Fancy Frocks and Handmade Dresses
MaryAnne Vivandiere, seamstress and owner of Vivandiere Designs, on cosplayers asking for ‘reasonable prices’ for custom made costumes, without taking into account the hours spent patterning & fabricating said costume, as well as the cost of materials. (via msjayjustice)
THIS. THISTHISTHISTHISTHIS. YOU WANT TO PAY ME $40 FOR MY HANDMADE COSTUME? GTFO. RIGHT NOW.
Tried to convince someone today that $10 to ship something from the UK to the US (OVER AN OCEAN) wasn’t asking too much. I run into this kind of thing so often, and it’s just…really frustrating, because people don’t get it. Time is a resource, and resources are kinda by definition limited and valuable. More simply, THINGS COST MONEY IN THIS WORLD.
Reminds me of the one time someone repeatedly tried to commission me to make a replica of something off Fan+Friend. Essentially a replica of a replica if we’re being honest. AND she wanted me to do it for 30% cheaper. FAN+FRIEND IS MADE IN CHINA. Do you have any idea how different the costs of living and labor are from the USA to China? They will always be cheaper! You pay for the quality, time, and concern I put into a garment. I will get you swatches, answer your multiple emails and questions promptly, send you a muslin for fit, and adjust my pattern for you. If you want cheap you should just order it from China. I’m totally in support of that. Don’t act like something handmade in the US is cheaper than China for some reason you weirdo. Also they were in the UK and wanted the shipping to be cheaper than from China too. *facepalm*