I purchase from SkyRidge Designs?
People choose to purchase and wear
our clothes for many reasons. SkyRidge Designs specializes in custom clothing pieces designed for the needs of the wearer. We
speak to our clients to learn their favorite styles, colors, textures, and needs. Numerous books, magazines, photos, movies
and other sources can provide inspiration.
In the past we have helped brides create the gown they dream of, have helped coordinate entire wedding parties,
have provided re-enactors with functional clothing, and have costumed entire theatrical productions.
Theatrical performers, merchants,
and others frequently participating in historical events and faires find the garments well made and ready to withstand
frequent use and washings. Plus, items can be made with concealed pockets, fastenings, and supports as needed.
How do I order?
Most of our work is done by custom order. Although it is easier to
work with you in person (we are in the Dallas metroplex), we can also have discussions by phone and email. We will discuss
your garments, designing them and making sure they fit your needs. We have thousands of pictures of clothing (photos,
historical artwork, books) and over a thousand different sewing patterns, to help inspire your choices.
will take your measurements, discuss fabrics and trims, and agree on a delivery date. After these decisions have been
made, we will estimate a price for you. Generally, we request a deposit of 50% of the estimated price to begin work
on the item. The remainder is due prior to final delivery of the garments.
Do I have to take my clothes off for fittings?
Maybe. It depends on what types of garments you are
ordering. The fit of the clothing or corset depends on the accuracy of the measurements. But, not all measurements
are required for all garments. For example, fittings for a made to measure corset are more extensive than measurements
for a petticoat.
If you are going to be measured by a member of the opposite sex, we insist that another person be present
as a chaperone. This chaperone can be someone who comes with you or we can arrange the fitting for a time when we can
Why are all the prices "depending on fabric and trims selected?"
We confess...we love fabric. So, we spend a lot of
time looking through the shelves of our wholesalers, distributers, and other suppliers. When we find a great fabric
at a great price, we buy it. This means we often buy discounted, close-out, or discontinued fabrics and trims.
By doing this, we can pass these savings on to you.
Additionally, some fabrics simply cost more than others. A gown of cotton will always be more economical
than a gown of velvet.
of garments can be very different. For instance, peasant wear can be very simple with few trims. Nobility or royal
garments can be heavily embroidered or trimmed with actual gemstones and precious metal beads. Naturally, these decisions
affect the final price of the clothing.
So how do you figure prices?
Unless other agreements have been made, prices reflect
the cost of materials plus an hourly rate for making/modifying patterns and for garment construction. Most construction
is priced at $20/hr. Some advanced techniques are $30/hr.
We will estimate what we believe material and construction costs will be. This estimate may change based
on decisions or changes you make about your garment during the construction and fittings.
If your garment is estimated to cost less than $750, a 50% deposit will be required to begin work. If your garment is
estimated over $750, a 33% deposit will be required. This deposit is non-refundable once work on your garment has been
started. The balance is due prior to delivery of your clothing.
Payments arrangements can be discussed. We accept cash (at shows or in person), checks, Mastercard, and Visa.
Can you add Embroidery to my garment?
Of course we can add embroidery to embellish your garments.
Most embroidery needs to be done early during the garment's construction, especially when being added to collars and cuffs.
Hand embroidery and other hand embellishments (such
as beading or adding sequins) are charged at the same hourly rate at the rest of the garment's construction.
Machine embroidery pricing depends on whether
we already have access to the design and how large/complex the design will be.
What is filigree?
Filigree is a term used for a small decorative piece of
metal. These pieces are often used when making jewelry.
However, we have discovered that using filigree, along with beads, gems, and other trim, makes a beautiful
finishing touch on many garments.
Because these metal pieces come in a variety of finishes (silver, brass, antique gold, etc) and because they
come in many sizes and shapes, the designs that can be made are endless.
What is boning? What kinds of boning do you use?
Boning is a term for various items used to stiffen garments
or help give them shape. Some garments, such as corsets, need significant structure and stiffness. Therefore they
would use more boning (and a different type) than many other garments.
From Left to Right:
* 1/4" Spiral Steel
* 1/2" Spiral Steel
* 1/4" Plastic Boning & Casing (Lightweight)
1/2" Heavy Plastic Boning
* 1/2" Steel Boning
* Corset Busk
Spiral Steel has a
little flex in each direction, so we recommend it for corsets and bodices for active people, such as those in equestrian
or fighting events. The next
boning shown is lightweight 1/4" plastic boning is found many fabric shops; but it is too light for most
costuming needs. However it is occasionally used for shaping bodices on modern garments.
The 1/2" heavy plastic and
steel boning each have the advantage of only flexing one direction (lengthwise) and provides very strong support.
There are also advantages to plastic boning if you intend to wash your garment frequently.
I absolutely must have it by this weekend...can you help?
Maybe...Although we specialize in made to measure pieces, we also have a variety of garments that have been used by models,
theater groups, and as displays for shows. We have also opened an Etsy shop which will have items that are ready-to-ship.
Sometimes, one of these items will meet your needs.
If you must have a custom made piece
in a short time, you should call to discuss options. Sometimes our schedule allows for rush jobs, sometimes it does
not. Also, a rush job may require you to be available for several hours on a single day for multiple, consecutive fittings
in order to have the garment completed when needed.
Why is the price on the website different from what you quoted me?"
These are examples of custom-made
items we have created in the past. Prices given are examples of what the item cost at the time it was made. Please
realize that many of the fabrics are no longer available or the cost of some supplies may have changed dramatically over the
years. But, we wanted to give you some starting points for your designs and help you determine if a garment style is
in your budget. Please realize that there are ways to "cut the fat" and ways to "go all out," when
designing an outfit.