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Ethically made bamboo/cotton pajamas in sizes 12-30 by the House of Boom
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Ethically Made Bamboo/Cotton Pajamas In Sizes 12 30 By The House Of Boom
Project 2019-10-05 21:21:26 +1300
We spend a lot of our time sleeping or lounging, so why not do it in extreme comfort, snug in the knowledge that the people who made your pajamas were on good wages and the fabric was sustainable?
Okay so tell me about the PJs?
Jo Jo Jim Jams are a range of separates - three tops and two bottoms - that you can put together to form your perfect combo of colours and sizes and styles. There's a long sleeve raglan top, a scoop neck t-shirt and a flared singlet, and a drawstring pant and a drawstring short.
The Jim Jams will be made out of a 70% bamboo / 30% cotton mix. This means they'll be super soft, breathable and just an all around dream to wear. Plus, bamboo is a great fibre to use for clothing as it grows fast and needs very little irrigation or pesticide use compared to cotton.
They'll be available in black, white, purple and green, and five sizes - 0 (12/14), 1 (16/18), 2 (20/22), 3 (24/26) and 4 (28/30). The samples I'm wearing in the photos below are blue, obviously, but this colour isn't one of the options.
The t-shirt is a scoop neck, modelled on the Boom t-shirt, but longer and with more room to move. It is 92cm long. It will retail for $46.
The long-sleeve top
The long-sleeved raglan sleeve top has thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place to keep you snuggly. It is 80cm long. It will retail for $52.
The singlet has a close-fitting bust, and a flared pleplum. The straps are plenty wide enough to hide your bra straps if you're wearing one underneath. It is 83cm long. The singlet will retail for $64.
The long pants
The drawstring long pants have elastic at the back, wide legs and inset pockets on both sides. They are 93cm long. They're designed to be easily taken up if you're shorter. The pants will retail for $75
The drawstring shorts have elastic at the back, wide legs and inset pockets on both sides. They are 55cm long. The shorts will retail for $70.
You said they're made ethically?
Jo Jo Jim Jams are the next step for House of Boom, a tiny Wellington business making good clothes for fat people. While currently all our clothes are made in Wellington, in order to scale up and access sustainable fabrics, we'll be working on the Jo Jo Jim Jams with another Wellington business, Duffle & Co, who have already done the mahi in finding ethical sources overseas. As they put it:
Each one of our ethically made [clothes] come from a family-owned and run workshops in Canggu, Bali. Most of the tailors who used for Quicksilver and Volcom and like so many in Indonesia, lost their jobs due to the trade shift to China. The master tailors set a fair price and we run with it. With such little resources, this workshop creates clothing that screams quality as a result of the care and pride, they put into tailoring each piece. The problem is it's hard for this extended family to find work, as they are competing with mass production and limited access to overseas markets. We are proud to support them.
Duffle & Co require a minimum order worth $5000, so this campaign is for you to pre-order your pajamas. This means I can get the mix of sizes and colours and styles exactly right. You get exactly what you want, I don't have stock I can't move, and we cut down on waste in the fashion industry. Everybody wins!
Talk to me about timelines and fine prints and delivery, etc
This campaign will run for one month, until November 9. Then, there'll be ten days for Pledgeme to round up everyone's money, and for me to make sure that you've all put in your sizes and colour choices. Then production starts in Bali. You'll receive your items within ten weeks. Please note this means you will not receive your pajamas before Xmas. But they will be worth waiting for.
All the rewards costs include $7 for postage. I'll carry the slight additional cost if you're pledging from Australia. If you're making multiple pledges because you need multiple sets, I'll be in touch with you about returning some of that shipping cost once the campaign finishes.
Wait, what's the House of Boom?
We're good clothes in sizes 16-30 - and other nice things besides. I founded House of Boom in July 2018 when I decided to do something about the lack of nice, affordable and ethical plus-size clothing. An early idea for the shop name was "THANKS, IT HAS POCKETS!" but that would have been a little impractical! You can read a little more about the Boom story here, but to summarise: Boom is all about rejecting the idea that fat people should hide away in drab dark clothes. You're here, and you're awesome. Boom!
I told the story of the House of Boom at a conference in July - here's a video of that if you have a spare 15 minutes!
Just before you go - isn't fat a rude word?
I’m tall, I’m brunette where I’m not purple or grey-haired, and I’m fat. These are all neutral terms. It’s absolutely okay to use neutral terms. That’s why House of Boom is clothes for fat people. Not for “plus size” or “fuller figured” or “curvaceous ladies” or any other awful euphemisms. Fat. Yes, your entire existence has probably involved you being bombarded with messages that being fat is a bad thing. But fat doesn’t mean unhealthy. You can tell literally nothing about my health by looking at me. And additionally, even IF all fat people were unhealthy – and they’re not – that doesn’t make them any less human, or any less deserving. Everyone deserves great pajamas. So pledge today.
