Client Requests

After having 3 months with no brides and now that they are slowly coming back to dream about a possible September or October wedding, I am amazed that other requests have come in too.


Hi. My name is JenniferΒ  I live in your town.

I’m looking to have a dress made for an October 2020 event.

Here is a picture of what I’m looking for:

I wrote back to her saying that I have worked on these dresses from jjshouse and they fit pretty well as you send your measurements and if she was between sizes, she could order 2 and keep the one that fits the best.

So, noticing that she can have this dress for under $200 and in any color on the planet, it makes me wonder what she thinks she will be paying to have this custom made and where is she going to find that exact lace and sheer knit and chiffon to match?


Can you add sleeves and take in the side seams? I need it in 4 days.



I have a load of formal dresses that need to be hemmed etc and I am also a seamstress and want things to be done perfectly and before Christmas. I am looking for precision altering. I have looked at the reviews of other seamstresses and they are all bad.


At least all three now know that I only work on wedding dresses and they were given other names of seamstresses in the area. It seems better than replying back, “I’m sorry, I’m just not that crazy to start a project like that”.

Meanwhile, the tomato cage has kept the squirrels and raccoons away and this is the first harvest that Mr Mole has collected. Yes, he raised them from seed. Last year, I broiled and froze them in containers and they made the best soup! Ready to do it again today!

Just quarter them and sprinkle with garlic powder and olive oil and pop under the broiler/grill for 5 minutes. Then flip over to the skin side up and wait until the skins darken.

Second batch is nice and toasty, then off into the freezer.


A week ago before the Kong sunflowers opened up, Mr Mole took this photo of me with the 14 foot tall plants.

This week two blogging gals I follow made the coolest long dresses for summer.

Carolyn is amazing in her design work and finishing skills and inspires me so much!

Miss Celie worked her magic in a very special caftan that we all could wear to feel glamorous.

Next time more hopeful brides and lots of alterations but thought we all needed a break from the tulle! Happy sewing and happy summer everyone!












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21 Responses to Client Requests

  1. Juls says:

    Ummm, was requestor #3 saying she was not a good enough seamstress to do her own perfectly precise alterations? Best laugh I have had all day!

    • mrsmole says:

      It does make me wonder what she ended up doing or finding a seamstress that would suit her needs. I had a client who wanted to meet me to vet me to see if I knew what I was doing. She told me I would have to wait (with baited breath) until she decided if I met her standards.

      • Cheryl Designs says:

        THANK YOU πŸ™‚ #3 made me laugh so hard I almost fell off my chair πŸ™‚ So she is a seamstress? I have had customers in the past who said they were ‘seamstresses’, just TOO BUSY to do their own alterations. Ok-Whatever πŸ™‚

  2. patsijean says:

    I too follow Miss Celie’s and Carolyn’s blogs and yes their long dresses are awesome!

  3. Kim says:

    #1 Wanted it cheaper than the shop offered
    #2 Was just plain stupid!
    #3 Avoid at all costs! You know she’ll probably criticise what you’ve done even though she wouldn\couldn’t do it herself!
    Well done for passing on all of these without offending πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy your tomatoes. Home grown are best by a mile.

  4. mrsmole says:

    It’s a good lesson for the new seamstress who thinks she/he wants to sew for customers…these people find you and expect that yoo are just sitting around waiting for them.

  5. JustGail says:

    I think Kim hit all the comments I was going to make, but in a much more polite way πŸ™‚ Especially on #3.

    Thank you for posting on how you do tomatoes! Awesome timing. I have tomatoes on the counter needing something done before they go bad. I think I’ll try the oven roast today. Looks much easier than standing over the boiling pot of water. I wonder if it would work to add onions and maybe green peppers as well since most things I make with my tomatoes call for those as well…

    Weren’t you going to retire at the end of this year? If so, is that still on track or has the cut in business due to virus moved that back?

    • mrsmole says:

      Hey Gail, last year I had so many onions and peppers that I just tossed them on the cookie sheet as well and broiled them too and then all went into the freezer together. I am retiring from bridal in January but will still do the odd one if referred by friends. I will also resume sewing for Nancy as she has been buying nice fabrics when she is in Portland for future projects. It will be nice for me to have real paper patterns to work with and more pinning and fitting to share with all of you.

