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Are you interested in a custom made costume? Sounds like a fun project.
Please read the following to familiarize yourself with the process of ordering a custom made costume.
A custom made costume or garment is a costume that is made from scratch to fit your measurements that you give me. The costume starts with a pattern made to your costume style and size. The fabric is then carefully chosen for the design and is sewn together and created just for you.
Feel free to contact me through my email to get a price estimate. I would be happy to discuss costume design options with you.
Before you send an e-mail to Brielle Costumes: Here are a few FAQ's
How much will a costume cost?
- Adult Costume prices ranges are anywhere from $450 to $1,200 depending on the style.
- Please do not e-mail me expecting to get a costume for under $300.
- Individual garments such as pirate shirts range from $200 to $300 each.
How long it will take to create a costume?
I make each costume to order. The garments are not ready made in multiple sizes.
So for example I do not have 5 Tia Dalma costumes ready to ship in every size. Each item is made to order just for you unless it is purchased on my Etsy store.
Please allow a reasonable amount of time for a deadline on your costume. If you need the costume in a week, I most likely would not be able to create it for you.
- Costumes take anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 weeks to create…
- Please allow for enough time for creating costume before your event.
- Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for getting all supplies together before construction.
My costume schedule can fill up quickly so if you would like to order a costume you may have to be added to a waiting list or reserve a place in the sewing schedule.
The Halloween Costume Schedule starts filling up in June, so please contact me early if you want a space.
***I do not start construction on a costume until I receive payment****
Notes about Measurements:
Measurements are the first requirement before you get a price estimate. Without the measurements there is no way to know whether or not that style of costume will work for you or if I have fabric available for that size. So measurements are a must for any price estimate or costume order. Please remember when measuring to make your measurements accurate.
As tempting as it may seem to make your measurements a little smaller or bigger please do not do this. In order for your costume to fit properly and look nice, your measurements must be correct.
Price Estimate Measurement Charts:
- How tall are you?
- Sleeve Length
- Store bought clothing size
- How tall are you?
- Store bought clothing size
Movie Inspired Costumes:
A movie inspired costume is fun and makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another realm….
Here are a few things to remember when choosing a movie inspired costume.
1. You will not look like the actor or actress. You will look like you in a costume from the movie. You will look great, but try and pick a costume that is suitable to your figure and size. (Example…The Island Gown will not magically turn you into Kiera Knightly )
2. The costume designer in a movie has a very larger budget, so if you want a movie inspired costume just like the original it will probably be impossible. But we can get close to the original version with still staying in your budget.
3. Certain elements of movie costumes such as leather work and metal accessories are expensive and hard to recreate, but on some costumes I am able to find or make accessories that look similar to the original.
So I prefer to call these costumes “Movie Inspired”…because they are costumes that were inspired by the original movie costume. Many of the elements and designs will be close to the original ,but it would be next to impossible to obtain the exact same fabrics as the movie version…thus they are movie inspired costumes made with similar fabrics and accessories.
A historical costume is a garment inspired by a certain time period or year.
With historical costumes you have two options……
Historically Accurate: This means that the costume is historically accurate. So for example the fabrics have been carefully researched, the seam placement and styles of stitching have been done in the style of the time period you choose. Buttons have been chosen with special attention to detail and trims and decorations have been made to look authentic to the period. This type is generally very costly to re-create.
Historically Inspired: This means that the costume was inspired by historical styles. The fabrics in this style of costume will look like something from that time period, but may be a newer type of fabric. Zippers might be used for fasteners and fancy eyelets and historical laces might be eliminated. These costumes are generally less expensive and still look like a historical costume, but are not historically accurate in every detail.
Making the costume:
The process of making a custom ordered costume takes time and planning.
If you are ordering a movie inspired costume, the original costume will be carefully observed. Sketches and photos will be done to make sure that the version you order is similar to the original.
Fabrics and trims must be selected and any other notions that the costume might require will also need to be purchased. After all supplies are gathered, muslins (or test garments) are made to ensure that the pattern will work for your measurements before the nice fabric is cut. This allows for making much easier adjustments before sewing.
As soon as all adjustments are done the sewing can begin. Many costumes require hand sewing trims and other decorations to the costume. Other designs require hand embroidery, beadwork or appliqués. All of the handwork is included in the costume price.
For some costume styles the fabrics will also need to be dyed a different color to obtain the desired results. If you are looking for a costume that needs to look worn and aged, fabric dye is how that look is achieved.
Once the sewing is completed final measurements are re-checked, hems are inspected and any hand sewing is reinforced.
The costume is pressed for the last time and carefully packaged to insure a safe delivery.
Please note that if you are ordering a ball gown or fancy dress, I do offer custom made garment bags to ensure that your costume stays nice while hanging in your closet.