On day 5 of this campaign, we achieved our goal!
CURRENT STRETCH GOAL: $13,560 FOR BLACK SKIRTS
On day 15, we reached our 1st stretch goal of $8,680, so purple is now a color option for every skirt reward (in addition to grey).
The backers have chosen black as the next color to aim for, so if we reach our 2nd stretch goal of $13,560 before the project ends, black will also be an option for all skirt rewards.
We need your backing to begin production of Skirtcraft's second product, the Aqueous Skirt!
A unisex skirt with large pockets, made in the USA. Because:
- Skirts are an essential clothing form.
- Functional pockets are an essential clothing feature.
- People who make things should be paid well and have good working conditions.
The Aqueous Skirt's distinguishing features:
- Substantial weight, yet fluid drape. Heavy fabric provides balance, durability, and privacy, but is typically stiff. This skirt's weight is split between two layers, both of which are blends containing very-drapey rayon.
- Linen in the outer layer, for a natural, textured feel that doesn't seriously wrinkle like pure linen does.
- A unique, asymmetric design, with seams spiralling down from the pockets.
SELECTION CAN BE MADE AT RIGHT ----------------------------------->
If you'd like the early-backer tag initials and want two or more skirts: use the early-backer reward level, but increase your pledge amount according to the instructions on the reward, the number of skirts you'd like, and the country we're shipping your skirts to. Tip: a pledge can be freely edited later, so if you're unsure and in a rush, just grab the reward as-is and adjust the amount later.
The skirt reward levels each include one sticker per skirt. In the survey you'll receive after the project ends, you can opt to decline the sticker(s). If you'd like additional stickers, simply increase your pledge amount by $0.50 per sticker.
To receive four or more skirts, use the three-skirts reward level and increase your pledge amount by $60 per additional skirt.
The Aqueous Skirt
- Heavy-weight, for balance, durability, and privacy
- A fluid, natural drape—despite the weight
- Two large hip pockets
- Distinctive curved seams
- Belt loops (6)
- Colors: Grey, Purple. And if we reach $13,560: Black.
- Main fabric: 6-ounce linen/rayon plain weave. Linen gives it a natural texture and durability. Rayon gives it excellent drape and prevents wrinkles. Plain weave is the simplest of weaves: a simple over-under pattern that produces a strong fabric that's the same on each side. Contrast with twill, the weave that produces diagonal lines and is used in denim (and our Unaligned Skirt). About half the weight of jeans denim. 55% linen, 45% rayon.
- Lining: 11-ounce ponte di roma. Ponte di Roma is a style of knit that's smooth and stable (less stretchy) compared to other knits. At 11 ounces per square yard, it's quite weighty. The unexpectedly fluid drape of this heavy fabric is due to the rayon content and the ponte knit style. 67% rayon, 28% nylon, 5% spandex
- Side zipper: YKK nylon coil
- Closure: metal hook-and-bar
- Tag: a soft, high-density 50 denier damask woven label located inside the waistband, in the center of the back.
MOST RECENT CHANGES (POST-PHOTOS/VIDEO)
- Interfacing added to waistband and pocket edges. This is a material sewn in internally. Prior to this change, the waistband and pocket edges weren't as structured and firm as we wanted.
- Zipper guard: a fabric extension behind the zipper that prevents it from getting caught, and also blocks any tiny gap that might appear at the top of the zipper when it's closed.
- Made in the USA (Los Angeles)
GREY and PURPLE are the confirmed colors.
We have a stretch goal: BLACK will be added if the project reaches $13,560.
The skirt will come in these waist sizes:
- 28-29" (71-75 cm)
- 30-31" (76-80 cm)
- 32-33" (81-85 cm)
- 34-35" (86-90 cm)
- 36-37" (91-95 cm)
- 38-39" (96-100 cm)
- 40-41" (101-105 cm)
- 42-43" (106-110 cm)
- 44-45" (111-115 cm)
The sizes are meant to match the wearer's real waist measurement. However, in our experience, a more reliable way to determine your size is:
1. Select a pair of pants/trousers or a skirt that fits you well. Preferably of a thicker fabric like denim, and not stretchy.
2. Lay it out flat. Pull the waistband from the sides so that it is lying nearly in a straight line (but not stretched).3. Measure the waistband from left to right.
