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pajama’s pricing

dionna | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hello to all I whould like to have an opinion about the price of custom made pj’s I gave a price of 30.00 for the set (top bottom slippers bag) I purchased the fabric on sale for about 3.99 a yard I purchased about 3 yards the fabric was 60″ wide I whould like to know did the person get a bargan I think they really did but in the end they did not want the items my neices are very happy

Happy sewing GOD BLESS to all we learn something new here every day          Dionna         


  1. jkimes | | #1


    That figure sounds much too low. I take my hourly rate, multiply that by the number of hours I worked on the project, and add in ALL materials used: thread, elastic, buttons, etc. Remember to include tax and any shipping charges if you had the materials shipped.
    I have also started getting a deposit for materials up front. People are much less likely to change their minds if they have already invested some money in it.

    Good luck,

    1. Pattiann42 | | #4

      I agree.  Either the customer provides the fabrics, or they pay the seamstress a deposit equal to the fabric and supplies.

  2. jatman | | #2

    Hi Dionna! 

    I think $30.00 is low, too.  Especially for something custom made.  I think Victoria's Secret used to sell pajamas with the matching bag (top, bottom, bag - no slippers) maybe you can check their website to see how yours compare.  Did your customer not like the material or the style or something?  Well, as you said - her loss is your nieces gain.  Looks like they'll enjoy them! 

    Very cute!


    1. dionna | | #3

      The customer saw the set on my other neice for her      b-day party and she want the samething that she had  I made it in 1or2 days she wanted to take it out of town with her I called after I was done she had time to come pick it up because she was leaving 3or4 days later she said that 30.00 was to much I made her 2 sets of pj's the price was 30.00 each set.

      1. jatman | | #5

        Hmmmm....if she's not a great customer (and it sounds like she's not) I'm not sure I'd ever do anything for her again - even if she paid me up front.  A customer who is never happy and complains about everything can be more damaging than they are worth.  Your business is probably mostly word of mouth - you don't want her out there complaining about you.


      2. MaryinColorado | | #6

        Shame on her!  Those pajama sets are very special and worth much more than you were charging.  It sounds as if she has no concept of etiquette!  God bless you for your efforts to run out and buy fabric and notions, complete them on a deadline, not to mention the cost of the pattern!  She is a cheapskate! 

        You have the memory of your nieces smiling faces when they got extra presents!  That is something money can't buy!



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