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JeanE's picture

Doll Clothes (post #23858)

I would like any feedback that you may have on trying to sell doll clothes.  I have made clothes for the disney princesses ,American girl dolls and  other sizes and would like andy infomation on getting started.  Also what kind of prices I should charge.  The princess dolls are the hardest to make because they are so amall.  The American girls are the easiest.  Some of them are really good.


I do mending for a cleaners but it does not pay much money.  I am an independent.  I have also worked for David'S Brideal  but can no longer do the pressing of those heavy wedding gowns.  I am 71 years and would like supliment my retirement income.  I have been sewing since I was 9 years old.  Thank you for and information  any of you can give me.


 


JeanE

fabricholic's picture

(post #23858, reply #1 of 3)

There is a sight called Etsy.com, I believe and they sell hand made items. You might want to put American Doll in your name or tag it that way, because little girl's parents that have American dolls pay good money for those items. Good luck. Post pictures!

JeanE's picture

(post #23858, reply #2 of 3)

Thank You fabricholic for the web site.  I will check it out.  I am just getting started.  I made some doll clothes both for my grand daughter's princess dolls and her 18" doll.  They turned our real cute and I had fun doing them.  Thought it was a way to help supliment my fixed income.


 


JeanE

lynnewill's picture

(post #23858, reply #3 of 3)

Another resource for you would be reproduction porcelain doll makers, and buyers.  Many years ago I had a business that made custom doll clothes for that market.  They used to have doll conventions all over the country and that is how we got started by attending those conventions and showing vendors samples of our work.  Locally our senior center holds a doll show every year.  As far as pricing goes you need to determine an hourly rate you are comfortable with and then track your time as you make up your samples.  Don't forget to include the cost of supplies and the time you spend shopping and designing.   Please do not make the mistake of guessing what people would be willing to pay for something, but rather charge them what it costs you to make it!  Reach out in your community as much as possible to let them know what you are doing...talk to everyone at the fabric store, friends and family members can all be great sales reps for you.  Word of mouth is always your best advertising.  Hope this helps, please do post pictures


Lynne


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