4. Compare the measurement to the skirt size measurements in the following list. Keep in mind that there is some variation between skirts of a given size, so your skirt's measurement may be off by up to about 3/8 inch (1 cm) from the values given.
NOTE: these measurements are after shrinking by about 2% during the first wash.
- SIZE / Left-to-Right Waistband Measurement
- 28-29" (71-75 cm) / 14" (35 1/2 cm)
- 30-31" (76-80 cm) / 15" (38 cm)
- 32-33" (81-85 cm) / 16" (40 3/4 cm)
- 34-35" (86-90 cm) / 17" (43 1/4 cm)
- 36-37" (91-95 cm) / 18" (45 3/4 cm)
- 38-39" (96-100 cm) / 19" (48 1/4 cm)
- 40-41" (101-105 cm) / 20" (50 3/4 cm)
- 42-43" (106-110 cm) / 21" (53 1/4 cm)
- 44-45" (111-115 cm) / 22" (56 cm)
The skirt is 21" (53 1/4 cm) long.
To test how long the skirt would be on you:
- Kneeling, 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 while standing.
- If the measurement is less than the skirt length, the skirt will fall below the middle of your knee. If more than the skirt length, it will fall above.
- 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 the factory considers each length an additional style subject to a minimum order quantity. As of yet, we don't have sufficient demand to reach these minimums for multiple skirt lengths.
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. You'll pay to ship the original back to us; we'll pay to ship the replacement to you.
A few years ago, the coed ultimate frisbee team I was on decided we'd all wear skirts and dresses as the theme for one game. It made me question why men don't often wear skirts (in the U.S.) despite their utility.
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. Skirtcraft had begun.
THE UNALIGNED SKIRT
Our first product, the Unaligned Skirt, had its first factory run in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Having sold out of several sizes, we did a second factory run of the Unaligned in fall 2017, adding a third color.
We'd sold over 400 Unaligned Skirts, to customers in 21 countries.
We've been covered by large news organizations:
And we've been doing events:
THE AQUEOUS SKIRT
In 2016, I began designing a new skirt that also had that heavyweight feel and large pockets ... but with a much more fluid drape, curved seams, and simpler construction.
That became the Aqueous Skirt. Should this project succeed, it will become our second product.
Risks and challenges
The development of the product is already done, so the only risks and challenges remaining are for factory production of the skirts.
1. Our fabric supplier having the fabrics in stock in the quantities we need.
They're a large, reputable company, and they tell us it's likely - but not guaranteed - that our fabrics will be in stock when we need them. Should they not be, it could delay production by as much as three months. In that worst case, the skirt reward delivery date would be well after the promised date. When/if the project reaches the goal amount prior to the end date, we'll immediately notify the supplier that we'll be ordering at least X yards of fabric, and if necessary will place a preliminary order to ensure the fabric is available as soon as possible when we're ready for it.
2. Our label (tag) supplier being able to make the labels in a timely manner.
They have a great reputation, and made the labels for both runs of our first product. If for some reason there's a delay, it could delay production of the skirt.
3. Our factory being able to acquire the zippers, hook-and-bar closures, and thread. All of these are common items being sourced from large manufacturers. There is little chance of delay, but again, that could delay production.
4. Our factory being able to cut and sew the skirts in a timely manner after receiving the order.
We can't place the factory order until the Kickstarter is finished, so that's when we'll be slotted into their schedule. They don't expect any long delay there, but we've built some extra time into the delivery dates to account for it not being totally certain when they can begin work.
5. The factory completing production of the skirts, without noticeable flaws.
In the first production run of our first product, when we first received the skirts from the factory there was one belt loop missing on every skirt. (Side note: the design is asymmetrical, so the positioning was not particularly standard or obvious). I called the factory manager and he immediately had the whole batch shipped the 1,900 miles back to the factory, unpacked them, added the belt loops, and shipped them back to us. All at his expense.
That's one big reason we have a lot of trust in our factory.
In order to reduce and mitigate the chance of any kind of production error, this time around we'll be receiving "top of production" samples. That means that as production gets underway, they'll send us a couple of the skirts as they're getting completed. That will give us a chance to review them ourselves and identify early if anything is off.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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