This move, my friends, terrifies me. But today I'm changing everything on my site, alteration lessons, slopers, ready-to-sew patterns, and all, to a pay-what-you-want model. Here's why:
I want you to try pattern drafting. I want you to enjoy it. This, I'm telling you, is crazy fun, especially if you're a creativity-adrenaline junkie like me. This is flying without a pattern net, seeing what we can come up with when the training wheels are taken off.
But you won't believe me until you try it. So take a set of slopers and a lesson or two home and try them out. Work with them and decide what their value is to you. Then come back and get another set or lesson and pay what you think they're worth. I think you'll love it, I think you'll be able to see how much work goes into what I do here, and I think you can decide how to say thank you.
I don't want price to keep anybody back. I've been there--mom, bunch of little kids at home, trying to do the right thing, but in crazy need of a creative outlet. Not a dollar to spare from the budget. Maybe you have some ideas for some printable patterns you could sell and make a little Momma-money. Maybe you just want to make some pretty clothes for your little crew. Whatever your situation, you can use my patterns and lessons to help keep yourself sane. When you're the next famous children's pattern designer, or your clothes are in glossy magazines, come back and drop me some of the dollars you'll be sweeping off all the flat surfaces in your house.
I want you to be able to support my work if you choose. It does take time and money to create the projects I bring you in this space, and while I'm glad to give it, I have to find it somewhere. I know that many of you are in a similar situation, trying to make your way in the exciting/scary, encouraging/discouraging, hopeful/painful internet world, and you understand how important being supported is to your success. Your comments, notes, likes on Facebook, pins on Pinterest, all keep me going. I'm over the moon when I get a photo of somebody's costume or dress they made with my help. And when someone believes in the quality of my work enough to put down money on it, I'm humbled and grateful and motivated afresh all at once.
I want you to share my work with others. While I still ask that you not share the actual files with friends, since they can get their own for whatever price they choose, why not send them to my site? Then we can become friends too.
In a nutshell, I want to put my work into your hands, and I trust you to do what you can, and what you feel is right, in return. When you create something fabulous, whether it be pattern or outfit, come and let me know and leave a picture on the Children's Fashion Workshop Facebook page, would you? I get such a kick out of knowing where my babies have gone.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. Let's design something together, shall we?