May 9th, 2012

Child of Light

Opening an Etsy shop...advice?

(Wow, I'm getting a bit more talkative on this community. Who'd have thought?)

I'll keep things simple. As the title alludes, I'm planning on opening my own Lolita Etsy shop in a few weeks or so. I pretty much have everything situated, but wondered if anyone had advice for opening/running an Etsy shop. I searched on the community, found lots of Etsy posts, but didn't see anything advice-wise.

(To let everyone know what kind of shop I plan on opening, I'm a plus-sized Lolita who wants to be able to make Lolita clothing for wearers of a variety of sizes. So far, I'm thinking more skirts and some accessories to start with, with me gradually branching into other items as time goes by so I don't get overwhelmed. I've already found some great fabrics to use. It'll also allow me to expand my sewing skills and practice what I already have down pat.)

(ETA: I'm taking a break from sewing (yay, new fabric!) but I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has chimed in with advice. This really helps my motivation, and keeps me thinking about what to do with the shop. I really appreciate everyone being so helpful. Who knows? Maybe we can all keep connected via Etsy circles or something and promote each other!)
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Usual practice with Oo Jia?

Hi everybody! I'm just wondering - for those of you who have ordered from Oo Jia - how long does it take to receive your items and has she been very good about communicating with you. The reason I ask is that I ordered an item for her through her facebook page at the end of March, payed for the item, but have not been able to get a response from her regarding it's status since then. I don't know if this is the usual practice or an unusual occurrence with her since I've never ordered anything from her before. I see that she has been a popular and good seller and I understand she must be busy, but I haven't heard anything in over a month. I'll have to file a claim within five days or lose my money and I really don't want to choose either of those options. Does anybody have any idea what's up?

Update: Thanks everybody! It's good to be reassured that I gave my business to a good seller.
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Dress design tips?

Hello again! I tried searching for a topic like this, to no avail.

I've been trying to sketch out some dress designs in my spare time, things that I haven't seen represented on dresses and such, trying out different ideas. I don't know if they're any good, but it makes me happy to try and be creative at least. However, I've had no fashion design experience and I was wondering if there are any good templates to start off of for a lolita dress design?

Oo Jia is accepting designs in a mini-contest and she'll make the winning print. It would be so neat to see something of mine made! I would like to just start off on a fair foot compared to other girls who may have a lot more experience communicating their clothing desires visually.

Thank you for any input you can give :)