Wow, thank you so much for all your comments and opinions on yesterday's post about the future of my patterns. It was super helpful to hear what everyone had to say! There were some comments from people that I didn't even know read my blog! I'm honored and flattered you all took the time to offer your opinions. I know where I'm going and it's all thanks to you lovely ladies.
First, it's true that my preference is printed patterns, but it's nice to know that many of you are open to (and in some cases prefer) PDF patterns. I empathize with the shipping costs for those customers in far away places and the joy of immediate gratification. But if I can, I've decided I'm going to try to reduce the costs as far as I can on the printed patterns and maintain that and see how it goes.
I might try a small pattern as a PDF to see if people like that, or possibly release my next pattern both ways to see which outsells the other. I'm not sure on that yet. Stay tuned! Your comments on the pros and cons of this were invaluable. Most of you wanted to see a #2/#4 split, so that might happen. Oh, and of course they would include seam allowances! What are we, animals?
Also, it's awesome that there were suggestions to change the cover art to a drawing, as that was something I had already decided to do! You all read my mind :) I love big color glossy photographs, but I find being in the shop that people really prefer the drawings on the back of my patterns over the photos on the front. So that is something I'm planning to do. This leads itself naturally to a less expensive and less formal photo shoot style, and something that I can do instead of paying a professional to do. Since the photos will live on my website and will be used for promotional purposes and not for the cover, I don't need a white background studio setting and can do it anywhere I want, which equals a cheaper shoot!
I've also got a call in to my printer to see how much I'd save by printing a folded card stock "front" and "back" that would live in a plastic envelope along with the instruction sheet and tissue pattern. I do love a paper package, but hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Not all decisions are ideal, but this is something I can compromise on.
Lastly, I am mostly just really really really happy that the overarching theme to everyone's comments was that you all want more from me, whatever the method might be. Again, I am flattered and humbled by the list of amazing and awesome ladies that I've met through this business. Your support is more appreciated than you can ever know.
So, where are we then? Well, my next pattern is designed, graded, and partly illustrated. It's just been sitting here, hung up on the expense of printing and photographing. But, it will be out at some point. I'm not going to make any promises as to when (I have a GIANT top secret project in the works right now) but it's next on my list and you can expect it printed on paper, and maybe as a PDF too... we'll see!
Thanks again! xoxo