As a home dressmaker who makes mostly bridal and formal wear, I’ve often found that clients are pleasantly surprised at the charge I have made. My family members and close friends conclude that I should charge more – but it’s hard to know what’s reasonable. Currently I’m working at £30 per hour, but I know that I always end up ’rounding down’. I only charge for what I call ‘forward time’ – that is, time during which the garment is progressing positively. So unpicking or re-doing doesn’t count, unless the client wants a change from her original design.
I’m interested in hearing from other UK stitchers for a straight comparison, though of course I’d also love to hear from anyone else.