Sewing Patterns and Trademarks

January 31, 2018

Sewing Patterns and Trademarks

For those of us who sew for dolls, especially if doing that on a small business scale, sourcing  the best sewing patterns is almost always a priority. Let's imagine that we have found the pattern that will be perfect for that beautiful dress that will bring many new customers to our Etsy shop.  If that was a pattern by one of the companies that stack their catalogs on the tables  at Jo-Ann, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby... we know what to do. We just buy and sew.

But what if we bought a pattern online,  from and indie designer at Etsy, Craftsy, Ebay, or other numerous pattern selling sites? Especially if on the  last page of the pattern we find the words " To use this pattern for work from home selling you should sign an agreement...", " The pattern not for commercial use..." or even worse " The pattern is  for personal use only..."   And you were already imagining that big uptick in views and sales?  What a bummer.

What do we do? Depending on our personality  we probably go one of the two routes: we either follow the  the wishes  of the designer or we go to the trusty Google in search of an answer:  Why after we have paid for the product (pattern) we are not free to use the product the way we need or want?

I don't only knit (and crochet) but also sew for dolls. And I also am using commercial and indie patterns as slopers for my own creations.  So that question was always a burning one for me too.   Discussions on forums, boards, in groups rarely shed any light, they usually just multiply questions.  Often the answers and opinions differ sharply depending on who is talking : a seamstress or a designer. Each one has her (or his) turf to protect.  When seamstresses seem to prevail the dreaded word "lawsuit" gets thrown into the mix.

So, what's the deal? And the deal is that the law is almost never black  and white, it's always grey. And when it comes to intellectual property it is grey beyond all reasonable borders.

And because I am not the one to even try to decipher that grey mass, I went searching for the clever souls who were tenacious enough to brave that road. Here is what I have found and that is a very interesting read:  Taberrone  and While She Naps - a beautiful and clever multifaceted blog for the business minded seamstress.

I invite you to read those, especially Abby's blog.




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