50 women, six translators, lots of children, three designers, ten drivers, countless community partners, two childcare providers, a rotation of movers, my wonderful project assistant, and we did it. What can't be quantified is the infinite amounts of love and appreciation I have for everyone who made the first-ever test day for our sewing-cooperative happen. From our wonderful designers @productionmode @adilahmstudio @hausofblush who were able to create order out of chaos and test 50 women all while fixing machines and preparing patterns, to our translators @__oalkhawaja @hebhebhooray, Romina, Elham, & others who literally ran back and forth all day between test room and registration (sometimes w/kids in arms), to our incredibly patient and dedicated drivers, @emiliajane_ @kdodv @shahzadehyeirani @emulderize @aladdinhusain @summerz78 @shopchc @tezzavee & Mary (some who drove for hours & even picking up equipment for us on their way back) to @aicusa for being our home & @officefurniturecenter for the major discounts for our industrial sewing machines @aladdinhusain @niazkart @browngirl.jpeg helped us haul to our space the day before! And of course, my wonderful & beautiful Project Assistant, who without which this project would still only be an idea. I couldn't have dreamed for a better team, truly.
Yesterday was wild, and one of those days you can't really figure out where to start to describe it, let alone the incredible gratitude I have to everyone who helped made it possible. (Including everyone who shared my call for volunteers)! Your love & belief in the success of this project gives me everlasting inspiration, and always grounds me in the beauty of community, and a world I want to live in.
You'll hear from me again soon, as due to major community demand we're preparing for test day #2, will be launching our fundraiser to cover start-up costs, and I'll be dropping a cute website to document our progress. In the meantime, sending major love and appreciation into the world. With your support, we made a major step toward turning this into a reality. Photo via @productionmode, who has been supporting me and this project since day 0. So much love.