I work as a freelance fashion designer and often do props and costumes as well. I was approached to do a very intricate costume piece involving a custom corset and very form fitting dress.
Me: It will be necessary to meet for multiple fittings throughout the process to ensure the best fit.
After the initial meeting where I gathered her measurements the client refused to meet with me:
Client: Just work off the measurements you already have.
In the six weeks, it took to complete the project, my client managed to gain nearly 20 lbs. Of course, there was no way for me to know this as she refused to come to the fittings.
Of course, the client blamed me because the costume didn’t fit and refused to pay me the $1200 I invoiced her for.
Client: The deposit should more than cover your materials. I won’t be paying labor since you didn’t make the outfit in my size.
She didn’t actually pay the deposit.