We are four women who decided one day that the status quo is not going
to fly with us. It's about time that we stop giving our clothing
dollars to companies who grudgingly scale up their "regular" clothing to
fit larger sizes (poorly), pass off awkward designs and horrible prints
on us, and make assumptions about what we can and can't do. We have
varying body types and varying levels of activities, but the one thing
we have in common is that like many women, what's on offer doesn't work
So what's with the name? Isn't that, like, insulting?
You can check out our blog for our full statement on our name, but
here's the short version... "Everybody" knows that fat women don't
exercise. "Everybody" knows that fat women won't buy active wear even
if it's easily available to them. "Everybody" knows that our comany
will succeed when pigs fly. And "Everybody" is wrong. We're not calling ourselves or our clientele pigs. We're saying that the proverbial pigs are flying, so now what?
So what's the project?
We'll be purchasing the materials and tools to make roughly 250 active wear garments to order, and paying our seamstress to work on this project exclusively for a month. We'll also be building a retail website to take orders.
Ok, but aren't there companies out there that make that stuff already?
and no. Yes, there are companies out there making "plus sized"
exercise gear. BUT most have a size chart that stops at a 60" hip
measurement. The one company that we were able to find that offers
sizes larger than that charges about $80 for a pair of yoga-type pants.
That's not an amount that's reasonable for a lot of people, especially
in this economy.
We're different in several important ways. We
have no upper size limit on our products. Some of the money from
Kickstarter will pay for the pattern drafting software and wide format
printer so that we can offer our active wear in any size. Our prices
will be more affordable for the average customer, with retail prices in
the $25-50 per item range. And we'll be making our garments right here
in Oregon, not sending them out to a factory overseas.
So what do you need the money for?
- Pattern drafting software and a wide format printer so that we can offer any of our items in any size, no limits.
A professional grade serger so that we can reliably produce
professionally made garments. Our current serger is almost 25 years old
and was never meant to be used in a production setting. It lacks the
features we need for efficient production and will be prone to frequent
- Our initial wholesale purchase of fabric, elastic, and
thread. Buying in bulk at wholesale prices allows us to keep the
projected retail price in a reasonable range.
- A fair wage for
our seamstress. One person will be doing all of our initial production
work, and it takes skill and craftsmanship to sew a garment from start
to finish, especially in large quantities. She'll be setting aside all
of her other work for at least one month, and we think it's important to
ensure that she'll still earn about the same amount of money. Going
forward, we have a fair wage built into the retail price of the
- An efficient, ergonomic work space. The right tools,
from tables at the right height to quality cutting tools, will help
increase efficiency. Our seamstress is currently set up for custom
work, not production work, and the right tools can cut production time
in half, easily.
What makes your stuff any better than what's already available?
Well, we believe that the simple fact that it's designed, tested, and made by women of size for women of size
that it's already better. All those quirky things that you notice
about clothes after you start wearing them, we've taken notice and made
adjustments. We also believe in making quality clothing that lasts, not
replacing your wardrobe once a year.
All of our items in this initial line are made out of 100% cotton knit. We're doing our best to find a supplier of American made fabric... because when we say Made in USA, we mean it!
You've only got 4 items right now. Any plans to expand?
In the very near future we'd like to expand our active wear line, and
also offer some basic wardrobe pieces that we think should be available
all the time, like non-elastic waistband slacks with pockets and basic
white and black polos and button down shirts... the kinds of things that
are frequently required in employer dress codes. After that, the sky
is the limit.
Have any of you ever manufactured clothes before?
yes and no answer to this one. Rene has done custom sewing both for
herself and private clients. Sometimes that means a single garment made
to order, and sometimes that means hemming 80 dresses for a college
choir. She's done a lot of work to break down the construction process
so that it will run smoothly and efficiently in a production setting.
Also, because we will have no upper size limit, our production will be a
mix of making many identical items at the same time and making garments
to order. That's why Rene will be focusing exclusively on this project
for at least a month, if not longer. And if we receive more orders
than she can handle on her own, the production process is set up so that
Bobby, Audre, and Barb can step in and help at any time, with any stage
of production. They all have the basic skills to help out, and will
spend several hours getting acquainted with the tools and serger once
International Backers -
Please keep in mind that there are additional shipping costs for sending things overseas. We're perfectly willing to ship anywhere in the world, but please add a little extra to your pledge to help offset the cost of shipping. Also please be aware that your rewards will take longer to arrive. We'll email international backers with shipping estimates when they become available.
We did our best to balance a high quality fabric with keeping the overall cost of the garments low. We believe that for this initial launch, all cotton was the best choice. While it isn't a perfect solution, it will function very well for those who do low and medium intensity work outs. And of our choices in the price range, the cotton was a much better choice than the stuffy polyesters we had to choose from. As we grow and expand, we'll add other fabric choices and other items for high performance activities.
You'll receive your choice of four items from the collection for yourself, plus an additional 2 items that you can either keep for yourself, or send them as a gift to a friend (shipping for gift is free within the U.S.) And you'll get the limited edition tote and a personal video thank you message.
Wow! For the amazing commitment of $500, you'll get all of the rewards offered at the $300 level, plus a hand-made piece of artwork using the Flying Pig Apparel logo as inspiration. It might be a hand-drawn poster by Audre or a applique wall-hanging by Rene, but it will be completely one of a kind.