MomoMoments: The Biggest Sewing Commission Clapback in History
So two years ago I got a vague and unhelpful criticism about my devious plan to "steal from the poor hard-working class" by offering my 10 years of sewing expertise to make custom costumes. Apparently me pricing myself out of some people's budgets counts as theft. Who knew?
I laid out the ins and outs of running a self-employed commission business. At that time, taking commissions was my only income before moving on to other more stable sewing jobs. And I get it. I'm not in everyone's budget, and there's always someone willing to do more for less, but that does not obligate me to lower my value to be the accessible seamstress.
After my explanation to the Anonymous Voice From Nobody (A Fairly Odd Parents reference, for y'all), I got a much lengthier reply back- a whole novel, really! Full of all kinds of accusations of me "not being a real seamstress" or "not knowing what I was talking about", the more I look back at it the funnier it gets!
So let’s all have a good laugh together at why you should value YOUR time, skill, and experience based on your own standards, and not the advice of internet strangers who have zero idea what they are talking about. Be forewarned, this is a WHOLE journey, so you might wanna set aside some time to fully grasp the insanity of it all! Also, I apologize for their typos. I didn't really feel like correcting them on two different levels.
Also, if you enjoy my hot takes here, you'll really enjoy them on Twitter, so be sure to follow for more fun times in educating the world about why artists' skills are valuable <3
Anonymous Voice From Nobody: I’m sorry honey, but I sew, and even I know your not only over charging, but your full of shit. You say you have to spend a lot of money on fabric….what was it? $12 a yard, even if that was the case! Your buying 3 yards total for that shit! 5 at max for it to include the leotard! And even then all us who sew know you can get that shit for around $5 a yard on eBay. So that’s $15-$25 right there.
And that’s not counting the fact that your only using at most, ¼th of the yard for the skirt and cape!
Okay, here we goooo. First of all, the collar, or what you call cape, takes ½ a yard. MAYBE you could squeeze it onto ⅓ a yard. But there’s no way a quarter yard would ever work for any skirt that doesn’t show your booty cheeks. That’s NINE INCHES, or less than 23 cm for my metrics friends. (I'm jealous of you metrics people, by the way. Metrics system would be so much easier.)
The back of my OWN skirts that I wear generally run 12” long and are DANGEROUSLY SHORT as it is, so I usually add 2” more for commissions! And my good friend who is not much bigger than me but is blessed with a booty? She required 16”. That’s what it took at MINIMUM to cover her toosh, and she could still not bend over for fear of indecency. 9” would be underwear for her!
You’re way off base here in your math, my friend. My Sailor Moon skirts are at minimum 55” in total diameter. That’s well over a whole yard (a yard and a half is 54"). Hahaha, "¼th a yard for the skirt" my ass- literally! You could always download my pattern here and see for yourself, that there's no way you'll be making anything out of 9" of fabric unless it's just the front bow. XD
You want $15 and hour? Then spend an actual hour nonstop to make the shit
at ‘most’ it would take you 2-3 hours to make what your selling nonstop. Atleast, if your any good. It would take 5-6 hours if you weren’t
Oh sweet summer child... I charge much more an hour now, considering I work for more than that professionally. Hurray for fulltime opportunities! At this point I have worked in apparel manufacturing making custom apparel for companies like Facebook, Google, Nike, the American Suicide Prevention, and more. I’ve also been in a seamstress in theater costuming, and now work in a design house creating gowns that are worth hundreds of dollars.
Here they can finish some dresses in around two days- admittedly much faster than it takes me to finish my custom costumes, because SURPRISE, they have all the equipment, space, and teams necessary to work at breakneck speed, versus me cutting stuff out on my kitchen table. But it still takes time to make a perfect gown. We don't skimp on quality here. Also, for me working from home, just cutting the fabric takes 2-3 hours. I don't have a design room. I don't have an entire sewing team. When I was doing commissions, I lived in a one bedroom apartme