Monday, February 15, 2010

Where I'm at & what I'm trying to get done sitewise...

So most of our fabric is up on-line now, and our classes are  up through June. We have a few classes that we're working out the details for, so as soon as they're done those TBA's will be replaced. Books are still coming, we just have limited numbers as far as quantity goes so it's not as much of a priority as we don't really want to list a bunch of items only to put most of them directly set to out of stock. This will change over time and most titles are re-orderable so eventually we should have a nice selection on the site.

Tools and supplies are still being added and updated as we replenish the stock. We'll continue to focus on the most essential items and add some of the items that are more of an optional or 'personal choice' nature as time progresses.

Notions are still something we have to determine with regards as to what we'll put on the site. Some items that we carry in the store can quite easily be found practically everywhere, so whenever possible we try to be a bit more selective with these. Thread won't be sold through the site, accurate color representation is difficult enough for the fabric and trying to match thread for a project over the web just makes me cringe. It may be possible in the future to order thread if you know the exact color code for a spool that you have now, but this is something for a future day. Buttons, zippers, fasteners, ribbons, bias trims etc... we do stock them but again with so many options out there it's a huge task to get it done right.

Which brings me to the most pressing task before me, the patterns we carry.



As far as the patterns go, we have the majority of them up in terms of companies or designers, but in terms of actual number of patterns, we're only about a quarter of the way there. The Decades of Style patterns won't be put on the site. We have so much respect for Janet and the really amazing and hard work she puts into her business, that we don't want to compete with her in terms of online sales. Some of our local customers who might want a specific pattern can inquire about getting it with an order, but really if it's just a great vintage pattern that you need, please go over to www.decadesofstyle.com. and get them from there.

Which leaves the biggest group left then, the Kwik Sew patterns and we have honestly just under 300 different patterns here. I know that some of you are looking for them, as I can see by looking through the 'search logs'.

Listing the patterns is a bit challenging as I want to provide as much information without cluttering the page up so much that you can't get the really important information easily.  So my questions to you are,  'What's the most important information you need when choosing a pattern? Which criteria influence your decision more than others? Should we list every detail explicitly or does a range of information work for you? (ie fabric = 1-1/2 to 2 yards for all sizes vs. Sm= 1-1/2 yds, Med.= 1-3/4 yds, Lrg= 2 yds) How annoying is it if we include most of the information as an image instead of listing it all as text? Do you require finished sizes & dimensions, or are these less important details? Should we include all the necessary materials in the listing, or just those that can be purchased with your order?

Please leave a comment below if you'd like, either about the above pattern questions or anything else you'd like to see offered on our site. Any other improvements you'd like to see or other suggestions are always very much appreciated. If you'd prefer to email me direct instead of having a comment for others to see, please use this link to our 'contact page'. You could also include 'Do Not Post' in a comment, and I'll be able to read it without having it shown on the page.

Here's the list of Kwik Sew patterns we carry now, and this will be increasing as the seasons continue. Feel free to contact us if there's a pattern you'd like to purchase if I haven't gotten it in the cart pages yet:

