I know the project choice of this event isn’t going excite many but the targeted population and production goals should.
After interviewing social service agencies and workers, we decided to manufacture house dresses for elderly women. Reason being, once society feeds, houses and medicates the elderly, they are largely forgotten. The specific group we’re serving, has less than $4,000 a year in income. The average annual income of a family of four in Cantron County, New Mexico, is $11,000. Sadly, New Mexico is either dead last, or second to last in nearly every national economic and social indicator there is. And people wonder why I live here -well, there is the greatest need of economic development here!
Our project goals are to cut and sew at least 240 house dresses. There will be 3 distinct designs and at least 3 colorways. We plan to donate at least 2, if not 3, dresses to each lady.
This go round, we are doing the design phase in a four day sprint. That takes place on February 26-29, 2016. These are the things we will accomplish then:
- Analyze fitting and dressing challenges for our “customer”.
- Design for a 240+ unit production run with a minimum of 3 styles and 3 colorways.
- Design dresses with a variety of features valued by our “customer” with an emphasis on self dressing.
- Create the pattern and a complete the production pattern auditing for each style.
- Sew mock ups of each style for group critique
- Ceate finished samples.
- Create an industrial engineering work study to determine the number of operations, sewing time per operation and type of equipment will we need.
- Analyze the sewing skills we need to train for and finalize a plan to manage the challenges of an unknown workforce.
- Do the cut order planning (calculating yields), creating the master schedule to order goods, final costing, and show how to manage production soup to nuts.
- Finalize the sourcing plan to include the costs and inventory we need to complete the project.
There are only 6 slots available for design, 3 are reserved for New Mexico residents. The 3 slots for out of staters are spoken for, leaving 2 New Mexico slots still open. I will keep the NM slots open for a week and then take first come, first served from the waiting list. In other words, by all means, fill out the registration form to be put on the waiting list.
The production phase takes place May 27-30, 2016. We have a total of 24 openings for that. I know that people who try to sell you stuff (we’re not making any money on this, strictly charity) stress that “this offer won’t last” but if the first event is any indication, the event will fill fast. Also, we pared back by a factor of 30%. Instead of 40 plus participants, we will only have 30.
Before I forget, the first mention of these events will be posted to the Albuquerque Fashion Incubator page so if you want to be notified quickly, go there to get on the notification list.
Okay, so that’s all for now. Go to the official announcement page to learn more about this project and to figure out if it is something you want to do. I have to go home now before it gets dark because I lost one of my chickens yesterday and hope I can find her before it gets dark. It is hard to find black chickens in the dark and she is special to us. She was paralyzed when she was a pullet and we nursed her back to health when any sane person would have whacked her over the head. Unlike the other chickens who are named Dorothy, she is named Baby and is very tame. All of the other ones are convinced we are out to kill them. If you didn’t know, chickens are all about drama.