I enjoy working with custom clients *almost* as much as I enjoy teaching sewing classes, and really for the same reasons. I love seeing the smile on a client’s face when they step into a garment created for their body and all its unique features. I speak from experience when I tell you there’s no better feeling than wearing a garment that you know is perfectly you.
So how in the world does the process work?
The first thing I do is listen closely as a client describes their ideal garment – the shape, style, color, fit, fabric texture, etc. I listen for their preferences, as well as how they hope to feel in a garment. Most clients want a garment for a certain purpose, but the more they talk the more it becomes clear that each client wants to feel beautiful in their clothes. I take all of this information and make suggestions about pattern and fabric, take their measurements, and get busy creating a test garment.
The test garment is sewn up in plain cotton based on my client’s measurements, and then we rip it apart: do you like the sleeve length? What about the hem? Do you want a zipper or buttons? Are the darts at the right location? This is also the step where I fit the item on the client before cutting into their garment fabric. It’s during this step that design decisions are made based on each person’s features.
FINAL GARMENT CREATION
Once we know for sure that the pattern will fit, I begin working on the final garment. At this point the fabric has arrived and has been prepped to sew, and all design decisions have been made. This step is super fun because I can see all of our discussions come to life in the garment. I can also add special details that make their garment unique.
So, how much does this cost?
Creating a custom garment is a process and the final result is a work of art. It takes anywhere from 20-100 hours to complete a custom garment for a client. The initial consultation and fitting portion costs $85 per garment, which includes the pattern, alterations, the test garment, as well as the fitting session. Each finished garment is priced after that based on the materials used. Obviously a cotton dress will be less expensive than a silk one, and materials are “at cost.”
Why not invest in a piece of clothing that not only fits YOU perfectly, but is the exact garment you want in your closet?
Contact me today to get started!