When it came to selling my pattern, I did contemplate this decision for quite a while before taking the plunge. I know that once a pattern is out there, especially on the interweb, you do lose some control. I think we've all noticed that there are bunch of kiddy pattern sellers on Etsy that seem to sell the same patterns....
* I really need to add here that it took me over a year to fine-tune my bonnet pattern. I drew it from scratch! I tested and tested and sized and modified and tested and tested some more. It took me a lot of time and energy to make it and I knew it was unique and awesome from the outset. I truly understand the value of creative work even more since developing this pattern.
Anywho, recently I thought I'd have a look-see through Etsy to see what other bonnet patterns were available and I was shocked to find a pattern remarkably similar to mine. Same shape, same sizes and almost the same words to describe it. Worse yet, they were charging 50c more than me and they were offering a licence to sell the end product! (I don't currently offer this licence, but seriously, I can't stop you! Thanks again to those asking for permission to resell their end products - only the end produce, not the pattern!)
At first I didn't know what to do. Then I spoke to my sister and to Rachel (who's blogging again by the way, check it out here - she has the biggest Colette collection of any person I know and will surely share more soon). My sister bought the pattern from this seller and I can't tell you how shocked I was when I realised that my pattern had simply been traced, scanned and was being resold by someone else!
I was so shocked, and quite overwhelmed with my upcoming prac block, that I just decided to deal with it later.
Weeks passed. On one of my last nights prior to finishing prac, I may have had a wine or two (Dutch courage) and decided to tackle the problem by emailing the seller... Stressful!!
Thankfully her response came within a few days. She admitted that even though she'd undergone a lengthy design process for her pattern (yeah right!), she admitted it was very similar to mine (read: fully ripped off!) She admitted she had my pattern and her pattern didn't differ enough to sell it and she has since pulled the item from her shop.
I once used to work in the copyright business, the music industry to be exact which dealt with music licensing, artist copyright and other issues, and I don't think I fully understood how it might feel for an artist to have their work ripped off until this.
free ruffle sunsuit pattern is also being used to sell finished products on Etsy. This again is outside of the copyright guidelines that I've stipuated on the pattern, but I really can't tackle that too.
If you want to support my hobby, you can buy your bonnet or pattern here :) Seriously peeps - buy up! Make me happy :)