How much do alterations cost?
It depends on the specific alteration (Hem, sides, sleeves, etc), the type of fabric, the number of layers that need to be altered, and additional details such as lace, beading, buttons, zippers, etc. I can ballpark a price if I have this information, or I can give an exact price once I see the garment on the body.
How long will this alteration take?
It depends on the complexity of the alteration, and our current schedule.
Can you take this garment in?
Yes, though there are limits to how much any specific garment can be taken in, before it either loses it's original shape or fit, or before it becomes cost prohibitive to alter.
Can you let this garment out?
Maybe. Some garments have enough seam allowance to let out between 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Alternatively, gussets or additional fabric can be added to expand a garment. Corset backs are an option for formal dresses.
Can you alter this dog bed/ curtain/ slipcover/pillow/ hat/ bag?
Probably. If it will fit under the sewing machine, it can generally be altered.
How much does it cost to make a garment?
It depends on the complexity of the design, the amount of fabric needed, time frame, patternwork involved, details (buttons, pockets, laces, beading, etc) and estimated number of fittings. We can provide a rough ballpark with a picture and these details. A solid price will be given once details are ironed out.
I have a garment that I love, can you copy it?
Yes, I can copy it without taking the original garment apart. Please note that a copied garment is unlikely to feel exactly the same as an old, worn favorite, due to differences in fabric, and years of washings and wearings.
I've outgrown my favorite garment, can you copy it but make it bigger?
Yes, but see comments above.
I want to turn my/ my mother's/ my grandmother's wedding gown into a flower girl's dress/ christening gown/ baptism gown/ quilt/ pillow. Can you do that for me?
Yes. We will look at the gown to make sure the fabric is stable, and go over options for focal points, fitting, etc.
I have Grandma's fur coat. Can you make it into a vest/ hat/ pillow/ mittens?
Yes. I will inspect the coat to make sure the leather is stable, and we'll go from there.
I'm really tall/ short/ big/ small/ asymmetrical. Can you make a garment to fit me?
Yes. All of my patterns are drafted from scratch, from a series of measurements that I take.
What is your process for making a custom garment?
First, we meet and discuss the garment(s) you want made. If you don't have pictures, I will do some sketches. I will then take your measurements and draft the pattern for your garment(s). Next is a muslin fitting, sometimes called a toile or a mock-up. This is the basic garment in muslin, so we can check the fit, necklines, hems, fullness, etc. Once the muslin is corrected, we do a few more fittings in the actual fabric. You will be seeing the garment every step of the way, so you can be sure that it is what you want. Adjustments are made along the way, so no further alterations will be necessary.
I would like several skirts/ pants/ suits made. Can you do this?
Yes. The process starts the same as for a custom garment (see above), but once the muslin is finished, we can do the fittings for multiple garments at the same time. The more copies of the garment, the less expensive each will be, due to sharing the patternwork, and economizing on cutting and fitting times.
I have a brilliant/crazy idea. Can you make it for me?
Probably. We just need a sketch, or a really good description to start. We will discuss the project in depth to make sure we're on the same footing before starting. If you don't have pictures I will make sketches to verify the product. We may do one or more muslins (mock-ups) to test things before making it in the final fabric.
Can you manufacture said brilliant/ crazy idea for me?
I can do small run productions, but for larger runs you're better off (expense-wise) with a manufacturer. I can provide the patterns and the prototypes needed for manufacture.
I need some fashion/sewing/technical illustrations done. Can you do these for me?
Yes, though my work is by hand, not on a computer.
My sewing skills are pretty good, but I need help fitting. Can you help me fit my garments?
Yes, I am happy to help you fit your sewing projects.
My sewing skills are good, but I just need some patterns made to fit me. Can you do this?
Yes, I can. I will take your measurements and draft whatever style of pattern you wish. I can make and fit the muslins for you as well, or you can do that on your own.
Do you give sewing lessons?
I give intermediate level through Couture level sewing lessons. I can do in-person, at my Nampa studio, or over zoom.