You may send me some photos, details and the time-frame in advance for a ballpark estimate. Then arrange an initial fitting/meeting, where we discuss the details and I will work out the cost. For most of the projects, I send the invoice upon completion and the payment should be made when you are happy with my work.
I always finish the same way as the original, unless requested to do differently.
The price changes depending on the materials and the finish as some materials and finishes are more time consuming than others.
BRIDAL / OCCASION WEAR
Taking up the dress hem (minimum of 2 fittings): from £50 up to £150.
£50 for the straight hem with one layer of lining, and the cost goes up for more complicated hems such as curved multi layered dress with a train, hem with horsehair braid or/and detailing. The shoes are necessary for the dress fitting.
Strap adjustments: from £20
Suit trousers alterations: from £20
*Bridal dresses require extra care for the layered delicate materials such as silk, satin, chiffon and crepe and are bound to have detailing, such as sequins, beads and crin.
*An overnight or express service may incur a surplus fee of £50 or charge a higher rate than stated, due to antisocial working hours.
Shortening trousers or jeans: £15, with other features (reinforcement / turn-ups) or keeping the original hems £20.
Shortening a dress, a skirt or Jumpsuit: from £15.
Tapering trousers: £20 (includes hem adjustment).
Waist adjustment: from £25.
Shoulder adjustment: from £25.
Shortening sleeves with cuffs, buttonholes or lining: £30.
Taking in sides: from £20.
Adding panels to increase width: from £25 + the cost of material.
Replacing the lining in full: from £50 + the cost of material.
Replacing a zip: from £15 + cost of the new zip (usually £1- £15 and takes 1week)
- I always try to source a replacement zip as close as the original.
Creating an outfit, for example a dress from scratch, including pattern making: from £300 + the cost of material. I do not have templates so you need to know exactly what you wnat.
Creating an item of clothing, copying something you own:
from £100 for drafting the patterns + from £50 for sewing + the cost of material.
*All includes pattern adapting, toile-making and requires a series of fittings.
Creating an item using the same pattern I drafted: from £50 when no change.
Pattern adaptations: £15 per hour.
I take your body measurements professionally for £15, if you are to order a made to measure garment remotely.
03 Mending & General Sewing
I generally charge £15 per my labour hour and do not charge for having a look.
Hand darning bound to be time-consuming hence more costly than machine mending but I appreciate any efforts to save the garments and love to support your creative ideas.
Always happy to advise any pragmatic solutions.
04 Sample & Costume Making
Dressmaking, crocheting, knitting, embroidering or hand-painting. Small or big, partially or in full. The patterns should be provided for professional dressmaking unless agreed otherwise.
I usually charge by piece, based on the labour hours. Around £15 per hour, depending on the skill used and the intensity of the job.