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Subject: This has been a long hard Os season. New business model: charge outrageous prices for dresses that don't fit at all and refuse to fix them and let someone else get nitpicked over alterations


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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 07:30:26pm


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Agreed. I've been keeping a timer running the past few weeks and come to the startling realization that I am gravely underestimating the amount of time spent. I recommend giving it a shot (perhaps on a more relaxing off-the-rack!), and see if you are due for a price adjustment. Styles were simpler for a little bit, but stitch count and rhinestone expectations have doubled in the past year (or so it seems). Prices need to keep up. (NT)Right now retail sounds less stressful than this job...Wednesday, November 20, 08:27:54pm

I agree. I've been doing this for a long time and customers this year have been brutal. I'm seriously considering finding a new line of work. OTR's are a waste of time as the market is saturated in my opinion. It used to be that my OTR's would sell almost immediately. Too many unrealistic expectations and lots of bullying going on. (NT)I'm tiredWednesday, November 20, 11:42:41pm

Oh I am so pleased to see I am not the only one fed up with very demanding customers who want to micromanage every detail and think they know so much better than I do for their little dancer getting her first new dress. Some people are a sheer delight to work with, but others have made me seriously consider giving up this business. Two weeks ago I decided to increase my prices by 20% next year, and I'll see if that compensates for all the hassle! So nice to know I am not alone! (NT)!Thursday, November 21, 05:10:52am

Hang in there! I for one am very glad to have SNDM to buy dresses from...can't afford the BNDM, and love the one-on-one communication. For every frustrating customer, there are many of us out there who appreciate what you do! (NT)~KrisThursday, November 21, 07:02:35am

wow! I've also been considering upping my prices and limiting customer input. I'm an artist and I have more experience, I don't want to tell you what color thread I'm using everywhere, just let me do my job! I almost quit last year after a customer nightmare but like everyone else said, already invested in skills and equipment. (NT)sm dmThursday, November 21, 10:48:49am

Have been at this for 12 years and now seriously considering doing only OTRs - tired of jumping through hoops for families, replacing skirts, adding crystals, alterations only to have them order a BNDM next season. Suppose I should be grateful I dont have to deal with them and curious as to how they deal with the BNDM. I REFUSE to do alterations on these dresses and could about cry when I see the embroidery, construction. Who wouldnt want to quit? (NT)MJThursday, November 21, 09:33:14pm

This all sounds so familiar and I did just actually "quit" dressmaking and found a new job. I have had lovely clients, but I am tired of the dressmaking hierarchy, the politics, the losing customers to BNDM that they complain about, the customers who cancel for legitimate reasons (broken leg, quitting dance) but leave me with a hole in my income, the constant pressure to recreate new styles just from a photo, etc. Time for something new. Good luck to all of you! (NT)Alison ThrasherThursday, November 21, 10:42:03pm

So glad to read this. Thought it was just me. Spent most of this season on verge of tears. Wondering if I was speaking a new language that parents could not understand!!! (NT)hanging in there.Friday, November 22, 06:34:58am

Shame we don't live near each other. We could have a support group. Over trying to please others. (NT)Taking a MASSIVE break.Friday, November 22, 07:13:37pm

Massive break. I have to agree with you and I think if we start charging Gavin prices we could afford to meet somewhere nice once a year. (NT)SNDFriday, November 22, 09:42:36pm

Wish there was a like button here!Spend so much of my time making BN look good so that the customer can post a picture looking great on the BN facebook.I have had to practically remake a BND to work and then when they are admired at a feis they go,Oh yes,it is a "BND".Good thing I have a good sense of humor.But it can be tough!One thing that has made it a little easier is that I have learned to say, no I am sorry,the way they have made this makes it impossible to look as good as you would like! (NT)SNDMSaturday, November 23, 02:50:07pm

Glad it wasn't just me! Way too many people bringing me BNDM ill-fitting dresses they forked over thousands of dollars for and then nitpicking my $100 worth of alterations. Time for a price increase! (NT)OPWednesday, December 11, 08:15:47pm


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