Category Archives: Question and Answer

Australia post prices have increased

Just a quick message to anyone who currently sells online or is thinking of selling via an e store.

Australia Post has increased it’s postage fees. Make sure you check what you are charging for postage and see that you are still covered. Their online calculater will help you determine basic prices for your goods.

Questions and Answers

Another in a series of Q and A, if you have a question add it in the comments section and it might get answered in the next installment.

Question: at the moment fabric wholesalers are selling fabrics for next winter, is there some kind of taboo in using next years fabrics for this winter?

Answer: Definitely no taboos when it comes to fabric you can use whatever you like whenever you like. The only drawbacks would be

  • will there be enough fabric in stock at the wholesalers? so check and make sure they haven’t only got a small amount of sampling fabric in and not a bulk amount?
  • if it is a brand new direction in fabric, depending on your market segment it make take them some time to warm up to a new concept. For example it might take customers time to adjust to a new colour palette if it is vastly different to what they have been used to.

But other than those tiny details there are no issues so go for it!

Questions and Answers

Another in a series of Q and A, if you have a question add it in the comments section and it might get answered in the next installment.

Question: Do you know of any manufacturers in Sydney or anywhere in Australia?

Answer: There are lots of great manufacturers in Australia and the more work we can give them the more they can survive. A few places you can search for makers

Yellow Pages try using search terms like garment makers, garment manufacturing, sewers etc. A generic term like maker isn’t enough when searching on a site like the yellow pages you need to be a little bit more specific.

Google can certainly help. Try ticking the Australian pages only section so you don’t have to wade through all the overseas pages as well.

Ragtrader is an industry magazine. It has classified advertisements in the back so you can find makers there (and many patternmakers use those classifieds as well). They also have a directory of all the makers, printers, patternmakers and just about everyone else you’d ever need in the fashion industry. Their website is really bad, hard to navigate and it just took me more than 15 minutes to find the link that told me to buy the Ragtrader directory is $132. In all honesty I’d not bother with the site and just buy the hardcopy of the directory that way you’ve got the book with all the contacts in your hand and you don’t need to navigate a poor website.

Anyone for a tweet?

Hope everyone had a great extra long weekend and managed to fit in some rest, some play and some work.

Great response to last week’s Q and A and I thought it would be fun if people had questions they could ask them via Twitter as well?

If anyone wants to follow me you can find me @startyourlabel or if you add your Twitter name to the comments I’ll follow you.

Other questions that were posted or emailed in are being answered in the next Question and Answer post so keep an eye out it might be your question that get’s answered.

Questions and Answers

When people leave comments on the blog posts I try and give them an answer as soon as possible. However sometimes the questions are so good I’m going to start adding them in as posts so everyone can benefit from the answers

1) Where is the best place to get a roll of pattern making cardboard and general sewing quipment?

Patternmaking card can be purchased at most of the art stores (I know for sure you can get it at Oxford Art on Oxford st). Notchers, tracing wheels etc can all be purchased from Greenfields (Ann st Surry Hills).

While pattern card by the roll is easier to store it is sometimes difficult to work with, so make sure to grab some paper weights to help hold it down and in place while you work.

2) And have you heard of the China(Shanghai) International Textiles, Fabrics & Accessories Exhibition 2011?

Yes I have heard of it, I’ve not been to this one but am sure it would be quite useful. Perhaps make some enquiries as to of you may need a translator with you? I’ve always found it to not be essential but sometimes it just makes things slightly easier?

Also make sure it has what you need, if you need only fabric suppliers does it have that? or do you need manufacturers? Trade shows are fantastic but if you are looking for specific information then make sure they will be there before you go.

Write a list of exactly what you need and keep it with you when you go, that way you will make sure you get the information you want at the very least and everything else you learn will be an added bonus.

Good Luck!