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|08-09-2007, 05:33 PM||#1|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Jacksonville, NC
questions for clothes makers
Feel free to move this if I didn't put it in the right place, I wasn't sure.
I have experience in sewing, car upholstrey actually. And there is little to nothing for pet clothes in my area. So I thought I'd like to try my hand at it and had a few questions for the pros.
Are there any patterns you've gone off of?
How do you decide your sizes?
Are any fabrics easier to work with than others?
Are snaps or velcro easier?
Are you required to have some sort of business license? (I realize you should be charging tax if you're doing sales your state)
How do you work things with your taxes?
What's the best way to do shipping?
What are the fees like for paypal? Ebay?
I appreciate any help you guys can give me. I see the great jobs you do on here and want to see it's feasable for me. Who knows, I may suck and give up. Or we all could be designing for Hollywood's pampered pets. Thanks!
|08-09-2007, 06:56 PM||#2|
Luv my Angel, too!
Join Date: Apr 2006
I was fortunate that another person who stopped sewing game me permission to use her patterns for the classic harness and tank harness that I make, though I have altered the tank a bit. The nightie, dress and bikini harness I make are my designs from just playing around as are a few other things I have made my girls and decided not to offer for sale.
I personally like working with cotton or cotton/poly fabrics the best. I don't use snaps cause I HATE hand-sewing, but velcro is a pain and really hard on your machine as well.
Everyone is different, but for me I tried to make "standard" sizes that fell into a few categories. For the most part, I like to work with actual measurements to ensure a proper fit - so pretty much everything is custom made.
I haven't yet done a business license. I have been saving receipts and will decide at the end of the year if it is worth doing that or not. It is a pretty simply thing to file as a sole proprietor. With my other business (as a yoga/pilates instrutor) we simply file a Schedule C with our normal taxes.
I use USPS regular mail. For some areas it only takes a day or two, for others it can be longer - but as postal rates keep going up using Priority Mail, UPS or FedEx would just be way too expensive. I start shipping charges at $2.00 and with the new rates, the least amount I pay is $1.18 - so you need to also take into account your envelopes and whatever packing supplies you are using as well.
I don't sell my doggie clothes on Ebay. I tried a few things and it didn't work at that time for me. Ebay fees range depending on how you list an item and what it sells for. Paypal charges are a few cents on the dollar, but it gives you some protection both as a buyer and seller.
Hope this helps.
Sissy & Angel
Last edited by LuvMySissy; 08-09-2007 at 06:58 PM.
|08-12-2007, 07:04 PM||#4|
No Longer a Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
|08-30-2007, 10:06 AM||#5|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: S. Ca
do a search on the web for tax information as all states vary.
We decided to do an LLC and taxes are quite heavy and you have to pay to license your company. There are companies out there that will handle all the paperwork and it runs about $600 for all this.
For envelopes, buy in bulk, they will save you a lot of $ but you have to put in a lot of upfront fees. Be prepared for huge fees for using credit card companies to accept credit card companies. We used paypal initially but their fees are like 3.5% or something like that. Which totally ads up.
Whatever you do, SAVE all your receipts. It becomes an accounting nightmare if you have to go back in your records, especially if you're dipping into your personal funds to finance the items/materials.
Another thing, it's so worthwhile to pay for the shipping confirmation to track packages, you WILL get inquiries about 'where's my package' and you want to prove it was delivered. Most people on YT never do this, it's other people. We too mostly use USPS....you probably won't run into this problem but shipping is really expensive if a box is larger than 12x12x12. Eg. we ship beds and it runs us at least $30 to ship these things, due to size even though it's lightweight.
Last edited by sassypup; 08-30-2007 at 10:08 AM.
|09-11-2007, 08:35 PM||#6|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
All my answers are in blue
Are there any patterns you've gone off of? I drew my pattern using a guide to know how they fit.
How do you decide your sizes? Make your sizes fit whatever size dogs/animals you want to inculde! I offer harnesses for toy dogs, so my sizes are small.
Are any fabrics easier to work with than others? Absolutely. Cotton is very easy to work with.
Are snaps or velcro easier? Velcro is easier for me, but some customers don't like velcro, and that's when snaps come in handy!! Snaps have to be sewn on by hand, so take that into consideration. DO NOT get the self adheisive velcro. My machine would not sew through it. It would make the needle sticky and would catch the thread and make a huge mess. I couldn't find a certain color, so I tried the sticky-backed stuff and it didn't work at all.
Are you required to have some sort of business license? (I realize you should be charging tax if you're doing sales your state) You would have to check with the laws in your state.
How do you work things with your taxes? Again, check with the laws of your state.
What's the best way to do shipping? I use Priority flat rate.
What are the fees like for paypal? Ebay? I don't sell anything on ebay, so I don't know, but as for PayPal, I get charged 2.9% +$0.30 per transaction.
Hope that gives you a better idea.
|09-12-2007, 04:55 AM||#7|
No Longer a Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
If you can't avoid the sticky-backed velcro...
Oh... and you also can use side release buckles for closing... I have some right now very, very cheap. PM me if you are interested!
Last edited by Mitzis Mom; 09-12-2007 at 04:58 AM.
|09-12-2007, 05:04 AM||#8|
Piper & Sebastian
Join Date: Jul 2007
I like the side release buckles the best. One of the nicest members here gave me instructions on how to put them on.
Susan, Piper ,Harley & Suiki