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Special note: I am ONLY taking Sailor Moon fuku commissions until further notice.
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Thank you for your interest in my work! Here are a few FAQs and guidelines regarding how I handle commissions:
1. How much will a project cost?
That depends on a number of factors, including materials, complexity, time, measurements, etc. For a cost estimate, please send me a message and I’ll get back to you in approximately 5 business days. I can normally respond faster, but sometimes life gets in the way. If one business week has gone by and you haven’t heard from me, please feel free to contact me again.
For an accurate quote, I’ll need the following:
- High quality reference images (if your request is not a sailor scout). Front and back at a minimum, please. If you need a sketch, I can come up with one for a small fee, but I still need a basic idea of what you’re looking for.
- Your size. Specific measurements aren’t necessary at this point, but I do need S-M-L-XL for a general idea of how much fabric I’ll need.
- Requests for specific fabrics or materials (e.g., wet look spandex, pleather, etc.)
After sending you a quote, we’ll discuss the nitty-gritty details of the design. Once you’re happy with the design and you’ve sent me the deposit (see next paragraph), I’ll get to work on it. After I’ve cut the fabric, any changes you request may incur an additional fee. I plan the fabric around the design, and changes to that design may require additional fabric and labor.
As a reference point, classic Sailor Moon fuku commissions are $500+ shipping and Supers are $550+ shipping.
For projects over $250, we can split payments. A minimum of half the total project cost is due up front for materials and this is NON-REFUNDABLE. I’m one person, and I don’t keep a running stock of materials. Please note, I will not start on a project without the initial payment.
I will send you pictures when the project is complete (and more throughout the construction process if applicable). At that time, the rest of the payment for the project is due. Once I have received the final payment, I will mail you the costume.
Because of the highly customized nature of costume commissions, I do not offer refunds. However, if you are unhappy with your commission, please contact me and we’ll try to work something out.
2. How long will a project take?
Again, that depends on time, materials, cost, etc. I ask a minimum of two months from the time you send me to your deposit it to the time I mail it to you. More complex projects may take more time, but we’ll discuss that in the planning stages. Does it take that long to make a costume? Not typically. However, I ask that time to allow for other commissions, shipment of materials, life, etc.
Messages inquiring for pictures/status updates prior to three weeks will be ignored. I’m not trying to be rude here. Shipment of materials can take 8-10 days, which means that there’s not much to report in the early stages. I try to keep up and respond to messages in a timely fashion, but more time spent answering e-mails is less time creating. I promise, you will get photos before receiving the final product!
Please note that I do not take rush requests. I have a 40-hour a week job in addition to this, so rush requests are not feasible at this time.
3. What are you willing to work with?
At the moment, I am only accepting classic, super, and Eternal sailor senshi outfits. These can be cannon, mash-up, or AU, but must adhere to the standard senshi design. I’m happy to make recommendations on accessories and wigs if you need them. Please note, some commission requests may be declined unless you are local and/or willing to meet for fittings.
4. What shipping service do you use?
For the most part, I use USPS shipping to keep costs affordable for clients. Shipment via a different provider (e.g., UPS, FedEx) is possible at the client’s expense and must be discussed prior to shipment. Once an item is shipped, it’s out of my hands. I take all measures to ensure safe delivery and provide the client with a tracking number. Additional purchase of insurance beyond what is included with shipment is available at the client’s expense and must be discussed prior to shipment.
International clients, keep in mind that I cannot control customs fees nor undervalue the price of commissions. Please keep this in mind when budgeting for your project.
5. Why do you only take Sailor Moon fukus?
Time/life. I work a full-time job and I’m a graduate student, so this is what I can offer while still keeping my sanity. If that changes, I’ll announce it!
If you have any other questions, please let me know! 😀