|Week of May 13: 0|
|In-stock slots: currently none||Week of May 20:|
May 20, 9am Eastern; 3pm Eastern
Please read at left for explanation!
I've started using the sewing slot system again. I hate to do it, but I simply can't keep up with the order volume that's been consistently high for months now. Please click the link for an explanation of how it works and why I need to use it.
At right, In-stock slots are for fabrics I have on hand (basic and organic fabrics) and will be sewing from scratch; WCRS slots are for things you're having sent to me like wrap pieces, custom fabric, or sling shoulder redos. Next refresh is the date and time I will be adding more sewing slots.
Here's what's going on in the next couple of weeks: I'm going to change from sewing a mix of WCRS and in-stock slings each week, to just doing WCRS one week and in-stocks the next. I think this will be more efficient and allow me to sew more slings, and may also may sewing slots easier to get.
This coming week, I can't sew at all on Monday because we have to be out of the house for 24 hours for application of spray foam insulation. So starting on Tuesday, I'll be sewing all the WCRS orders I currently have, for the weeks of the 13th and the 20th (if you have a WCRS sewing slot for the 20th, please send your wrap as soon as you can to facilitate this). I likely won't be adding sewing slots for either type the week of the 13th, so that I can catch up on what's currently outstanding during the transition. If you are in dire need, of course please email me at email@example.com and I'll set up a reserved slot for you.
The next week (week of the 20th), I'll put up *in-stock* sewing slots on Monday morning and afternoon, and probably Weds. afternoon/evening, too. There will be about 70-75 slots in total; I think that's about the best I can do for the week, although Weds. may be fewer if I'm not able to get through the Mon-Weds. orders in time. (This is about 25-30 more than I have been adding, so it should be easier to order.) I will also put up slots on the 20th for WCRS sewn the week of the 27th, probably 80 or so (it would be more, but Monday's a holiday). This will mean I'll need people to send their wraps as soon as they can for sewing that week.
After that, I'll be doing every-other-week sewing slot refreshes for both in-stock and WCRS. As always, if you're unable to be online during the slot refreshes, please email me. I think this should work better for me and my customers, but it's a work in progress :)
Several of the slings shown in the gallery are custom slings -- made from fabric that was sent to me by customers looking for something a little less vanilla than my current in-stock fabrics. These include two-layer slings, sewn of silk/rayon brocades and silk linings, as well as simpler slings made of material I just don't have on hand. Here are some reliable sources for fabric.
Please note: I strongly recommend against using calico/quilting cottons in a single layer. For one thing, the tight weave makes it a lot less comfortable than other fabrics; and for another, calico/quilting cottons are not intended for weight-bearing functions. (Please read my fabric FAQ for more information.) If you would like a sling using the calico as a tail accent on sturdier fabric, I will be happy to accomodate you. If you choose to use a single layer of calico anyway, I must completely disclaim liability for any rips or tears that occur when the sling is used. If you're interested in a double layer sling, I would recommend contacting Christie at Sweet Pea Ring Slings -- she does beautiful work, and her double layer design is very clever and comfortable.
Please email me before buying and/or sending your fabric. For example, I like lightweight twill for a sling, but some twills are just too thick. I will make a final judgement about its suitability when it arrives, but I'd hate to have you pay to send it to me only to find it won't make a good sling.
How much fabric to buy:
See this page for sizing information, then add at least 6" to account for shrinkage, plus the fabric that is looped where it goes through the rings (3"). Most online fabric sellers deal only in whole numbers, so if you find that you need 78", it's likely you'll have to round up to 3 yards (108"). However, you may find that they will sell in 1/2 yard increments (in which case you could order 2.5 yards, or 90"); please check their policies when ordering. Brick and mortar retailers like Hancock or JoAnn Fabrics will allow you to buy the actual amount you need -- in the example, that would be about 84". I can use the excess yardage to add pockets, or make a snap-on bag for your sling, or just send it back to you.
Please make a note of the weight of your fabric if you want the extra material sent back to you. Heavier fabrics cost me more to mail back. Email me if you're you're ordering it online and are not sure how heavy the fabric will be. By this I mean the physical weight and bulk of the fabric. Some fabrics, like silk, are very lightweight and compact; others, like polar fleece and many bottomweights, are either bulky or heavy or both. If you want the scrap pieces returned to you, I will need to pay the actual shipping cost, and I prefer not to pay that out of pocket. If you pay $9 to send the material to me, it's going to cost me at least that much to send them back.
My mailing address is:
12 Davis Ave
Durham, NH 03824-1940
I will likely get your completed sling in the mail for you within the range that's specified at the top of the screen (under "This week's message"), after I receive your fabric. My workload varies, but turnaround has been in the 3-7 business day range for the last couple of months.
I cannot accept returns on custom-fabric slings. I strongly recommend that you email me with details about your fabric if there is any question about its suitability, since I cannot take responsibility for the fabric you have purchased.