Sometimes I get emails or Etsy inquiries from some of you lovely readers, asking if I do custom sewing and would be up for commissioning something for them. Often a copy of an Anthropologie dress or something I've made for myself and shown on the blog. To all of these inquiries, I say the same thing--sorry, nope, I don't do any custom sewing.
The main reason is, I'm not set up for it--I sew for myself from time to time but I work full time and have a pretty full plate as it is, so I've never considered opening up an online shop or anything. I don't have the materials and patterns and storage that a business owner might, meaning for each order I would have to start over and learn a new pattern, buy all new materials, etc. To pay me a fair rate (custom sewing can run from $10-50/hour but it's hard to work for less than $20), and pay retail for the fabric, you're looking at a $100-150 dress for me to break even--which is usually what Anthro is charging and you were trying to avoid in the first place.
I'm SO flattered by the requests for custom work, but I just can't do it. I would love to have a recommendation list going of other talented seamstresses out there who do do custom sewing--I know they exist, and have Etsy presences set up, and would love to do your projects!
I'm not as up on the Etsy world as some of you are, I'm sure, so can you tell me: which sellers out there would be good choices for someone looking to emulate something they've seen on my blog?
Leave a comment with the seller's name or shop URL if you know of anyone, or have any ideas! Or if you yourself do custom sewing!