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From: abear
Date: 01-11-2005, 11:18 PM (1 of 5)
I would like to know if anyone has ever thought of designing and making costumes to sale or rent?? Here in Louisiana where we have Mardi Gras and so many festivals with parades to go with everyone of these festivals I am thinking it would be a good idea! If any one can give me some input on this or maybe know of someone who does this i would greatly appreciate it!
User: abear
Member since: 08-08-2004
Total posts: 27
From: paroper
Date: 01-11-2005, 11:39 PM (2 of 5)
It sounds like you are looking at a shop set-up. I had a chance to do custom coustuming for clowns and magicians. I was truly interested and I had several good contacts, as a matter of fact they approached me; I just got hijacked by the bridal business before I got a chance to get started. That area looked really promising.

I would think that you would make a mint with costuming in New Orleans, however, would you only have two big seasons? I would think that if you worked hard all year you could probably support yourself if that were the case and you were well known. However, if that were the case you could have a lot of money tied up before the pay-off unless you could get into doing some theatre or "show" products during the rest of the year when things were slower. You could do some custom costuming throughout the year so that those costumes were sold when they were made (you might not need as much on the "shelf" that didn't fit the average customer if you did some of that too.) In New Orleans you have so many stage people that you could cater to if you could land their business...I know that some of them would pay well so you might have as much business as you could handle if you could get into this during the "off seasons". The biggest problem is to identify where the need is and see if you can fill that void.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: pucktricks
Date: 01-12-2005, 10:20 AM (3 of 5)
I thought about it briefly, but decided I don't have the drive to do it, but here's someone who did go into that business and her (or his, don't remember) viewpoint on this.
I'd look through the whole page and all of here side things because she has several very good comments.

Sewing for others (

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: mommydionne
Date: 01-12-2005, 06:20 PM (4 of 5)
very cool site, but it's a he not a she who is the costumer :re:
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: pucktricks
Date: 01-12-2005, 06:39 PM (5 of 5)
Just goes to show what you find out when you are actually paying attention to such things, it'd been several months since I last read the page, and I just remembered that I'd bookmarked it. :monkey: Oh well, I hope it was useful.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
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