I believe in having a positive outlook, being fair and becoming more knowledgable.
I am retired now and have always liked to sew. I started with clothes for myself and then my children as well. Late in life I discovered the pleasures of patchwork and after making a few quilts I started on smaller things like table mats and bags and purses. They provide short term satisfaction while you work on something bigger.
I thought I was very courageous to start blogging. I started in March 2011 very tentatively joining in a sew-along for a Valentines wall hanging. I remember how excited I was to get my first comment and my first follower. Things have changed in the social media world quite a lot since then but I still have a core group of those first bloggers that I made contact with. The quilting, patchwork, crafting blog community is so friendly and fun - and huge!
I love looking for tips and tricks and tutorials, and free patterns of course. I post about how I do things and share what I have found out as well as other things that are important in my life at the time. I have quite a few free little designs for applique and bags on my sewing blog - Valspierssews.
Why doll clothes?
Sewing and designing are my passions.
I was looking for a way to use beautiful fabrics and make all sorts or designs.
Making and selling doll clothes patterns evolved slowly over a few years. I wanted something fun to make and thought about bags and purses for people but there just isn't enough variety there. That's when I thought making doll clothes and designing my own patterns would be perfect. I can satisfy my passions as well as share my ideas easily.
Why such a low price?
My price has changed a little bit since I started mainly because I didn't take all the fees into account.
My patterns are generally $2.50 USD but some of the more detailed patterns with more pieces I am charging $3.00 USD because they take a lot longer to draw and fit.
Why sell them at all?
My passion is designing and sewing. It is not a big step to drawing the patterns and writing the instructions. I see this business spinoff from my hobby as helping to fund more fabric and notions. I wouldn't normally do vector drawings of the pattern pieces or write instructions so I think it is fair to charge for this service.
I like value for money so I thought about what I wanted when I bought a pattern.
I wanted something a bit creative or at least with the potential to be made into a variety of looks - a pyjama shirt and pull on pants is not something I would pay money for.
I wanted a pattern that did more than just make one outfit so I created the pattern range concept where every sleeve or bodice or skirt could be swapped around to make similar designs with whole new looks. I started with Snugfit and Loosefit then realised I needed something bigger for thick fabrics or big coats so I added Largefit. I also decided to make a Knitfit range. These will have to be fine knit and bulky knit.
I wanted more than 2 variations for an outfit so I have plans to make a sleeve collection and a collar collection for starters. Then I thought there are lots of ideas that I can put together for free so I created the Fashion File. It is all very exciting!
I wanted a price that I didn't have to budget for. $6 or $10 makes a dent for one outfit but $2.50 or $5.00 for a couple of patterns that can be made into nearly a whole wardrobe is something I would buy on impulse. So that is what I am creating.
Plans for the future
I have a plan to make new designs for all my pattern ranges into 2016 and then after that I will probably spend more time on special designs such as period clothes and copies of designer clothes.
Maybe when my photography skills improve and my sewing skills improve I will be able to sell unique design outfits on Ebay. But that is a while away yet.
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