Update: Plus Size Catalog Model

The latest installment of our extended sizes project is ready for launch: the catalog render!

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Left: New model! Right: Original model

Since releasing the collection of 3X and 4X designs, we’ve been working to create a model that more accurately represented these designs on a larger body. This render has rounder hips, thighs and calves, and it reflects the graphics of a size 3X product. We still have work ahead of us moving designs onto the new model, but when they’re in place you’ll be able to see the bigger model by selecting size 3X or above from the dropdown menu. Best of all, we are debuting the new catalog model with #TriEchinopsis by Valerie Sagun, the inspirational force that is Big Gal Yoga! Valerie teaches classes in Yoga For All Bodies in the Bay Area, and you can follow her on Instagram for more body positive badassery.

The Non-Compliant Revolution

I am supposed to be writing a blog post about our beta plus size collaboration with comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick but all the positive vibes / happy energy / goodwill for humankind have been turned up to 11 for the last seven days and my heart keeps fluttering and I can’t concentrate

EVERYONE IS WORKING SO HARD ON THIS AND I AM VERKLEMPT

TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES

::collects self::

::straightens glasses::

Ok. So. This all started five months ago when our plus size fitting parties were tagged #noncompliant on Kelly Sue’s tumblr. “Non-compliant” is a reference to the comic she writes, Bitch Planet, where women who don’t conform to strict patriarchal standards are sent away to be imprisoned for their attitudes, body shapes, age, etc. Fans of the comic identify with the characters, because let’s face it, most of us are several steps away from the glossy ideals set up for us by magazines. We approached her about making a design and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to do a full size run experiment. She got together a Bitch Planet design, and we got together a new size chart. Initially these were only going to be available for preorder & pickup at her Rose City Comicon booth, but instead we all thought it best to open these up to the world at large and put up a product page on our website. On August 26, a teaser was posted to Twitter, which elicited these responses.

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And on August 28, the design was officially announced available for purchase. It got really big and really exciting really fast.

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And HOLY SHIT did fans respond. They posted, they favorited, they retweeted. The fanfare got picked up by The Mary Sue and The Daily Dot. The orders came in like a wave, except it wasn’t a wave, because waves ebb. It was a flood. Nonstop all weekend. We started production on Saturday, hoping that by working all weekend we’d get everything out in time, but there were so many orders that we missed our initial shipping deadlines (sorry!). They are all in the mail now! Some orders that went out Monday have already started arriving. This video shows how excited we were about the first large batch to go out.

 

All of this means so much to us because the world is proving they want what we have set out to make: awesome leggings for everyone. We still have a lot of work to do, but it’s easier to do it when progress is celebrated with this much enthusiasm. So THANK YOU for cheering us on and using your purchases to vote for more plus size leggings. If you want to keep up with the plus size project, sign up for our newsletter.

P.S. We’re going to Rose City Comicon later this month and hoping to find a giant crew of women all wearing their Non-Compliant leggings! We’ll be seeking out spandex-clad girl gangs to give them fist bumps and mad props.

Extending Our Size Range: 2XL is Live!

Beautiful Bombshells, our mission to expand our size range is making some serious progress. For starters, we are so pleased to now carry designs up to 2XL! This is a great start as we keep working towards offering sizes up to 6XL.

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Amazing activists, artists, and supporters with the Bombsheller team at our last fitting party.

Over the past year or so, we’ve been collecting measurements and feedback from people of all body shapes and sizes. We had a basic sewing pattern for our leggings, but we needed data and testers to help us refine how they fit on different bodies. After months of collecting info, we incorporated the feedback we received and made some changes to our pattern. The result is a fit that we feel pretty good about, and that lots of amazing people had a hand in making. For this, we are eternally grateful!

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In addition to being a total Bombshell, Angela is a talented seamstress and gave us some great feedback on our newest pattern.

Now that we’ve got the fit dialed in, we’re faced with a different problem: scaling the artwork. As the leggings go up in size from XS to 6XL, the ankle cut zone varies greatly, so designs on the lower legs get cut off as the size scales up. You can see how the cut lines change on our design submission template for a better idea of how this works.

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Note the ankle lines for each size on our new design template

As you can see, there’s a lot of leg that disappears. On many designs, like ones with a repeating pattern, this doesn’t make a big difference. But for other designs, this can drastically change how the leggings look.

For example, imagine a pair of XS black leggings with flames coming up the legs from ankle to knee. Due to our scaling, each size would lose more and more of the flame design, until finally only a plain pair of black leggings would be left. That means if you ordered these in a 6XL, you’d end up with something totally different from what you thought you were getting. That’s a problem!

This is the reason why we don’t yet offer 2XL in all of our designs, and why the other sizes are taking some time to release. We’re working hard to find a solution that works for our artists and our customers and will keep everyone updated as we move closer to offering Shells for lovely legs of all shapes and sizes.

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Lounging in #Opal by Trigga

Sign up for our Plus Size Mailing List and we’ll keep you posted on our extended size range.

So Fierce: Our Latest Fit Party

Continuing our mission to extend and perfect our size range, we held a fitting party earlier this week and filled the Bombshelter with gorgeous leggings-wearing people! Measurements were taken, data was gathered, and fun was had by all. We are incredibly grateful to our guests for being so generous with their time and feedback.

The data we collected is essential as we work to offer more sizes that are fit to flaunt. This is a work in progress that we couldn’t do without help from our friends and supporters. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As always, our resident photographer, Jazzlyn, was on hand to chronicle the fabulousness.

 

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Extending our Size Range: Where We’re At

Over the past few months, Bombsheller has been jamming away on making our leggings available in more sizes. We’ve laid some of the groundwork, but we still have a long way to go before our plus sizes measure up to our sky-high standards for comfort and fit. For those of you following along at home, here’s the low-down on what we’re doing to create the plus-sized leggings of our dreams.

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The Bombsheller team gearing up to measure folks at our first fitting party.

When we developed our standard size range, we measured tons of people to see how the leggings fit, felt, and moved on different bodies. Then, we took that data and used it to create our sizing chart and refine the template that artists use to submit designs to us. It took us an entire year to come up with a fit and sizing model we really felt good about.

Now that we’re ready to extend our size offering, we need to collect a lot of new data. Regardless of size, no two humans are the same, but larger bodies are even more unique in that they come in a greater variety of shapes. Refinery29 pointed out a while ago that this is why so many traditional fashion companies make their samples in tiny sizes: it’s easier to design for a 2D body (or a hanger) than for a 3D one.

In our case, we’re really excited about making apparel that will be supremely gorgeous on every body out there, and we want to do it right. We started by having some great conversations with plus-size fashionistas about their shopping experiences and the challenge of finding clothes to fit their unique styles and bodies. These ladies were extremely generous with their insights and openness. Some of them were even willing to come down to the Bombshelter and test out our prototypes.

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These gorgeous Bombshells came down to help us test out our first plus-size prototypes.

So where are we now? We need more measurements and more testing before we’ll be able to update our sizing chart and design template. This is where we need some help.

Are you a plus-size leggings-enthusiast? You can sign up for our plus-size email list to stay informed about the developments we’re making in our mission. Are you in Seattle, too? Let us know! We’ll keep you in the loop about our next plus-size fitting party.

Our customers deserve the most luscious leggings in the universe. We’re really grateful that our fans are patient and willing to help us as we make them reality.