Most guidelines and advises for lolitas that only start out recommend handmade and indie brand items as a cheaper alternative to big name brands. And true, most handmade garments on the sales comm go about 60-80$ for a jsk and 30-50$ for a skirt.
In this situation would people actually be willing to pay brand prices (like 180$ per jsk) for handmade garments made of fine thick cotton with detailed prints? Comparable with the quality of the materials brands use. Of course it depends on the design and print, but when one likes two designs about the same, would a person prefer a brand print against indie, just for the sake of brand?
I was planning to try this slippery slope and try making my own line of clothes (yes-yes, another "I'ma gonna have me own brand!"), but the main question is -
Do people see handmade garments as a closet-filling, cheaper-than-brand thing, or would they actually pay brand prices for good craftsmanship and design work of an individual?
Of course first I'd have to show my skills on more affordable items or massive detailed photos, but is there a point to put effort in "print" type items, or focus on cheaper more generic designs if I actually start sewing for others.