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all-in-1 travelwear :+:  light-weight & sturdy  :+: beachwear :+: organic cotton  :+: wear it your way :+: open license patterns
all-in-1 travelwear :+: light-weight & sturdy :+: beachwear :+: organic cotton :+: wear it your way :+: open license patterns
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:+: thePIECES of this #puzzledclothes kickstarter

This is a dress that could be worn in 7 different ways.  So the wearer can travel in style, without having to carry lots of bags!  Make your own, or gift one to a fellow traveler.  Pattern fits sizes 2-22.

Multi-functional dress that you can wear as a shawl/skirt AND vest!

'Light travel' for the bag & footprint is the mantra at #puzzledclothes. Creating clothing that fits an active lifestyle eco-consciously, without being too bulky, or requiring extra checked baggage is critical to the entire line. So too is maintaining flexibility of style and having options, both important pieces of the #puzzledclothes ethos. Each puzzled piece gives you that...

+ theRAPall-in-one Dresses/Skirts/Shawl/Scarf/Vest plus more!

theRAP all-in-1
theRAP all-in-1
theRAP 'overalls'
theRAP 'overalls'

 I created theRAP, an all-in-1 (really it's at least seven styles in one) that can be worn to dance in as a skirt, be tied around one's neck as a dress while shopping, used to cover shoulders as a shawl for the beach, or simply wrapped around the neck as a scarf for the plane. AND it does a heck of alot more than just that. One piece of #puzzledclothes in your bag gives freedom, and options. Yep.

This is a multi-functional garment, with no-seams, awkward zippers or pulls. It is comfortable and easy to wear apparel. I chose ties because they just plain ole' give you more ways to wear it so you can have fun with your clothes.

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+ why release the patterns?

They are easy to make.  You control your style choices (fabric, etc).  AND, the closer to home they are constructed, the less impact their construction has on the earth.  

Make yours unique, show your style! Stencil it, grafitti it, bleach it out, illustrate on it, silkscreen it...swarovski crystal it.  Make it yours!

+ where will the funds go?:

These kickstarter funds will go to the digitization of new puzzled patterns, for the update of the puzzled::clothes website,  and to the kickstarter processing fees.

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Risks and challenges

:+: theREALITY

The good news: the RAP pattern is already digitized, I've been producing the RAP since 2010, but this is the first time the pattern will be available. Email is a super easy way to get the pattern to you in its .pdf format. All you'll need to do is have a way to print the file (on a flashdrive, it's $5 at the local big box copy shop), some fabric to cut, a pair of scissors and a flat surface. In less than :10 minutes you'll have a puzzled piece. Embellish at your discretion.

:+: Satisfaction

The patterns will be emailed within the 1st week of June, so you can have your pieces ready for summer travelling.

The RAP-kit fabric will be cut and ready to ship by July 1st. I am using a well regarded manufacturer of organic cotton in N.C. (my homestate!) to supply the fabric. If the campaign is successful, you will receive an email order form once funding is successful that will let you pick which color you would like.

If for any reason our supplier cannot provide the organic fabric as expected, I will first seek another supplier. If all the organic cotton in the US becomes unavailable, I'll contact sponsors directly to suggest flax.

:+: Trust

If there are any issues with your pattern or fabric, I will work with you to make your puzzled piece a success.

puzzled::clothes is a small company. It consists of me, some great technically skilled industry-friends in NC and LA, and a trusty slew of devoted and supportive models and part-time help. Though small, it's not #puzzledclothes first rodeo.

I have brought puzzled::clothes to major markets and industry shows in the US and satisfactorily met customers orders since 2010. Order fulfillment and satisfaction should have no hiccups thanks to the format of this campaign (email!) and your creativity!

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    Piece of the puzzle gratitude :+: Thank you for supporting the development of the website that will allow access to useful, eco-friendly puzzled designs.

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    #pieceofthepuzzle group membership :+:
    Share your 'way to wear it'. Become a member of the #puzzledclothes insiders FB group. This forum is for supporters of #puzzledclothes to have a dedicated way to exchange ideas, techniques and insights as to how to get the most wear out of each puzzle piece.

    We will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

    This is THE online home for puzzled clothes wearers to post photos, suggestions about techniques and to share their creativity about how to wear their #puzzledclothes pieces.

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    Hand printed limited edition 'Thank you for wings' puzzled::clothes postcard/bookmark.

    Featuring the hand-carved stamp 'Thank you for wings' graphic by Rupa. In gratitude of your support of this campaign and the handmade movement.

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    *Special* EARLY BIRD RAP PATTERN

    2 RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawl pattern for
    US Women's sizes 6-12 or 14-22.
    Emailed .pdf no-sew version of the RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawl.

    This is a license to make 2 not for resale RAP pieces (non-commercial license).

    PLUS
    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    regular RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawl Pattern.
    Fits US Womens' sizes 6-12 or 14-22.

    All-In-One no-sew pattern.
    Emailed .pdf version of the RAP dress.
    Sized for easy printing.

    This is a license to make 1 not for resale RAP piece (non-commercial license).

