Everybody needs a Holiday…

  Karen and I both take little time off to enjoy the holidays. She is going on vacation with her family and I decide to surprise my family in England for Christmas. I hadn’t told anyone in my family about our new project and wanted to surprise them with the idea. We both needed a break and each had a great time away. Written by: Karen After Helen got her IPhone it definitely improved our business communication. But the best use of that phone to date is a video she made surprising her “mum” on Christmas Day. Helen had one of her family members film the moment when her mum realized she had made it all the way to England for Christmas. In the video, her mum enters the house carrying several party items and nonchalantly passes Helen with a quick hello, assuming she is some other invited guest. She suddenly realizes it is her Helen holding the door and immediately drops everything – gifts and food stuffs – to hug her jet-lagged daughter! It was so sweet what a great Christmas surprise! I’ve seen that video twice – and two times it made me cry. Meanwhile, my family (all seven of us) was lucky to have the chance to fly to St. Lucia for holiday. We left on Christmas Day to share some island sun and some much needed rest and relaxation. I returned ready to dig back...

Happy Birthday , Helen !

Early Happy Birthday to me! Karen my ‘Poppet Angel’ has hooked me up with a brand new Iphone 5! Sweet! I have been a flip phone user up until now and it is finally time to move into 2o12! The flip phone just ain’t cutting it especially with no internet! There is so much to do for this business that I need all the help I can get. This is great! I’m going back and forth with Dooley trying to figure out how to make our QR code work for the video that we don’t yet have! At the same time we found out that Ellen our production manager at V.Mora is leaving and moving on. That’s a little scary, especially as we are getting so close to production! I also have been doing some more research on website ideas and came across some ideas that I have sent along to Dooley. It’s a completely different direction that what we started with, but as with everything else, we are constantly...

Saved by Made in the USA, again…

We have to come up with a size chart, so that we can make what is called a ‘size check run’. As we are making the Poppets in XS-XL we need to come up with a chart that we feel will work for average sized women. Karen and I are such opposites that we can both appreciate the need for something that can be used for ‘real’ women. The size check run is literally making pieces in each size to make sure that we not only make sure that everything is sewn correctly and looks good; it also has to be the correct sizing. Then comes the decision of how many pieces to make in each color and size. This is all put into a ‘production run sheet’, so that the manufacturer knows what to do. There is also something called a marker. This is a large sheet of paper that serves as a huge diagram for the manufacturer to be able to lay out all the pieces and cut the fabric. These markers have to be digitized and sent to the manufacturer. Who knew what goes into making one single garment!! It’s amazing to me how much, time, thought and energy goes into apparel production. I have a whole new appreciation for the apparel industry and the people that make and design. It’s really amazing to watch! It is also amazing to start to realize how much money, time and energy it’s taking for us to get this process to where we want it to be. They – whoever ‘they’ are, say that construction takes twice as long...