Friday, August 30, 2013

Starry Garden Pre-Order Release [OPEN]


{9.17.2013: We've decided to keep Starry Garden open for a few months, as a lot of girls expressed interest and would like to order their dream dress! : ) Message us whenever you're ready! We'll be here!}


AFC!: Starry Garden Reservation Pre-Order: 



Available Colorways : Black, Navy, Slate Blue, Queen Bee Blue, Lavender, Sax Blue, Pink
(White version is available upon request!)
*Please see illustrations below when picking colorways for JSK, SK, and OP 





Available Illustration Designs: There are TWO different styles of the illustrated print available, one features the star crisscross design at the top of the fabric, and the other is simple stars at the top of the fabric. 


Sample Swatches: Lavender/Slate Blue
Pink Colorway

Sample Swatches: Queen Bee, Sax Blue, Pink, Black (not a pure black)

Available Options: We are offering different price ranges for two lining options: a full lining, or a partial lining. All seams inside garment are fully finished, meaning no raw edges show! See photos below: 



*Pop Princess takes no responsibility for wrong choice of illustration design, color, or size! So please, pick carefully.

Reservation Period: August 30th – ??????
(I may consider extending the date if there is a lot of interest!)
  • 1st Deposit Payment Period: August 30th- ????
  • 2nd Final Payment: Due upon completion of garment
  • Payment Method: PayPal only (USD Only)
  • Shipping: October-November
    • Shipping from USA

    Payment
    Pop Princess accepts PayPal payments!

    You may choose to pay the full deposit up front at time of invoice, however, we happily offer a spilt payment plan: 50/50. We prefer to have 50% of the deposit when the reservation closes upon invoice and then the other 50% + shipment when your garment is completed.

    *Your first 50% payment is NON-REFUNDABLE, so if you back out of the reservation sale or change your mind, please, realize this money will not be refunded as it pays for the garment’s materials/fabric costs.

    *A Note about Additional Payment Plans: I am offering a very small number (5) extended payment plans over a longer period of time. If there is an opening available, and I will work out the details with you under “VIP Princesses.” Please provide me with a site (EGL, Etsy) with 100% good feedback to be eligible. I may consider taking on more, if there is a lot of interest. Note: your garment will be shipped when all payments are completed.

    Deposits must be paid within 3 days of receiving the invoice after ordering.

    Final payment + shipping cost is required before the garment will be shipped.

    Since Pop Princess’ Etsy shop also serves as a portfolio, we would like to list all finished pieces on Etsy, which allows for easy check out and final payment which includes amount owed plus shipping cost! The shop accepts both PayPal and major credit cards.

    If you do not have an account with Etsy and would like us to simply invoice you through Paypal, please let us know.

    VIP Princesses: (5 extended payment slots)
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    - Shipping
    Pop Princess uses USPS (United States Postal Service) for the delivery of all packages. We will only be shipping our deliveries in boxes or mailer envelopes, allowing for better protection of the garments and reduces the wrinkles you’ll need to iron later. : )

    Yes, we do international shipping! Shipping varies from country to country based upon the size/weight of the item. However, most international shipping cost should be about $23.95 for most countries in a small Priority flat rate cushioned mailer envelope with a 6-10 business day delivery estimate. You may choose a Priority medium box if you like but the shipping price is usually much, much higher.

    For US customers: I only ship priority mail, which includes a tracking number! For small garments like the skirt, shipping cost will be $8.00 in a small Priority flat rate envelope with a 2 day delivery time, and for larger garments like the JSK and OP, the cost will be $12.35 in a medium Priority box with a 2 day delivery time.

    Please allow 1-3 days for us to take your parcel to the post office for delivery after payment completion! This designer also works part-time and is not always able to get the items out straight away, though I do my best for a quick turn around time!

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    Materials/Garment Care:
    Fabric: This adorable illustration was completed by the talented Flor Lopez in collaboration with Pop Princess! It is in beloved memory of my little bunny, Hopscotch. I believe every day that she is frolicking about in heaven’s garden, while gazing up at falling stars and watching over me peacefully in the night sky.

    This illustration is printed on lovely organic cotton sateen that has a light, matte shimmer to it and a lovely drape and weight.

    There are 4 yards + fabric in the skirt/hem of each garment which can easily fit 1-4 petticoats depending on the cupcake size you’re going for!

    ***Decorative Laces: The laces on the designs of these garments are vintage crochet and are dyed by hand to match the garment, and very delicate in nature. Please do NOT pull tight on these, as they are only meant to be decorative and will tear.

