So I've gotten final figures for the cost of printing Chiffon vs printing Cotton. and while there seems to be more desire for a chiffon print it's a bit more complicated than printing on cotton.
Right now I have two suppliers willing to print on a sheer polyester chiffon, one is able to do any quantity for the base price of $30 a metre. Considering that a skirt would use 2-3 metres alone that's between $40-$60 and then I'll need to add on the fabric which goes underneath, again 2-3 metres. Which, plain printed, is only about $10. Looking at the minimal amounts at the best price possible ( 2 metres a skirt with $10 under skirt) I'm looking at $60 a skirt in materials. This does not include the lace, buttons, making time and etc. which essentially is means the skirts are most likely going to be around the $100-$120+ mark w/o markup. That seems...The aim of Kawaii Lime is to be both reasonable and fashionable and I've expressed often enough that indie brands, in order to stand a chance, should be cheaper than brand, and a $120 skirt is sort of there but also just over IMO.
The other option I have is printing 36 metres of chiffon and getting it for only $20, but 36 metres is...a lot. Admittedly it isn't limited to only one colourway so I can seperate it into 4 lots and get 9 metres per colour and make 4 skirts in each different size per colour, but without reserves and such I could be left with a lot of fabric I don't want after a large investment. There's an option to have it at $25 a metre instead plus $30 set up fee for any amount which is promising but working it out,
4 2m skirts (1 colour way each) = 8m fabrc at $25 + $30 set up fee = $230 / 4 = $57.50 per skirt.
That's not AS bad until you remember we need another 2 metres of fabric to go underneath. SO
(8 x $10 (2m underksirt fabric) = 80 + $230 of chiffon = $310 / 4 = $77 per skirt not yet including buttons, lace + sewing together, which could be up an an additional $70. THIS IS FOR A 2 METRE SKIRT. MOST LIKELY IT WOULD BE HIGHER. If we change the figure to a much more likely 3metres per skirt it becomes $112 a skirt in materials alone without lace, sewing, buttons, zippers etc. which would most likely add an extra $50+ on
Let's compare that to cotton.
No matter where I look 100% cotton based fabric is $20 flat rate. So 2-3 metres is still $40-$60, unless I go with spoonflower who are having 20% off printing over 2 metres of your own fabric, so if I did it THAT way it's only $36-$48 for the printed fabric. Lining is also $10 a metre so once again we're back at that magic $80-$90 digit for a 2 metre skirt and $90 for a larger sized skirt without buttons and sewing and lace which would almost undoubtedly bring it up by at least another $50+.
SO! Essentially going with cotton will work out to be $22 cheaper per skirt, in the long run it saves me a lot; especially when there's not a lot of interest right now. I'm thinking I'll create two samples first and formost and then see how we go from there.
Putting this up here both for myself and also because, if there any other lolitas looking to try this out themselves, you need to be aware of costs in a mass scale, which I most certainly wasn't!