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Date: 4/24/08 12:24 PM

A friend is opening a resale shop and offered a place in her store for me to sell the clothes I make. I love the idea, but am clueless to how I need to go about it. Can I legally sell something that came from a pattern by a company? Do I have to modify it in some way? Also, is anyone doing this and has some insight to pricing? I'll greatly appreciate ANY info you can give me. Thanks a bunch!

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Date: 4/24/08 12:32 PM

Open source like burdastyle.com will let you use their free
and paid patterns , to make clothes and sell in the store like
this (not mass production). If you know how to alter patterns,
changing styles...you will come up with tons of different creations. Good luck.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:43 PM

I've considered taking my failed projects to a similar store ... not the ones that turn out ugly, just the ones that don't quite fit.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:48 PM

One of my "failed" projects is the cutest little shirt that I made by mistake out of non-stretchy material. OOPS! Boy is it small. Someone hopefully will enjoy it though!

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Date: 4/24/08 12:50 PM

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A friend is opening a resale shop and offered a place in her store for me to sell the clothes I make. I love the idea, but am clueless to how I need to go about it. Can I legally sell something that came from a pattern by a company?


If Burda lets you use their opensource products, that surprises me. No one else will. In any event, my website focuses on the topic of producing and selling apparel or sewn products generally. There's tons of material there, over 1300 entries. I'm a garment industry pattern maker btw.

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Date: 4/24/08 12:57 PM

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Can I legally sell something that came from a pattern by a company?

Depends. For most of the big companies, no (at least not without purchasing a new pattern for each and every garment you make). They own the copyright to the pattern and clearly state their use restrictions on the patterns . Yes, there are people that say, "But are they ever going to find out?" Ok. Sure. I suppose you could argue that. You can also get away with cheating on your taxes (for a while), but is the legal hassle worth it? You should be drafting your own patterns if you plan to sell your work. It would be in your best interest to research this topic with proper legal consultants, as you just never know when you're going to get into a situation where your work is questioned (what if you're successful in your venture?). Even on a small scale, selling your work IS business, and business isn't something to just "wing," especially when it comes to the legal stuff.

Good luck to you and keep us posted!
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