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Date: 9/13/11 2:23 PM

Hi all,

I made a couple of patterns for custom swim tops for a young lady starting her online business. I have been sewing the tops for her,but she asked me for the patterns because she'd like to have another person sew them too. I never charged her for the patterns- only for the sewing of the tops. DH says if someone else is going to use my pattern to sew items to sell, I should charge for it. My problem is how much do I charge?
I was just trying to help out at the onset, but since she wants larger quantities (and I really want to devote my time sewing for the holidays in the next few months), she is hiring another person to do the sewing.

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Date: 9/13/11 2:35 PM

Wow, what a question. Your husband is right. Obviously, your pattern is successful. It would be tempting to retain exclusivity to your pattern and make and sell it yourself. That being said, she could copy it from something you've already made. Will you be sewing for her at all in the future or will passing your pattern on end the income stream?

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Date: 9/13/11 5:43 PM

I have been sewing all the pieces,but she has hired another person to sew them too. I have been asked to provide the pattern to the other seamstress to use to make the garments. My issue is, I made the pattern. I do not know if I will be sewing for her in the future. Providing her with the pattern can mean she can use it to make as many swim tops she likes to sell online.
I have made custom patterns to make dresses for people and I charge for sewing the dress. I always keep the pattern. I have never sold my patterns to others to be used to sew products to sell online.

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Date: 9/13/11 6:36 PM

You might consider "licensing" rather than selling your pattern. Sell her a license to produce x number of swimsuit tops for x price. If she exceeds that number, she needs to pay a new license fee. Practically speaking, this will be difficult for you to monitor, but it is probably a better practice than handing over the pattern with no restrictions.

I am vague on how to calculate the numbers because I don't know what she pays you for your piece work, if you provide supplies, etc. If she provides supplies and you just design and sew, maybe 10% of the piece work price? But that is truly a blind guess.

Kathleen Fasanella of Fashion Incubator is a pattern drafter. People have asked her to draft for home sewists and she has said she would have to charge $50-100 per pattern to make it worth it, even if she could sell a large volume. You might visit her website to get more of an idea how the business works, though it has a LOT of information that is difficult to take in in a short term manner.

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