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I love to make skirts, my daughters friends want me to make skirts for them,but i do not know what to charge for making the skirt. They bring the fabric. I appreciate the feed back. iris

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Comment by Vickie on October 24, 2009 at 8:05pm
What I found in my experience as a custom clothier is that custom clothes cost 2-3X ready to wear. My starting price for a skirt would be no less than $40, then add $$ at your discretion for added details such as pockets, a lining, belt loops, etc.

If you want to do someone a "favor" that is one thing, but it can easily turn into a situation that may leave you feeling resentful and used if you don't get what you are worth. I'm sure that most people would never mean for that to happen, it's just a lack of education about the time and expertise it takes to get people what they've invisioned. I stopped doing custom clothing because I had trouble really demanding what I was worth. I often underestimated my time and found myself making less than if I worked part time in retail. It was a real eye opener. Good luck and have fun with your gift of sewing.
Comment by Birdie on October 20, 2009 at 7:48pm
I second Larri & Terri. People who don't sew generally don't seem to take into account "time" when they see the price for something that's custom made. More than likely the girls will say "no thanks"!
Comment by Terri Allred on October 20, 2009 at 6:54pm
Larri, Love your response. This is why I don't sew for people. They can't afford Me!!!
Comment by Larri on October 6, 2009 at 2:07pm
What is your time worth to you? I charge anywhere from $15-$25 per hour. Are you going to include fittings for the skirts? That could take close to an hour of your time (sometimes more). Are you going to include the prep time (pre-washing, cutting out the fabric) and construction time? Adding all that up, you could have 3-4 hours of time involved...easily $30-$45. It's great the girls are bringing you fabric; however, are they providing the matching thread, sewing machine needles, linings, interfacing, zippers, etc? Once you determine what your time is worth to you, you will be able to set a price. Hope this helps. Let us know what you decide! :)

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