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CAVU Creations FAQs

Find answers to all your burning questions here.  At least those related to what happens at CAVU Creations. 

What clothing sizes do you offer? 
Find size charts here.

Is everything really handmade by you? 
Yes!  Well, almost nearly so.  I hand-cut and sew each and every pair of leggings, each beanie, swaddling blanket, burp cloth, reusable wipe, and every zipper pouch.  The bodysuit blanks I use for my appliqued items are made by Colored Organics or Gerber (depending on the product), but each applique is hand-cut and sewn onto the bodysuits by me. For my printed bodysuits and tees, I use Colored Organics and Royal Apparel pieces and have them printed locally here in Anacortes, WA with my original designs and prints. 

What does CAVU mean? 
CAVU = Clear Above Visibility Unlimited.  It's a term used in aviation to describe clear skies and beautiful weather. Learn more about why I chose this name in my "About" section.

Where do you purchase your fabrics? 
The fabrics I use come from the following textile manufacturers:
> Spoonflower (CAVU too Designs) – www.spoonflower.com/profiles/cavutoodesigns
   * All Spoonflower fabrics used in this shop feature my original designs.  
> Birch Fabrics – www.birchfabrics.com
> Cloud9 Fabrics – www.cloud9fabrics.com
The one-piece bodysuits in this shop are made by Colored Organics (www.coloredorganics.com), Royal Apparel, and Gerber. 

Can I buy fabric from you? 
Not at this time, but you can purchase any of my CAVU too Designs prints on the fabric (or wallpaper or wrapping paper!) of your choice by visiting my Spoonflower page here: www.spoonflower.com/profiles/cavutoodesigns

Organic cotton - why bother? 
All of our organic cotton products are made with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. That means the cotton used to make the fabrics in our products is grown naturally, with sustainable practices, and without herbicides or pesticides (or other harmful chemicals). Farming cotton this way helps preserve the surrounding ecosystem, conserves energy, and helps protect the health of the people in the local community. It also prevents those chemicals from being incorporated into the fabrics we use and wear.

> Learn more about GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification and what it means here:  www.global-standard.org.

Why don't you separate your items into girl and boy sections?
Here at CAVU Creations, it's my belief colors shouldn't be restricted to just one gender.  I know lots of boys who love pink and purple, and girls who adore blues and greens. Same goes with rainbows, planes, and animals. If you're looking for a specific color palette, please use the search box at the top of each page.

How do I care for my CAVU Creations?
All fabrics (except bodysuits) have been pre-washed with a minimal amount of baby-friendly "free" detergent to prevent further shrinkage and remove any residue from manufacturing. Cotton interlock knit fabric has a tendency to shrink A LOT on the first washing, which is why we pre-wash the fabric before cutting. No surprise shrinkage here!

Your new items will get softer with each washing.  To ensure they last their longest, be sure to wash warm or cold on the "gentle" cycle, using only phosphate-free detergent, and dry with low heat. It is recommended you wash clothing inside out to increase longevity and preserve the colors of the prints. Detailed care instructions will be included with each purchase.

When will I receive my order?
Almost everything in my shop has already been sewn and is "ready to ship."  Orders for these items will typically be shipped within 1-2 business days.  Please check the announcement bar at the top of this page for any announcements on current adjustments to shipping time frames.  Made-to-order items (clearly stated as such in the item description) and custom orders will have their own associated turnaround times, also listed in the item description or on your invoice.  

All orders ship via USPS.  Depending on the total weight of your order, you will be offered various shipping class options at checkout, which will include the following:

Domestic (within the U.S.)
> First Class (for orders less than 16oz) / 2-5 days, tracked
> Priority Mail (all orders) / 1-3 days, tracked
> Priority Express (all orders) / 1-2 days guaranteed, tracked

International
> First Class International / tracked to most destinations
> Priority Mail International / 6-10 business days, tracked to most destinations

You will receive a notification when your order ships with tracking information.  If you have questions about your order delivery time frame, please email helen@shopcavu.com for further details.

I live in or near Anacortes, can I pick up my order in person?
Absolutely! Please send a note to helen@shopcavu.com before (or right after) ordering, and we'll arrange a pick up location and time (any shipping costs already paid will happily be refunded).  

Do you sell in person at any local markets?
Yes! And I'd love to see you! You can find me at the Anacortes Farmers Market during the summer, and various other markets throughout the year.  Please check out my Market Calendar page here for the latest list of dates.

I've seen that you make flannel and minky blankets, nursery pillow covers, and bunting banners.  Do you still make these items, and if so, where can I find them?
Yes, while I am focusing this shop on my organic cotton goods, I do still have the above items for sale through my Etsy shop, www.cavucreations.etsy.com.

Do you have reviews of your products I can peruse?
Yes!  I have been selling my items through my Etsy shop since 2013 and have many reviews there. You can find them by clicking here: Etsy Reviews