It’s funny, when I created the Kimono pattern, I wasn’t focused on proper sewing techniques and terms…. I just wanted an incredibly simple pattern that would be really easy for people, especially those new to sewing, to make. I wanted to offer the pattern digitally and I didn’t want people to have to print out paper and tape things together. There’s many things throughout the pattern that go against sewing ‘norms’, and it’s these things that allow me to know the pattern is uniquely mine. Which is why it’s hard for me to see someone do this:
It’s one thing to take my pattern, make the kimonos and sell them after I’ve expressly asked you not to. It’s an entirely different beast to just lift someone’s work, claim it as your own, create an etsy shop and profit from stealing. Thanks to an astute reader, I was notified this morning that pattern offered is exactly my pattern. The document was forwarded to me and it’s literally my pattern…. copyright and border clipped off. MY photos, MY math, MY instructions, MY effort.
I’ve had email exchanges with people who have made kimonos for charity, for children in the NICU needing feed tubes, for relief organization in Haiti…. all of which keep me going. Keep me thinking maybe this simple little pattern makes a difference for some people. So I leave my email address up and still offer the pattern for free (since 2008) even when everyone around me tells me I should be charging people for it.
We’ll see how Etsy handles this…. I am not hopeful, but will be pleasantly surprised if they do the right thing.