Sewing by Yukari Meldrum: Clothes/garments
*** Because of of the COVID situation and regulations, if an in-person services are required (such as measuring and fitting), this has to be done on an appointment basis one person at a time with all other measures in place (e.g., masks that cover nose, mouth, and chin, as well as handwashing/sanitizing). All other services will be completed by mail, curb side pickup, or curb side drop off. ***
Step 1: Sewing Pattern
I need sewing patterns to make garments. Pattern drafting for garments is a special skill which is usually learned through careful studies and practices. Please buy a sewing pattern you like, and I can make the necessary adjustment to fit it for you.
Please provide a print pattern (i.e., a paper pattern).
If you purchase a digital pattern, you will need to print it out and tape the pieces together in accordance to the instruction provided by the pattern seller. (You need to make sure that the scale provided on the printed paper matches the length it needs to be.) You can ask me to print out the digital file and tape together the pieces for an additional fee.
Here are some good sites for sewing patterns:
Step 2: Fabric and Notions
Usually, the pattern envelope or the pattern package contains information on how much fabric is needed and which notions (e.g., zipper, buttons, elastics, etc.) you need for the project. So, please go buy your fabric and notions following the instructions. (If you need help doing this, I can come with you or can do it instead for an additional fee.)
If you buy fabrics that can shrink (e.g., cotton, linen, and cotton or linen blend, etc.), then you should wash the fabric as you would normally wash the garment. This is called preshrinking. Some fabric can shrink quite a bit, and without this step, you may be very disappointed after one wash after the garment is worn only once... If you are not sure about if you need to do this, please ask me.
Step 3: My Turn
Once you have the pattern, fabric, and notions, the fun begins for me!
Next, I'll walk you through the process of making your garment.
(1) Take your measurements (or you can provide me with the measurements).
(2) Cut the pattern into the sizes that fit you the best. (Unlike the ready-to-wear garment, a custom made garment is supposed to fit you.)
(3) Cut the fabric into necessary pieces.
(4) Optional step: Baste the main seams of the garment, followed by trying it on for a fit. Then, adjustments to your fabric pieces and pattern pieces. (Please note that without this step, I will not be responsible for an ill-fitting garment after the garment is finished.)
(5) Sew the seams. Make the button holes, etc. (If applicable).
(6) Sew on the buttons or hem by hand (if applicable).
If you need more help, please feel free to contact me.
Please ask for a quote with information of the pattern you chose.
The list below gives you ideas on the price range.
Custom sewing of a garment/clothes prices
A garment with up to 2 pattern pieces (a simple gathered skirt with an elastic waist, etc.): $35
A garment with up to 4 pattern pieces (a simple top, skirt, pants, etc.): $70
A dress or tunic: starts at $150
A skirt, top, or pants with more than 5 pattern pieces: starts at $150
A button down shirt with a collar, button holes, buttons, and a short sleeve with simple hems: starts at $175
A button down shirt with a collar, button holes, buttons, and long sleeves with cuffs and plackets: starts at $200
Printing and taping together of the digital pattern: $25
Shopping for notions or fabric at a physical store: $25
Basting, checking for fit, and modifying for fit: $25
Do you want to exchange your hour(s) to my hour(s)? I'm open to the hour exchange. Please contact me.
Accepted method of payment: cash, credit card (on PayPal or Square), PayPal, or money order