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Old 04-24-2012, 08:53
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cute dresses! If she asks again, I would say "sure, I'd love to! I'll send you the invoice with all the details!" Then don't start on it until she pays. Charge for your supplies and your time. If she thinks it's too much, too bad for her, she can buy somewhere else.
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Firstly, Liz, your dresses are adorable and they look very well made. Welcome to the world of being a seamstress for hire. Not many people appreciate the work that goes into making clothing. They also don't realize that saying, "OH, it looks just like something I would buy from a store!" is NOT a compliment LOL. I sew for friends all the time and do it for free. BUT, I do it on MY time frame and with the fabrics I choose. This is partially because I don't have a little girl to sew for and that makes me sad!

Secondly, "Boutique" or not, handmade clothing should stand up to more wear and tear than store bought clothing. And depending on the fabric, if it's cotton, it should be able to withstand normal washing and drying. The problem with normal laundering is that most people these days don't iron, and cotton NEEDS to be ironed for a crisp look. Ironing is very important! Most people don't think that handmade clothing is made as well as store bought, if they just took the time to look at seams and look closely in general they would realize otherwise.

The Knot dress, whether handmade or store bought, is not made to sleep in. Too much pressure from twisting and turning on the straps. On the next ones, in case some little princess wants to sleep in her knot dress LOL (every lil girl is a princess!) when you insert the ties in the back leave an extra inch or 2 inside the bodice back and reinforce the stitching back and forth b4 you turn it, topstitch after you turn it. NOW let her try and pull the strap off .

People, whether friends or not tend to think we are mind readers. If they say, my daughter wears a size 4, say "I'm sorry I need actual measurements." Because a size 4 is not always the same. Oh, and tell them to buy an actual tape measure at dollar store and not use hubby's tape measure

And Lastly (I kno i talk alot sorry) don't sew for this person anymore. You have to say to yourself, ok she is never going to be happy so I'm done.
Tell her you just don't have the time anymore you have customers to sew for that have already paid and are waiting.
Oh, and tell your friend if she had wanted pajamas she should have asked!!
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How do you insert the strap to the bodice? Do you make a button hole on the back and then stitch in the inside and back on the outside? I only sew the straps on the back. Double stitch and also give a few hand stitches on the corner. My daughter wear the dresses with no problems but my daughter wears mostly dresses when we go out and when we get home I take them off immediately if they are fancy dresses (church dresses, J&J or my handmade dresses).

I use a Simplicity pattern to make the knot dresses and I never tought about childprooving it. My toughts after this happened were to make an X seam on the back of the strap attached to the bodice but I am not sure if it will look all right.

My friend gave me measurements and I they are almost the same as my daughter but she wanted me to add more because she said her daughter needed a 4 not a 3. For 19 inches on the chest the pattern suggest using a 22 inches bodice and I do and it fits my daughter perfectly. The bodice I made for my friend measured 24 inches. Everything else what sized as a 3 (lenght and waist).

Actually, my thoughts were to start adding pillow case dresses and tutus to my shop. I thought even before this happened that knots dresses may be too complicated to start selling them because of the gathering. I have twins, so I don't want to complicate my business to the extend that I may not be able to keep up with orders.

Thanks for the advice. I do talk a lot too.
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Firstly, Liz, your dresses are adorable and they look very well made. Welcome to the world of being a seamstress for hire. Not many people appreciate the work that goes into making clothing. They also don't realize that saying, "OH, it looks just like something I would buy from a store!" is NOT a compliment LOL. I sew for friends all the time and do it for free. BUT, I do it on MY time frame and with the fabrics I choose. This is partially because I don't have a little girl to sew for and that makes me sad!

Secondly, "Boutique" or not, handmade clothing should stand up to more wear and tear than store bought clothing. And depending on the fabric, if it's cotton, it should be able to withstand normal washing and drying. The problem with normal laundering is that most people these days don't iron, and cotton NEEDS to be ironed for a crisp look. Ironing is very important! Most people don't think that handmade clothing is made as well as store bought, if they just took the time to look at seams and look closely in general they would realize otherwise.

The Knot dress, whether handmade or store bought, is not made to sleep in. Too much pressure from twisting and turning on the straps. On the next ones, in case some little princess wants to sleep in her knot dress LOL (every lil girl is a princess!) when you insert the ties in the back leave an extra inch or 2 inside the bodice back and reinforce the stitching back and forth b4 you turn it, topstitch after you turn it. NOW let her try and pull the strap off .

People, whether friends or not tend to think we are mind readers. If they say, my daughter wears a size 4, say "I'm sorry I need actual measurements." Because a size 4 is not always the same. Oh, and tell them to buy an actual tape measure at dollar store and not use hubby's tape measure

And Lastly (I kno i talk alot sorry) don't sew for this person anymore. You have to say to yourself, ok she is never going to be happy so I'm done.
Tell her you just don't have the time anymore you have customers to sew for that have already paid and are waiting.
Oh, and tell your friend if she had wanted pajamas she should have asked!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:59
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Ok. The strap came off. That is a bummer, and sadly it happens. But in opinion, she should have returned that one so you could repair and let your own daughter play in it if you were making her another one. I mean, if something is damaged at a store, you take it back in to get a replacement. The store does not say 'well, sure, you can keep both for no charge.' But that is my opinion.

I am like you. I dont mind sewing but I HATE to sew for others because you never know who will complain about what, and things can come apart, and that stresses me.

I had an issue with my sister, something like this. She ordered four headbands for her hotography business. I actually included two or three for no charge for my neice. Out of all of them, one did come apart and needed put back together (the elastic came apart but the rest was fine). But she threw a fit. Not that I do not feel bad that it happened, and I have been doing my headbands another way now to be SURE this does not happen to someone else, but I had included free things for her, yet she still went nuts about all she spent...even though I lowered my prices for her because she "wont pay over a certain amount to people she knows". Whatever.
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How do you insert the strap to the bodice? Do you make a button hole on the back and then stitch in the inside and back on the outside? I only sew the straps on the back. Double stitch and also give a few hand stitches on the corner. My daughter wear the dresses with no problems but my daughter wears mostly dresses when we go out and when we get home I take them off immediately if they are fancy dresses (church dresses, J&J or my handmade dresses).

I use a Simplicity pattern to make the knot dresses and I never tought about childprooving it. My toughts after this happened were to make an X seam on the back of the strap attached to the bodice but I am not sure if it will look all right.
Which pattern did you use so I can look at it??? I probably have it.
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Which pattern did you use so I can look at it??? I probably have it.

Simplicity 2171.
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I love your dresses!
I have a friend whos husband likes to take advantage of my sewing skills. I finally stood up to him and told him NO. My time is too valueble to wast on people who are too lazy to do things for themselves.
When I do make things for friends, I always make my intentions clear... example: I'm trying out a new pattern and would like to make a sample for your daughter. Would you have her wear it to school functions as a way of advertising for me?
Most of the time the mom's that I ask this, are very happy to oblige.
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those are too cute!
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Cute dresses!!
Here is my opinion on it--as far as, if you do start selling the dresses, i would jsut clearly state that the customer is responsible for sending the right size, how to wash and care for the dress, and your terms as far as returning/exchange/etc. Be as clear as possible!!
As far as your friend is concerned, I would just cut all losses and move on. You will run into this with customers, so just take it as a learning experience and dont let one person discourage you from growing and expanding your business. Sometimes those we call "friends" can be the absolute worst people to deal with.
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