Originally Posted by *MamaJen*
So...what's your job? What does it entail? Do you like it? How long ya been doing it? Plan to stick around? How's the work-life balance?
I'm a master dressmaker, patternmaker, and alteration specialist. I also do restyling. I went to college for basic training, apprenticed with some great people, and received further professional training from a couple of fashion schools down the road. I spent about 10 years in Hollywood, working in the costume workroom on wardrobe for film and television. Did some really, really cool stuff. Met interesting people. Then had to get out of LA, and to a good place to raise a family, and now I have my own business.
I make wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and special occasion clothing from scratch. I also end up doing major alterations to these items as well when they are ready-made.
I love restyling, and taking on projects that people think are impossible. Like taking two wedding dresses, ripping them apart and putting them back together so you would never know it for an extra large lovely woman who is pregnant as well. Or taking someone's mother's wedding gown from 40 years ago, and re-working it to fit the bride today.
I also work for private clothing companies making their first patterns to send to the manufacturer.
I like it - I'm swamped. I keep raising my prices and people keep coming.
Work-life balance - well, I keep raising my prices, hoping some people will go away so I can get work-life balance under control.
I work at home, and that is GREAT.