Our Fall 2017 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp was successful beyond expectations. By our second day of sewing coats (that we’ll donate to needy New Mexico kids), we were so far ahead that attendees had time to get bored and look for something else to do. Thus, we started spreading and cutting 200+ more live trap covers tor our local TNR program (Street Cat Hub). This is our fifth event in two years, and once we’ve finished, our running tally of products we’ve manufactured for donation will be:
325 winter coats for needy kids
375 live trap covers used to neuter wild cats, 85 liners for feral boxes that the city of Albuquerque uses, as well as dog beds donated to the city and other local 501c3 rescue operations.
270 dresses for senior citizens
200+ pairs of school pants for elementary school children
360 luxury grade (22″x22″) cloth napkins donated to Karma Cafe
Many months after the fact, I’m pleased to report that we manufactured over 200 pairs of pants for donation to needy New Mexico school children. Our weak link continues to be distribution (giving away free stuff is harder than you’d think) but these should be going to their new homes before the end of the month along with the coats we just made. Here is a picture of the Spring 2017 Boot Camp staff:
Here are photos of the final prototype bomber jacket that we’re making in Fall 2016 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp. Again, volunteers (2 slots still available) congregate over 4 days in my Albuquerque sewing factory to make winter coats that are donated to needy children in our community. I’m quite pleased with how it came out. Clicking on any image will take you to the full size photo, and discussion plus links to videos follow below them.
This bomber jacket has raglan sleeves with a darted shoulder for superior fit. This particular jacket is a size 7, designed specific to our “customer”. Our customer has a rounder and slightly longer torso in relation to over all height. I suppose one could say it is designed for a child who gets a lot of macro nutrients. To be less diplomatic about it, the jackets will fit a heavier than average child.
The angled trim along the sleeves is reflective. The trim itself is exceedingly difficult to source and involves much gnashing of teeth and copious begging. The same could be said for the ribbing but that’s another story. Returning to the trim, we changed the placement of it as compared to the coat we made last Fall because this will be more visible and eye catching. The trim of 2015 was along the yokes which ended up being covered by a backpack or its straps. As the wearer is often swinging their arms as they walk, putting it on the sleeve is an excellent choice. I don’t remember which designer had that idea but it’s gold, in my opinion.
Speaking of our designers, the two who finished our final prototype, allowed me to video them being somewhat silly. The first one is their testimonial for boot camp. You can meet these characters and work with them if you register today -we still have 2 openings. Enjoy.