I have always had a thing for dress fittings. When i was younger, and a seamstress makes a dress for me and it just didn't fit, it made me sad, wearing the dress would not boost my confidence in anyway because i just did not feel great in it. As a result of this, i picked up tailoring to start adjusting my dresses myself to my perfect fit. After some time, i moved ahead to be a fashion designer, spreading my confidence to others so they can wear their perfect fit and feel great in their dresses.
My Instagram handle is :@yelestitches
My facebook page: Yelestitches collection
My Etsy shop:www.etsy.com/shop/yelestitches
I enjoy the look of glee on my Clients's faces when they try on an outfit or dress I made for them, and they love it!
That makes me so happy
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first step is getting accurate measurements of my client because without that, there won't be a great fit.
After this, we discuss the dress design they want, the general idea or if there is a template they want me to work with.
We talk about the fabrics and materials they want for the dress style, I give my opinion on what i think about it but most of it is based on what my client wants.
We then talk about the elephant in the room, which is the price of the dress, based on the materials, the hours I will put in and how complicated the dress design is.
If the client and I then agree on a price, a deposit of 60% of agreed price is made and then, I move on to purchase the materials, make the dress according to measurements and have it shipped to my client.
Most times, there is no need for alterations but on the off-chance that there is , the dress can be shipped back to me for the final fitting.
When my client is satisfied, the remaining 40% is paid and then, they always come back because they really love the way they look.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I learned to use the manual sewing machine as a teenager, then years after that, while in the university, I took up an Enterpreneurship course on Fashion Design, where I learned the basics of cutting dress patterns. After the three-month course, I went on to the all-knowing YouTube to gather lots of information on pattern making on a broader scale.
I also read and practiced with the Pattern drafting books by Tomoko Nakamichi.
I keep learning everyday, never stop and keep getting better.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
My standard pricing for my expertise and workmanship is $15 per hour, cost of materials not included.
How did you get started in this business?
I started sewing as an hobby and as a way to make dresses that fit me perfectly. While doing this, i got lots of compliments on my dresses and then people would walk uo to me and ask if I could make a replica for them. At first, I turned the offers down but when it became rampant, I gave in and then started making wears for other people besides myself.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I started my business in Nigeria, and moved to the United States.
I work with the female customers, most sizes, different ethnic groups, heights and what not.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
The most recent event that I am fond of was the last fashion show my most recent collection was featured in. My designs were so well appreciated, the organizers asked that my designs close the show.
That was a wonderful moment for me, one I am so fond and proud of.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
I would advice them to not settle for less with whatever they need.
With that said, I would advice the customer to hire ME because I do not settle for less either.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
*What is their need
*How to get their perfect measurements accross.
*Best ways to convey their ideas accross
*How much they can afford to pay