Saturday, February 09, 2008

Peasant Cottage


In a couple of weeks, I will be opening an etsy shop. Right now it will be filled with aprons made from vintage patterns, but I'd like to eventually add more things.
Any ideas or suggestions? Please keep in mind that patterns cannot be under copyright, other wise it would be illegal to reproduce and make a profit despite all the alterations I'd make to the pattern (something I've learned in the last several months...).

13 comments:

Erin said...

Hope it goes well, I'm working on a little stock of things to start up an etsy store too!
You are able to use all of the Sensibility patterns to make things to sell. Jennie Chancey addressed that on her FAQ page. I'm hoping to make girls regency dresses to sell.

Clare said...

I must say, aprons made from vintage patterns is the suggestion I would make.

Anything made from vintage patterns would be wonderful, though even after the discussions on the Sense and Sensibility board I'm still not sure of how that fits into the copyright issue?

---Clare
romanceandtheroses.blogspot.com

Tilly said...

What about some of your tote bags? Those are beautiful!!

Cheri said...

Good ideas! Keep them coming if anyone else has more! =)

Clare, I know, some of the posts were a little confusing for me too, but one thing I DID understand was that if the copyright has not been renewed, after it expires, then it is available for public domain.

Tilly, I'd sell tote bags in a heart beat, but since they are under copyright, I wouldn't be able to legally. =P

Cheri said...

Ooops, I should mention that the pattern is copyrighted not the bags! And therefore, I can't sell items from a copyright pattern.

Tilly said...

Hmmm, what about making them from an online tutorial? Anna over at Pleasant View Schoolhouse did one back in November...
http://pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-to-sew-cloth-shopping-bag.html

I'm probably the farthest thing from an expert on copy right, but, so long as you double checked with her, could you sell those? They look pretty similar to your bags, and I think would be easy to customize!/?

Just the thoughts of my rambling, pregnant mind! :) I can't wait to be able to see your shop!! Best of luck with it!

Tilly said...

*oops!* it looks like the link was too long, but if you go to her website:
pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com
and click on her "sewing" category, it was posted in November...I hope that helps!

Cheri said...

Ah, neat thought Tilly! Thanks! =) I'll have to contact her.

Ruth said...

I'm sure you could easily come up with your own tote bag pattern after having made several yourself. I did this after taking a class on making quilted bags and it was not difficult at all. Can't wait to see your store!

Cheri said...

Oh Ruth! What a neat idea ... quilted tote bags!! Hmm, maybe the outside like the way I did Ike's blanket with using some country homespuns...? =)

My ideas will have to wait since I'm traveling south for a week.

Ruth said...

Yes, the rag style would be really cute! I saw somewhere recently where someone did that for a tote bag, with four squares for the front, two of which were the back pockets from an old pair of jeans. They were neat. = )

Achaia said...

Cheri,
When we were "visiting" with Rebekah Wilson from Hope Chest Legacy, she said you could make items off simplicity, mccalls, etc. patterns and sell them as long as you didn't say "this is simplicity 7645" (for example). Now we design our own patterns so I'm not sure if this still holds true... just a thought!
Achaia
mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com

Cheri said...

Hello Achaia,

Hmm, that is interesting! She may have written to those companies and purchased a sewing licence, or have gotten personal permission, maybe?

Because from the sewing board I'm on, many ladies who have their own business' and so forth, as well as other have shared sources and so forth that clearly would indicate that it would be illegal to make something from a pattern to resell for profit. This would NOT include the option that if someone gave you THEIR purchased pattern and fabric for you to make for them personally.

Anyway, thanks for sharing!