Want a custom design you can’t get anywhere else? Have an idea for a unique wedding dress? Want a high quality costume that is made like real clothing? KMKDesigns would love to create your perfect outfit, costume or wedding gown.
You can order custom whether you’re local or not. If you are local to the Twin Cities area you can schedule a consultation here.
Scroll to the bottom to see examples of our work
Steps for Custom Ordering:
1. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 651-491-9338
2. Send us either a sketch or inspirational photo(s) and description of what you would like.
3. Your name, general size, what your budget is and the date you need it by. Also send along any other information such as fabric, color, or other ideas.
4. Once we work out a budget with you, we can then create you a sketch to work out design details.
5. The next step is for you to get us your measurements. At this stage we will require a down payment of 40% of the total cost or that you start a payment plan with us of 5 payments. Construction will not begin until 3 payments have been made, but you will have secured yourself a place in our schedule.
7. We often will send in progress photos later in the process so that you can see how the garment is progressing.
6. Once the garment is complete we will send you photos of the completed garment along with a final invoice.
A sketch consult is $55 for up to 2 designs and 2 revisions with one inked and up to 2 colors. If you want the original sketch matted and signed once your order is complete you can purchase it for $100.
****Sketch consult is not required but recommended for custom designs. If you put down a deposit before purchasing a sketch consult the sketch is complimentary.
Important information you should know about custom.
Custom generally costs more than ordering something from our catalog. This is because we have to create something we have never created before. Besides labor and material cost, we also have to create a new pattern, alter a pattern, source fabric, source beads, source new notions. We also can’t buy the material in bulk and have to order it special for you, so it will cost more. Most of the time we are making your custom idea for first time and so we will have to rework something during the creation process, this can sometimes triple our labor time. There is also a chance without the ability to do in-person fittings we may need to do a few alterations. There are no returns or refunds on custom orders, because of the time consuming nature of the work, but we will work with you to make sure it fits and is what you want it to be!
SHOP MINIMUM $500
( This doesn’t mean every item is $500, just that is if you don’t have an existing account with KMK that the minimum starting cost is $500 )
Starting Custom Pricing
Custom Costumes $900-$4000
Jackets & Coats $850-$3500
We can also do single items like a blouse, accessory, pants etc. If you have never ordered from us before there is a $500 shop minimum.
If you want an existing KMK design tweaked, it generally only a low custom fee between $150-$350 and up
Custom takes 3 month minimum, and some can take up to 5-6 months. Sometimes we have exceptions in our schedule, you are always welcome to ask.
Please look below for examples of our custom work!
We love custom work, and we love creating beautiful one of kind garments so this is why we offer custom item requests!
What kind of custom items can you create?
Here at KMK we have a team of sewing experts that have worked in our shop for many years. We love taking on challenging projects and exploring new things. Some of our particular strengths include, custom jackets, steampunk outfits, corsets, cosplay, ballgowns, wedding dresses and custom knit wear. Farther down the page or in our galleries are examples of the kind of things we have created!
Here are some examples of things we will create custom for you:
-Alter one of our own designs from our shop
-An original sketch or design you have come up with
-Cosplay not including heavy prop work
-A new design from KMK based on your ideas and inspiration
-A costume replica from movie, TV show or play
-Custom fetish wear
- Drag Queen outfits
Here are some examples of what we will not create custom:
-We will not re-create other designers designs ( A designer who is selling their designs anywhere)
-Heavy Prop Cosplay or costumes
(We can take inspiration or elements you like to create an original design, if you want to include photos of things you like as examples)
*** If you are confused if what you would like created is something we can create custom, don’t be afraid to ask. We respond quickly and are never offended by questions!
How long to things take to make?
Generally custom items take between 3-4 months, but it can be as little as 6 weeks or as long as 6 months or more depending on the item.
Can I provide my own fabric and pattern?
Yes, but we are no longer offering discounts for providing your own fabrics or patterns. Sometimes the types of fabrics may add extra difficulties, or the patterns may need to be reworked.
Is rush an option?
It depends on our schedule. Rush also depends on the item generally for custom anything shorter than 6 weeks.
Rush fees also depend on the item and are generally 15% of the total item cost as well as a charge for rush shipping that is calculated
depending on location.
What is the pricing of custom?
It depends on the item our shop minimum is $500, which means that any first custom item ordered will be a minimum of $500.
Scroll up on this page for more info or visit our etsy shop for an idea of our non custom pricing.
Where are you located?
We are located in St. Paul, MN if you are local you can schedule to come in for an in person consult! Schedule a consult !
Can change an existing KMKDesign or merge 2 together?
Yes! We often have clients who love 2 dresses and want to put both of them together, this is often less expensive than a full gown from scratch.
Do you travel to conventions?
Yes, and it is a great place to meet up with us and try on some of our samples check out our current schedule!
Who is making my custom item at KMK?
We work as a team in the shop to create all of the custom pieces, but if you are getting a sketch consult or chatting with someone it will be with me Kaitlyn the Co/owner of KMKDesigns and head designer. If you want to see who else works in our little studio check out our about page!
Do you sell patterns of any of your designs?
We do! We started in 2018 and sell supplies as well as patterns here!
Can I rent one of your designs?
As of 2019, yes! we are working right now with Lucid Studios LA to offer limited rental on some of our sample pieces. Follow this link for rental.
Do you do commercial work?
Yes and we would love to do more! Here is a list of some clients we have done custom work as well as alterations for photoshoots.
-Mill City Opera, MN
-Creative Character Engineering , CA
-Next Studios, MN