I do not prefer to do custom work
simply because I would be devastated if I could not make an outfit exactly the
way you want it. I am not a trained tailor or dressmaker. My expertise
comes with 36 years of experience ... I started designing and
sewing my own square dance outfits when I was a budding teenager.
However, if you feel I can make what you want, you've seen it on
my website, or on ebay, then the best thing to do is
Send me a picture or link of what you would like. Tell me your
size (chest, waist, lengths), your color preferences, style preferences, fabric
I will tell you upfront if I can do your project. No lies.
If I cannot do it, I will tell you. I will only take on projects that are
suitable to my timeline, my budget, and my ease with the project. I do
not do full length dresses, long sleeves, diapers, wedding gowns or
corsets. I do make what you see on my website, simple as
But I charge a fee that makes it worth my while. It's
worth asking. Nothing is written in stone.
Oh - and one other thing - those who tell me "I'll leave the
creative designing up to you" - those are the ones which I enjoy the most.
Knock on wood, I have never had a disappointed customer.
Payment, ebay buy-it-now options, shipping, ease of being able
to contact you - all of this must be negotiated and agreed on. Paypal is
my preferred payment option through an ebay buy-it-now. So if you're registered
with Paypal and Ebay (both free), then things will go a lot smoother.
Frequently asked question: Why are there no prices on your
website? Because this is not a catalog, it's simply a display of various
designs I've done over the years. These dresses are no longer available
for purchase, someone already owns each one of these. They were purchased
either directly from me or through an online auction. Most people who are
familiar with my workmanship know the value of these dresses, as seen through
the auction bidding process. I base my custom order fee on the average
that the dresses have sold for over the years using that process.