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How to get started on a Custom Project


Step 1:

Successful custom sewing requires good communication between the customer and Kay. To reserve a scheduled sewing date - usually about 12 weeks in the future - requires a downpayment of at least $100. This will be a credit towards the finished item. This downpayment is fully refundable (for exceptions see notes on PayPal payments in Terms and Conditions), if the customer decides not to have the items sewn after all. The exact style and fabric choice need not be decided at the time a sewing date is scheduled.

Email Kay to discuss the item(s) you are thinking of commissioning. Your email will open a discussion about fabrics, options for styles, etc.

Step 2:

We always encourage our customers to do their own research.  There are many resources on the web and in libraries.  One of our favorite websites for extant ladies' garments is Demode: Real Women's Clothing and many fashion prints can be found on The Costumer's Manifesto

Step 3:

You should also look at the relevant measurement pages for the item you are ordering and before your final order ensure Kay has an accurate set of measurements for you. Follow the measurement instructions CAREFULLY.


Payment terms for custom work is $100 when your order is finalized and the rest upon completion. Please do not send payment until Kay has advised you of your final price

For the finished item to be shipped, the downpayment account should show at least 75% payment.

Detailed invoices will accompany shipped items.

You may pay by check or through PayPal.



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For information of Shipping, Returns, and Buy-back-policy, please check out or Terms and Conditions.

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