I know i’ve shared my views on cosplay quite a bit on here. I recently found someone who commissions costumes and she does them really cheap. That’s great. It really is. Sewing is fucking expensive (as is any hobby). However, cheap costume should not equal poor fit. Yes, fitting a garment IS hard but not hard when you have a mannequin, of which she owns. She does cosplay work as a means to make money. That’s apparently her only income so she’s constantly selling/making things. Again that’s great but AS a business, shoudn’t what you’re selling look nice as well? I mean i’ve seen some really good things made for very cheap and sold for a very reasonable price. My friend Kristen makes earrings/jewelry/bras out of scale mail. It looks gorgeous and for jewelry i think she charged anywhere from $8-$15. It’s completely possible to work with really cheap materials and get something that you can sell. Do i expect you to be perfect over night? Fuck no. What i get mad about is when you do this for a while, make a business out of it, and there’s next to no improvement. Everything looks rushed and you have a shitty attitude towards your customers. This chick i was mentioning at the start of this post has some pretty sad etsy reviews too. People not getting their items, had a terrible attitude with a customer. You NEVER want to have those things. But why all my buttmad? Because attitude. I know it probably looks poor on me to be all like “Dis gurl is no gud” but fuck, i’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect. Not in sewing, god no. It’s why i’m only sewing for close friends. The only one i’ve sewn for someone else that hasn’t been a close friend was the pennywise costume i did last year. I’m not mad at her, she at least tries but god damn, if you’re going to make a business take this a little more seriously especially with customers. A while back my friend ryan ordered Lelouch’s mask from Code Geass. He paid over $100 for it. When it came in he was so angry. He tried talking to where he ordered it from, said he wasnt happy and wanted a refund, they gave him nothing. He was pissed. He handed it off to me and i was like “Fuck..idk what im doing xD”. I took a swing at it, made it more solid. Definitely not the greatest i’ll admit. Mine is the bottom one and it still came out shitty. Low and behold i found out AFTER that it was possible to sand the shit down <.< Talk about dumb move on my part but hey, now i know. I also have a little sander that i can use. That mask totally sucked to try and fix. Sure i at least had a base to go with but ryan had totally ripped it apart because he was so mad at it. I dont blame him.
All in all though, it’s fine to have a learning experience, to see how much you’ve sucked in the beginning but NEVER treat customer like shit
. Find ways to improve your abilities even if it’s something small. Practice practice practice. Take your time. It’s fine to fuck up, just remember that next time so you’re not creating the same mistakes. Honestly if i could do this mask over, i totally would. I know more now that i did before. Sorry to ramble.