STRETCH GOAL SUCCESSFUL: KHAKI SKIRTS NOW AVAILABLE!
The project reached 100% funding on Friday, August 14th, thanks to our amazing backers!
We created a stretch goal: if we reached $14,000 by the project's end, khaki would be available as a color option for every skirt reward (regardless of when the pledge was made), in addition to black. That goal was met on Wednesday, August 19th!
Note: the original amount for the khaki stretch goal was $23,000. Update #8 explains how we were able to so dramatically reduce it.
Khaki was selected as the target color for the stretch goal based on a backer survey.
Skirts for all. Pockets for all. Clothing that isn't arbitrarily gendered. These are our project's driving principles.
We've spent the last 2+ years developing the unisex Unaligned Skirt: designing, sewing and testing prototypes, creating formal product specs, testing sizes, and preparing for production with our partner factory located here in the U.S.
We're completely ready to order the first production run of skirts, but we need your support to make it happen!
Please click the green Back This Project button to help make our skirt a reality. If we reach our goal amount by our project end date, your pledge will be paid, the first run of skirts will be made, and you'll receive the reward you selected. If we don't reach our goal, you'll keep your pledge amount.
- If you'd like more than 2 skirts, select the 2-skirt reward level and increase your pledge as described in the reward details.
- If you'd like a skirt and a magnet, select a skirt reward level and increase your contribution by $10.
THE UNALIGNED SKIRT
- Denim - durable and comfortable
- 9.5-ounce - lighter than typical jeans denim (12-16 ounces), so it drapes better (more flow-y) but is still pretty tough
- Bull - has a solid-color look because it's made from yarn that's all the same color. Unlike classic denim, which has a mixed-colors look because its warp yarns are indigo and its weft yarns are white.
- Brushed - for a soft touch
FEATURED: MEDIA AND BLOGS
Having reached our stretch goal, black and khaki are now available as colors for every skirt!
We won't collect your color selection(s) until the project closes. You'll be able to pick any color that's available, regardless of when you made your pledge.
For reference, here are all of the colors the fabric comes in. Again, the skirt is not available in all of these colors -- just black and khaki. If the brand continues to grow, hopefully we'll be able to add more of these colors in the future.
We won't officially collect your skirt size until the project closes. But please read this section carefully to ensure we'll have your size when the time comes!
DO NOT use your normal pants waist size! In most cases, that won't translate to the correct skirt size and you'll end up waiting (possibly a long time) for a size exchange instead of enjoying your new skirt! Instead:
- Use a cloth measuring tape or a piece of string to measure around your waist, at the level where you'd like the waistband to sit.
- If you use a piece of string, mark the point on the string where the end meets it, then measure that length of string using a yardstick or any kind of measuring tape.
- Do not measure your waist directly with a metal measuring tape or a yardstick.
- Do not measure over clothes other than underwear.
- Don't guess!
Why we aren't using standard sizes:
- Sizing differs from brand to brand, in part due to vanity sizing.
- Some people like to wear the waistband lower on their hips, while others prefer it be closer to their natural waist. So two people with the same true waist size might want two different skirt sizes. Note: the skirt is designed to sit at what is sometimes referred to as the "jeans waist" in menswear or "low/mid rise" in womenswear.
- Since you won't be able to try on different sizes before choosing, it's critical that we have an objective sizing method that allows you to clearly figure out your correct size at home.
We have the following eight waist sizes:
- 30-31 inches (76-80 cm)
- 32-33 inches (81-85 cm)
- 34-35 inches (86-90 cm)
- 36-37 inches (91-95 cm)
- 38-39 inches (96-100 cm)
- 40-41 inches (101-105 cm)
- 42-43 inches (106-110 cm)
- 44-45 inches (111-115 cm)
If you're on the edge between two sizes and are having trouble deciding, we'd recommend choosing the larger size.
The skirt is 22.5 inches (57 cm) long, measured on the side, from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the hem.
To test how long the skirt would be on you:
- Kneel on the floor.
- Measure the distance from the floor to where you'd like to wear the top edge of your waistband. Measure at the side of your body rather than the front or back.
- That measurement is approximately how long a skirt would need to be to reach the middle of your knees.
- If the measurement is less than 22.5 inches, the Unaligned Skirt will fall above the middle of your knee. If more than 22.5 inches, it will fall below.
Several people who've tested the skirt have liked it longer or shorter than mid-knee. It just depends on your preference.
We would like to offer more lengths, but unfortunately there are minimums per size, so increasing the number of sizes above the 8 we are starting with isn't possible without raising our goal amount and lowering our chance of success.
If you'd be interested in a shorter or longer skirt, please send us a message indicating what length you'd like to have. We're considering making one or more additional lengths into stretch goals too, but most likely we'll focus on adding colors rather than lengths.
If you do some sewing and are wondering about shortening the skirt yourself: yes, it is possible. We'll post instructions later, but don't plan on doing this unless you're comfortable with a sewing machine.
The fabric is pre-shrunk, but there is slight additional shrinkage that occurs during the first washing. The sizing takes this into account, so all of the measurements should be correct after washing.
If the size you ordered turns out to be incorrect, we'll exchange it for another size for no additional charge - assuming we have a skirt of the replacement size in stock. You'll pay to ship the original back to us; we'll pay to ship the replacement to you.
We won't have an unlimited supply from the initial production run, so there's a chance we won't be able to do an immediate exchange. Assuming that we do more production runs, we'll eventually be able to complete the exchange if you're willing to wait. But we can't guarantee this 100%, nor can we guarantee when it will be.
A few years ago, the coed ultimate frisbee team I was on decided we'd all wear skirts and dresses for one game. It made me realize that there wasn't a good reason for men not to wear skirts, and that I'd just automatically never thought about it before.
I think arbitrary social conventions like these harm us by limiting our perspectives and partitioning us from one another. But they tend to exist in our blind spots. It's fun and healthy to find and break them.
So I started shopping for skirts, but I couldn't find any that quite matched what I was looking for. I was learning to sew at the time, so I tried to make my own. It was a long and challenging process, but finally, after about 25 prototypes, I had one I was excited about. I started posting pictures online, and refined the design further based on the feedback I received.
Since many responses were positive and enthusiastic, I wanted to explore turning the skirt into a product. I partnered with Clothier Design Source, an award-winning local company that has helped over 300 brands develop their clothing concepts into products. They drafted the formal pattern, graded it into sizes, and cut and sewed prototypes of every size. After a whole bunch of friends, men and women, kindly tested the sizes for fit, the product was complete.
To find a factory to make it, I reached out to dozens of manufacturers around the country. Many lacked the proper equipment to make this type of denim garment, and some just didn't seem interested in a small, unconventional project like this one. But in the end, I found a primary factory and a backup, both of which have provided detailed quotes and have made sample Unaligned Skirts of excellent quality.
Risks and challenges
We depend on our suppliers for fabric, thread, zippers, buttons, and labels. In the unlikely event that one of these is discontinued or a supplier shuts down entirely, it would likely lead to a delay of several days or weeks while we found a new supplier and ordered the item. None of our materials are rare, though, so ultimately it would be resolvable.
We depend on our partner factory to make the skirts to a high level of quality and in a timely fashion. They have demonstrated their capabilities by making several high-quality sample Unaligned Skirts for us, and by being the manufacturer for other well-regarded denim clothing brands. Should there be a problem with the factory, we have a backup factory that has also given us a quote and produced a similarly great sample.
That's about it. We've spent the last two years working on this project, and have put most of the risks and unknowns behind us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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