Terms and Condition of Sale
You may have seen this notice on the back of every pattern: "The sale of this pattern is intended for private use. Any use of this design with the intent to reproduce the pattern or garment [made from the pattern]...without prior permission is forbidden." The point I hope you take from this is that I am offering up my creations for your personal enjoyment, but as a condition of sale, I ask that you not copy the pattern, or produce the garment you make from it for the purpose of profit or monetary gain on a production basis. If you want to resell patterns, check my whole sale page on how to qualify. If your intent is to sell the garment at craft fairs, bazaars, or in a shop, under the terms of the sale, I request that you please ask for a licensing agreement.
What is a Cottage License?
A Cottage License is an agreement between us that extends to you the legal right to use my work (a pattern or patterns) in a home production environment for income purposes, either with or without the name of the pattern company.
What a Cottage License does not allow
A Cottage License does not extend to, nor give permission to copy or reproduce the pattern or any part of the packaging or instructions. Of course your pattern can be shared with anyone without pay just like you would loan a book or video, but copyright law prohibits all types of replication, even digitally. It also does not extend to companies or corporations producing ready to wear in factories for high volume production.
~You get referrals.
I am frequently asked for referrals from the non-sewing public where to buy garments produced from my patterns. Being a licensed provider means I can quickly direct them to you.
~You get advertising.
With your permission, I will include your listing on my website. At times I have included vendors in my paid print or web advertising.
~You get professionally made tags.
With your license, I will send you hang tags to include with each product made from my pattern. A hang tag helps identify your product as unique, professional, and quality made. Combine it with your own tag, or use it alone, just add the price. Though not required, by agreeing to include it, I will give a 10% discount. Need more tags? Download and print the tag PDF right here:
~You give attribution.
The purchase of a cottage license acknowledges the vital role the original pattern has in your overall success, for without a pattern, you have no product to sell. According to Wikipedia, providing copyright attribution "...is widely regarded as a sign of decency and respect to acknowledge the creator by giving him/her credit for the work."
I offer several licenses types to accommodate different needs. Patterns are sold separately from the license.
ONE pattern, monthly
TWO patterns, monthly
Up to THREE patterns, monthly
ONE pattern FOREVER
Allows limited production of one pre-selected pattern style on a monthly basis. Agreement ends When all production stops. Payments can also be made quarterly or semi-annually.
Allows limited production of two pre-selected pattern styles on a monthly basis. Agreement ends when all production stops. Payments can also be made quarterly or semi-annually.
Allows limited production of up to three pattern styles consecutively, on a monthly basis. You may change, add, or discontinue the use of any pattern at any time, but only 3 styles may be offered for sale at any given time. Agreement ends when all production stops. Payments can also be made quarterly or semi-annually.
Allows unlimited use of one pattern style for production purposes only.
The Cottage License Application
Please complete all sections of this form:
We who make patterns spend hundreds of hours and dollars to invent, then produce a product that we hope consumers will love and enjoy. For each pattern we charge the tiniest fraction of what it costs to create. If you paid someone to come up with original products, it would cost so much more than the price of a few patterns. As a cottage (home) manufacturer, you've decided to cut out the preliminary steps of designing your own product and instead will build upon the hard work of another. Thank you for your integrity, and for choosing my pattern to represent your product!