For #reblogWednesday I’m sharing PerfectPear’s blog post.

I sew and know how much work and creativity are involved, but it’s also not a cheap hobby. My G is in manufacturing, so I also know about some of the steps needs to bring things to market.

I think this post is a great reminder of why those lovely, perfectly fitted bespoke items are more expensive, but worth the extra cost.


This blog entry is for everyone who ever wondered “why does that cost so much?”

Let me give you a brief tour of what it takes to make a dress for retail.

#1. A design. In many companies there are several designers who’s job it is to be the idea people behind a brand. In my company, this position is held by me, and me alone. If I worked for someone I’d be paid for this, but as my own boss, I’m not.

#2. A prototype. In a large company you could have any number of pattern makers and sample sewers. When I worked at St. John’s as a design assistant those were the people I was in contact with all day. There were fabric reps coming and going. We had an in house knit supply, and even there we had to search for the perfect knit for a design…

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