(Looks at the title) . . . That’s a lot of “m”s and “s”s . . . 😛
So I’ve been getting a lot of commissions lately, and I’m still trying to iron out the best ways to communicate with clients. In this business, it’s imperative that I have as quick of a response or back and forth as I can possibly get, that’s comfortable for the client as well.
So I have several options to get ahold of me if you wish to consult with me about a potential commission.
- Etsy Conversation
- – so far, many of my commissions have started here. An app on my phone makes it easy to share photos. However, scrolling through 20+ messages makes this form of communication a little daunting after a while. A good starter tool if you want to begin initial contact and query.
- – Okay, pretty easy, especially if a Paypal invoice has been sent, and the client has no other preferred form of communication. Pictures not so easy to attach from my phone, though.
- Google Message (Hangouts)
- – I like this. This is instant and easy, especially if you have a gmail account like a bajillion other people! Always an option here.
- – Yes, I love Skype! Instant Messaging, photo sharing, and you could voice call, or video call me for free! If you become a client of mine, I can happily share my Skype info with you. I also have my business phone number with Skype.
- – Kind of a last resort. I don’t usually like sharing my mobile number with just anyone, especially if I don’t know them in person and the relationship is exclusively online. But texting with photos is certainly an option if we want quick messaging with photos, and the above options are not available for you as a client.
How it works
I have so many patterns, fabrics, and lace choices! One of my favorite things is to pull them out to show a potential client and help them choose the perfect design elements for their dress!
You can take a look at my current pattern catalog here! Forgive me that it’s still an incomplete list. I have SO many patterns, it’s been hard to keep up. But if you’re considering a commission from me, here are some of the many basic options I have. These patterns are not set in stone, and I have the ability to modify just about anything to exactly what you want, can replicate a design element you might have seen somewhere else from another brand, and can make it fit your measurements!
When you order from me, I will be consulting you every step of the way to be sure I’ve got exactly your design in mind during the production process.
I use many different resources for fabric, including (but not limited to) Fabric.com (broadcloth, knits, et al), OnlineFabricStore.net (Chiffons, georgettes, mesh, tulle – accents), DenverFabrics.com (main fabrics, special design, high quality various) and FashionFabricsClub.com. Also, ShabbyFabrics.com is another fav of mine for classic Lolita styles.
I also have an account with EESchenk.com because they can order from Japanese textile houses like Lecien, Cosmo, and Kokka. Because they’re a wholesaler, however, I have to spend a minimum of $150 per order. And when I order fabrics coming from Japan, they only place orders during a small window, and it takes up to six months before my shipment comes in. Personally, I think it’s worth it. I have to buy by the bolt, and Japan textiles usually come in 12 yard bolts. I’m not limited to Japanese fabrics, however, and other textiles are available for a much faster time frame.
Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, new clients are a little shocked at my pricing. I have jumpskirts for sale on Etsy that are anywhere from $50 – $80, and there seems to be some confusion as to why custom garments are quoted to clients at anywhere from $100 – $200 (not including shipping). The pieces already for sale on Etsy are prototypes or samples, one-offs that I made for the fun of it, or just to develop a pattern that I’ve wanted to try for a while.
Custom garments are taking another person’s exact specifications, their style, their measurements for fit, all the design elements like fabric choices and lace trims, to bow or not to bow, scalloped skirt hems – these things are consulted with me, and take time to develop. I’m making something extra special just for you, to fit you as perfectly as I can with the information you give me, and the knowledge I have at my disposal that took many years of school and experience to acquire.
I am a seamstress, costume maker, draper, pattern drafter, and designer. You’re paying for my professionalism and my attention to detail. I could never compete with the low end market prices established by major global manufacturers. My pieces have more uniqueness and a soft finish. And no one will have anything exactly like the piece I make for you.
If you want to consider ordering a commission from me, I do accept payment plans via Paypal!
I have my own size chart that I go by. Many of the patterns I have are multi-size, but only within the Asian range of sizes. So that means that our American “M” is actually an “L” in my books. I have the ability to increase or decrease the sizes of any of my patterns. Here’s a general list of my sizes:
XS – Bust 32", Waist 24", Hip 34"
Small – Bust 34", Waist 26", Hip 36"
Medium – Bust 36", Waist 28", Hip 38"
Large – Bust 38", Waist 30", Hip 40"
XL – Bust 40", Waist 32", Hip 42"
It is the client’s responsibility to give me accurate measurements. Please be sure to use a soft tailor’s tape and take your measurements properly.
Feedback and Contact
To contact me regarding a potential commission of a garment, you can use the contact form on this website.
You can contact me via Etsy Conversations.
Read some feedback on my work here!
And check out my Facebook Page!