In addition to offering a handmade collection, Fashion Not Fear, on Blue Labels Boutique, made-to-measure and custom looks are also available.
With this option, I receive lots of requests to make custom dresses. Especially for special occasions like a birthday party, prom, bridal party, etc.
Although, I’m soooooo grateful for the opportunity to make something special for a person. It does come with its challenges. The main one being…prices.
Typically, someone reaches out through social media or the boutique to inquire about pricing of an item that they want made. Once I receive it, I ask a few questions and then advise them that they will receive a response within 48 hours.
During that time, I research the cost of materials needed. In addition to adding in the labor cost.
You can’t make it for $50?
That’s a typical response. Keep in mind they want a dress like Beyoncé had on that is made up of sequins and rhinestones with a 50 foot train. $50??? Are you serious??? The inquirer doesn’t consider the price of fabric, thread, zippers, buttons and any other supplies that may be needed. Let’s not forget that there is also a fee for the time required to make a skillfully, handmade garment. You wouldn’t expect a professional like a plumber to fix your pipes for a couple of dollars, would you?
Nope, I can’t make it for that amount.
This is usually my reply. If I could make it for a lower price, I would. But you can’t even get fabric for $50!
People try to haggle with me about the price. I’ve even been accused of trying to overcharge people. I take a lot of pride in making garments. At a reasonable price. It’s easy to buy wholesale and offer that on my site. (I do that too.). But the time and effort it takes to create a custom garment is much more labor intensive, time consuming, and satisfying.
My thought is…you can run to some fast fashion place and buy a dress. But it will be like everyone else’s and the fitting could be off. Mass produced pieces can usually be found for a lower price. But it’s hard to find what you want, when you know what you want.
Wearing something that was made specially for you just hits different. And the price you spend to get it is worth it. Plus, unlimited alterations until it fits exactly how you want. You can’t go wrong!
So, the next time you want to purchase a custom look, heres a few things to consider…
- Fabric has to be found and most of the time it isn’t cheap
- Notions such as buttons and zippers also cost money
- You are buying something that others won’t be wearing specially made for you.
- If you have a budget set, let the maker know when you make the inquiry.
- Life long alterations are available.
- Be realistic and open-minded.
Soooo, that’s why I can’t make a dress for $50. 🤷🏽♀️ Have you ever bought a custom look? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments..
Interested in getting something custom? Check out more information here! I’ll be nice. I promise. 🤞🏽