    Seams/Finishes: All our seams are finished with either French seams or a Hong Kong bias for a more professional, and beautiful garment. This process takes a bit longer, but looks much nicer in the end. We do not use sergers here at Pop Princess!

    Even our hems are completely finished with a blind stitch by hand for a clean, pretty finish which can take anywhere from 2-4 hours!


    Garment Care:
    Please, dry clean your garment the first time! After this, I recommend a cold, delicate wash either by hand or on gentle cycle. Do not machine dry. Please, hang or air dry. Iron on low heat, with the garment turned INSIDE out. Please do not place the iron directly on the outside of the fabric, as it is very delicate material!

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    Printing Fabric/Process:
    We will send for the fabrics to be printed 24 hours after the reservation period closes, and all initial payment deposits have been made. Depending on the size of the order the fabric printing will take anywhere between 2-3 weeks, and will take about 3-5 days to ship from the printers to us! We will let you know if there are any delays!

    All garments will be completed in the order that they are received! Depending on the difficulty of the garment, it can take anywhere between 1 week to 3 weeks to finish, sometimes less if I have days off in a row. Again, bear in mind I do work part-time at another job so I will let you know if there are any delays!

    We will be creating a live Google Doc for you to check on the status of your order, and for you to see your place in line. We will also be sending out emails letting you know when we have started your garment!

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    Measurements/Sizing:

    Please remember to always have a friendly buddy or partner in crime take your measurements for you! Please use a soft measuring tape, and always add a ½ inch to your bust, waist, and hip measurements to allow for “ease.”

    Taking your own measurements results in inaccuracy and will provide for an ill-fitting garment, which is either too big or too small for you. Pop Princess will not take responsibility for a customer ordering the wrong size, so please be extra careful!

    Never pull the measuring tape tight against your body, as this will cause the garment to be extremely tight fitting! You want a comfy garment, not a modern day method of torture to squeeze in to!  Also when measuring, make sure to wear clothes that fit you well, nothing loose or baggy, as this will make the garment too big. Try a simple jeans and t-shirt!

    Since the JSK and OP will be based partially upon cup size, make sure you’re wearing a bra that is natural and does not have a gigantic amount of padding in it!


    *Note: All garments will sit at the “natural waist” which is narrowest part of the torso, usually around the belly button area. I cannot offer different, custom lengths for torso sizes so read carefully!

    Quick Reference Size Chart: (All US Sizes)
    (B=bust, W=waist, H=hips)

    -Size O-Size 2: B 30-34 inches, W 22-25 inches, H 33-36 inches
    -Size 4-Size 6: B 34-35 inches, W 26-27 inches, H 36-38 inches
    -Size 8-Size 10: B 35-37 inches, W 27-29 inches, H 38-40 inches
    -Size 12: B 37-39 inches, W 30-32 inches, H 41-42 inches
    -Size 14: B 41 inches, W 34 inches, H 43 inches
    -Size 16: B 43 inches, W 36 inches, H 45 inches
    -Size 18: B 45 inches, W 38 inches, H 47 inches
    -Size 20: B 47 inches, W 40 inches, H 49 inches
    -Size 22: B 49 inches, W 42 inches, H 51 inches
    -Size 24: B 51 inches, W 44 inches, H 53 inches
    -Size 26: B 53 inches, W 46 inches, H 55 inches
    -Size 28: B 55 inches, W 48 inches, H 57 inches


    -       Craftsmanship, Return Policy & Exchange -
    ​Since these fabrics are being printed with water based inks, minor misprints can happen which are usually unnoticeable to the eye like small flecks of white where the printer missed. Tiny misprints cannot be grounds for return & exchange. However I will look at your claims case-by-case and if deemed severe enough, I will replace your garment.

    -       Garments cannot be exchanged if they have been worn in any way or have been damaged (including but not limited to pet stains/odor, make-up stains, perfume/cigarette odor, rips, etc).

    -       If you are unhappy with your garment, please, contact us! I am happy to assist you if I can.

    -       If the garment has been approved for return, the customer must do so within 7 days of receiving it, having previously notified Pop Princess via email. All garments must be returned with all pieces: including tags, extra thread/buttons, etc.

    -       If a garment is returned, the customer will be responsible to pay return shipping and incur a “relisting/restock” fee. The customer will then be refunded only the second half of the deposit minus shipping, or have the garment replaced. Refunds will only be given AFTER the garment has been shipped and is in the possession of Pop Princess.

    -       Since all the design and seamstress work is done by hand, please, know that I try my hardest to make an absolutely beautiful garment and am very picky about things being done correctly, but human error and inconsistencies can occur such as, but not limited to: +/- ½ inch measurement, loose threads, uneven stitching, etc. Please be aware of this before ordering as it cannot be a basis for return/exchange, unless a severe case.

