I'm interested in getting reproductions of vintage clothing made. Am I better off finding a local seamstress, or should I scale up?
I have a small business selling vintage clothes at a local shop. I have a number of dresses that are beautifully made, but too worn/fragile to wear or sell. I'm interested in getting copies of them made to sell at the shop.
I'd love to find someone who can make them in a range of sizes, so that people who aren't itty-bitty can fit them (finding larger sizes is a persistent problem in the vintage business). Local seamstresses seem to be pretty expensive on a per-item basis, though, and while I've done a little research into overseas factories I'm nervous about the risks and costs entailed in larger runs. There are also IP concerns, as I'm not sure what the copyright status of sixty-year-old fashion designs might be.
Is this worth doing? Is there anyone you know of who's been down this path before, and might be able to offer advice? I've spoken briefly with the blogger behind American Duchess
, who has reproduction shoes made in an overseas factory, but she didn't have any particularly specific advice to offer.
I'd also love it if you know of anyone who might be qualified to make these clothes-- I'd be particularly interested in nonprofit women's co-ops.