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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 24, 2011 10:32:28 AM
my tie does have a font and back, but I'll defiantly try the sandwiching thing!
My mom mailed me my pattern from home and I just got it today, so I plan on making another apron prototype!
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 21, 2011 08:52:56 PM
I do not, I'm a very poor student Tongue
I think I'm going to try turning the ends in towards each other and see if I can sew through the bulk.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 21, 2011 03:24:06 PM
that's a good idea!
I'll have to try it out, I'm not sure there's enough fabric there to put bias tape over, and it's pretty bulky on the ends because of the lace but I will experiment a bit.
Darn lace, makin' everything difficult.   Tongue
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: pricing and website - I feel like slamming my head into a wall on: November 21, 2011 12:20:54 PM
In school we learned that the 25$ product is the bread winner.
I know how frustrating it is to desperately want sell a big ticket item and have the profit in your pocket but unfortunately the majority of your sales will probably come from  the lower priced items.
One thing I could suggest is creating smaller items to match the bags (I don't have much advice for the jewelry as I've never made any before) a coin purse or wallet would sell at a lower price point and might entice someone to come back and splurge on the matching bag.

Also, having a mid range priced product would be a step in the upgrading.
I'm nor sure if that makes sense.
Like, say you had coin purses selling for 30$ and then had your bag selling for 150$ Having something in between, like a small clutch or something, priced somewhere in the middle would also help bring people back to "upgrade" to the next biggest thing.

I'm sure your products are wonderfully made, but unfortunately a lot of people have the impression that they can "get that at Wal-mart" or make it themselves.
It's hard to part with that amount of money in one go.
Give it time, be patient and market your butt off!
You'll do wonderful in time!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: November 21, 2011 12:08:33 PM
I did a pricing seminar in school
we learned that in order to get a fair price you
add cost of materials plus minimum wage (here it's 10$/h) = X
(ex: materials = 10$ takes 1 hour to make = 10$ total = 20$)
Then to get your whole sale price you multiply this by 2.
(20$ x 2 = 40$)
Then! to get your retail price you multiply the new cost by 2
(40$ x 2 = 80$)

So sell a product that took you 20$ to make for 80$
This seems like a huge markup until you think of it this way,
if you only sold it for 40$ and a store wanted to buy it from you they'll usually pay you 50% of the retail cost, so 20$ for a 40$ product. Remember you materials and labor cost you 20$ so this leaves you with a  profit of exactly 0$
So, if you sold it for 80$ a store would pay you 40$ for it, leaving you with a  profit of 20$. (40$ - 20$ M&L)

That being said, sometimes it's impossible to factor in your labor. I knit, so say I'm knitting a plain cardigan to sell. The cardigan I'm working on now, has probably taken me about 50 hours. And I have used 6 balls of wool.
6 balls of wool x 10$/ball = 60
50 hours x 10$/h = 500
560 x 2 = 1120$ whole sale
560 x 3 = 2240$ retail
Who's going to pay almost 2300$ for a sweater?

I think in the end it's all about what the buyer wants to pay. I usually pay myself a little more than double the materials, say M&L x 2 +10ish$
I also never sell my knitting, I'll never be able to sell it for what I feel it's worth, heck, I'd never be able to sell it for what the materials cost me.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 21, 2011 11:06:35 AM
This is a picture of what the inside looks like
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 21, 2011 10:34:08 AM
I did think about doing that, but on the edges where the lace is sewed on would be too thick to turn in and sew over. It would be 4 layers of lace (2 pieces of lace doubled over) and 4 layer of fabric (2 pieces doubled over).
It was hard enough to sew over at regular thickness Sad
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need prototype feedback! on: November 21, 2011 03:37:15 AM
I did line the bib to make it a bit more durable, the place where the edges are showing is where the bib meets the skirt part. because it's 2 layers of fabric folding it over a second time would have added to much bulk, especially at the edges with the lace.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart says they're bringing back fabrics! on: November 20, 2011 07:35:27 PM
I was in wal-mart friday and noticed a new fabric aisle. While happy to see the fabric return I was sad that's it's mostly pre cut 1m pieces or fat quarters.
What if I need 2m of consecutive fabric Sad
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Need prototype feedback! on: November 20, 2011 07:20:59 PM
I just created my first apron pattern, it's a two tiered apron with lace trim and a sweetheart bib.

I was in love with creating this apron, and am very proud of it!
But, like all creations I'm sure it's not 100% perfect.
So I was wondering if you lovelies could give me some feed back!

I noticed when I put it on that the bib is a bit big, so I'm going to scale it down a little bit, but that's the only thing that I could see wrong with it.

Also, should I find a way to hide the raw edges on the inside of the apron?
Every apron I have has the raw edges showing inside so I'm not sure how to hide them or if I even should.

I'm sorry the picture isn't that greatest. Most of my sewing supplies, including my judy, are no where near where I'm currently living.
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