An unexpected order for the “Year and the Snake” Chinese Zodiac character appliqué design on baby onesies

By on October 17th, 2013
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Here’s the great thing about selling embroidery files as a business (or I should say as a fledgling business): they are digital. There is no creation of a product to meet a client’s specifications; I make the file and it is what it is. After the digital file is made – there are never any inventory or shipping issues. For these reasons, I love working in the digital world. But when someone falls in love with one of my designs, and asks if she can buy a finished product, what am I supposed to do?

Common sense says to refer the buyer to someone who actually does appliqué professionally.  But I was just so flattered that she loved my Chinese “year of the snake” design that I fell prey to her flattery and said – Ok – I can do it.

Then she tells me the details.  She actually wants me to make three baby onesies using this design in three different sizes: 3 months, 6 months and 9 months.  And – they don’t know if the baby will be a boy or a girl – so we need to keep the colors gender neutral.  Wait – why did I agree to do this?

In my last conversation with the customer I sent her a bunch of appliqué fabric ideas that I thought were pretty gender neutral. (See picture in this post.) I haven’t heard back from the customer – but, what do you think? Fortunately the baby shower for which this gift is intended is not until the first week of November.  But I am hoping we get this sorted out soon.   I am thinking that this experience might provide confirmation that working in the digital world is the way to go.

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