 
10.99 Kwik Serge Misses Tops Stretch Knits 2740
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Animal Back Packs 3687
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Bags 3749
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Boys' Pants and Vest 3399
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Boys' Shirts 3430
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Cases 3748
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Girls' Skirts, Top and Bolero 3411
11.99 Kwik Sew -  Men's Coveralls 3389
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Men's Shirts 3422
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Aprons 3396
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Dresses 3409
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Dresses 3414
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Dresses 3394
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Dresses 3408
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Leotards 3445
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Pants 3384
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Pants 3385
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Pants 3443
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Skirts 3413
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Swimsuits and Dress 3416
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Swimsuits and Wrap 3417
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Tops 3435
10.99 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Tops 3407
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Tops & Skirts 3152
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Tops and Skirtrs 3383
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Misses' Vintage Aprons and Pot Holders 3686
11.49 Kwik Sew -  Pet Coats, Collar & Hat 3750
10.99 Kwik Sew - All Occasions Hand Bags 3684
10.99 Kwik Sew - Aprons and Scarf 3480
11.49 Kwik Sew - Baby Bag 3643
10.49 Kwik Sew - Baby Crawler, Pants, Cap Bib and Booties 2656
10.99 Kwik Sew - Baby Dresses 3528
11.49 Kwik Sew - Baby Dresses, Bloomers and Hat 3689
10.99 Kwik Sew - Baby Gown and Sleeper 3090
10.49 Kwik Sew - Baby Jacket, Hat & Mittens 2545
10.99 Kwik Sew - Baby Jumper, Top and Leggings 3607
11.49 Kwik Sew - Baby Overalls & Shirt 3730
11.49 Kwik Sew - Bag, Wristlet, Headbands and Scarf 3526
10.99 Kwik Sew - Bags 3206
11.49 Kwik Sew - Bags 3312
11.49 Kwik Sew - Bags 3545
11.99 Kwik Sew - Bags 3650
10.99 Kwik Sew - Bags and Cases 3355
11.49 Kwik Sew - Best Party Dress 3521
11.49 Kwik Sew - Blanket, Bibs and Doll 2971
11.49 Kwik Sew - Boys' and Girls' Pajamas 3604
10.99 Kwik Sew - Boys' and Girls' Shirts 3043
11.49 Kwik Sew - Boys' and Girls Sleep Pants and Shorts 3589
10.49 Kwik Sew - Boys' Boxer Shorts 2179
10.99 Kwik Sew - Boys' Shirts and Hat 2951
11.49 Kwik Sew - Children's Capes 3723
11.49 Kwik Sew - Children's Footy Pajamas 3714
11.49 Kwik Sew - Crib Comforter, Bed Skirt, Fitted Sheet, Bumper Pad and Organizer 3075
10.99 Kwik Sew - Diaper Covers and Bibs 3112
11.49 Kwik Sew - Diapers, Diaper Cover, Insert and Bags 3690
11.49 Kwik Sew - Duvet & Shams 3356
11.49 Kwik Sew - Fall Jacket 3558
10.99 Kwik Sew - Fun and Easy Misses' Tunic, Belt, and Scarf 3683
10.99 Kwik Sew - Girls' Dresses 3348
10.99 Kwik Sew - Girls' Dresses 2701
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Dresses 3674
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Leotards 3507
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Nightgowns 3105
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girl's Pants, Shorts and Top 3519
10.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Skirts 3541
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Tops And Skirt 3169
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Tunic and Dress 3542
11.49 Kwik Sew - Girls' Tunic and Leggings 3476
11.49 Kwik Sew - Go Green Shopping Bags 3612
11.49 Kwik Sew - Inset Dress 3522
11.99 Kwik Sew - Ironing Board Cover, Caddy, Pressing Ham and Sleeve Roll 3571
11.49 Kwik Sew - Jumper Dress 3576
10.99 Kwik Sew - Jumpsuits and Booties 3310
10.99 Kwik Sew - Kids PJ 3456
11.49 Kwik Sew - Kwik Misses' Tops 3603
11.99 Kwik Sew - Kwik Serge Bags 3700
10.99 Kwik Sew - Kwik Tote Bag 3597
11.99 Kwik Sew - Leggings & Tunic 3463
11.99 Kwik Sew - Maternity Tops 3487
10.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Accessories 3183
11.99 Kwik Sew - Mens Bib Overalls 3639
14.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Blazer 3485
10.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Boxer Shorts 1672
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Cardigans 3724
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Footy Pajamas 3713
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Jacket 3123
13.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Jackets 3569
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Jean Jacket 3251
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Jeans 3504
11.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Pajamas 2388
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Pants 3663
11.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Pants and Shorts 3267
11.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Robes 3000
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Scrubs 2861
10.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Shirts 2000
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Shirts 3506
11.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Shirts 3484
11.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Shorts and Shirts 2763
10.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Tees 3299
10.99 Kwik Sew - Men's Underwear 2334
11.49 Kwik Sew - Men's Vests 3662
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses'  Skirts 3631
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses'  Vest 3626
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Aprons 3547
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Blazer 3715
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Blouses 3668
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Blouses 3620
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Bra and Boxer Shorts 2489
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Bra and Panties 3301
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Chemise, Camisole and Panties 3351
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Chemise, Camisole and Shorts 2589
12.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Coats 3679
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dress and Belt 3579
12.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dress and Jackets 3516
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dress and Tunic 3575
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dress and Tunic 3681
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dress and Tunic 3659
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Dresses' 3489
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Dresses' 3488
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3151
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3294
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3718
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3719
12.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3583
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3380
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3578
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3758
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3049
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 2955
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3704
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3710
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3703
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3682
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3675
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3676
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3539
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3536
12.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3562
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3561
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses 3559
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Dresses and Top 3658
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Footy Pajamas 3712
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Harem Pants and Tops 3701
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Hats 3699
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Hats 3481
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jacket 3716
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses Jackets 3466
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets 3623
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets 3622
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets 2895
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets and Skirt 3335
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets and Skirt 3577
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jackets and Vest 3624
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jeans 3193
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Jumpsuits 3702
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Leggings 3636
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Leggings and Skirt 3770
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses Leotard and Unitard 3671
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Leotard, Leggings, and Skirt 3661
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Leotards 3502
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Maternity Pants, Shorts and Jeans Panel 3324
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Maternity Tops and Skirt 3326
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Maternity Tops, Pants and Shorts 3325
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Nightgowns 1812
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Nightgowns 3343
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Nursing Gowns 3327
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Pajamas 3595
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Pajamas 3553
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Pants 3540
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Ponchos 3305
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Pullovers 3667
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Robes 3644
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Scrubs 2807
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Shirts 3027
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Shirts 2966
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Shirts 3555
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Shorts 3614
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirt and Top 3242
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses Skirts 3098
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Skirts 3513
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Skirts 3512
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3728
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3580
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3372
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3352
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3451
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts 3566
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts and Top 2975
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Skirts and Tops 3494
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts and Tops 3337
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Skirts and Tops 3003
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Slips and Panties 3554
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Stretch Jeans 3315
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Stretch Knit Tops 2856
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits 3239
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits 2962
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits 3064
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits 3695
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits 3608
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimsuits and Pants 3063
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimwear 3696
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Swimwear and Dress 3609
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Teddy & Gown 3726
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses Top and Skirt 3672
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Top and Tunic 3670
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Top and Tunic 3556
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Top, Bra, and Pants 3660
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Tops 3497
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses Tops 3496
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3467
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3722
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3720
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3593
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3617
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3616
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3378
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 2965
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3766
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3120
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3308
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3065
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3573
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3694
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3523
11.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3505
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops 3524
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops and Skirts 3220
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tops and Tunic 3632
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Dress 3611
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Dress 3538
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Dress 3533
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Top 3222
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Top 3691
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Tunic and Top 3692
11.49 Kwik Sew - Misses' Vests, Hat & Scarf 3731
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Western Shirts 3039
10.99 Kwik Sew - Misses' Wrap and Top 3285
11.49 Kwik Sew - Pajama Pants 3602
11.49 Kwik Sew - Pajama Pants Men 3070
11.49 Kwik Sew - Pajama Pants Plus 3588
11.49 Kwik Sew - Peplum Jacket 3427
11.99 Kwik Sew - Pet Harness, Leash, Bed and Carrier 3517
11.49 Kwik Sew - Pillows 2486
11.99 Kwik Sew - Sewing Bag 3464
11.49 Kwik Sew - Sewing Machine Cover, Sewing Pillow and Pin Cushions 3548
11.99 Kwik Sew - Square Neck Tunic 3461
11.49 Kwik Sew - Sugar and Spice Girls' Dresses, Pants and Hat 3673
11.49 Kwik Sew - Tank Tunic 3599
11.49 Kwik Sew - Tie Top 3610
10.99 Kwik Sew - Toddler PJ 3126
11.49 Kwik Sew - Toddler's Dress and Pants 3664
11.49 Kwik Sew - Toddler's Dress, Top, Skirt and Bloomers 3665
11 Kwik Sew - Toddlers' Sleepers 3527
11.49 Kwik Sew - Tops 3621
11.49 Kwik Sew - Unisex Overalls 2331
11.49 Kwik Sew - Unisex Robe 3177
10.99 Kwik Sew - Unisex Shirts 3344
10.99 Kwik Sew - Unisex Sweatshirts 3045
14.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Dresses and Jacket 3514
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Jackets Plus Sizes 3369
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Nightgowns 2863
11.99 Kwik Sew - Womens Pajamas 3148
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Pamts and Shorts 3202
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Pants 3469
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Pants and Shirts 2929
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Pantws and Tops Plus Sizes 3277
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Robe Plus Sizes 3587
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Robes 3646
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Shirts Plus Sizes 3586
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Swimsuits, Skirt and Wrap 3072
10.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Tees 3338
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Tops 3515
11.99 Kwik Sew - Women's Tops & Skirts 3468
10.99 Kwik Sew - Wrap Skirt 2954
11.99 Kwik Sew - Wrap Skirt Plus 3138
11.49 Kwik Sew - Yoke Flare Skirt 3637
10.99 Kwik Sew -Baby Sundress, Bloomers, Shoralls and Hats 3035
11.49 Kwik Sew -Misses Dresses 3634
11.49 Kwik Sew -Misses' Dresses 3598
11.49 Kwik Sew -Misses Dresses and Tunic 3395
11.49 Kwik Sew -Misses' Tops 3601
11.49 Kwik Sew -Misses' Tops 3635
11.49 Kwik Sew -Shoulder Strap Misses Dresses 3228
 






