It's a new printer, very nearly the size and weight of any employee we could have hired, so it is easy to think of it as such.
This new printer will print our patterns in full-scale, which should make test sewing and the like a much faster process for us. It is but one of several very noteworthy changes we've been making behind the scenes at Clever Charlotte over the last few months, all in anticipation of the debut of our next collection.
Speaking of new patterns, we are into the nitty gritty of finalizing all the details of the new Autumn/Winter collection, but we are still a little way's off. Postings will be light until then as it feels every waking minute is consumed by these patterns and general midsummer fatigue.
What else does Charlotte have up her sleeve?
Well, for starters, the new collection: it consists of 3 looks in all. One is a dress, and not just any dress--one that will really get your heart rate up (couldn't we all use a little more aerobic sewing?) The other two outfits are pants/separates just right for back to school sewing. They will integrate well with patterns from our prior collections. Fingers crossed that we'll have some pictures/ordering details available on our blog come August!
We are also adopting a new nomenclature for these patterns to replace the avian theme used heretofore and will likely continue changing it up every so often in the future. Surprisingly we were able to get a lot of life out of the bird names used for our first two collections. But finding suitable names was becoming increasingly harder (Nuthatch, Titmouse, and Killdee will have to wait). We've reached into one of our former lives for inspiration to name the upcoming patterns.
The final thing I am excited to share with you today is that, after the release of our 3 new Autumn/Winter patterns, we will be moving away from semi-annual releases of pattern collections and instead, we'll be releasing single patterns more continually throughout the year, as the mood strikes us, more or less. We feel that this will enable us to nimbly react to new trends and our own creative impulses and to move patterns from concept to our store much more quickly.
So lots more to come soon. Until then, happy sewing!