Thought I'd make it clear what my commission status looks like right now, and some general things to keep in mind if you're thinking about commissioning something from me.
First off! If your deadline is before June of this year, I cannot help you. I am not accepting any more commissions until I finish this semester of school in the first week of May. I have one to finish right now, on top of costuming a very large show on campus which basically requires that the vast majority of the costumes be handmade. I just don't have the time.
I am open and filling slots for the summer! My job situation for the summer is currently in the air, but regardless I will absolutely have time to commission! I tend to fill up fast, so if you're interested please don't wait to contact me. Slots are secured with paperwork, not money, so you have no reason not to!
Slots beyond the summer are currently up in the air. I'm applying to go to Denmark to study abroad in the fall, so if I get that nothing will be happening between late August and the beginning of 2014. Even if I don't, commissions will drop down drastically during the school year for various reasons. I will still be taking some if I'm home, but nothing ridiculously complex and I will not be taking very many. I will update this journal when I know for sure.
Things to think about when commissioning from me!
1. I will probably never be the cheapest option. I expect to be compensated for my work, and that includes being paid more than minimum wage for skilled labor. I understand many people are on a budget, but if you're on a really strict one I shouldn't be your first choice.
2. Following this, the only way to get my prices down is by removing costume pieces or (occasionally) removing details. Keep in mind that I still care about the quality of my work, so if removing something is going to result in a piece I'm not proud of, I won't do it. Example: I will make you a Jill suit without the nodes down the back if you'd prefer to do them, but I won't remove the hexagonal pattern or use a simpler pattern for the bodysuit itself.
3. I have a lot of experience in sewing and crafting costumes. If I give you my professional opinion about something you want done a certain way, please listen to it. This reflects #2 in some ways, as it's still my name being attached to the piece. I won't use costume satin except in very rare cases (Wallmarket Tifa) so please don't ask me to.
4. People like me who make your costumes are just as vulnerable to people walking out on them, leaving us with the short end of the stick. You have legal options you can take to get things settled, we don't. It is extremely difficult to find someone to take a finished costume custom-made for someone else off your hands period, let alone at the original price. I pride myself on quick communications, and I ask the same of all my commissioners. If I don't hear from you for a week unless you've specifically told me you will not be available, I am going to panic. Please don't make me panic.
5. Please remember that I am only human. This follows in several ways-- it is not always possible to make a costume 100% screen accurate, for various reasons (access to materials, the designer's knowledge of things like physics, fabrics, construction, and so on and so forth). Secondly, I have a life to. I try very hard to schedule things so you and your costume come first, and will meet your deadlines. Sometimes life gets in the way and this is not possible. I cannot control this. Thankfully, it happens rarely. I have never missed a solid deadline I was given, because I refuse to do that unless I have no other choice. But things happen, so I can't promise it never will.
I think that's it for now. Any questions, you guys know where to find me!