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Date: 12/28/13 4:35 PM

This was entertaining. My dad was giving my siblings a hard time because of the Christmas gifts I sewed. My sister and I started talking about sewing and she mentioned that a girl in the area (in Atlanta) was charging $200 for the party dresses she makes.

"Can you believe that?!?!"

Uhmm. Yep. I can.

"But..."

I explained to her the amount of time that goes into either drafting a pattern or heavily modifying an existing one...plus fitting (and someone else's body vs your own!), and the time to sew it and the fitting(s) and uhmm yeah...I can understand a handmade dress being $200.

"But the fabric can't be THAT much!?!"

Maybe not, but it sounds like she's smart and values her time. What's the sense in making clothing for people and then netting $5 or $6 an hour when all is said and done.

She wasn't convinced...of course.

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Date: 12/28/13 4:38 PM

I'd charge a heck of a lot more than that, just to get people to go away .

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Date: 12/28/13 4:57 PM

When I was at the grocery store recently, I overheard some women talking about how one of the local ladies charges *gasp* $8 to hem a pair of jeans.

I thought to myself I should be taking my jeans to her.

I don't understand how folks assign so little value to sewing and other skills that most couldn't even begin to perform.

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Subject: I cant believe shes charging XX for that! Date: 12/28/13 5:12 PM

Someone here recommended a book "Over Dressed - The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion" and it really goes into that... how the value we place on our clothing is just about nothing with the prices you can get away with paying right now. Even just the notions and other paraphernalia needed to put together an article of clothing is more than an entire outfit (including shoes) at Walmart. That doesn't even go into fabric and the time spent putting it together.

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Subject: I cant believe shes charging XX for that! Date: 12/28/13 5:19 PM

Eek, $200, how cheap!! For a handmade custom dress?? Nuts!

(and we all know the fabric surely CAN cost that much...i spent $120 give our take a bit on fabric alone for my sister's wedding gown this summer!)

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Date: 12/28/13 5:28 PM

Well if someone only shops at big chain discount stores like Ross or Marshalls or only buys their Party dresses at Walmart that might seem like a lot. Just since you might find one in there for maybe $14 to $50 sometimes. I do shop in those places and also more expensive too sometimes. But if they even only went look shopping and not even "buy shopping" and went to any more large department stores or brand name shops in any large or small city malls even or such, and went into even Nordstrom, Macy's or any place like that, I think they would know better real quick by just even looking at the price tags of anything hanging off the clothes in there. So I would just assume they live a "very sheltered life" and never even go "look shopping" on foot anyplace at all either. Not even counting the internet at all. That is kind of funny though.

Maybe you need to take your sister out to lunch and shopping at some shopping center like that someplace and kind of re-introduce her to the real world of clothing and fashion and current prices for stuff

I think for some non sewers to really get some more appreciation and understanding of the cost differences between sewing some things (and not paying your self anything for the labor at all) and just buying them instead, you really do have to be looking at comparable things and garments even. A shopping trip more like that, would most times kind of do that, I would think.
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Date: 12/28/13 5:42 PM

And how many i-pads or tablets do they have? Surely a little bit of plastic and metal can't possibly cost that much!

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Date: 12/28/13 6:54 PM

All I have to do is show someone my morphed pattern pieces. All the marking and taping. Explain why I had to do an FBA, forward/narrow shoulder adjustment, raise the waist line, add to the length, etc. Letting them know that any pattern I used for them would have to be adjusted as well. And that's just the pattern, not the sewing and fitting. By the time I roll over them with all that, they are stuttering and backing out of the sewing room

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Date: 12/28/13 6:59 PM

Yep.... no concept at all.... until they try it themselves. After all how hard can it be to just sew a few straight lines?? I am an accountant and it is not all that much different - how hard can that be?

I made baked potato bags for Christmas for a few select people. I will NEVER do it again. It's my hobby, my thing and even though they seemed to like them, if anything goes wrong with them I will never hear the end of it. If I do relent, I will let them think I picked them up at a craft fair. It is just easier....

Why?? Next comes the "can you just hem this, alter that??"

One of my SILs (who can't ever say no) even got stuck with altering a few of my nieces wedding dresses - for free! One of them even had all this beading. OMG!! If you can afford to get married, go pay someone to do your alterations!!

Nope, best to be thought of as this an incompetent hobby sewer. More time for me to do what I want for me.

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Date: 12/28/13 7:28 PM

Buy the time you get the fabric and the pattern and fitting all done that isn't much. I charged 150.00 for dress this girl like from a friend of hers. Her friend paid 300.00 for this dress.
The dress was like the one marlin Monroe wore on the side walk and the air blue up making the dress flair out.
I even revamped wedding dress. Charged 350.00 With both of these dress there was a lot of time put in.
For hemming pants. 8.00 is cheap!!!!!

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