Since October I’ve been working on several wholesale orders for my Spring 2012 collection. This is the first production cycle that I’ve done since leaving modaspia in 2007, and it can be, well, a production.
Production requires attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and awesome time management. To wit, the simplest of my styles for spring has 5 pattern pieces and 3 trim elements, and is available in 3 different fabric options. Multiply that by 7 styles and you have the potential for countless sleepless nights.
But, as much as I dread it at times, it has made me a more tidy and organized person, and may even count as anti-Alzheimer’s exercise for my brain.
Today I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pics, and Oami’s Five Tips To Bring Order To Chaos Or At Least Not Lose Your Marbles.
1. Planning, planning, planning:
With the amount of work that needs to be accomplished in a very short period of time it can be tempting to jump right in. Don’t. The more time you spend thinking about and planning what needs to happen the better off you will be. Break the project down into individual tasks, make a list, and then sort by priority. When you start work each day, look at the list to set your intention for the day.
2. Write it down:
It may be crystal clear in your mind, but believe me, in a month when you’ve moved on to something else, it won’t be.
3. Slow down:
Rushing is not efficient. You are more likely to make a mistake, which will slow you down in the long run.
4. Too much is better than too little:
This one did not come naturally to me, but now I send my sewers extra bias tape, labels, zippers etc. It saves money and the headache of ordering just a little bit more when a zipper breaks or a label falls somewhere inaccessible and the sewers are less cranky. Worse case scenario you have leftovers. (This shift in attitude, by the by, has also made me a better hostess).
5. Something will always go wrong:
Despite all your best efforts, there will be something that you forget, or that goes awry. Try not to panic. Usually there is a solution, it’s your job to find it.
Overall it’s been a pretty smooth process, though maybe it’s just that I’m better at anticipating potential problems, or less thrown off than I used to be by the wrinkles. There’s a huge sense of satisfaction when all the hard work and late mights are done and you get to see a rack full of clothes, just waiting to be shipped out: