About this project
Hi, I’m Margo Anderson. Welcome to my Kickstarter project, the Italian Renaissance Lady’s Patterns, a collection of sewing patterns for women’s clothing of 16th century Italy.
Since 2001, I’ve been the owner and creator of Margo Anderson’s Historic Costume Patterns, also known as Margo’s Patterns. My patterns are used by reenactors, Renaissance Faire performers, and theatrical and film costumers all over the world, and are widely known as the best historical costume patterns in the industry.
For years my customers have been asking for Italian patterns, and now the first two , the Italian Lady’s Underpinnings and the Italian Lady’s Wardrobe, are almost finished. These two patterns will include all the pieces you need to make a complete wardrobe for women of all classes, in every size from 2 to 30.
NEW! Since we've had such phenomenal response to this project, I've added a third pattern, the Zimarra. This coat-like overdress would be worn over the skirts and bodices in the Wardrobe pattern. It also makes an elegant bathrobe!
As with all my patterns, they’ll be printed on high quality tissue, with the same markings and standards as those used by the big commercial pattern companies. However, the directions are not a few folded sheets; they are literally a book-length loose-leaf manual with step-by-step instructions and hundreds of clear, detailed illustrations.
So where will the money go? The greatest expense is printing the two or three 4' by 7' pattern sheets for each package. The printer in Michigan requires a minimum print run of a thousand of each sheet, so this adds up fast. Shipping them to me in California costs, as well.
We purchase the paper, shrink wrap, plastic bags, and other supplies for the instruction books. The laser printer for the manuals requires toner cartridges that cost around $250, and we’ll probably go through three or four of them with this project. Then there’s mailing the final product to you, at around $5 per package. It adds up fast!
What I won’t be spending money on is fancy new equipment or living expenses while I work on the patterns. I’ve been working on them for over a year, and they are nearly done. I’m only asking you to help me get them printed and shipped.
You might be wondering why, if I have a successful business, I’m using Kickstarter to raise funds. It’s simple. I’ve always relied on pre-sales to raise the money to produce the patterns. The problem with pre-sales is that it can take a long time to get enough of them. Then the customers who bought early on get frustrated, and so do I. With Kickstarter, we’re still doing pre-sales, but in one relatively short period.
Pre-sales will be in the form of “Rewards.” You choose which rewards package you want. Some include the patterns, and some don’t. All of them have some extra "goodies" to say thank you. So if you want to spend a little (or a lot!) more, there are a number of great extra rewards to choose from, so check them out! And if there's a reward you'd like, such as a combination of patterns, but you don't see it listed, email me at kickstarter@margospatterns and I'll see if I can arrange it for you.
This project will run for 38 days. (The video says 30, but we decided to add another week to make it easier for those of you who get paid monthly.) If the campaign is successful, two weeks later I'll have the money, we'll send the Underpinnings to the printers, and I'll get back to work on the Wardrobe. The Underpinnings should ship in late April, and the Wardrobe package a few months later.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. If we don't make the goal, we won't have the money to print the patterns!
I can't think of anything more frustrating than having these beautiful patterns ready to go, and not being able to send them out into the world. Please don't let that happen!
If you want the Italian patterns to exist, and Historic Costume Patterns to be able to continue to bring you the finest historical costume patterns in the world, pledge whatever you can, and and equally important, spread the word.
Help me to help you make beautiful things!
Risks and challenges
After a dozen years in the business, I'm well aware of the risks and pitfalls and how to anticipate them. The worst problem I can imagine is also the best one; that I'll get so many backers that we'll have supply flow problems. I'm already recruiting people who can be on call to come and help me, should that happen. Also, I'm taking care of my health to be sure I'll be able to deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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