What I'm thinking this is is people's efforts to make up for the rising cost in living. Just a theory, but people are putting more-- Too much on their plate in order to get by, because perhaps they lost their job, or they had to make cutbacks elsewhere, and are drowning in commissions as a result..
Or they just don't know good time-management. Like I said, I haven't gotten enough commissions to have to worry about that sort of thing. Then again, I just make props and armor so huge, intricate costumes don't really come my way. XD