    I take personal pride in making sure all transactions go smoothly, and that my beautiful princesses are happy with their purchase! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you, and I will do my best to oblige. Thank you again for your continuous support!



    Starry Garden Garments:

    *SKIRT:
    Sizes Available 0-10, 12-28
    Natural Waist: 22-42 inches
    Hip: Loose/Free
    Skirt Length: 22 inches
    (I have a little more wiggle room for length of skirt, by 1-2 inches if you need it a bit longer or shorter.)

    Materials: Organic cotton sateen, shimmer organza, pin back, elastic, pearl buttons, interfacing
    Features: Removable waist ties, side zip, partial shirring, detachable waist bow

    Price with Partial Lining: 0-12: $200.00, 12-20: $240.00, 20-28: $280.00
    Price with Full Lining: 0-12: $220, 12-20: $260.00, 20-28: $320.00










    *JSK:
    Sizes Available 0-14
    Bust: 30-41 inches
    Natural Waist: 22-34 inches
    Hip: Loose/Free
    Skirt Length: 22 inches

    Materials: Organic cotton sateen, white poly chiffon, elastic, satin ribbon
    Features: Side zip, adjustable strap with button, partial shirring, detachable chiffon waist bow---Note: The length of this waist bow has been shortened a bit since samples were made.

    Price with Partial Lining: 0-14: $230.00
    Price with Full Lining: 0-14: $260.00
     
    The gorgeous Mary wearing Queen Bee Colorway!
    Slate Blue Colorway Featured





    *OP:
    Sizes Available 0-12
    Bust: 30-39 inches
    Natural Waist: 22-32 inches
    Hip: Loose/Free
    Skirt Length: 22 inches

    Materials: Organic cotton sateen, poly chiffon, elastic, satin ribbon, vintage cotton lace, interfacing
    Features: center back zip, no shirring, lace up back 
    (*Note: the OP will not come with the rose epaulettes or pearls at the neckline!)

    Price with Partial Lining: 0-12: $260.00
    Price with Full Lining: 0-12: $290.00

    Lavender Colorway Featured









    Note: If you're close to max size measurement, please choose the next size up as you can always lace up the back to make it a bit smaller and this will ensure a proper fit/comfort.

    -       Order form -

    If you would like to order, please complete the form below and send an email to:

    • Your Full Name (for post office):

    • Type: Skirt/JSK/OP

    • Design Print: Crisscross pattern or Simple Stars?

    • Color:

    • Lining: Full or Partial?

    • E-mail:

    • PayPal Account Email:

    • Phone Number (required for shipping):

    • Full Shipping address:

    • Additional comments:

    • Size: 0-10: _______ 12-28: _____

    • Measurements (remember to add ½ inch for ease, please!), and have a friend help!
    -Height:
    -Front Body Width:
    -Bust:
    -Bra Cup Size:
    -Natural Waist (smallest area of torso, usually belly button):
    -Hip:
    -Width Across Shoulders:
    -Front Torso Length:
    -Natural Waist to Knee Length:


    (If you’re ordering the OP with Sleeves, additional measurements:)
    -Arm Length:
    -Bicep:
    -Elbow:
    -Wrist:

    *Replies will be made in 2-3 business days! Thanks for understanding! Again, any questions: lepopprincess@gmail.com  


    FAQ:
    1. Do you ship worldwide?
    We certainly do! Please read our “shipping” section at the top for more info!

    1a. Where do you ship from?
    Ohio, United States!

    2. How long does it take to get a dress/skirt/etc?
    Please reread the “printing/process” section!

    3. Do you accept payment plans?
    Yes, we do accept payment plan which are in a “split payment” of 50% up front, and the final payment + shipping upon completion. For details please go back to top of the page and read "payment."

    4. Are you able to do custom sizing?
    We are unable to take custom sizing at this time, sorry!

    5. Are colorways in the photos true to real life?
    Please realize that the colors that show up on the monitor/screen of your computer may differ from how they appear in real life, and vary from lighting, etc. We try to photograph our pieces in natural lighting to get them as close as possible! 

    6. How do I know what size I am?
    Please read the “sizing/measurements” section again. As long as you give us accurate measurements, we’ll make sure to pick the right pattern/size of the garment for you

    See our video/written guide for measuring here:

    7. Are all sizes available for all garments, and how do I care for my garment?
    Only certain sizes are available for each design at this time. Read carefully to see what sizes/measurements are offered for each garment.

