As you’ve probably noticed I’m preparing the launch of paper patterns! I still can’t believe that I actually dared to take this step, but I did. I just jumped. Printing my patterns on paper is still such a strange idea. I only now get the feeling that it’s for real. :) Bizar, don’t you think?
In about 10 days you will be able to buy 8 of my patterns on paper
Julia sweater kids
Julia sweater women / teens
Lotta skirt kids
Lotta skirt women / teens
I try to have these paper patterns for sale in my shop from the 29th of January. I say ‘try’ because I can never predict how the update of the website (and the launch of a retail website) will turn out. Sometimes these things just take more time then expected!
I’m happy that my packagings and patterns are already send to the printer. At first I asked a creative office to make a quote to design the packaging for me, but in the end I did everything myself: I designed the cutting frame, I made the artwork and for the extra ’emotional touch’ I asked a good friend to make little drawings for me. I think they turned out super cute, don’t you think?
After choosing the right colours and approving the first print of the packaging at the printer, I started preparing my pattern files. I had to change my A0 files to two A1 pages. That’s not a big job, you might think, but I updated some of my patterns at once. When I put the paper patterns online and update the digital ones, I’ll make an overview for you. Nothing major has changed, I just optimised some of my first patterns. I can tell that I’ve learned a lot in the last two years that I’ve been drawing patterns. So I just thought this was the right time to improve my older patterns!
As I was adjusting the files, I was only working on the patterns with seam allowance. I don’t know why: but I had the feeling that no one actually used the files without seam allowance, so I was thinking of skipping these versions. But my goodness: When I asked on Facebook if you’d be ok to delete the pattern without seam allowance I was amazed by your reaction! A lot of people still seem to use the pattern without seam allowance, so of course I listened to you and will keep offering both versions. Not only when you buy a digital pattern, but also when you buy a paper version, you will have both versions available. The paper patterns will be printed recto verso specially for you. I’m so glad that I found out that you use both versions BEFORE I launched the patterns. Thanks a lot for your help. :)
At the moment, I notice that a lot of questions are rising from your side: One of those questions is where you will be able to buy my paper patterns. Well of course in my webshop, but also in other shops and webshops you will get the chance to buy my paper patterns. Not only in Belgium but hopefully around the world. Shops from America, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, UK and France already showed intrest in my work. I still can’t believe how enthusiastic everyone is. It’s a great feeling. When you own a fabric shop (online or offline) you can ready create a retail account on our new retail website. You can’t order yet, but we’ll keep you informed on the further steps for ordering soon!
Another question that pops up regularly is the price: a paper pattern will cost 16euro. You receive the paper pattern and a code to download the digital pattern and the digital instructions in a language of your choice (Dutch, English, French of German), a fabric label, a postcard and of course the packaging that I hope you will like! We choose to work with these digital instructions for several reasons: first of all this give us the opportunity to sell in more countries. The packaging is in English and Dutch, we couldn’t include all languages, but with the digital version of the instructions every one will be able to work with our patterns. Next to this main reason I also noticed on Facebook that a lot of you just don’t use the paper instructions anymore. We live in a digital era you know! ;) So from now on I will rework my instructions to swipe instructions for a tablet. Of course I will also keep a printable version, but that one will be based on the swipe version. And last but not least I think it’s more ecological not to include the paper instructions when not everyone is using them. Why send paper by post when you can easily print this part of the product yourself? I hope you can follow my way of thinking? Would love to hear from you!
When you have already bought a digital pattern in the past, we will send you a discount code before the launch.You can follow the development proces on my Facebook page!