Frequently Asked Questions
Placing a Pattern Order
I accept Paypal, personal checks, and money orders. In all cases, I need a mailing address, the pattern number and desired size. In the United States, the shipping for one pattern is $6.00, and $3.00 for each additional pattern. Orders are mailed by USPS Priority. Please ask for a shipping quote when ordering from outside the U.S. If you are a Washington resident, please add 8.8% sales tax.
For Paypal orders, send the payment to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and add the required information to the Notes section.
Please make checks and money orders payable to Melissa Quinn, and send a note with the information listed above along with your payment to Faerie Fingers, 3909 Federal Avenue, Everett, WA 98201. Please allow 7-10 business days for personal checks to clear before the order will be processed.
Custom Pattern Design
While I'm not adverse to the concept of creating a custom pattern, for most people, it isn't an economically feasible option. It costs as much or more to draft and test a pattern, then compose and illustrate a construction guide so the buyer could repeat my results, as it would if I simply made that costume. For those who intend to make many of a particular item or costume, the cost of pattern development is defrayed by the number of items sold.
Do the sewing patterns include fabric or accessories?
No, the sewing patterns only contain the paper pattern pieces and instructions to create the costume.
Do the sewing patterns include multiple sizes?
Yes, each pattern envelope includes at least 3 adjacent sizes.
How long does it take to make a custom costume and how far in advance should I place my order?
The average commission takes between 4-8 weeks to complete, once I receive the contract and down payment . More complicated costumes take longer; for instance, a wedding gown may need 6-12 months to complete satisfactorily. Please contact me at least 3 months in advance of your due date, but keep in mind that certain times of the year are busier than others and I may be booked. The only way to secure your place in the production schedule is to sign a contract and place a down payment with me.
Have you ever missed at deadline?
No, I have never missed a deadline.
Do you offer a discount for multiple or group costumes?
No, I'm sorry, I don't.
Do you make partial costumes or select pieces?
Sometimes. It would depend on the situation.
Can you make armor and props from metal, wood, fiber glass, plastic, or resin?
No. At this time, my skills and tools do not extend to those materials. I can make armor from soft materials, like fabric and foam rubber, and small props or accessories from various craft materials like paper mache or polymer clay, light gauge plastics or metal, and prefabricated shapes in assorted materials. For more detailed and extravagant items, I suggest contacting people like www.fantasyprops.com or armories associated with the SCA.
Are you still in business?
Yes, definitely. This questions pops up when it's been awhile between updates. Please be patient. If you have a pattern question or want to request an estimate, just ask. No matter how busy I am with deadlines, I always set aside some time each day to answer email.