Sorry it’s been so long between posts. We truly have been up to our eyeballs in fabric–not a bad place to be though! I thought some of you might be interested in the challenges we sometimes have in putting together the mailers for our subscribers.
The Fall season fabrics generally bring the most challenges. First of all they are heavier and bulkier than spring fashion fabrics and they often have a loft that can make sampling and stapling a trying proposition. For instance, our recently mailed Autumn II collections nearly cost me my staff!!!
Candy and I generally determine the order for each packet. We know there are certain no-no’s from the sampling team–avoid knit jerseys on the top or bottom, attempt to have a stable fabric on the bottom of the packet if at all possible, silky fabrics need to be buried in the middle so they will behave and so on. Well, this time we inadvertantly placed a silk fabric on top of a velvet. If that were not bad enough, there was a poly/spandex velvet on top of a silk/rayon suiting and, oh yes, another silk underneath the cotton velvet. This created a perfect storm at the sampling machine. Evelyn, who does the sampling, had to patiently re-align the fabric stack after each cut. I realized by then that we were definitely going to have trouble in the stapling area. Sue told me it was the most difficult packet to staple that we had ever had!
So those of you who found your packets to be less than squared up, will understand the challenges we threw at the staff.
Sue has been on vacation for a week. I hardly dare tell her she’s coming back to Winter packets that have–more velvets!!! Can I help it that fashion loves velvet this year? Seriously, everyone has a great attitude about these challenges and does it all with a good sense of humor. It does make me think about the stapling of our packets though. I wonder whether its time to give up the staple and send them unattached. Any thoughts?