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Mykaios
07-11-2012, 11:12 PM
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!

PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR A QUOTE (I will not respond PM's)
fate.cosplay@gmail.com

Hello!

I am available to make cosplay costumes, accessories and wigs! Whether it's simple or complex, I am here to help. I am a commissioner and I hand make pieces to custom fit YOUR measurements and wants/needs - specifications. I've been cosplaying and sewing for a decade. I am self taught but I have taken some classes at FIDM and AIP. I've also worked in costuming with Disney (with costumes not in them) so I've spent a lot of time studying Disney costumes and construction while I fit people into costumes and make small alterations. I choose high quality fabric, but will go with lower quality and lower costing fabric - if you are on a budget.

I am not some Asian-based company or sweatshop worker (do NOT expect my prices to match), I am one person. This is my regular job, just like any regular job and I've done my fair share of retail work and food/hospitality jobs. I put in my hours like you would anywhere else and treat it as such. I charge $10-15/hour (most tailors and seamstresses charge $15-25 if not more) depending on the materials used (higher costs for the more finicky and complicated fabrics such as vinyl/pleather and spandex) and require a MINIMUM of 15 hours per project. I understand that we're all broke college students and all, but understand that cosplaying is an expensive and time consuming hobby.

My time is broken down by the following:
*Drafting a pattern to your measurements
*Cutting out the fabric according to the pattern
*Sewing
*Making sure it fits on the dress form
*Serging and finalizing hems/seams
*Making adjustments as necessary
*Detailing: i.e. beading, embroidering, painting, etc
*Adding zippers, buttons, snaps, velcro, etc
*Sculpting forms if necessary
-Making molds for said forms
-Casting final forms in resin

My quotes are itemized. It covers fabric and all other materials needed for a project:
*Fabric
*Thread
*Notions: buttons, zippers, trim, lace, bias tape, etc
*Detailing materials: paint, embroidery thread, rhinestones, studs, beads d and o rings, belt buckles, etc
*Accessory materials: resin, silicone molding, molds, paints, glue, screws, etc.

EXAMPLE:
(Mako from Legend of Korra based on client's measurements):

Fabric of choice @ $12.99/yard
http://www.joann.com/sew-classic-bottomweights-solid-classic-twill-many-colors/xprd810633/
-3 yards of (I assume) grey for the coat = $38.97
-3 yards of off white for the lining of the coat and sleeves = $38.97
-2.5 yards of brown (?) for the pants = $32.48
-1 yard of red fleece for the scarf = $9.99
http://www.joann.com/anti-pill-fleece-fabric-many-colors/prd18849/
-2 packs of bias tape for the trim of the coat @ $1.99/each = $3.98
http://www.joann.com/wrights-double-fold-bias-tape-1-2-w-x-3yds-many-colors/prd34710/
-snap buttons = $3.29
http://www.joann.com/dritz-sew-on-snaps-nickel-plated-various-sizes/prd3156/
-matching thread @ $2.79/each = $13.95
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-dual-duty-xp-general-purpose-thread-250yds-many-colors/xprd840925/
-1 zipper for the pants = $1.99
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-brass-jean-zipper-7-many-colors/prd48319/

Material costs = $143.62 + $10.05 tax = $153.67
My time = $200
Shipping = to be determined
Total: $350

As for wigs, think of it this way:

Haircuts vary in price and goes by length. When it comes to short hair, you can go to Supercuts for about $15, the mall for $40 or some nonchain highend place for $70. The average cost of dying is $60 to start. I don't know how much extensions are but they aren't cheap... In most cases for wigs, you're asking for wefts to be hand sewn in, custom dying as well as custom cutting and styling. Then there's shipping and dying/styling products costs.

