Regarding the Mirai Summer Uniform for dolls, the factory I was working with previously didn't produce the quality that I was looking for. Each time a sample came back with changes, something else would look completely different!
The reason why it takes me ages to release a product is because I need the quality to meet expectations. Its difficult to make a perfect product at launch as they always evolve over time - but at least I must try to get it as close to perfect as possible - even if it means keeping customers waiting.
Recently however, I've found another factory - met the boss at Dollism Plus Tokyo and am working with them from scratch with learnings from my previous experience.
I took a risk (cash and time wise) to work with the previous factory but things didn't turn out as I hoped. However, I dont see the exercise as a loss but more of a gain - a learning that I would not have gained if I didn't do anything. I learned about the processes involved in making doll clothes overseas, materials that are available in different regions, expectations of the factories and wot not.
Remember - if there is something that you want to venture out to do - results are brought about by doing anything as something always leads to something and nothing will always lead to nothing.
This is just an example of a small risk with relatively small gains for now - the bigger risks tend to harbour bigger gains - will talk about that in a different post.