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Subject: Sample Dressmaker's Contract from Colorweaver

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Date Posted: 21:07:24 03/14/07 Wed
In reply to: K 's message, "Dressmakers/Seamstresses" on 15:49:47 03/10/01 Sat

Custom Irish Dance Solo Dress Contract/Order Form
Thank you for choosing ***(your name or business name)*** to create your dancer’s custom solo dress. Please read over this contract/order form, fill out as thoroughly as possible, initial at the bottom of each page and sign the last page. Mail it along with your $300 deposit check (payable to **********) within one week to the address shown above. Your booking reservation is considered pending until this contract and the deposit are received.

Dress Price and Payment Terms: Solo Dress Budget or Price Range $_____________________ (please initial)
We will make every attempt to stay within this range. Fabrics will be purchased and designs will be used which fit your budget as closely as possible. Please be aware that sometimes unexpected costs, such as an increase in fabric prices or fees related to imported fabrics, can occur. Some designs or dress features are also more time-consuming than could be foreseen and can add to the final price.

The $300 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the dress price. The total dress price will be calculated prior to completion of the dress. An invoice will be emailed to you showing the deposit paid, total dress price, packaging charge and applicable state sales tax (in-state customers). An estimate of the shipping/insurance charge is also added. When final shipping charges are known, over or under payments are billed separately. Payment by bank check/cashier’s check is due upon your receipt of the invoice and should be sent by return mail.

Included in the solo dress price: Dress, Cape, Kickpants, Embroidered Headpiece, Bodice Mockup
Not included in the solo dress price: Shipping, Insurance, Packaging, State Sales Tax (in-state customers)

No dress will be shipped or released until payment is made in full. If you instruct us to hold shipment of the dress, you agree to pay for the balance as invoiced. In the event the invoice is not paid within 10 days of issuance, a service charge equivalent to three percent (3%) of the unpaid invoice will be charged for any portion of each month the invoice remains unpaid, plus reasonable storage fees.

Completion Schedule: Timeframe_______________________________ (please initial)
Your dress will be completed within the approximate timeframe as shown above. Note: Situations beyond our control can come up which may cause a delay in dress completion. Personal or family illness, backorder of required materials or emergencies are impossible to predict. While our record of staying on schedule is excellent, no guarantees can made for meeting specific competition deadlines and we assume no liability in that regard. It’s best to have a back-up dress you can use, just in case. This disclaimer is standard within our industry.

Dress Details:
The order form included here is used to determine dress and trim fabrics and to create the design. It also allows us to get a “feel” for the likes/dislikes of the dancer. Many examples of ***(your name)*** dresses are shown on (*** wherever you have pics***) and give a good indication of our dress style. Certain dress features (such as peek-a-boo pleats, sculpted neckline and sleeve edge, design on entire sleeve) are reserved for very top-end costly dresses. Our designs can sometimes incorporate the “look” of some of those features while staying within a smaller budget, though.

Custom Solo Dress Contract/Order Form Page 2
Please be as thorough as possible when filling out the order form and relay any specific wishes or concerns. Note that the order form is used as a guide in creating your dancer’s custom solo dress. We retain complete artistic license on every dress and will make decisions based on features we feel give the utmost stage presence and will best compliment the dancer. We use custom (***your name, if applicable***) designs exclusively. Due to scheduling constraints, extensive consultations are not available.

Fabrics are chosen based on current trends and customer wishes. Samples of dress base fabric can be mailed, upon request, once deposit and signed contract are received. There are certain fabrics we will not use due to their very poor “wear” reputation or exorbitant costs. We use only top quality fabrics and assembly techniques, but keep in mind these are very delicate costumes and we do not guarantee their durability.

Dance School/Teacher Rules:
If your dance teacher requires input in your solo dress decisions, it’s your responsibility to have all the proper information prior to making a booking. It’s best to know the dance school expectations and rules ahead of time. This saves lots of frustration, confusion and time on everyone’s part.

The dress must fit snugly in the bodice, especially at the waist and be above the top of the knee when pointing. Length requirements vary from teacher to teacher. Please check with your teacher for his/her length preferences. A bodice mockup will be sent, based on the measurements you provide. Instructions for proper marking and pinning will be included. The dress will be assembled based on your measurements and the mockup. Alterations are not included nor are we responsible for customer measuring or mockup fitting errors. Our seamstresses have extensive experience with both solo and class dresses and are very good at what they do.

