Repost: originally written 10/14/15
Previous (related) post: Why you should NOT create/design your own projects
Yes, you should be a dressmaker/custom sewing professional. Or maybe not. Seriously. Are you considering it?
Here are some things I've made and redesigned over the years...
|A grand entrance|
|The skirt zips off for the reception dance!|
|A mother's wedding gown combined with a Sri Lankan sari to make an American/Sri Lankan love story.|
|Bought at auction, 1890's dress made fun for the bride!|
|A winter reception dress for a classy bride|
|Tidy work pants for a minus-size client.|
|A Valentine's day duvet and pillow set...|
Well, for one thing... there is a frightening shortage of creativity and fun in the affordable ready-to-wear and other markets, and far less variety when it comes to costumes, home dec, outerwear, and party-wear.
So why should you do this kind of work?
|"You'll be able to earn money."|
I may be lying a bit here. You probably won't earn much, and your income will be BOTH unreliable and unpredictable (fun!), but you can create lots of great things for people who need/want them, and you can be paid for doing it. How will they find you? You can list yourself on a site like mine, or on a free site, like Mood, or post ads in your local area for your target market.
|"You'll have complete control."|
This is the greatest part of all. Some of the most fun I've had has been doing things like making convertible wedding dresses (zipping off lower tiers of a skirt for dancing, combining cultures), making clothing suitable for physical challenges and disabilities, answering all kinds of unusual requests - it really can be a joyful experience, should you choose to give it a whirl!
Next post on related topics: Why you should NOT be a dressmaker (will be posted in the near future)