I am been such a slogger (slacker blogger) this week, sorry! I have some excuses...none of them great, but it is the first week back to school after an extended Christmas break and it is always a hard transition for me to get back into the swing of things. Over breaks, I tend to stay up really late and get up really late, and getting up at 5:15 for school is rough.
In addition, I tend to hit my sewing high point about 10 pm, and during school, I have to go to bed then. BLEAH.
In my last post, I asked a question - is it ok to use a pattern to sew an item and then sell it? The reason that had been in my head was that over Thanksgiving, when my mom was here, we stopped in a high-end boutique downtown since I wanted to see how the commission thing went. In the front of the store were these very simple little clutches that were made from upholstery remnants and "vintage" buttons and were priced at $45.
I felt like I had seen the pattern before, but couldn't remember where, and then a few weeks later, I saw an actual copy of Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing and realized that the clutch on the cover is THE EXACT SAME.
So that is where the question came from. Ethically, before that point, I would have said that no, it is not ok to sell something made from someone else's pattern, especially in large quantities(There were probably 50 little clutches in the store). But that started me thinking and that's why I asked the question.
Commenters seem to be evenly split between two camps, those who make things and those who do not. So my next question is this: Is it ok to make something on commission for someone who wants a specific pattern? For example, if I win an etsy alchemy bid from someone who wants a diaper bag, and wants me to use Amy Butler fabric with an Indygo Junction pattern, is that ok to sell?