How to price your work as an independent sewist.

From now on at the beginning of every email I will throw you a lifeline for quarantine or what I’ve called: Inspiration of the day. I will share clothing models with you daily so that you can be inspired in these difficult times. Here I leave you today’s inspiration:

Vintage top

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Other patterns and materials:

Simplicity Vintage Sewing Pattern Sleepwear
Simplicity 1940’s Vintage Fashion Women’s Apron Sewing Pattern 
Simplicity Pattern Misses’ Vintage Nightgowns
Tracing Paper

Now we can start talking about prices.

Although sales around the world are currently slow, it is a good time to take advantage of that and organize our work and, more importantly, our way of working. A question we self-employed professionals frequently ask ourselves is, how much should we charge for our work?

Take advantage of these days to keep track of how much you charge for your work and why. It is clear that for a small clothing producer it is difficult to compete with market prices, especially in these fast fashion times where everything is extremely cheap.

Those of us who sew to sell need to offer our clients something different, the famous added value. We must offer garments with a good enough quality to justify the prices that we must set as designers or independent seamstress when creating handmade garments that are more environmentally friendly and more unique.

The creation and design process not only includes the themes and ideas behind each garment, but also forces you to maintain tight control over the total cost of the final product. When we talk about the final cost of the product we have to think about the sum of our working hours and all the materials used to create the garment. Always make sure to cover the costs of your business, including materials, manufacturing costs, machinery and facilities (even if it is your living room), before starting to profit and charge for your services.

Regardless of what you manufacture to sell, keep in mind that the prices should not be guided solely by what the market reference prices are. We must make sure to cover all creation costs to guarantee profitability in what we do.

Now that you know more about our work costs and sale prices, it’s time to get back to sewing. Here is my list of recommended sewing accessories and tools. Sometimes inventory can finish really fast, so order them today, and use my affiliate links to get the best prices:

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With love,
Karina.

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