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Material testing
For our product this year we will do an unprecedented amount of product testing. These products will be subjected not only to harsh weather conditions but also constant washing, bleaching and drying.  We will even be conducting wind resistance testing using anemometers, though we haven’t figured out that test yet.
We are starting with wash testing of 3 fabric options. The staples in the fabric are on purpose as we want to see how the fabric will hold up to punctures AKA cat claws. These samples resemble the construction of the front door of the trap cover. By sampling a portion of the design we will be able to test seam finishes, tread, and placement of bartacks. There are markings done in sharpie, but in case the markings don’t hold up to bleach, there is stitching to identify the grainline.
These samples will be given to Street Cat Hub to be included in their normal laundry. Each sample will be marked, to record to the number of wash cycles it has gone through. Hopefully, our material options can withstand the test.
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Introducing Spring 2019 Manufacturing Bootcamp’s product, Trap Neuter Return (TNR) trap covers.
We have been making this product as a side project during previous bootcamps, and now its time to put it front and center. These TNR trap covers are used by another 510c3 Street Cat Hub (SCH), for the live trapping of feral cats to reduce feral cat populations saving taxpayers millions of dollars.  Euthanizing one feral cat cost tax payers $350 on average. Street Cat Hub has reduced the number of feral Cats Euthanized by 100%, 2,517 euthanizations in 2005 to 0 euthanizations in 2017! In dollar figures, for just one year (2016), SCH saved taxpayers at least $1.4 million dollars in direct (euthanasia) costs
The cage looks like a box -and cats love boxes. Once the trap is tripped, the cover wraps around the cage which calms the animal and protects the cat from the elements, unit it is retrieved. Our  unique design is the only one of its kind, developed over 3 years.
There is a constant need for new trap covers as they’re misplaced, claimed by other animal organizations or destroyed, additionally, our local project has undertaken the task of seeding new TNR programs in the state and those programs need covers too.
This year we will be doing a production run TNR covers for both light and heavy weather. This will require unprecedented material and product testing. Stay tuned!
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First is Alina, loving on Fall 2017 coat we made. Rest are Fall 2018 #abqfi. Many of my photos seem to have gone poof, had many more.


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More Fall 2018 #abqfi Coat sewing volunteers.


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#abqfi fall 2018 Coat sewing volunteers.


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Fall 2018 #abqfi pre production team working on coats we donated this year.


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Still more pictures from #abqfi spring 2017


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Crew shots from #abqfi spring 2017.


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School pants we made to donate at spring #abqfi boot camp 2016.


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Rainbows on a rain delay. Homeward bound from #abqfi #abqfif18 What a great trip, with a great group of people!


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For the last couple of years I have volunteered my time at the Albuquerque Fashion Incubator that brings together sewers from all sorts of background to make clothes for needy kids in the area. In the Fall we make jackets and in the Spring we make pants. If you ever want to meet like minded people and learn a lot about sewing production, this is the place to be. #abqfi.


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Just returned from an intense week in Albuquerque NM during which a passionate, talented, and tenacious group of Apparel Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Hardcore Enthusiasts paused their normal lives and came together from distant locales to produce 60 coats from scratch for local children in need. In just a few days! All by hand! And as if that wasn’t enough, they also completed racks of: kids’ cargo pants, womens’ house dresses, cat trap covers, and even more coats, which will all be distributed to charities that serve the local community. •


The Fall 2018 raglan sleeve coats feature durable cotton twill shells in two color ways, fluffy Sherpa fleece linings for extra warmth and comfort, shaped sleeves with spiraled reflective piping for safety, ribbed cuffs and waistbands for extra draft protection, wind-blocking raised collars, sturdy zip closures, front inseam pockets, and even a secret zip pocket integrated into one sleeve (swipe to see it). These coats are built to last and will surely be handed down from child to child. •


I did not directly make any part of the finished products, but I participated in Bundling (sort of like Logistics + Project Management), which involved facilitating the incredible craftsmanship that the spreaders, cutters, soabar-ers, fusers, stitchers, repairers, pressers, inspectors, packagers, managers, subject matter experts, and others whom I’m surely missing, put into this project. So I can attest to the Hard Work that went into making this all happen in just a few days! 💪💪💪 •


Congratulations to the team!!! 🤗👏🤗👏. It was an honor and a privilege to work with you all. •


On a sustainability note, I was able to save some cutting scraps from the landfill. But the layout of the pattern pieces was remarkably efficient thanks in part to StyleCAD. Perhaps not as efficient as a large scale production run, but for 60 coats it was quite impressive. Stay tuned to see what the scraps that I did retrieve will yield! Maybe espadrilles? 🧐☺️ •


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Every photo shoot produces some memorable outtakes. Please give a hand to @jambo07 and @amy.loomis. Thus concludes our photo tour of ABQFI Manufacturing Bootcamp. I hope you enjoyed the tour! #abqfi


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We’ve reached the very first bootcamp...Fall 2015! The hood has lovely shaping. Please excuse the slight cropping on some of the photos. This particular shoot was filled with laughter and a few extraneous objects wound up in the frames. After cropping them out, our host Instagram decided to further chop them. Thank you, Insta, for thinking you know best. #abqfi


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Okay, so I just might have a few too many photos to deal with right now. I just found these flats from Fall 2016 that I missed earlier. #abqfi


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And the flats for Spring 2016. #abqfi


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And now we arrive at Spring 2016 and dresses! We were very ambitious and made 3 styles in 3 colorways and 3 sizes. That’s 270 dresses, folks! Needless to say, we didn’t get done in a weekend, but they are all finished now! #abqfi


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If I’ve kept track correctly, this coat is from Fall 2016. Note the infamous shoulder dart! #abqfi


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For completeness and because Instagram imposes a 10-photo limit, here are the flats of the navy pants from Spring 2017. #abqfi


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Here are the Spring 2017 pants. Two colorways with cargo pockets and reinforced knees. Again, these didn’t pass inspection, so they weren’t distributed. #abqfi


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Oops. I forgot to put up the flats of the Spring 2018 pants. #abqfi


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I believe this is the coat from Fall 2017. The denim and western yoke are so cute on these little coats! #abqfi


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Extensive photo shoot today of past and present bootcamp projects. I’ll be posting them as time allows. I believe this is the pant from Spring 2018. Please note that defective product is not distributed, and thus is still at the factory and available for photos. #abqfi


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And the navy. #abqfi #abqfif18


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More of the black jacket. #abqfi #abqfif18


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Stylin’ the coat today. #abqfi #abqfif18


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Practicing production skills at #abqfi


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Piles and piles of almost finished coats. So close to done! #abqfi #abqfif18


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So much butt. #abqfi #abqfif18


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I’m back in baby’s arms.
DALE ♥️ JAE
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