  6. JustGail says:

    I forgot – have you seen the instagram account named Can You Sew This For Me? It has some great stories about the things people who sew (for fun or for pay) are asked for by non-sewing people

  7. mrsmole says:

    I am signed up for Instagram but rarely go there…now I have something to make me perk up and go see…thank you!!!

    • lsaspacey says:

      Yes, I love that account, best thing is Saturday when they post the stories of people who get what you do and appreciate the work. It’s a nice palate cleanser at the end of the week!

  8. Susan Hart says:

    Yup! That sounds about right! Both the ridiculous demands (I’ve heard similar)…and your very sweet responses. Knowing you the tiny bit that I do, that sounds exactly like you…..πŸ˜‰
    Even when you show them all the hard and excellent work that could be currently hanging in your studio, some folks just think THEY know better…πŸ™„
    I didn’t know squirrels ate tomatoes…😳….Cages…huh!
    I make salsa with a bunch of my toms and also do the roasting or sauteeing quickly with onions and peppers for fajitas

  9. accordion3 says:

    Number two – that’s a big NO! Number three – sigh – please go away!
    Someone else mentioned “Can you sew that for me” on Instagram – I love this account.
    I make passata or spicy tomato sauce from excess tomatoes. Sometimes I’ll oven dry them with oil, salt and oregano. Super yum.

  10. maryfunt says:

    Good calls on sending these projects to someone else. It’s amazing what people demand with no understanding of what’s involved. Stay well.

    • mrsmole says:

      You too, Mary…clients can bring in all sorts of germs and when they are really sick, most tell me that they have “allergies”. Funny how we have so many hobby seamstresses who tell us that they know exactly how to alter a dress.

  11. Cheryl Designs says:

    I rarely receive calls for custom work and I keep them SHORT because I am busy πŸ™‚ I ask them if they have found a dress/gown similar to what they want? Yes, but I don’t want to pay $200 and up. I give them a GENERAL estimate of $800 and higher for labor and, depending upon the fabrics another $200 plus πŸ™‚ I listen to DEAD SILENCE for a few seconds.. then I hear… REALLY????? Yes, custom work is expensive πŸ™‚ Please let me know if you need me for alterations after you purchase your gown πŸ™‚ I ALWAYS phone quote $150 and higher to add sleeves and never within a short time frame πŸ™‚ That keeps those calls short too πŸ™‚ Time is money πŸ™‚ I love my customers πŸ™‚ Part of our job is educating them πŸ™‚ Altering bridal/formal wear isn’t hemming jeans πŸ™‚ LOVE the tomatoes πŸ™‚

  12. mrsmole says:

    These are the same people who never bat an eye at paying $150 for false lashes, false nails, hair weaves and blinged out nails but can’t imagine paying the true cost of , as you say, adding sleeves. It is like we all have a drawer full of perfect sleeves just ready to attach to their dress.
    This week I had a gal send me photos of a MOB dress that I did not want to tackle and she kept sending more emails and telling me it would be simple because it had a waistline seam….all I was supposed to do was open that seam (with zipper) and raise the skirt up 3 inches or more and voila’ it woiuld be done. Then I wrote back to tell her when you raise a skirt, you don’t realize that the circumference is way too large to attach to the bodice and then toss in the lining layer and you have some mighty labor. Bridal altering is not the same as making tablerunners either…jeez!

  13. Mrs Mole,
    I continue to be amazed by your humor as you make magic for brides with reasonable and unreasonable requests. You’ve helped me once before but now I have another question. My future niece is very large busted and has a mostly bare back in her dress. She doesn’t want to wear a nude bra and of course there aren’t bras of that size with clear straps. Could I please ask you for recommendations? Here is a link to a front and back photo
    Thank you so kindly,

  14. mrsmole says:

    Some brides have the seamstress sew just the cups from an old bra unto the lining or you can buy tear-drop bust cups size A to H from Wawak that support.
    I wonder if there is any boning that could be reinforced too? Maybe some readers have better solutions?

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