Have a specific project in mind that you'd like to discuss? Fantastic! Send me an email and we'll get the ball rolling. Be sure to include basics like pictures, fabric and color preferences, your basic size (Bust/Waist/Hips/Height), occasion and requested due date.
Most custom orders require at least 12-14 weeks lead time.
Order space fills up fast so if you have a commission in mind and want to ensure I can get you on my calendar please reach out as soon as possible and let me know what dates you have in mind.
Consider getting your "reservation deposit" submitted today to secure your spot.
(Rush orders may be considered but will incur a minimum $100 rush fee - depending on details.)
Want to schedule some time to talk in person (via phone, chat, fb video or google chat)
The items in my shop will give you an idea of pricing for custom orders. Keep in mind, these are just base prices. Your final price may vary depending upon your particular details, fabric choice, due dates, and measurements. If adjustments to price need to be made, we will discuss and an adjusted invoice will be sent.
Need even more ideas? Check out my Pattern Look-Book for vintage patterns I currently own and can use for your special project. You'll also find links to some fantastic reproduction pattern makers!
It is important that you read all the terms of sale carefully. In most cases, you are purchasing custom made clothing which cannot be cancelled once begun or returned after purchase is complete. If you have questions about anything, please feel free to email at any time.
Paying your deposit indicates you have read and agree to all the below terms.
RUSH ORDERS: Any orders for custom made clothing to be completed in less than 12 weeks will incur a minimum $100 rush fee. If express or overnight shipping is required, additional shipping charges may also be added.
DEPOSIT: A $100 project deposit may be used to initially secure a slot on my calendar. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to begin the project and must be paid at least 10 weeks prior to due date or you may lose your place on the calendar.
PAYMENT: Most forms of payment are accepted via PayPal, Venmo and Zelle. If you'd like to pay via personal check, we can work something out there as well. Money may be sent in more than one payment, however, full payment must be received before items are shipped.
RETURNS: Because each piece is made specifically for you, following your particular tastes and measurements, there are ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS ON CUSTOM-MADE items.
SHIPPING: Each order is entered into my schedule as it is accepted. As a result, shipping dates vary according to the number of orders previously scheduled. Christmas, Halloween and Spring are the busiest times, so please plan accordingly.
If you have a particular "no later than" date, PLEASE make sure you include that with your order. I will try to accommodate all requests and will notify you if it is not possible to meet your deadline. As a general rule, allow at least 12 weeks for delivery of custom made items. But check my current turn-around times to be sure. If any items are delayed, you will be notified as soon as possible. Be sure to include address, phone number and email with order. Shipping/handling/insurance starts at $8.50 and goes up depending on the weight of your total items. Insurance is extra and at the customer's expense, please let me know if you would like to add insurance. All orders are shipped USPS Priority unless otherwise noted or requested.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Please inquire about additional postage and VAT fees.
To get started I'll need your Bust, Waist, Hips and Height. Once you're ready to start your project I'll need a full set of measurements to ensure everything fits you perfectly. If you have ANY questions at any time, don't hesitate to reach out to me. If you need help with measurements, we can FaceTime to get things right.
This will depend on the number of projects already in my queue and the complexity of your particular project, but on the whole, I have a 12-week turnaround time. Please ask prior to placing your order and be sure to let me know if you have a "hope to have by" date.
I'd be happy to help you narrow down the perfect style for your look/event/body-type. Not sure about fabric colors or types or combinations? I can walk you through that as well.
PLEASE NOTE: Any consulting beyond 1 hour's time will require the initial 50% deposit and add $50/hr consulting fee to your project. You can book that time with the link below.
Have a pattern you'd like to work with? Absolutely! Just let me know if you want it returned with your order or if you'd like to donate it to my collection for future customers. You would receive attribution credit on my website and social media.
Your own fabric and trimmings? You sure can! In fact, it ensures that you are getting exactly the fabric or buttons/buckles/lace/etc. you had envisioned. Need help picking appropriate fabrics? No problem - I can help guide you with that. Just make sure you know exactly how much yardage will be required before you purchase it!
Of course! We would be happy to make your garment in whatever fabric you like! It doesn't have to be authentic or vintage if you're just looking to capture a look or a feeling, but aren't concerned about authenticity. This is the customized item of YOUR dreams - no one else's! Have fun and go with what makes it truly unique to you!
Unfortunately, no. While I understand circumstances arise that may change your situation in the middle of an order period, we cannot afford to take the hit on our end either.
If you cancel your order, you will lose your 50% deposit. (This deposit covers fabric/patterns/trim purchased for your order, and time invested in researching and prepping for the work.)
Custom orders cannot be returned as they are one of a kind and made specifically for you. If you have any issues with fit or finish (which I am confident you will not :), please reach out to me right away and I will work to make it right!
A base custom order will come with machine finishing (hems, facings, button holes, etc.) and a standard fabric (cotton, or similarly priced fabric) with pictured sleeve styles and hem lengths. But you are by no means constrained by the basics. The sky's the limit! (You just might have to pay for it. :))
NOPE. Because most of the clothing I recreate pre-dates the regular use of a serger, I just don't use one. I do use a variety of period finishing techniques such as pinking, zig-zag stitching, flat-felling or French seaming. If you are particular about the finishing technique, just be sure to add that to your specifications.
Again, nope. Because these garments are being made specifically to fit your body, I often re-work seams to get the perfect fit. What that means is you might see more than one line of stitching on the inside of seams from the fitting process. This is part of what makes your garment completely unique and not a mass-produced item bought off the rack. Do not fear though! This in no way will detract from the outer appearance or the gloriousness of the finished garment!
I sure do! I have vintage patterns in larger sizes and I can grade up most others.
While not as often, I definitely take commissions for men's wear as well. I do NOT make tailored suits and coats like you'd get from a tailor's shop (with layers of specific padding and interlining). But I will make what would have been done by the home sewist at the time.
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