Angela reminds me of yet another project I’ve wanted to do but need help with:
Did you and Sally ever go forward with the idea of making blocks for DE’s to purchase? Let me know–we are considering adding bridesmaid dresses to our collection and I’m considering buying adult female blocks rather than draft/fit/tweak them myself. I’m interested in knowing more about this service if it is available.
I wrote about this idea before. Saving you a click, I said:
We’re thinking of starting an industrial pattern product line that DEs could buy to jump start their product lines. The advantages would be great quality patterns that sew up correctly, fit real people (with real sizes), no licensing or royalty fees and they’re designed to be sewn with industrial methods having the correct seam allowances and markings. Similarly, DEs could use these patterns as the basis of product development, in other words, block patterns. Likewise, any industrial pattern maker could participate in the project since we all specialize in different kinds of products and markets anyway; I’d just set up the central pattern library through which all the patterns would be sold (if you’re an industrial pattern maker and would be interested in selling patterns, email me). By the way, all patterns will be vetted and tested through sampling so we’ll eliminate patterns that won’t walk together to eliminate bogus sewing ease you see masquerading as “couture fit” typical of home sewing patterns…Accordingly, these would sew up a lot faster too.
The operative condition here is “any industrial pattern maker could participate in the project since we all specialize in different kinds of products and markets anyway”. So my question is, are any pattern makers out there interested? I can start some kind of a mall or central referral system for a reasonable fee. And yes, I know that many of you have patterns that you can’t use because they belong to customers (designers are surprised at how few patterns we actually own the rights to). We don’t want those but you can use patterns if the client never paid you for them. Do you have any that you own and would like to sell copies of? If so, you’ll have to sew up a sample (my snag at the moment), work out allocation and list sizing attributes for them. Also, a word to those of you who’d buy them; it is unlikely the patterns would come with sewing instructions. We’d be giving you the basic package we’d be giving a contractor. Or, if you did want instructions, that would probably be separate if available at all. Regardless, our version of instructions would not be similar to what you see in home sewing patterns. More than likely, it’d be a list of text instructions with few or no illustrations.
I’m thinking we can partner up with Patternworks to have the patterns graded and shipped out or handle it as you will but having them on file could mean having the files sent to the closest Kinkos for printing. Also, we haven’t figured a cost for these but I’m thinking in the neighborhood of $100-$250 with prices negotiable for an exclusive if that is possible. Any takers? Email me if interested or post in comments as you will.