You’ve decided you want it to be all about you! Great! You deserve it!
I love a challenge. If you have a character or a specific look in mind, let me help you make it come alive with the right fabrics and trims!
First, we have a consultation appointment. We get together and establish concepts and expectations and deadlines. We’ll talk about your character, your specific costuming needs, and a budget for the project. If necessary, we’ll peruse my library of reference books and illustrations and photographs to help us choose the style elements that will make up your item or ensemble. We’ll choose your basic colors and patterns and textures, and talk about trimmings and details like beading. I’ll create sketches and a concept sheet, and once the project is a go, I’ll take a full set of measurements, offer an estimate, and collect a $100 deposit. You should come to this appointment and all of your subsequent fittings, with the appropriate undergarments and shoes that will be worn with the pieces I am creating.
For any project involving a garment for the upper body, I will then create from your measurements, a working pattern, and then a mock-up of the garment. Then, we schedule a “fitting” where we meet again, and I use that mock-up as a tool for establishing that my pattern is what I need it to be and the finished garment will in fact be a perfectly custom-fitted one. Frequently, I’ll tweak the mock-up as necessary while you wait, but on some occasions more than one fitting is required. If not already established, we make our final fabric selections at the time of that first fitting. Half the amount of the original estimate is due at this time.
Once I have a perfect mock-up I can cut into your fashion fabric and get on with my work. I will complete your order, up to the point of requiring another fitting. Sometimes that means a doublet without its sleeves, or a bodice with an unfinished neckline, but almost always at least a few buttons or hooks and eyes or such, will remain to be done. We make sure the fit is still as it should be, mark locations for fasteners, check lengths and hemlines. We should also discuss at this point, any changes to the original estimated price, based on design adaptations or fabric and trim availability. And, of course, we establish a final pick-up date.
When you come to pick-up your finished order, if possible, you should allow time to try it all on and make sure it meets your satisfaction. Your payment in full should be made at this time.
The end result is you in a completely custom made for you item or complete ensemble, your complete satisfaction, and my guarantee that although fabrics do eventually wear out, my workmanship will survive the test of time.