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    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    VIP un::puzzling Ecstatic Dance & 'RAP' making-workshop.

    Exclusive event for donors to this campaign and their +1. Entrance to the un::puzzling ecstatic dance and a digitized copy of the .pdf pattern (to produce 1 garment).

    Celebration to be held in Asheville, NC. Date to be determined for June or July of 2015.

    The evening:
    the un::puzzling ecstatic dance featuring a 2 hour wave brought to you by two special surprise guest DJs. So you can whirl and twirl in your creation.

    ++The ecstatic dance will be soul-nourishing and heart-filling. A great way to release stress and to celebrate the release of these patterns!

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    Multi-RAP

    Make Multiple RAPs... at this level, use the pattern to make 5 RAPs for friends and family...or keep them all for the ultimate #puzzledclothes wardrobe! You're style, you're way.
    Pattern emailed in a downloadable .pdf file. Not for resale (non-commercial license only).

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    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    *SPECIAL EARLY BIRD

    RAPkit (make 1)
    [looking for a special project-gift for a friend?]

    We provide the .pdf pattern (in regular or plus size, you can tell us on the order form, once we get the greenlight) instructions AND the necessary amount of organic cotton, made-in-the-USA fabric needed for you to construct 1 RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawl.

    You may then use the pattern to make 1 more RAP pieces with fabrics of your choice. Share each, or keep 'em all for the most versatile wardrobe for the road!

    This is a license to make 2 not for resale RAP pieces (non-commercial license).

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    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    RAPkit
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    We provide the .pdf pattern (in regular or plus size) instructions AND the necessary amount of organic cotton, made-in-the-USA fabric needed for you to construct 1 RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawl.

    You may then use the pattern to make 1 more RAP piece with fabrics of your choice. Share each, or keep 'em all for the most versatile wardrobe for the road!

    This is a license to make 2 not for resale RAP pieces (non-commercial license).

    PLUS
    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    VIP un::puzzling Ecstatic Dance & 'RAP' making-workshop.

    Exclusive event for donors to this campaign and their +1. Entrance to the un::puzzling ecstatic dance and pattern release celebration in Asheville, NC. Date to be determined for June or July of 2015.

    The event is a 2-part evening:
    ::1:: A make-your-own RAP workshop, followed by
    ::2:: the un::puzzling ecstatic dance featuring a 2 hour wave brought to you by two special surprise guest DJs. So you can whirl and twirl in your creation.

    The 'make-your-own' workshop will be the first part of the evening. A 2 hour period in which you have the opportunity to make one RAPs with Rupa present to answer questions. Your organic fabric & pattern will be supplied.

    ++ A super-secret pattern will be made available as a surprise for supporters who would like to create an additional garment.

    ++The ecstatic dance will be soul-nourishing and heart-filling. A great way to release stress and to celebrate the release of these patterns!

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    RAP + ARTist collaboration

    Are you an eco-conscious Artist looking to re-sell puzzled::clothes with your original artwork? This perk gives you the license to create 10 puzzled RAP pieces for limited resale.

    Available only for artists seeking the RAP as an artistic medium.

    This is a limited license, allowing the artist permission to create 10 RAP pieces from the .pdf puzzled sized pattern for retail. Credit as a puzzled::clothes must be given.

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    *SPECIAL EARLY-BIRD*
    3 RAPkits.
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    We provide the .pdf pattern (in regular or plus size) instructions AND the necessary amount of organic cotton, made-in-the-USA fabric needed for you to construct 3 RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawls.

    Show your creativity and share each, or keep 'em all for the most versatile wardrobe on the road!

    This includes a license to make 3 not for resale RAP pieces (non-commercial license).

    PLUS
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    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    3 RAPkits.
    [looking for a special project-gift for a friend?]

    We provide the .pdf pattern (in regular or plus size) instructions AND the necessary amount of organic cotton, made-in-the-USA fabric needed for you to construct 3 RAP Skirt/Dress/Shawls.

    Share each, or keep them all for the most versatile wardrobe for the road!

    This includes a license to make 3 not for resale RAP pieces (non-commercial license).

    PLUS
    #pieceofthepuzzle membership perk :+:
    gain membership to the private online group,
    where we will share updates about new designs and you will gain insider access to new puzzled::clothes releases before anyone else.

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    Personal skype styling consultation. Looking for how to wear your RAP once it is made? Rupa can walk you through how to tie it and how to wear it step by step so you can maximize your time and achieve wearing it however you like. :30 minute consultation.

    Feel free to invite friends and make this a group Skype consultation!

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    1 hour Skype draping and puzzled::how-to lesson with Rupa. Receive personalized instruction in the many ways the RAP can be worn. Plus, use the time to discuss creative garmentry and the mathematical theory of draping, in order to turn a simple piece of fabric into a stunning article of clothing. Perhaps you are refining an original design? You provide fabric and Rupa will provide draping expertise.

    "I've been draping since I was in 6th grade and took one rectangle of quilt fabric, pinned it kilt style with safety pins and wore it to school as a skirt. Fabric has an organic flow, understanding mathematical proportions helps one achieve ideal draping. As is true in all good art, draping is a science."

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