    Please read the “care” section again! Remember dry clean first, then cold, delicate wash and line dry!

    8. Are your patterns/sewing/garments/designs made by hand or by a factory?
    Even though I say a lot of plurals like “we” and “us,” please realize that everything is made by Miss Annika Simmons here at Pop Princess from start to finish! So there’s no sewing studio or factory here… unless you count the designer as a machine of course? This is a one girl show! I make the designs, draft the patterns, do the fit samples, the sewing, the photography, etc---you name it, I do it! : o

    9. What is your return policy?
    Please read “return policy” section.

    9. Do you sell your fabric?
    Since the fabric is a collaboration between Pop Princess and the lovely illustrator, Flor Lopez of Coffeshere, we do not sell our fabrics at this time as this would infringe upon copyright and our contractual agreement, sorry!

    9. What is the difference between a partial and full lining again?
    Pop Princess wanted to be able to offer a decent price range, by offering different options of how people wanted their dresses/garments. A partial lining means that only the bodice part of the garment is lined, and a full lining means both the bodice and the skirt is lined. A full lining basically just means you are adding an under slip!

    Keep in mind, all seams are completely finished with French seams and Hong Kong bias so there are no loose threads or anything on the inside of the garment shown with a partial lining. It’s really just personal preference! Remember to see our pictures for examples! : ) 


    Remember, feel free to leave us any questions you might have!

    If you prefer to ask through EGL, here is the reservation page below: 
    http://egl-comm-sales.livejournal.com/21928027.html 

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    A Quick Guide on Measuring! for Pop Princess

    Good Morning, my princesses!

    I wanted this quick tutorial set up to go hand in hand with our Starry Garden release! I illustrated the bits for it forever ago, but life was so busy I never got the chance to upload it! : o Let's get to it!

    1. Have a frilly friend on hand for assistance!

    The most important part of this tutorial is this step right here! No, really! One of the number one problems that any designer has when doing a commission is having a client give them incorrect measurements, which results in an ill fitting garment that is either too tight or too loose.

    The mistake a lot of people make is trying to measure themselves, well, by themselves, with no help.

    You know the feeling: You've got the tape measure hoisted up around your chest but it keeps slip sliding around, and it won't stay where you want it to, and it may not be in the right place to begin with, so you just pull the tape measure really, really tight to keep it in place..... Right?

    And then all the sudden, your dress arrives and sac le bleu! It is WAY too tight!

    Or perhaps you've got it way too loose and you're just like, "Eh, good enough" and then your dress gets there and it doesn't fit you well, and you look like a frumpy mess!

    So pretty pretty please, have a frilly friend, a loved one, or prince charming help you get the correct measurements by following this guide!

    The only way to get a perfectly fitted, tailored dress is ideally to let the designer fit you in person, but since I can't fly out to each and every one of your beautiful kingdoms (though I would like that!) to do so, make sure you're careful. : )

    Things You'll Need to Continue this Adventure: 
    -A Frilly Friend
    -A Soft Measuring Tape
    -A Bit of Elastic, any kind will do


    2. Measuring Naturally, or Go Ahead and Stand Normal, silly!

    The second mistake a lot of people tend to make is how they stand, or move while being measured or during a fitting. Yeah, you wanna stand like a rigid Barbie who has the most immaculate posture so you're at your tallest, right? And lift your arms, and do all sorts of crazy stuff too!

    But is that how you stand, move, react normally on a day to day basis? Of course not! I, for one, have the worst posture in the world unless I'm wearing heels. : )

    When you're being measured, remember to just stand how you would normally. Don't worry about straightening back your shoulders, or standing super super straight. And when the person is measuring you around the bust, waist, hips area---do NOT lift up your arms. Let the person slip the measuring tape under your arms, and around you, while those arms just hang naturally by your side. This will give a more accurate circumference of your torso.

    3. What You're Wearing Matters, Sort Of.

    Before we get started, it's important to note how you are dressed. Not that you don't look beautiful I'm sure! When doing a fitting it's really important for the client to be dressed in a way that is easy for the person measuring to do their job and know the results are accurate.  When I did fittings regularly, I always asked my girls to wear things that fit them well---most of the times they wore leggings and a tank, or a nice fitting t-shirt and some skinny jeans.

    Having clothing that is too loose or baggy will add "bulk" to the measurements your partner will be taking. So dress for the occasion! There's no need to strip down to your skivvies for this, just wear things that are fitted!

    Lastly, please wear a bra that is natural and does not have a lot of padding in it. This will also cause the garment to be too loose, and ill fitting because it adds a lot of bulk. Unless that's the bra you know for certain you will be wearing only with the garment, natural is better!


