Baby Steps Toward Sharing My Craft With Others

I work full time as a [not fashion] designer during the day, so making the clothing is my creative escape. It now takes me 2-4 hours to finish a shirt. If I had to do this all day as my job, I would probably not be as happy or productive as I am now, grabbing small segments of time here and there. Many friends and family members have been impressed with the designs and want to know how they can place orders. This freaks me out for several reasons.


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========= ADVERTISEMENT =========First of all, sizing. I am mostly self-taught and fashion school is not in the cards. I haven't yet gotten to the point where I can adapt the size of my current patterns to a wider range of people's sizes. So, anytime someone who isn't my size wants a shirt, I will have to create a pattern, usually from an old shirt they give me as a sacrifice. Any advice about who to hire to grade my patterns?


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========= ADVERTISEMENT =========My next fear is when people say "You should open an Etsy store!" I know this is the standard thing to advise these days, but everything I read/hear about Etsy points toward it being a major time suck and tedious to constantly manage the marketing portion as a seller. I also fear having too small of an inventory to be successful there. I might be open to doing craft markets, but it may take a while to build the inventory. Maybe selling in boutiques?


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========= ADVERTISEMENT =========I am not looking to turn this into a profitable business anytime soon, but am open to starting a label and doing commissions. What does having the most basic level of A Clothing Label entail?


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========= ADVERTISEMENT =========Any ideas for strategies or resources greatly appreciated!

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