It has been a while since an update on my fashion world. So quick re-cap: I sent in my designs for sampling in November 2017 and due to various issues, I was only able to pick them up in April 2018.
Now that I did, I was hugely disappointed as the samples did not resemble my designs at all. I was crushed because I already envisioned my business going down the toilet before I have even mass produced my first collection (the t-shirts don't count - they were a failed means to an end). One my tantrum was finished I reached out to them, explaining how I was unhappy with the samples and to my surprise, they did acknowledge some of the errors and some of the changes are infact free of charge.
Unfortunatelly, that also means that my samples are now back in Ireland and the collection will not be ready for this summer as I had hoped.
On the plus side, I have now reached out to a manufacturer in turkey who is doing GOTS certified fabric printing for half the price that I am currently paying. that means I might actually be able to sell an organic dress for less than 350€ as I kind of want to be affordable.
While I do want to continue vlogging, it is not as easy as one might think and as such I am writing this one rather than filming it.
That is, I have filmed 3 updates by now but uploading them seems to be a whole issue on its own.
Let me give you the most relevant ESC- related updates since the vlog:
I am a volunteer in ESC 2018! Well, that is as long as my security clearence will come through. But I see nothing in the way from that end. With that in mind, I am going to work in the commentators service section as I had hoped! It also means, I had to change my flights. And can I just ask: What are airlines thinking?!?! Why is it more expensive to just book a new flight rahter than changing the booked one? Is it not in the airline interest to have a full plane? Think about it, if I simply book a new flight and worst case I might have already checked in, the airline is now having a seat they could have sold so someone else empty.
In this case going with another airline I could have paid 80 euro for an earlier flight. however, this meant I'd either book an additional night at a hotel (on top of the night I alread need to book to be in Lisbon for the mandatory training) or be to late for said training. In the end I did get my flight changed and it only cost 150€ to do so! :(
I did not get the tickets for the final as expected in the last wave. blueticket.pt really messed up in this sale as the side had crashed for many and a few (me included) had tickets in their baskets but could not continue to the checkout before the session timed out. Which in itself was highly annoying but I am over it. Afterall, I only had 1 ticket but I am in Lisbon with a group so what good does one ticket. And NOW, that I am a volunteer I will need to wait and see whether I will actually be able to go to the shows I have already bought tickets for.
There are a few updates on the volunteering bit I am not allowed to share just yet in regards to food, organization and clothing. But what I can say, is that volunteers will have to weat a certain outfit which will stop me from wearing some on my outfits for ESC! To me that is sad, because I put quite some efford into making them but again it comes down to what I really, really want and if I have to give up a few things for being a Volunteer at Eurovision, so be it. On that note, I still do not have the confirmation on my extra day off work. But I am willing to quit this job for ESC. I would not quite any job but in this case I would take it as a sign to leave :)
pennyless fashion designer working towards London