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Wearing History Updates: Etsy, Vat, & New Site

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to check in and update about the changes that have been going on here.

I want to update that all E-Patterns have now been listed in my Wearing History Etsy shop, so they are once again available for all customers worldwide.

I’ve been working like crazy on this transition, which has included re-listing and uploading and starting to build a brand new site.

Although not all items are up, both Wearing History Patterns and Wearing History Clothing will be consolidated to one side: http://wearinghistory.clothing  Feel free to bookmark it now.

I’m still adding product, but checkout has been enabled so you can begin to shop on there for the patterns that have been listed so far.  Both printed patterns and digital product (like E-patterns) will be available on that site.  EU customers may purchase e-patterns on Etsy (as I’m not equipped to deal with the new digital VAT requirements), but they can purchase physical, mailed product from my new site.   Everyone else worldwide can shop like usual from the new site.  Eventually both of my previous sites for clothing and patterns will be redirected to wearinghistory.clothing.

Phew!  Such a lot of work!  But I’m happy I’m able to keep offering e-patterns to everyone, and thankful that Etsy found a way to make dealing with Digital VAT a lot easier for us small businesses.

I guess that’s the big update!  I’ll keep you all up to snuff on how it’s going and let you know when the migration is complete.

xo

Lauren

 

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Update: E-Patterns and Digital VAT

Hi there,

This is an update post about the digital VAT issue I mentioned in my last blog post.  If you’re not up to date, read that first.

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to build a new website.  I’ve been meaning to consolidate sites anyways, but this new website will be for both my sewing patterns and clothing, and I’ll be moving all items onto those sites.  I’m going to re-direct the old links to the new site once it’s up and running so you can still find me via wearinghistorypatterns.com and wearinghistoryclothing.com.  Eventually my blog will be directed to that new site as well, so everything will be under one roof.  Right now I’m spread out over four different websites, so that’s quite confusing and hard to manage anyways.

So, what does this mean for the digital VAT on e-patterns for EU buyers?  I’ve found that Etsy will collect and and remit the digital VAT, so all my EU e-pattern customers will be able to purchase e-patterns through Etsy.  They will still be able to purchase mailed patterns and clothing through my website, since I do not need to collect and remit VAT on physical products.

Why the decision?  Well, simply because it’s really complicated and difficult for me as a single person company to register in a EU country for VAT, keep track of all sales and VAT paid, collect all the required information (two types of proof of country the buyer is located), and keep that info on file for 10 years.  I already spend at least half of my time on administrative tasks between the patterns and clothing line, so adding more on that side of things will mean less pretty patterns and clothing will be able to be made.  And I want to make pretty patterns and clothing, because that’s why I’m doing this in the first place!  So, yes, there will be fees for me on the seller’s end, but if it means I can keep creating new products, then it’s worth it to me to pay the fees and not deal with the VAT on the administrative side.

My new website will have a banner for EU customers to click through and buy e-patterns through Etsy.  When I get the green flag from Etsy that their new VAT program is up and running the e-patterns will be listed on there and available for EU customers again.

Non-EU customers will be able to buy them on Etsy, too, but if you buy them on my new website it will be better for me (no fees!  no fees for me means more to invest in new pretty things for you!).

In the meantime, if you have bought E-patterns from my current site and have not downloaded them, I urgently suggest you download them now, because I can’t transfer your orders to the new site.

Kickstarter e-pattern backers- If you got a coupon code for your Kickstarter pledge, but have not checked out with the code yet, your code will be transferred to the new website once it’s up and running.  You can still redeem it at my pattern website now, unless you’re in the EU.  If you are in the EU, message me through Kickstarter so I can get you your epattern if you haven’t redeemed it already.  If you already checked out for ANY epatterns on my site (Kickstarter or not) make sure you download your patterns now if you haven’t already.  Previous orders cannot be transferred to my new system,  and I can’t see who checked out but didn’t download on the current system.

So, there you have it.

I’ll be posting once I get the new site up and running and I’ll come up with something fun for the launch.  Maybe a contest. Or a giveaway.  Or both :)

Thanks so much for your patience while I figure this out and implement the new plan!

 

xo

Lauren

 

Pattern Website Changes & EU VAT Requirements

Howdy all,

Just a quick note to say that I’ve had to temporarily disable pattern sales for customers in the EU (European Union) because of the new digital VAT requirements.

So, as I search for a solution to this problem, since my current website is not set up to be able to handle these changes, I’ve had to disable all EU sales.

I’m working as quickly as possible at finding a solution.  For right now, that looks like I’ll have to be building a new website, or switching all digital products over to a site like Etsy- who handles all the VAT, but does have a downside for me as a seller because of fees involved.

Because of this, I highly suggest that if you previously purchased any e-patterns from me and have not yet downloaded them, go download them now REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE.  I won’t be able to change over any purchases to a new system, because I can’t see who downloaded their purchases and who didn’t (It’s all taken care of by my website system hidden away in the magical code that I’m clueless about).

