This past week marked a landslide of progress for us here in sunny Seattle. A friend of mine ran into a designer last week, and although I was already decided on a different pattern maker and planning to put down our deposit by Monday, January 25th, I decided to schedule a free phone consultation with Lisa. I figured it couldn't hurt - at worst, we would just realize that we weren't a good match. But by the end of the conversation I was asking her to put me in contact with her pattern maker colleague, Simone, and after talking to Simone, I scheduled a meeting with the two for Tuesday the following morning. By Wednesday they had my deposit, and by Friday the first measurements were being taken - mine!

Whether chance or fate, Lisa and Simone could not be a more perfect match for our project. Simone, aside from her experience designing for major brands like Levis, Eddi Bauer, Vogue Patterns, BCBG, Betsy Johnson and others, also worked many years as a costume designer for a local gay theater. In other words, she has ample experience designing masculine clothing for feminine frames, and feminine clothing for masculine frames. What gender-bending clothing company could ask for more? And more there is... She has been drafting patterns for 30 years; Simone has designed costumes for circus performers and visually well-balanced clothing for people who have had mastectomies or who have suffered the loss of a limb - talk about a range of experiences! In fact, within the first ten minutes of our meeting at Cafe Louisa she had already solved two design issues I had been wrestling with for months. Add to that Lisa's experience in starting her own clothing line 9 years ago, and being involved in two previous Kickstarter campaigns...

As Sean put it, if I didn't choose this team, I would have some serious explaining to do.