Costume Quality:
We pride ourselves on producing top-quality, cutting-edge dance costumes. Only high-quality fabrics are used, though please be aware that these fabrics are delicate and oftentimes fragile. Techniques are used which offer the best level of durability possible. Please note, though, these are dance costumes and extreme care must be taken of them. Due to the nature of most of the trim fabrics, these costumes can not be dry cleaned. Also, due to the nature of the fabrics used, wear, especially at the outside corners of the skirt panels, is a common occurrence. Also, wear can occur in areas where the hard shoes hit against the dress in certain dance moves. As each costume is individually hand-made, inspection is made during construction. Each dress is guaranteed to be in perfect condition when placed in the shipping box or given to the customer. Please inspect the dress upon receipt and relay any concerns immediately. As **(your name)** has no control over the use and care of the costumes, all liability ends when the customer takes delivery.

Designs are Proprietary It is understood and agreed that all designs, plans, specifications, drawings, tracings, and images of the dress in its completed form are the intellectual, confidential and proprietary property of (***your name, if applicable***).

Attorney’s Fees In the event any action is necessary to enforce the terms of this contract/order form, or our invoice, the prevailing party in any such action or mediation shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

Applicable Law and Venue We agree that the terms of this transaction shall be governed by the law of the State of ****your state****. The proper venue for any action pertaining to this transaction shall be the County of ****, **your state**.

Return Policy These are custom dresses made to your measurements and notes on the order form. As such, returns are not allowed and all sales are final. Examples of our dresses can be seen ***(whatever applies)*** and references are gladly given. Each dress is created to be a unique expression of each dancer, with artistic license and interpretation being retained by (***your name***). Our dresses are checked for quality prior to delivery to our customers. Please look over the dress upon receipt and verify that everything is to your satisfaction. We cannot accept returns unless the item has obvious flaws, or if WE make a mistake. We are not responsible for damages after the dresses are dispatched from our premises and are under no obligation to make repairs once the garment has left the studio. If you find a flaw in craftsmanship, you must contact us within ONE day of receipt of the item to report the flaw. After we approve the return, you must mail the item back within two days of contacting us. If you wait to return the item, we will not accept it. There are no exceptions to this policy, so from the date you receive the item, you have three days to get it back in the mail to us or we will not accept the return. The customer is responsible for any and all shipping and insurance costs. The customer must insure the item. We absolutely will not issue refunds for items that are lost in the mail when being returned to us.

Custom Solo Dress Contract/Order Form Page 3

Order Form: Dancer’s Name___________________________________ Age_____

Birth Date_________ Dance Level_______ Dance School &Location____________________

Teacher’s Name_______________________________________________________________

Parent’s Name ________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip ________________________________________________________________

Phone __________________Email that you check often_______________________________

Dress Details: If you prefer us to make the design decisions, please indicate “*(your name)* choice”.

Preferred fabric: brocade, organza overlay, lace overlay, dupioni silk, metallic silk, lycra or lycra-type fabric, glitterball, other (describe) _______________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________*(your name)* choice______

Main dress color or colors: ____________________________________________________________

Do you prefer a one color or multiple-color dress: (dress center panel different color than rest of dress) single color_______ two colors________ multiple colors______ *(your name)* choice_____

Do you prefer sleeves to match dress color? Yes______ No_______ *(your name)* choice _____

Main trim colors: __________________________________________________________________

Any colors you definitely don’t want on the dress: ______________________________________

Design Style/Styles you most prefer:
____Geometric ____Knotwork ____Flowing/Soft ____Bold
____Elegant ____Traditional ____Modern ____Celtic

Any ideas you have about your dress and want us to be aware of. Be specific and descriptive!
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________*Please send a photo of your dancer and photos or descriptions of dress styles that you like or don’t like. We will not copy the designs of other dressmakers, but appreciate knowing your likes and dislikes.

I agree to the terms and conditions as stated and implied herein and am contracting **(your name, business name)** to create a custom Irish Dance solo dress.


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