|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 :)
Woven wraps (also sometimes referred to as "wraparound carriers") are long pieces of fabric, usually 26-30" wide with finished edges and often cut with tapered ends. They are woven specifically for babywearing, with thick threads and a wide, open weave, which makes them very comfortable; due to the way they're woven, they have a "give" to them that is harder to find in standard fabrics. Because of the special weaving processes and materials used, and the fact that they are usually imported from Europe, their prices are significantly higher per yard, but they are appropriate for long-term wearing, from newborns through preschoolers, and many wearers find them more supportive than standard fabrics. They also offer more patterns and colors than most off-the-rack fabrics. However, if they are outside your budget, please rest assured I have put a great deal of thought and time into my standard fabrics, and believe they are more than adequate for babywearing; a slingified wrap is hardly a necessity for comfortable, safe babywearing.
Did you know that sleeping baby productions was the first company to offer wraps turned into slings? I actually coined the term "slingify/slingified" in 2005, after a customer sent me a wrap to turn into a sling, and have been offering the option ever since. Now most wrap manufacturers also sell ring slings, and other vendors do conversions, too -- but now you know the rest of the story.