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Subject: So, we call ourselves small dressmakers or small name dressmakers as opposed to the big name dressmakers. The "small" moniker rubs me the wrong way. We work just as hard as the bn dressmakers, maybe even harder. I know that I am not the only one who creates superior dresses in terms of workmanship, neatness and alterability, so I think we need a better name. "Solo" dressmaker (as in 1 person) could be confusing; "lone" dressmaker sounds lonely and uni-bomberish...what else could work?

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I use the term "Professional Costume Designer and Maker" (NT)I am what I am!Friday, September 12, 06:03:23pm

Dressmaker - we are what we are. Let your work speak for you. (NT)meSaturday, September 13, 12:11:32am

We don't have to call ourselves "small"dressmakers! Designer Dressmaker or, if you don't do designing, Dressmaker will do. Even "Not well known"doesn't always fit, because a lot of us are quite well known not just in our own area. If others call us small, we can politely correct them. And if any one tells me they can shove me around because "I'm not Gavin or Siopa", I'll tell them to go to them, because I don't work like that!small business,not so small dressmakerSaturday, September 13, 06:26:44am
  • Nicely put! (NT) -- another one-woman-band!, Saturday, September 13, 11:26:07am

We are 'OMA" dressmakers---one man army :) (NT)StacySaturday, September 13, 07:45:53am

dressmakerno more SMDSaturday, September 13, 10:39:51am

IMHO, it has little to do with ability any more, but overall output (though 100 dresses a year is really impressive! I don't think most make nearly that many), brand recognition, and ability to set trends. Many dressmakers are FANTASTIC, but don't have the output or recognition/trust (from teachers or dancers) to set trends. Most also don't have the profit margins to expand their output enough to become a bigger brand. (NT)The distinction doesn't bother me... To each their own.Saturday, September 13, 10:53:03am

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