We did it! But there's still time to pledge
06/11/2019 at 1:04 PM
Thank you so much to everyone who's pledged on the Jo Jo Jim Jams, I'm so thrilled we've met the $5000 mark and you're all going to get your pjs! Yaaaaaaaaaay!
The campaign closes on Saturday so there's still time to pre-order some (more?) Jim Jams for yourselves, your loved ones or even your enemies, because perhaps getting a good night's sleep might make them a better person.
As I mentioned in the video, there's no real stretch goals here - more pledges just means more PJs delivered which is awesome, and it will help cover the cost of Pledgeme's cut of the funds. Ideally I'd love to be able to get enough to also be able to buy a label printer ($270) which will make getting these beauties out to you a lot quicker, but you've all already done so much for me. Stay tuned for an email from Pledgeme shortly asking for your money, and then shortly one from me asking for all your size & colour options.
Thank you thank you thank you, you beautiful people. You've made this fat girl very happy.
So close to 80%
21/10/2019 at 2:15 PM
Hello Jim Jam fans,
We're just $32 off 80%, with 19 days to go, so I think we're doing well, but now is not the time to be complacent, oh no! Everyone deserves to wear amazing pajamas, so today I want to talk about boys.
You might have picked up that I very rarely talk gender (outside of the hidden search engine optimisation for the site) for House of Boom. I don't say I make womenswear, I say I make clothes for fat people who like to wear skirts and dresses. That's because obviously gender isn't binary, and neither is clothing. HOWEVER. With that said, I want to point out that I believe that the Jo Jo Jim Jams are also suitable for people who generally wear clothes that would traditionally be called "menswear". I'm going to stop with the quotation marks for the rest of this update though, because picturing myself doing all the airquotes is making me tired.
So yes. The PJ pants and shorts do not have the button fly that would accomodate peeing with a penis without taking off your pants, it's true, but elastic is pretty easy to pull up and down. I think the cut of the singlet with its flare is shaped very much for boobs, and the scoop neck of the short sleeve t-shirt is also designed for boobs and curves, but the long sleeve raglan top is straight up and down, and would definitely work on men. And of course, it comes in black. I would have photographed the samples on a dude as well, except that I only had samples in the one size 4 and I don't know any dudes the same size as me. I did put them on my lovely Boomette Sara's partner Nick and while they were too baggy for him, he said he could definitely see himself in a smaller version, if that helps! So maybe the men in your life would like some ethically made bamboo cotton PJs too? Tell them about it!
Thanks again for all your pledges, and for supporting Boom's mahi. I hope that today someone gives you special compliments and that you hear about your enemies stepping on lego.
Woaaaah we're half way there, woaOOOOOH made with wages fair
13/10/2019 at 1:03 PM
(Right, now that you have that ear worm, let's go on with the update)
Hello you darling Jo Jo Jim Jam pledgers, we're nearly at $3000 now, after less than a week which is AWESOME. But I'm reliably informed by my coach Kat (you should check out her plants and seedlings for sale cos she's the best) that now is not the time to stop campaigning. There's three more weeks to go, yes, but if we don't make it to $5000, none of us get our pjs. And frankly having spent the weekend in very inferior pants that are too short, that is unacceptable.
And let's talk stretch goals too. The more pledges I get, the more money I'll have to develop season four of House of Boom as well. That means more robes in the larger sizes since they sold out so quick. That means the sparkly new party dress that you can name if you choose the super duper pledge. And also, a collared shirt? Oh the things that I want to make!
So, you've already done great work by pledging. Now can you help by sharing this campaign far and wide? Thank you Boomies, you're the best!
PS:Two women are out on a hike on the mountain. As they are coming down from the top, the clouds turn black and it starts thrashing down with rain. They throw their coats over their heads and run to the one woman's house as fast as they could. They get back and dry themselves off. The rain continues for a few hours, without letup. "Listen," says the one woman, "this rain isn't going to stop anytime soon. Why don't you spend the night here? I'll just head upstairs and sort out the spare room for you. I'll be about an hour."
An hour passes and the spare room has been vacuumed, dusted, things put away, bed made. She heads back down to her guest and shocked to find that her guest is completely drenched.
"What happened to you?" asks the woman, puzzled.
"Well, since I'm spending the night, I thought I'd better go home and get my pyjamas."
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