    4. Get Out That Elastic!

    The first thing we do during a fitting is turn our models into a dress form. (I know you're thinking, whatttt are you talking about, crazy person.) Remember that elastic I told you you needed earlier, now is the time to pull that out.

    Wrap the elastic around your natural waist (whenever I say this please remember it is the narrowest or smallest part of the waist, which is usually your belly button area on most girls) and go ahead and make it snug than knot it or tie into a little bow.

    This turns you into a dress form, voila! It is easier to take basic measurements knowing where this line is. : )

    When measuring you want to make sure you are either measuring from the top edge of the elastic or the bottom edge, not somewhere in the middle. So make a choice and stick to it, eh? 

    5. It's time to get intimate! With your tape measure that is... Bust/Waist/Hips


    Remember your measurements should be a full circumference of your body, not just a front or back half! And have your partner hold the measuring tape comfortably around your body, not too tight, or too loose, just naturally.

    And when you're sending me your measurements in particular, always add 1/2 inch onto the original measurement you took. This is called "ease" which just makes sure the garment will be a comfortable fit.

    Front Body Width: This is located 1/2" below the armpits. + 1/2 inch.

    Bust: This measurement is always taken at the widest point of our bust, a.k.a. the "apex" and if we're going to be technical about it (or a bit salacious you might say! : o) this is located at the nipples.  
    + 1/2 inch.

    Natural Waist: We're all shaped differently, but usually this measurement is taken at the smallest part of your waist, usually located at the belly button area but not always (or where your elastic currently is!) If you're having trouble locating where yours is, just look in the mirror: where does your waist dip or curve in at the most?
    + 1/2 inch.

    High Hips: This measurement is taken 3 1/2 inches below the natural waist. So measure down from your natural waist, or the measuring tape area, and then take that circumference measurement.
    + 1/2 inch.

    Hips:  This measurement is usually the widest part of our torso, and can be found 7 inches below our natural waist. So measure down from your natural waist/ measuring tape, and then take that circumference measurement.
    + 1/2 inch.

    (See why that tape measure is so handy now, eh?)

     Torso Length: This measurement allows for me to know the length of your full torso. This measurement is taken from your collarbone and extends down to your natural waist, or where your tape measure is.

    6. If you have sleeves, we'll need these! (Oh dear, I'm rhyming now...)

    This set of measurements is also ones that you want to add ease to, including: bicep, elbow, forearm, and wrist.

    Shoulder Width: This measurement is taken from the edge, or tip of one shoulder and to the other edge, tip of the shoulder. You are only measuring the FRONT part of you for this one, not the circumference.

    Arm Length: You know how I said not to bend your arm? Well for this one, you want to. : ) You want to measure from the top of your shoulder, over the elbow, and down to the wrist bone with your arm in a bent position making kind of a right angle.

    Bicep: This is the widest part of arm when flexed (look how muscley and strong you are!) and can be found 1 inch below the armpit, or wherever your arm is the widest. So measure that and get the circumference.
    + 2 inch.

    Elbow: This is another area where you want to have your arm bent. Bend your arm, and measure the elbow at its widest point to get circumference.
    + 1/2 inch.

    Wrist: This one is easy, find your wrist bone and measure from there to get the circumference!
    + 1/2 inch.



    7. A Quick Summary of Measurements Needed & Stuff:

    *Always have a buddy help you measure yourself!
    *You need a soft measuring tape and elastic
    *Wear fitted clothing
    *Stand naturally
    *Never hold the measuring tape too tight, or too loose!! Just right!

    Front Body Width: Located 1/2" below armpit, +1/2 inch of ease

    Bust: Located at the apex, widest point, + 1/2 inch of ease

    Natural Waist: Located at the smallest part, belly button, + 1/2 inch of ease

    High Hip: Located 3 1/2 inches below natural waist, add 1/2 inch of ease

    Hip: Located 7 inches below natural waist, add 1/2 inch of ease


    Torso Length: Located from collarbone to natural waist


    Shoulder Width: Located from edge of shoulder to edge of shoulder, front only
    Arm Length: Bend arm, located from top of shoulder to wrist

    Bicep: Widest part of arm, + 2 inches of ease

    Elbow: Bend arm, + 1/2 inch of ease

    Wrist: Located near the wrist bone, + 1/2 inch of ease

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    Whew! I hope that wasn't too much info for everyone!  *0* And I hope it was helpful! Perhaps we can make a more in depth version later!

    For now, lets embarrass myself with this all new video guide tutorial! : O




    xo
    Annika
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