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Pricing sewing jobs.

Adrian_Holm | Posted in The Archives on

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I need help in how to price sewing jobs. Recently, I did 4 bridemaid dresses. How do I price, by time it took? How much an hour? HELP!

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  1. Karen_Vesk | | #1

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    Adrian, I would recommend a booklet called "Unit Pricing for Dressmaking," written by Karen Howland, Kensinger Press, 1316 W. Pine St, Chillicothe, IL 61523. It was not expensive (I can't remember exactly how much it cost), but when I began pricing, I found it to be worth its weight in gold.

    Pricing is a topic worthy of writing a thesis on... but ultimately depends on what your market will carry. Usually it is advisable to submit an estimate to the client before work begins, then client-requested changes/additions are extra.

    Before I begin a project, I clarify the client's level of expectation - that is, do the bridesmaids want very fine finishes, or will the gowns only be worn once? That may determine details like hand hem vs machine, pinked seams or serged...

    Then, under certain conditions, if the client requests, my prices may be negotiable (for example, if all four dresses are same size and fabric, thus saving on pattern drafting, fittings and thread changes).

    Of course, all of that is moot if the gowns are already complete. It may help to have another professional render an opinion based on how much work was involved.

    1. Adrian_Holm | | #2

      *Karen, Thank-you, I'll look that book up at the library. My next project are curtains for one of the classrooms at our local high school. If the Super. likes it, he'll probably have me to the other four classrooms. Just simple curtains with loops for the rod. I haven't a clue on what to charge. :-)The wedding dresses; this was the third wedding I've sewn for. I still can't get over the fact, that some of these gals are afraid to sew these outfits. I'm glad they trust me to do the work. Thank-you, again.

      1. Karen_Vesk | | #3

        *My pleasure, Adrian. If it helps, the ISBN number is 0-9648964-0-0.Just as an addendum, my advice is to give the client an estimate and ask for at least 50% deposit before beginning a project (particularly if you must purchase fabrics and/or supplies). That leads to fewer misunderstandings and at least some of your costs would be recovered in case of default.

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