If you pledged for E-patterns in my Kickstarter and live in the EU and haven’t claimed them yet,  contact me through Kickstarter so we can figure it out privately, since you bought the item before the  new regulations were in place.

And in case you’re wondering what I’m talking about and how outside countries can force residents of other countries to collect VAT for them- I’m clueless.  But you can read all about it here, because apparently they can.  And I highly suggest you sign the petition, if you want to see small businesses like my pattern business continue to be able to operate, because these changes will have a HUGE impact on micro-businesses like mine and countless others, many of whom are in the hobby sewing and craft industry.

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Last Week In Pictures

In an attempt to be better at blogging, I’m going to try to share a photo recap of my week from my Instagram posts.  Some weeks may be more exciting than others.  But since I’m a very visual person I love photos and am better at taking little snapshots that sitting and planning big posts (which is probably why the blog has been neglected.  Sorry, readers!)

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My husband in a custom cap by Monsivais Caps and Cravats.  We were excited to be able to stock some of his hats at Inspiration.

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The BIG NEWS is that we had our very first booth at Inspiration Los Angeles and we LOVED IT!  By we, I mean my husband and I, because he’s my constant source of help.  We can’t wait for next year!

Hope you all had a wonderful week!

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The Maisie Dresses are Here! And That’s a Wrap!

Reposted from Kickstarter Updates:

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to let you know that I have received the Maisie dresses, and they look fabulous!

This is the very last item of clothing that was to be made as a result of the Kickstarter.  So, that’s a wrap everyone!  Those who ordered packages that included the Maisie dress will be going out no later than next week.

Just so you know, we only had just over 30 of this dress made.  It was very expensive to produce (much more than we expected), so our stock is VERY limited.  That’s awesome for those of you who pre-ordered!  You really do get a limited edition dress!

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THANK YOU to everyone who made this happen!  I’m so, so thankful for your generous support and love and patience through this whole adventure.

So what’s next?  Well, you can come visit me next weekend at Inspiration Los Angeles!  I’ll have a booth there, and you can come visit, shop, and try on things in person (as long as we have stock left!  We’re running out of some things).  The show has a strong presence of vintage workwear and denim, and high end vintage clothing, but also great small made in the USA companies, and I’m honored to be able to be present as a vendor.

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We’ll be there Feb 6 & 7.  Click on the image for more info.  Just so you know, the Vintage Fashion Expo is in the same building on Saturday, so if you come that day you can shop two events.  I’d love to meet you in person!  If you are able to come, make sure you say “hi” to me and tell me you were a Kickstarter backer.  I’d like to be able to say “Thank you” in person.

And what about new designs?  I’m puttering on a few new things, now that I finally have a little more time to think about things beyond the Kickstarter.  We’re still in the baby stage, and the Kickstarter amount was actually less than we really needed when all was said and done, even though we went over the initial goal amount.  There were lots of lessons learned in the background, but we made it!!  I’m so thrilled! I’m considering doing future pre-orders, or possibly another Kickstarter when we want to add more things.  I’ve heard from a few of you that you’d be willing to do that for more clothes since you loved the ones you got so much.

So what can you do to help keep this going?  Share, share, share!  If you pre-ordered clothing, I’d LOVE to see your blog posts, Facebook posts, etc showing how you style your new Wearing History Clothing pieces.  Spreading the word is the best way to grow, and your input has really made such a difference already.  I’d love to keep it going and not just be a one time thing, but we’ve gotta keep selling clothes if it’s going to happen.

I feel so, so blessed and so thankful that you all made this opportunity happen.  I had a dream, but I didn’t have the means.  You all, as a community, came in, backed me with your own hard earned money and your encouragement in other ways, and made this a reality.  I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for you.  I wish I had better words to express it.

Alright!

That’s all, folks!  THANK YOU!

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See you in Pasadena!

Hi all!

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Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be selling Wearing History Clothing for the first time at an event.  This weekend is the California Balboa Classic in Pasadena, CA.  I’ll be there Friday and Saturday selling my clothing.  I’ve been told you can check out the vendor room even if you don’t attend the event, so come an see me!  If you’re not sure what size you take it’s a great chance to try things on and check.

Also attending will be Loco Lindo, Remix Shoes, Monsivais Caps and Cravats, and others.

See you there THIS Friday and Saturday!

http://calbalclassic.com

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New Sewing Patterns For WWI Era Goodness.

I’ve been a busy little bee!

Still working in the background on Wearing History Clothing, but I’ve managed to set aside a little time to work on sewing patterns I promised.

Firstly, the Elsie WWI Era Blouse is now available as a mailed, printed pattern where I previously only had it available as an e-pattern.

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Printed Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/elsie-1910s-wwi-era-blouse-pattern/
E-Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/e-pattern-elsie-1910s-wwi-era-blouse/

And for under it all, the new 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise

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Printed Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/circa-1917-combination-underwear-chemise-pattern/
E-Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/e-pattern-circa-1917-combination-underwear-chemise/

Happy sewing!