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 with 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 permission first.
What is a Cottage License?
A Cottage License is an agreement that authorizes the use of a pattern(s) for repeated use 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 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 from your total. 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 licenses.
ONE pattern ONE year
ONE pattern FOREVER
up to THREE patterns ONE year
ALL patterns MONTHLY
Allows unlimited use of one pattern for one year.
Allows unlimited use of one pattern for unlimited duration.
Allows unlimited use of up to 3 patterns for one year.
Allows unlimited use of all patterns on a month to month basis. You may switch, change, add, or discontinue the use of any pattern as needed.
The Cottage License Application
Please download the license application and send the completed form by mail, fax, or email.