Base wig prices as follows on Arda (excluding shipping):
Short: $30
Medium: $35-38
Long: $40-65
Specialty wigs: vary
Short wefts: $9
Long wefts: $15
Clip in pony tails: $15/each

Other
Styling products: vary
Dying products: vary

My fees (excluding shipping):
Simple styles: $25
Spiky styles: $50
Gravity defying styles: starting at $75
Custom dying: varies on length and how many colors used, etc

I only accept paypal and require a 50% deposit. If you need a payment plan, don't hesitate to ask, but your initial payment must be enough to cover the materials. I do not offer refunds once a project has been started on because I've already bought materials and put time into it. Should for some reason, I miss your deadline (and I'd be terrified and stressed if I did but alas, life is full of unexpected events), you will not be charged the full amount. :)

Communication is very important to me as it should be for you. I try my best to send emails and give updates and sometimes, I even give out my number (no calls please) in order to text my clients while I am shopping for supplies or send picture updates. If I contact you, I expect you to contact me back, even if you've already found someone else.

When requesting a quote please include:
-Name of character, series and DEADLINE in your message title.
-REFERENCE IMAGES:
-MEASUREMENTS (in inches):
*Height
*Weight
*Bust/bra size if you're female
*Waist
*Hips
*Sleeve
*Leg/pant length

-What you need i.e.:
*outfit
*wig
*shoes
*accessories such as jewelry or cat ears and a tail

Costumes:
August: FULL
September: FULL
October: OPEN
November: OPEN
December: Limited
January: OPEN
February: Limited

Wigs:
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Here are some examples of my work, just click on the thumbnails!
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/2155/imag0189m.th.jpg (http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/2155/imag0189m.jpg[/) http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/7416/14879110150994958564478.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/14879110150994958564478.jpg/) http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/5555/57530810150994955759478.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/57530810150994955759478.jpg/) http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8741/imag0025mu.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/imag0025mu.jpg/) http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5496/imag0206av.th.jpg (http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/5496/imag0206av.jpg/)

For more, visit my facebook (link in signature). There you'll find progress pictures of current projects as well as completed works and reviews.

Mykaios
07-13-2012, 04:37 AM
Updated.

Mykaios
07-18-2012, 02:40 AM
Updated, newest projects will slowly be rotated in where the pictures are~ Also, I'll be busy during the next week and throughout Otakon. I'll try to update the thread and facebook with finished projects, if not definitely expect them to be up afterwards.

Mykaios
07-20-2012, 04:13 AM
Added wig commission information.

Mykaios
07-20-2012, 08:00 PM
Currently booked until mid-September. Updates of complete projects coming after Otakon!

Mykaios
07-22-2012, 07:57 PM
Booked thru all of September!

Mykaios
07-22-2012, 11:30 PM
Updated with wig commissioning info.

Mykaios
07-23-2012, 12:19 AM
Price breakdown example (Mako from Legend of Korra based on client's measurements):

Fabric of choice @ $12.99/yard
http://www.joann.com/sew-classic-bottomweights-solid-classic-twill-many-colors/xprd810633/
-3 yards of (I assume) grey for the coat = $38.97
-3 yards of off white for the lining of the coat and sleeves = $38.97
-2.5 yards of brown (?) for the pants = $32.48
-1 yard of red fleece for the scarf = $9.99
http://www.joann.com/anti-pill-fleece-fabric-many-colors/prd18849/
-2 packs of bias tape for the trim of the coat @ $1.99/each = $3.98
http://www.joann.com/wrights-double-fold-bias-tape-1-2-w-x-3yds-many-colors/prd34710/
-snap buttons = $3.29
http://www.joann.com/dritz-sew-on-snaps-nickel-plated-various-sizes/prd3156/
-matching thread @ $2.79/each = $13.95
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-dual-duty-xp-general-purpose-thread-250yds-many-colors/xprd840925/
-1 zipper for the pants = $1.99
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-brass-jean-zipper-7-many-colors/prd48319/

Material costs = $143.62 + $10.05 tax = $153.67
My time = $200
Shipping = to be determined
Total: $350

Cheaper (cheapest) fabric option @ $3.99/yard
http://www.joann.com/symphony-broadcloth-solids-assorted-colors/prd10006/

Mykaios
07-29-2012, 07:43 PM
A couple commissions were delivered at Otakon c:

Mykaios
08-01-2012, 11:39 AM
I now have a facebook profile to go with my facebook page! Both links are in my signature~