What were some big or small milestones that you hit after going through Factory45?
I decided to do things a little differently than most of the students that go through Factory45 and make each piece sold through my Kickstarter myself. I wanted to do it this way, because I value the art of perfecting a craft. I love sewing and truly believe in the art of handmade pieces.
Since completing Factory45, I’ve had a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $18,000 and have been working to cut, sew, and ship the 142 orders. This has meant very, VERY long work days, sleepless night, and hard work. Deciding to go this route has not been easy. I’ve had many snags along the way, like my machine breaking and having to buy a new one, ruined garments because of one thing or another, etc., and it’s taken longer than I had anticipated, but I stand by my choice. I can proudly say that I have poured my heart into each and every piece that has left my studio. I’ve been able to ensure the quality of the work. And I’ve connected with each one of my customers and I know them by name.
I’ve also participated in a virtual pop-up with a handful of other incredible brands. This was great exposure and I was able to connect more women with sustainable clothing and slow fashion. And just last weekend I had the pleasure of showcasing the current collection and a few one-of-a-kind pieces in a local hair and fashion show. I can honestly say it’s been a joy getting to do what I love every day!