So, first things first...I needed money to fund this little venture.
I can't say that donations came flooding in. But I received enough sponsorship money to start gathering the materials I would need.
|My cute little models.|
I thought I was only making 10 vests, but as I started cutting out vests I realized I had more fabric. So I just kept going. I ended up with 20 vests, eight small, eight medium, and four large. The next step required sewing, which I don't know how to do. I recruited the help of two co-workers who know their way around a sewing machine. They kindly donated their time and a little fabric to sew on the trim.
After that, I dropped the vests off for screen printing.
I ironed on sponsorships. This was the trickiest part of the whole process.
After that, the last step was added on the straps and buckles. This meant a little more sewing, but again I had some help. In no time at all, we had all the straps cut and sewn with the buckles in place. I delivered the vests on my birthday. And here is one of the adoptable dogs, Nikko, modeling a vest.
It only took me all summer...and I needed a lot of help (I didn't really do much but organize the troops), but I ended up with double the vests with half the budget I though I would need. All in all, a very successful project. Turns out not ALL my ideas are so crazy after all.