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Update on the Future of Constrvct

Hello to all our enthusiastic supporters. Thank you everyone who has ordered from us, written about us, or shared the site with their friends.

We’ve made several changes in the last couple months, and have been behind on writing an update…here it is:

In August we worked on several backend updates for constrvct.com in order to be able to achieve some new features. This took wayyyy longer than anticipated, and did not go as smoothly as hoped. We shut down ordering while we were working on the new things. Orders are back up now, but since we have a backlog of people who had ordered gift cards and didn’t get to redeem them, orders are currently available only for people with credits on their account, so that we can get these done in a timely matter.

Also an update on fabrics— Cotton Silk is replaced with a Polyester Faile. This new fabric delivers much better color, and is wrinkle resistant and machine washable. (solves a number of issues we had with cotton silk)

We are now using standard sizes, in order to bring more consistency. (Also, we have found that most of the styles we offered did not require custom sizing, and it was confusing for people.) If you are much taller than average, you should email us at hello@constrvct.com and we’ll make it work for you.

Also, I’d like to explain that constrvct.com is run by basically 2 of us at Continuum Fashion. It was me and my friend Jenna from when we first did a Kickstarter. We received a lot of interest in the product, and people wanted more features (like being able to sell their designs). Supporting such features meant scaling up, especially on the manufacturing side. I made many of the orders that we’ve sent out, and I had hired a couple people for production as we went along. However, building out a cut and sew manufacturing operation does not really meet our vision for the future of fashion. Jenna left the team earlier this year, and I brought on a new business partner (Anne Marie) to build a company to change the way apparel is made. Our other significant work involves 3D printing, and we are focusing primary efforts on that. www.continuumfashion.com

We see that in the within the next 10 years, you will be able to download and 3D print fashion designs on demand, and we have the capability to drive that technology forward. (will write more about this on our Continuum Blog)

I will have another update when we make final decisions on production for Constrvct. 

I’m also happy to announce that constrvct.com has been chosen to be exhibited at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt design museum next year. (Can’t say more right now, but we’re excited!)  For those using constrvct.com as a design tool, there might also be some more design features coming for you. 

Hopefully this makes things more transparent, and I’ve also updated the FAQ section to address some common questions.

—Mary

Back Front

Coloring book shirt! Shirt sewn from Ikea fabric and colored in with Pentel Pastel Dye Sticks.

This takes iron-on transfer to a new level. Yup, DIY it with your own inkjet printer!
scissorsandthread:

Phillip Lim Inspired Floral Word Shirt | Swell Mayde
Wow, this is an amazing DIY! And no, it’s not an applique - it’s a iron on transfer! So clever. I love the floral pattern SM has chosen for her design, though I would love one made with tiny liberty print - if you’re stuck finding a pattern you want to use, try a digital scrapbooking shop like designhousedigital.com or etsy.com.
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This takes iron-on transfer to a new level. Yup, DIY it with your own inkjet printer!

scissorsandthread:

Phillip Lim Inspired Floral Word Shirt | Swell Mayde

Wow, this is an amazing DIY! And no, it’s not an applique - it’s a iron on transfer! So clever. I love the floral pattern SM has chosen for her design, though I would love one made with tiny liberty print - if you’re stuck finding a pattern you want to use, try a digital scrapbooking shop like designhousedigital.com or etsy.com.