Post # 1
Hi all. I wanted to get your advice and opinions on a few things.
I am a newlywed, visiting England (where my husband lives) for a few months and unable to get a job due to the lack of a work permit. I’m in between degrees.. dreading a master’s program and looking to gain money and experience in an artistic field. The problem: I haven’t found my talent yet!
I’m also a plus size girl, around 18 – 22 and always have trouble finding clothes I like in my size. I like lane bryant and evans and such but usually its too expensive for me so I’m thinking about doing creating plus size clothes and starting a shop on etsy. The issue I’m having is that I’ve never made a piece of clothing in my life.. but I have the time to learn.
My question to you is … is this impossible? Do any of you design clothes and did you have to gain training to do so?
Also – would you buy clothes online from Etsy, is something missing in the market for you.. and just your thoughts in general.
I’ve thought about other things such as jewelry and art but jewlery would require purchasing a lot of equipment and materials that I don’t have. Art is very subjective and I’m not sure how that would work out. I figured that if I tried to make a clothing shop that I would start out by trying to design clothes for myself and then if they were successful and I liked them I could post them and make them custom for clients.
Post # 3
I’ve never quite been a fan of buying clothes on etsy. I will only buy clothes online in general if I know the sizing and fit of the store – like jcrew or loft and if I can return it in store. I think it’s a good idea but I have no expereience with selling there so really I have no clue. Good Luck!!
Post # 4
Recently there’s been a bit of a surge in clothing shops for plus sized women in the UK. I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t found anything to suit you yet. I tend to only buy clothes from stores I can return goods to if they’re ill-fitting. I’d say, open an Etsy store and start off with smaller things rather than jumping straight into clothing. Maybe learn to knit and sell baby booties and scarves and things? Or baby clothing. Sorry! I know it’s probably not what you want to hear right now.
Post # 5
I’ve never bought clothes from Etsy either, but a lot of Bees bought their dresses there. However, with no experience, I’ve tried making a smiple convertible dress. It was hard, but I finally figured it out. I don’t know if I can do anything fancier yet, but I’m slowly learning.
Whatever you do, good luck. It sucks trying to get money to go for a Grad Degree. It’s why I’m at a job I hate because savings = going back to school.
Post # 6
I have a knitting shop on etsy! I sell finished projects and I also design patterns. Knitting is pretty easy you can pretty much learn just from youtube and it doesnt take too much stuff to start up if you want to just stick with 1 weight of yarn.
As for the clothes do you have sewing experience? Personally I can not sew to save my life and it is pretty expensive to start up. I always look on etsy for clothes but I never end up buying them because the stuff I like i WAY to expensive!
Post # 7
Thanks for your input. Actually I was just thinking about it and mentioning it to my husband – and I wouldnt buy clothes online without trying them on so really I’m starting to have second thoughts about this.
Mishelleez – can I have the link to your shop please?
I know everything is on Etsy.. but is their anything that you haven’t been able to find and wished you could of?
Post # 8