Monday, 26 May 2014

Trying to compile a pattern


I've thought about publishing my doll patterns for sale off and on now for a number of years.   Today, I sat down and started off with making a simple teeshirt for Ken dolls, and taking pictures as I went along.  That strikes me as the clearest way of explaining how it's done.   I'm an experienced sewer and I always get in a tizzy over written instructions without pictures.

IT'S A PILE OF HARD WORK.

I do not begrudge anyone a penny of what they charge for their published patterns. People like Gracefaerie, Designs by Jude, Adams Harris, and MHD Designs - I salute you.   The work involved in creating a usable pattern is well, work.  Lots of work.   I can understand why they charge what they do for their work, in fact - I'm surprised it's not more.

It seems one needs to love doing, or needs to be a bit of a dolly philanthropist to go to all that trouble for a few quid per pattern.  I know it depends on how many you sell, but realistically, I know most dolly designers are certainly not getting rich from doing it!


Then there's the problem of "Do I sell PDF format only?"  Because down that path lie scaling issues for customers when they come to print out the pattern.  Or "Do I sell only printed patterns?"  I feel that path will be extremelly costly in printer ink.  I know folks charge a bit more for a printed pattern (plus shipping) than PDF versions, but you can't hike up the prices too much.

It seems sticking to only one option might make me lose potential customers. So I have to offer both,  which means two sets of problems to solve.  Ah well, I'll do a couple for Ken dolls, then a couple for Ellowyne and see what happens. If I have the energy....  ;)






So anyway, Here's a few pics from my first pattern instructions, just for a few visuals.  My back hurts, and I have a headache now.  So I'm off to chill under my blankie, with the cat.


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6 comments :

  1. please do the Ellowynes pattern!!!

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    1. I will! I need to get the Ken stuff out of my system first, and it takes a long time to produce one simple pattern, but I shall get there, :)

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  2. Ah yes the perils of printing out a pdf pattern - especially ones from the US!!! I just bought some Designs by Jude patterns to have another go at sewing for the Ells - Printing them out was a bit of a mare but we got there in the end and by a happy accident when I printed one of the patterns out to fit to page I realised it looked Patience size - so my Patience girls (the cuties with big heads!) are getting some clothes!!! I'd buy your Ello patterns - although I think my sewing is best viewed from a distance (lol!!) so not sure I'd ever do them justice :)

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    1. Yes, it's a bit of a mare. Gracefaerie, I think can send you an A4 version.... I know someone can, but I forget who. I'm doing both, and I'll probably have the option of punters ordering a hard copy for a nominal fee. So fingers crossed it all works out.

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  3. Oooh, any chance of some pippa ones being issued? :)

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    1. I always shudder at the prospect of doing Pip stuff again - but it's possible. I have plans for lots of other things first and each pattern takes a long time to get right. But yes, maybe. If it's a success I might get fired up to make Pip patterns.

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