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Subject: $25 in materials? What kind of material are you using? You need at least 2 yards of stiffener, 2 yards of lining to line the stiffener, 3-4 yards of fabric if only one layer, but several more if you do multiple layers and/or line the top layer, and thread. Those are the absolute minimum materials necessary and there is no way you will be getting all that for $25.


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Date Posted: Thursday, January 10, 12:13:41pm
In reply to: LynnToledo 's message, "I don't agree. I am a former bridal alterations seamstress. I learned about the ID "silhouette" by working on these dresses. With pictures of dresses on dancers and the underside of a soft skirt, any skilled seamstress or tailor and create the "look." (more)" on Thursday, January 10, 09:13:06am

Along with labor, you must also factor in the cost of doing business - rent, utilities, machine (purchasing and upkeep), notions (pins, needles, etc.), administrative time (both emails to clients and admin needed to keep the business running), computer costs, and the list goes on. All of these costs must be factored into the cost of the skirt.

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Sorry, I meant 2 yards of actual dress fabric, but that alone can cost well over $50 if you are using nice velvet or sequins. (NT)-Thursday, January 10, 12:15:50pm


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