric hour after hour. I changed needles every so often and used a stick from the tree outside to hold the big spool of thread from the factory. I don't feel like my machine is any worse for the wear! O.o 

The work is still far from over, since I have over 100 skirts in inventory (also to be custom-hemmed) that will be available as soon as I finish fulfilling the pre-orders and handling exchanges. There are already plus-sized skirts ready to order on FreshApparel.us if you'd like to get one! 

Thank you all for your patience with me as I let some things slide while getting this project under control. :) I hope you enjoyed this peek "behind the scenes" of Fresh Apparel!


15 comments :

  1. Thanks - that's neat to see! Wow, you've been busy!

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  2. Wow, that's a lot of skirts to hem!
    I have a question for anyone that would like to answer - where can I buy a denim skirt like Olivia's Destination? We are mainly a thrift-store-shopping family, so I haven't exactly looked around a lot of places, but does anyone have an idea of where I can look?

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    1. Hi! I know how you feel. I really wanted one of Olivia's skirts but I couldn't afford it. I went to EBay to get a denim skirt. They have a ton and sometimes you can win the bid for a really good price!

      Olivia, I am not trying to take business away from you. Your skirts are are custom made I the USA so the price HAS to be higher in order to compensate for the price of cost and materials. I am just trying to help Anonymous out :) ,
      I hope this comment doesn't offend you!!

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    2. Thank you, Anonymous! :-) I will definitely go look there!

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  3. Sometimes when I read your update posts on these skirts i think to back to shortly after I started reading your blog regularly and you were sort of tossing the idea around of going into business making the Errand #17 skirt, asking readers if it was something they'd buy... and then I think about this post where you're going through the immense amount of skirts you're finishing...

    I am just so flat-out impressed at how well you have put this together with hard work and family/friend support! It's not often you see a small business grow from idea to shipping out those finished skirts, you know? :)

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  4. Wow, y'all work quick! 80 skirts in five days, that's awesome!

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  5. So cool! Wow I'd lose it with all that hemming! I understand your pride in getting them done. And made in the USA is too awesome! We need more of that! lol

    Glad you're doing well

    Love, Ruth

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  6. So many skirts!

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  7. this is so great :) you girls did amazing work! Got my skirt yesterday and it fits perfectly! love it, thank you! :)

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  8. I got my skirt in the mail today. Maybe one from this pile? It is gorgeous and fits perfectly, and, when I put it on, I felt like you made it just for me. :)

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  9. Whoo!!! Go you!! Keep up the incredible work!

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  10. Wow---193 skirts is a lot! Good for you! I'm so glad your machine didn't break down!

    http://notionsofnotes.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love this!
    Charis

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  12. Yes, I did enjoy this behind-the-scenes update! Thank you so much for your diligence on this project! I've been super inspired by Madeline's photography, too, so it was fun to see these pictures. :)

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  13. Goodness dear! You have been busy! But I know all of your customers will appreciate the very hard work you have put into each skirt.

    May the Lord continue to bless you bountifully!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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