> An awful lot of Elizabethan doublets have detachable sleeves, so
> does seem to me that you might want to ask yourself how much
> work you'll be doing: Shoulder rolls? Piccadils? Tabbed skirts?
> Smooth skirts? Are the piccadils and or tabs stitched and turned,
> are they bound on the edges? Is the body and or are the sleeves
> pinked? If so, what anti-fraying treatment are you using?
> Another consideration: what's the fabric? Velvet, velveteen and
> leather present some time-consuming considerations.
> How much interfacing are you going to use? What kind?
> Is any part of this doublet, whether the body, the sleeves,
> piccadils, shoulder rolls, skirts (tabbed or smooth) going to
> require 'wadding,' or padding? Will any of it be quilted on the
> outer surface?
> And what is your labor worth to *you?* Not your time, but your
**Yseult is very right, details make a lot of difference in time,
and labor, and can be hard to determine. If it helps, when I do
commissions, I charge cost of supplies, and $8/hr, which, I'll
admit, is probably under-selling my worth, but if I were to charge
what my labor is really worth, (about twice that) everything I made,
even the simple ones, would be hardly worth buying, or one could go
to get them for less elswhere, from someone w/ a large stock, who
can afford lower prices. In my case, since it's my hobby anyway, I
keep it reasonable, have fun at what I do, and earn a bit of pocket
$ here and there. Maybe that helps?
> Be careful of *under*charging. (I made that mistake ONCE.)
> Your client ultimately won't value anything he gets too cheaply,
> what is more important is this: if he likes the work you do, and
> other people like the work you do, sooner or later someone else
> want a comparable piece of clothing/garb/costuming. Will you be
> happy doing a comparable piece, at that same price, for a referal
> isn't a close friend but merely an acquaintance, or who's a
> referred by a friend of a friend of a friend of *your*
> Think ahead, even if you're not intending at this point to do this
> a sideline business. (You never know, you know! :) )