Until further notice, commissions are currently closed! I don't have the time at the moment to take bonnet commissions!
If you would like something commissioned, in a color combo of your choice I would be happy to make it for you! I make a variety of things on commission, including bonnets, mini tricorns, cake hats, hair corsages, deco'd pieces, and jewelry. The below prices are average examples and prices may be higher if you want something extremely complicated, prices might also be slightly lower if you are commissioning a number of things at once. Prices also do not include shipping. I can also make replicas of things I made in the past, or pieces inspired by, or made to match, other people's works. I won't do direct replicas of, say, Triple Fortune, Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright or Chantilly bonnets, mainly because all of our bonnets are made differently and I would not be able to get ahold of the same materials, but I could do pieces inspired by, or that feature certain details. If you would like me to make a replica of something I have made in the past, the trims and materials might not be exactly the same, since I only buy my materials in small quantities.
Please contact me through my Etsy shop if you are interested in commissioning something from me!
Commission FAQHow do I commission something from you?
Actually, most of these haven't been asked! Which is a good thing!
Actually, most of these haven't been asked! Which is a good thing!
You can contact me via my Etsy shop or leave a comment on this blog with an email address that I can use to contact you. We will then discuss what it is you would like and when things are all figured out I will send you an invoice for the down payment and get to work on your item once you have paid. I'll keep in contact with you throughout the creation process, sending you pictures and letting you know what's going on and asking for your input. When it's finished I'll invoice you with the remainder of the price and then ship it out when I receive the rest of the payment.
Why does it take so long to make a bonnet?
Because I make all my bonnets almost completely by hand, without a sewing machine. With the exception of a few minor things, you simply can't make a buckram and wire based bonnet on a sewing machine. Each bonnet takes many hours of careful cutting, wire bending, hand stitching, and trimming. Do to the unique nature of each bonnet and individual customer tastes I also buy materials a small amount at a time, usually through the internet since there is a much larger selection online, and often have to wait for specific types and colors of lace, cotton, roses, feathers and chiffon to be shipped to me.
Can I pay for it all at once? Or a little at a time?
You can pay for it however you want! So long as you pay me the down payment first and the remainder by the time the piece is done. If you need to work out a payment plan, just let me know! Chances are, there will be no problem.
What is the non-refundable down payment for?
The non-refundable down payment serves as two things, it gives me some money to buy basic materials that I might not have on hand, and it makes sure the buyer doesn't back out halfway through the creation process and I am left with a half finished piece in a color combo, or with details, that are meant to match one specific piece, thus making it nearly impossible to resell.
Can I get the down payment back if I decide I no longer want the item?
No, it is non-refundable. Sorry, but after you send it it means that you are going to stick with the commission to the end, and as soon as you pay it, I start buying whatever supplies I need. This includes the rare (it has not happened yet!) case that you decide you just do not like the way the piece looks. I will be sending colored sketches, material pictures, and progress pictures to you the whole time I am making the item, if I start to do something you do not like the way it looks, it is your responsibility to let me know and we will work something out. Please, if I am doing something you don't like, design wise, let me know! I want you to be 100% happy with your finished commission!
What happens if I can't pay for an item I commissioned?
One of a few things, if you haven't paid the down payment left, then just let me know and that's perfectly OK! Sometimes things come up in the brainstorming stage that means the commission never gets off the ground. If you have already paid the non-refundable down payment I can either keep the piece around for a short while until you can pay it off, either until you have all of the money, or you can pay a small portion at a time. If this is the case details will be worked out and we will both decide on how the piece will be paid for. If you flat out decide that you no longer can pay for the piece, or you just do not want it you will not get your down payment back and I will sell the piece for the price we agreed on, minus the down payment. If you paid more than the down payment at first, the extra you paid will be returned to you. For example, if you commission a bonnet from me that costs $90, pay me $50 up front but then decide that, for whatever reason, you do not want the bonnet, I will refund you the $15 difference between the minimum down payment and what you paid and then put the bonnet up for sale on my Etsy shop for the agreed upon price minus the minimum down payment, which would be $55. If you decide, after that, you want the bonnet, you are welcome to buy the bonnet and it would cost exactly the same as if you stuck through the commission to the end. Although, this way, there is a very good chance that someone else will buy it before you.
What if I need something by a certain date, or sooner than is listed for completion time?
Just let me know! As long as you don't need it by the weekend I will do my best to get it completed and shipped to you by the date you need. I can't make any kind of guarantee that it will be done or get to you in time though!
My commissioned item is broken! What now?!
Well, it depends on how badly it is broken! Whatever happens to it please let me know and I will do my best to fix the situation. Some things may not be able to be fixed, or are considered standard wear and tear. If you sit on a bonnet or pile it under a bunch of clothes, warping it completely out of shape, there is nothing I can do short of completely remaking it, and if it's a deco items and few rhinestones come off after some time, this is just normal wear and tear for such items, no matter who makes them. If a small accident of some kind happens, like you rip some lace on a bonnet or a comb comes off a mini top hat, please let me know and I will see what I can do about it! Solutions might range from me paying for shipping and fixing it for free if it's something that's completely my fault, or me sending you a new comb.