Thank you! I obsessed over all the details. Tons of hand-detailing in this one to get it just right, tons of time with sequins and trying different rosettes. It's not inexpensive, but I think my pricing is fair for as much time as I spend on everything I do aiming for perfection.
It seems, with the popularity of Project Runway, a lot more people think it's quick to make things without realizing that the people in that show not only have many years of experience, but the judging is on the outer side without taking a look at raw edges on the inside, plus the contestants are working almost non-stop. Combine that with it all being edited to fit on an hour and more seamstresses and designers are being told we're charging too much for things. Never mind the cost of some of my machines are in the 4 figures.
It's always nice to have the time and experience it takes be appreciated. I have a client who was so convinced I'm undercharging that she added $500 to the money order she sent (for which I'm adding a corset to go under the gown she ordered since it's Edwardian), and another who refused to take a discount (I offer one for police officers) and he said he wouldn't feel right taking a discount when he feels he's already getting a bargain. I really have wonderful clients, and many become personal friends, which I love!
It feels really good to have my time valued and what I do appreciated. My schedule is usually filled months in advance, but I'd love to make something for you sometime, even better if it's Phantom-related! My next Phantom thing planned is a Masquerade gown (stage version) for my pint-sized pixie who is obsessed! See? [link]