If you made it this far through this post, you can see what's coming in terms of my workload for the next couple of days. So I'd love your suggestions, I really want to get it done right the first time.... so please leave a comment below.

3 comments:

Amanda said...

Wow, that's an impressive stash of patterns! Could you try taking a photo of the pattern info as a test and see how people feel about it (I think that's what you're asking)? It seems if this worked it would save you a ton of time. Also, from the beginner's perspective, difficulty level is good to know when buying patterns. Not sure how time consuming that is, but mentioning that might be helpful to people. I thought Shaerie recommending what patterns to try next after completing the basic tee shirt class was great guidance because I knew they were appropriate for my skill level.

I love the fact you have a pattern for pet harnesses, btw - you've got it all!

Connie said...

I wouldn't mind if all, or most, of the information was in an image format, as long as I could enlarge it to view the details

Sew L.A. said...

As an example of what I've done with the other patterns, the Amy Butler patterns are a combination of both a picture and partial details in the description. For the Oliver + S patterns I used images solely for displaying the information regarding sizing and yardages, with the all required materials listed in the description. The Modkid & Sew Liberated patterns include a picture for the full details, and then specific details only for materials that can be purchased online with the pattern.
The ultimate goal is to allow someone to buy their pattern and as much of the required fabric and materials that we offer at the same time.