I’m new to Gatherings. My name is Laurel Rudolph and I live in Athens, Georgia.
I recently started up my dressmaking business again and like I’ve read in the other messages, am having trouble with coming up with prices. I’ve gone around to several places that do alterations so I think I have those prices. It’s the dressmaking prices I’m not sure about. I’ve looked on some dressmaking sites and after I pick my jaw off the floor from the prices they charge (not saying they’re not worth it) I think “how can I charge that?”
I made a dress for my daughter yesterday (she bought the pattern, fabric, and cut it out). I’d say it took me about six hours to make the dress. If I charge $30/hr that would mean I would charge someone $180. That’s where I’m having the problems. I know it’s a lost art and very few people sew anymore but who would pay that? Any feedback would be appreciated.
I’m also toying with taking the master’s class from the Sewing and Design Professionals Association. Any thoughts on that?
Happy Sunday! Laurel