|Green Tree Organic Bikini Panty|
Way back in August of last year I made the decision to have Faerie’s Dance start its own line of organic intimates and loungewear in order to keep consist stock of our highest turnover items. It took a couple of months to get an ambitious plan in place, but lack of experience and a little bad luck had us riddled with obstacles and delays. Finally, almost a year after the initial idea was formulated, we have our first 2 styles on sale. For me, it’s a momentous occasion.
These two designs are first for one simple reason – we were able to iron out the fit details and get them stylish and comfortable with just 2 rounds of prototyping. Some of the other styles have been more problematic. The two printed designs from the original plan are now in their fourth prototype sewing. But the point is to put out a style that will be comfortable and fun to wear. So producing something that doesn’t have exactly the right fit isn’t an option.
We’re also still learning some surprising lessons. For example, some of the colors “behave” differently than others in sewing. We’ve even found that stretched fabric (it’s stretched a little when it’s rolled into bolts) will “ease” after cutting and sewing. So you have to adjust the machine tension a little from the first couple of sewing days to the last. While most of these little details have now been worked out, you will find that there’s a 1/2″ size difference from some colors to others in the same size. And while that is apparently considered “normal” in sewing, we’re working with our producer to really hit a consistent size, stretch and tension every time so that you as a customer will know exactly what you’re getting. If you like these panties, we want you to be able to buy them again 3 years from now and get the exact same fit.
At this point, our original Phase 1 and Phase 2 plans have been combined. We’re currently in varying phases of production on 10 additional pieces including panties with covered elastic, a few sleeker styles, some lace panty versions, a cami with bra, leggings, and a bralette. Our goal is to put out 2 additional styles approximately every 6-8 weeks.
Once we round out this dozen, hopefully in early 2015, we’ll have professional model photos taken of the entire line. I apologize that it’s taken so long and am at the same time immensely grateful for all of you who’ve been watching this journey and stuck with us. We’re offering these first two styles for $1 off for a very short time as a Thank You. (Oh and quick hint: our 9 year anniversary is coming up soon, so watch for something extra special in the July newsletter.)