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My First Production Sample Ever :-)

April 24, 2016


My day job sent me to southern California last week, which worked out perfectly for me because (1) I love L.A. and (2) I could stop by the factory to check on my silk top. I went to the factory on Friday afternoon a tiny bit nervous. What if it didn’t look right? The factory owner greeted me with a big smile and said “your sample came out so beautiful!” I held my breath as he walked over to the clothing rack in his office, and grabbed it to show me. The silk charmeuse flowed like liquid gold and the seams were perfectly executed. I exhaled. My production sample is gorgeous. 


We sat and talked about the benefits of sourcing 54” silk instead of 48” for this particular pattern, one benefit being the ton of money I’d save in fabric cost since I’d need less fabric per shirt. In this business, every penny saved counts. We talked about options for placement of the company label. Then, he got on the phone to get a quote for me on grading. Tip: know how many sizes you want to grade before you ask for a grading estimate. For example, if I’m making this shirt in extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large, then that’s five sizes. But if I also want to sell it in 2XL, then I’m grading six sizes, which changes the cost. Get it?  


I started asking a bunch of questions, taking notes, making conversation, and just having a great afternoon. Then I happened to look at my watch and realized I needed to get to LAX to catch my flight. I ran to the car, gingerly placed my new shirt in my suitcase, and drove to the airport like a speed demon.


P.S. - People who know me well know that Prince is a HUGE part of my life. My entire work room has been decorated in framed Prince posters and album covers for years. He passed away this week and I choose not to address it right now. May He Rest in Peace.



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