Handmade seems to mean a lot of things these days. What does it mean when used by you?
Handmade retains its original meaning for me. All of the clothing, except bodysuits, and accessories are constructed by me. I have no contract sewers or manufacturing partners. I literally do all the work for all products, except printed bodysuits and Buckaroo Organics products: sewing, marketing, shipping...even most of the photography. Printed bodysuits are made in a Fair Trade certified facility in India. Buckaroo Organics products are handmade by their owner, Lindsay.
What makes your shop special?
Most of our fabrics are milled right here, in the United States. We also try to use independent designers as much as possible. Their designs are often very unique and purchasing their designs gives me a chance to support other small business. These designs are custom printed, most of the time per order, right here in the United States. The digital printing process is used for these fabrics and the dye is water-based, making it very eco-friendly. Our bodysuits are printed, using the same type of process as our fabrics, by a small shop in Idaho.
What is organic cotton?
The term "organic" refers to a specific process of growing cotton. As with organic foods, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Are your products pre-shrunk?
Yes, all handmade products are preshrunk. Purchasing an item that fits perfectly and then shrinks is one of my pet peeves! Pre-shrinking fabric, prior to construction, means that your garment will have the truest fit possible. Unfortunately pre-shrinking printed bodysuits is not an option.
Why do I need to wait for some of my items?
Though I am trying to have more ready-made items, many are still handcrafted for each customer. The fabric for handmade items is custom printed and bodysuits are printed in small batches, in Idaho. If you need an items sooner than the turn around time listed, please contact me and ask about rush ordering.
What are your washing recommendations?
I recommend that all products, with the exception of wet bags, be washed in cold water, on the gentle cycle, with phosphate-free detergent. Phosphate-free detergent is gentler on the fabrics and dyes. Most US detergents are phosphate-free, but it is always good to check. No bleach of any kind should be used. Tumble dry low or line dry. The cotton setting on your iron is fine to use. Due to the eco-friendly nature of the ink, and variety of detergents people use, some fading may naturally occur.
Wet bags may be washed on warm or hot. Fabric softener and bleach should not be used. They may be tumbled dry on low or line dried. Wet bags should not be ironed.
Tell me about your packaging...
We try to use the most eco-friendly packaging possible, opting for components that are made from recycled materials, can be reused and/or are biodegradable. The hang tags on our products are made from 100% recycled paper, 100% of which is post-consumer waste. Gift boxes can be reused but they are also biodegradable. Our tissue paper is made from 60% recycled fibers. Shipping boxes are made from 95% post consumer waste and are manufactured in Colorado. All kraft shopping bags are made from 100% recycled materials.
Are you a member of any organizations?
Yes! I am a member of the Made In Montana program.
What are your office hours?
I am available to answer emails and ship items Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Saturdays my hours are 9 AM to 12 PM.