"What Ryan said.
Adding my own two cents (maybe you'll eventually have a whole $1's worth of advice, ha ha): depends how much you you'd use it. The industrial-style grommet setter would be a good investment if you are making a lot of…"
"There is a machine that according to Lucy's Corsetry videos on youtube works really well.. I have considered getting it but whenever I think to look for it, it seems to be always out of stock in places that wouldn't have extremely…"
I have been making corsets for a while and I am still struggling with setting grommets. Other than the hammer and die (makes too much noise and takes too much time for my liking), what do you all use to set grommets?RobinSee More
"I'm making a Ninja/Assassin Geisha. But I'm running into a slight problem: I can sew outfits all day long, but it is the accessories I have a difficult time.
How do you all come up with the weapons and the fun things that truly sells…"
"That's so lovely!
But I can see some of my ideas would not work. The flowers are more naturalistic, and less geometric, than some other regions', and therefor less amenable to being combined with machine motifs. Maybe you could add a…"
"I'm not looking to get the Bunad judged, just wear it at festivals and the like. I hadn't thought of the wedding head piece. And I was debating making the jewelry out of gears for the SP events.
I don't have the ability to do the…"
"Thank you for this question - it was very interesting to look up. I hope you will carry out this project, and post pictures.
I read about "...new ‘bunads’ that are being designed every year, must go through the strict judgement…"
SteamCon V is just around the corner and I had the inspiration to combine two projects; my costume and a Bunad in honor of my Norwegian heritage. My conundrum is how to Steampunk one but still be able to use it for Syttende Mai ( Norwegian Constitution Day).The traditional dress I will be patterning after is a one peace design. I'm not sure how to go about embellishing it without doing anything permanent to it.Any ideas will be much appreciated.RobinSee More
Ooooh, man. I wish I could encourage you to go into the "custom" world, but it will be like getting kicked in the face repeatedly if you don't do it right. Women get.....crazy about their costumes, and that is putting it lightly. I've had women verbally abuse me, insult my employees, and threaten lawsuits over stupid little costumes. You HAVE to do some serious communication about what can be expected from both parties. Even after this is done, you, as the artist, have to make sure you charge a MASSIVE amount for your time, otherwise, there is no reason to do it. With about 99% of the custom orders I've taken on, I THOUGHT it would be fairly easy to fill their requests, and I charged them accordingly, only to find that the project took hours more work, lots more material, and way more profanity. There is no way to go back in and ask the customer for $100 because their stupid outfit ripped your soul out and chewed it up.
The best thing that I have found is getting a whole outfit together, taking really good pictures, and then offering it to people in other fabrics that you already have. That way, the customer can see exactly what they're getting, and they won't be tempted to think of their own "design" ideas. It's all fine and dandy to think that your ideas are better than the designers, but there is a REASON that they are the designer and there's a reason you liked their stuff in the first place!
Phew, this gets me all riled up. Oh, and get used to working longer hours than you ever thought possible. I wake up at 4 in the morning to make this all happen.
Good luck! It CAN be done! You just have to be fiercely passionate! Perhaps you should read some of my blogs. They shed a lot of light on this business. www.damseldress.blogspot.com
Hey Robin! Nice to meet you! I love the corset you made for yourself! it looks like you're kicking butt! If you ever have any construction questions, I'd be glad to help! I do admire DIYers (although, shamefully, I"m SOOOO grateful that there are people who don't want to make their own costumes so I can do it for them and make a living! )
Yes...please forgive my mispelling. I happen to enjoy tea with The Widow Kate Next quite often and she so enjoys spilling a bit of arsenic into my cup. It quite damages the senses. She has well depleted my leech supply but she is correct in that it does give me quite the pale skin which is so fashionable these days. I do hope you'll come join us. We can be found in the group Just a bit of Arsenic.