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« on: July 02, 2008 03:25:45 PM »

I have a pattern that I'd like to sell and all of the pieces are rectangular in shape. what would be the best way to provide the pattern pieces?

A. precut card stock
B. cut out yourself pieces like a clothing pattern
C. a measurement list of each piece?

Obviously, option C would be the easiest and cheapest method for me, but A and B would be more user friendly.

Whatcha think?


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008 04:17:01 PM »

Hi!  Measurements would be good enough for most people I'd think, especially if it's rectangles only.  If you drew a little diagram showing how the pieces are laid out (not to scale) then it would help too.  Good luck!

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008 05:36:58 AM »

You could offer all three options! 

Simply price them accordingly. 

Card stock being the most expensive, and so on. 

This way appeals to those looking for quality materials right on through those who'd rather save a few bucks.   


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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008 04:35:32 PM »

Think about who your customers are, and what they would want/expect.

With a pattern made up only of rectangles, I'm assuming it is an easy project to make, thus appealing to all sewing abilities.

If you think about the lowest denominator, ie with little sewing ability, and not v familiar with patterns, to give instructions to make the pattern is an added complication, an area where they could go wrong.  It could also be seen as the boring bit, and only delaying getting to the exciting bit of making the item to end up with a finished project.  Thus not Opt C.

A: cutting out part would be time consuming and would add to the cost that you are less likely to be able to pass on.  Plus would your consumer benefit having the pattern on card over paper?
B should be easy and cheap to do, adding more benefit than cost over Opt C.  (ie say add 50c to cost but adds $2 to price)

I would only offer one of the options, to make it simpler to you and more importantly, the customer. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008 05:03:11 PM »

I think offering all three options would be better.  Just price accordingly.  I personally *yes, hate to admit this* would rather have the items cut out *I hate cutting lol* for me rather then just be given the measurements.  Hope that helps! Good luck!


« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2008 05:19:42 PM »

Even as a relatively medium ability sew-er, I LOATHE drawing out measurements. If it comes down to that, I usually end up making my own, and just cutting as I go, rather than drawing out, cutting paper, and THEN cutting fabric. And for something so simple as a bunch of rectangles, I would think the easier you make it on the prospective customer, considering they will most likely be on the beginner side, the better and more appealing it will be. So I go with B. Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2008 03:44:33 PM »

Depending on all the sizes needed you could sell a pdf version of the pattern and folks could print it out themselves.

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