It is the Future and it is
1. Choose your pattern from a library of independent designers.
2. Pick your fabric -19 varieties such as silk, cotton, jersey, twill, etc.
3. Select your surface design - 295,500 to be exact, or design your own.
4. Plug in your measurements for a perfect fit - OK, It's not that amazing YET, but a reliable source says they are exploring that capacity. If you're between sizes, choose the larger. You will also receive a PDF of all the sizes which you may print off and make your adjustments accordingly.
5. Look over pattern placement to optimize where the surface design lies on the body. (Crotch flowers: no thank you.)
6. Receive your custom fabric/pattern hybrid and proceed to cut and sew!
This. Changes. EVERYTHING.
NOTE: Shrinkage has been accounted for in the printing, so you will want to pre-wash your fabric prior to cutting to allow for that.
It’s not only a resource for the home sewer, but the implications for indie designers with RTW e-commerce are huge. Imagine this:
1. You are shopping online at your favorite site.
2. You see a dress you fancy.
3. Customize by selecting your choice of fabric, trim, hem lengths, sleeves, no sleeves?
4. Order is sent out for printing
5. Order is sent to the floor for sewing or direct to consumer for a discount to be assembled at home.
6. Company saves HUGE on overhead. No need to purchase, store, and track an inventory of clothing that may or likely may not sell out completely. Customer gets exactly what they want. Win, win? Not to mention the Environment, let's not sell that short!
What are your thoughts about this exciting new development?
Have you tried it?
I'm looking forward to doing so myself and will report back in a follow-up post.
Please visit Sprout Patterns and Spoonflower for more information and to get started on your handmade wardrobe.
Special Thanks also to Colette patterns for introducing us via their "Myrtle' Dress Review. Lookin' good, Haley and Taylor! We've sang Colette's praises earlier here, but if you haven't had a chance to visit, please give it a go. It's a wonderful community of makers. Love the newsletter on imbuing life with ritual.