Process

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Looking for a unique piece of clothing that no one else has? You’ve come to the right spot! All of my skirts are made entirely in house- from the bolt to the rack! Here are answers to the two most common questions I get:

RETURN POLICY: For in store/ festival purchase

Skirts may be returned within 15 days of purchase if unworn and tags are still attached. Please note that exchanges are possible up toe 30 days past the purchase date, but as there are only limited numbers of any skirt there may not be additional sizes to exchange. You are able to exchange the skirt for another skirt in the shop of the same price. If you have questions, please contact Nikki at the shop as soon as possible.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

We believe fashion is for everyone: all body types, all ages, and should make the wearer feel good, beautiful, and worthy. As “pret-a-porter” fashion for the everyday consumer is becoming a disposable commodity [by being cheaply and poorly mass produced in conditions that exploit the sewers], we challenge this by creating high quality clothing that is unique, affordable, and ethically made in Minnesota. The goal of my skirts is to utilize various cuts, fabrics, and an array of sizes in order to make skirts and dresses that match the uniqueness and beauty of the person wearing them. They balance comfort with style, and practicality with desirability.

HOW ARE THEY MADE?

All of the skirts are made right in the shop! Here’s my usual process:

  1. Research. I like to know what’s in style, what stores are carrying, and how I can be different from what’s in stores without being massively “weird”. (That might be up for debate..) I do this by searching online by seeing what’s being popularly pinned on Pinterest, what’s being created on Polyvore, and what’s popularly liked on sites like ModCloth. I also keep tabs on what’s being brought into my shop to be altered. This gives me an idea of what people actually are wearing any given season.
  2. Fabric purchase! This is my favorite part. I LOVE buying fabric. I have several places from whom I like to order, as they provide me with a great selection and high quality fabrics. I’m very picky about fiber content, weave, weight, and overall look. Most importantly, it has to feel nice. My rule is: if I don’t want to touch it I don’t want to sew it, and I’d bet you don’t want to wear it.
  3. Now that the fabric has come in, I can play with it and see exactly what it wants to be made into. Most of the time I order with a general idea of what I want to do with it, but sometimes when I have it in person that idea changes completely.
  4. Cutting. This is probably the most important step of the skirt process; if it’s not cut correctly it won’t lay on your body correctly and I don’t want you to look funny in my skirt.
  5. Serging long seams. I then assemble the skirts and sew together all of the long seams and add the elastic for the waistband.
  6. Finishing stitching. This means I sew down the elastic waist- it’s not one of those ones that’s threaded through a loop at the top, it’s actually stitched down. I finish this with any last hemming or adding of embellishments such as lace or appliqués.
  7. Tagging and inventory. Bleh, this is the boring part. But I guess it’s good to know how many skirts I have in stock at any given time, and what size they are. 🙂
  8. ADOPTION! This is where YOU come in. My skirts find the perfect person for them who will love them and they get to go off to their new homes.

If you don’t believe they’re made in house, come into the shop and see what’s in progress! (There is no other explanation for the piles of fabric that are EVERYWHERE in here.)