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Topic: Selling OOAK clothing on etsy.. What sizes to choose?  (Read 1903 times)
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« on: February 02, 2012 11:08:23 AM »

I have mostly jewelry in my store (as well as with purses), things that are universally one size and fits everybody. But I would like to start pushing my own clothing more. Problem is, the things I want to make are normally one of a kind (I dont like doing the same thing too many times as it kills the creative process for me) which means everything I make I have to decide a size for.

I tend to go roughly around my own size since its easier to make adjustments (even though I have a dress form). and Ive only ever sold one piece of clothing despite the treasuries/favourites items get. Any ideas/suggestions on how to decide what sizes to go with? I have no idea if I should just keep doing what Im doing, or make things completely different from myself (that I have no experience in making..). I really want to push this to be more of a business.

Thanks for any advice.

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012 11:19:05 AM »

Personally, I get really frustrated when the people who I love on Etsy only sell things in a size small. I'm not even plus-sized, I just wear about a large and it's really difficult for me to find the things I want. So... obviously that's the way I personally lean on the issue. Cheesy I'm probably not the only one, either.

« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012 12:11:10 PM »

I think I have to say dido to jungrrl's post - furthermore, I'm 6'3" and finding something that fits is a challenge both in length and width as I'm also pretty thin. I'd suggest doing some market research and finding out how other shops that sell similar products as you do are offering up options. I'm sure you will find some ideas that way.

Also, I make a lot of custom items. Often what I do is make a set or item and take a really great picture of it. Then I tell people what sizes I can make them in. Check out your local library for creating clothes and other hand-made wearables and how to size them.

I'd also tell you as a consumer of hand-made wearables, people come in a lot of different sizes and it may be worth it to make the same sort of things but tell visitors/customers that there can be slight difference because of colorations, embellishments, etc. Just a thought.

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012 02:02:28 PM »

You could create a listing with one item you've made and list that you can make unique items in the size they want/take feedback from them to create the item.

Or you could create a listing for say a dress and then say that you can make unique dresses or create one for a shirt and so on.

I've seen listings for like jewelry and they put that they can do it in any color you want, just let them know what colors and what you want.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012 12:26:00 PM »

That's totally me! lol I like doing a lot of reconning right now and I do have a dressform but I still like doing things to my size. One reason being I HATE changing the size of my manniquen and it's just easier doing something to your own size. However I do try to do random sizes. I try to do some small as well as large (I'm medium).

So my idea is just to offer a range of sizes of OOAK. At least for now. Another idea already mentioned is the custom listing where you offer making it in other sizes.

I have some friends (family of 5 girls) and they range in sizing (two oldest are like extra small, second youngest is about a medium-ish and the middle is about large-ish) so I'm using them as models when I photograph myself so I'm using that as help to create other sizes. Do you have some friends of other sizes that you can use to help craft other sizes?

In the long run, for OOAK, the best thing would be to offer custom listings and that will help draw in more customers because making only one size really does kind of push customers away.

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