I've done many different sorts of projects over the years. The majority of my work involves
altering off-the-rack clothing, from taking in a favorite tank top to fitting a formal dress
for the prom. I do a lot of home decor projects as well. I have made curtain panels, recovered
cushions, and made custom pillows. I've made a few Halloween costumes over the years. Although I don't
do any quilting, I've mended several finished quilts.
From late December until early March, I work with a local dance studio to alter ready-to-wear costumes for a custom fit. From early April to the end of May, my business focuses on altering prom formals. I handle bridal alterations throughout the year.
Although I used to work on some really big custom projects, I find that if a project takes more than a couple of days to complete, it puts me
too far behind in my other work. I don't make a lot of money on big custom projects because
my standards are high, and I invest a lot of hours into them. If I charge normal rates for the
time I put into them, you wouldn't be able to afford me! Since I end up earning below minimum
wage on these jobs, I do them simply for the joy of creating and limit the number I take in
during the year. That's why I make only a handful of dance costumes each year, and I don't make
custom clothing at all.
Certain fabrics will never enter my workroom. If a fabric sheds glitter or fuzz readily, then I will not work with it. My workroom is in my home, and since these projects typically take a bit longer because of special handling, the wayward bits and fluff gets all over my house.
Typically not. I find that most people are available for fittings late on weekday afternoons or in the evenings when my family is home. Since I have a small house, my fitting area is also where my family spends time and I don't like the two to overlap. It is easier for me to come to you, especially if you live within Baldwinsville, Liverpool or Clay (within 10 miles of my work studio). I find that people are often more comfortable trying on clothes in their own homes anyway.
Starting this year, I will also be offering fittings by appointment at a local boutique in Baldwinsville, Stacy Kate, located at 6 Mechanic Street next to Nami's Engraving.
I prefer you pay me when the work is finished and you are happy with the results. I ask that you pay in cash when I deliver the work. If I know you and you are a solid repeat customer I will take a check.
I have been teaching one-on-one lessons to friends, but I now have facilities available to teach small groups. If you are interested in lessons, please see my classes page to learn more and sign up. Most classes will be held at the Stacy Kate boutique in Baldwinsville.
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