I love to design sewing patterns. It's a hobby, my business, and my "go to" when I need something for myself! I have been ridiculously disappointed in store bought patterns multiple times, so I have resolved to only make my own. If you have ever wondered how to make a sewing pattern, this gives you the details on what I do to make my sewing patterns perfect.
I've had hundreds of questions about sewing articles made from my patterns to sell. I think it's a great idea! Moms need to help moms out. My pattern designs are (pat myself on the back) top notch, so it would make sense to use them to make your business grow! I have a contract page here that allows a business Mama to do this very thing:http://www.mammacandoit.com/articles/Make-Your-Business-Grow.cfm
- Potential customers see the link and appreciate that the seller is in a working relationship with another mama business. (If a customer is buying on Etsy or from a local Mama, they are aware of how important it is to support working Moms).
- Customers can look up the design to see if other people say positive things about it.
- Customers will see the seller's business integrity and appreciate it. It could be a great selling point!
- Customers will see more pictures of the design.
- There might be helpful pages on my website that go along with the design like washing instructions or wearing instructions.
- A seller who is in a working relationship with me also gets my referrals (which are many) for people who want items sewn for them.
- I get more helpful exposure which makes my google search results go up, pins on pinterest, facebook likes and more.
- I would be happy to point a link back to the seller. Just ask!
I've recently had a person ask me if it was necessary to link to my pattern if they tweaked a couple things or if they didn't follow my tutorial. Based on the above reasons, I don't see a reason not to! However, I think it's fair that I tell you what is involved in creating a sewing pattern. As you read below, please understand that the time stated is during my 'work time'....which is nap time.
- The first thing that I do when deciding to create a sewing pattern is to determine what I need or a customer needs. Frequently, I have an idea of what I want, but I want it to be the best that it can be!
- I like to see what other people like. I do hours of research with google images and key words to see what people are searching for, what's popular, and trendy.
- Then I research products. What products in those keywords do people like the best? What are their complaints or praises about the products? Do I personally like various things about those products? What could I change to make it better?
- Then I check out sizing. Many times I have to call around, measure, research, or ask the doctor for average body measurements that would work for my project.
(The above 4 steps can take anywhere from 10 hours to 80 hours depending on the time schedule)
- Once I have decided on the necessities of the design, I start to draw. I use very expensive programs that have required a huge learning curve over the span of about 4 years to become efficient in. I still don't know the programs all that well, but I am efficient at the little bits that I do know. Drawing the original pattern pieces take anywhere from 4 hours to 40 hours. I have body measurements to take into account as well as placements of seam allowances, snaps, elastics, etc.
- Once I have a rough design drawn, I test it by sewing it. Tweek it, test again, tweek again until it is what I want. Then I make a prototype in various sizes so that I can hunt down friends who might want to try the article on their baby, themselves or just to give me input.
- After I have input from others, I tweek the pattern one last time.
- I finish the pattern pieces by making individual pages out of it so that it will be printable from a home computer. Then I print and measure to be sure that it's right.
(The main design is accomplished. Whew!)
- Once the design is done, then it's time to make the tutorial. The first thing that I do is take pictures (with my expensive camera) for each step while I am sewing it. This process usually takes me 2-4 hours.
- I then edit the photos so that I have crisp images which will look good and be easy to understand.
- I write a rough draft of the tutorial steps.
- I design the tutorial in layout form.
- I have people test the pattern to make sure that it is easy to read and to follow and tweak as necessary.
- I have a photoshoot with the finished product. Edit more photos.
- Finish the tutorial and pattern.
- Put on my website, etsy and various other places.
- Once the pattern is done, I am constantly answering emails or questions. I tweak the pattern/tutorial if I see that there are issues with how it is written or place new images if the previous ones do not clearly show how to do that step. I also have recently started to make videos for people if they don't get a particular part of the pattern.