There are not enough positive things that I can say about Lona!
From the very beginning, she was professional and diligent, and committed to giving me exactly what I wanted. She listened, (even watched a video of my daughter's solo!), and clearly communicated her thoughts and actions every single step of the way. She updated me, daily, throughout the process and surprisingly, completed my daughter's costume in approximately a week's time. It was clear from the beginning that this is a woman with a passion.
I shop online frequently and never have I ever experienced anything that remotely resembles this.
I haven't even mentioned the beauty and quality of the costume! Breathtaking in both person and on stage, my daughter Gigi, received so many compliments throughout her competition season. Every judge had something to say about her costume. Five months later, it now looks exactly as it did when it arrived-not a single jewel out of place. Lona even thought of adding adjustments to accommodate my daughter's possible growth!
Next stop is Vegas, and I can honestly say that I will be sad to retire this costume. The good news...I will never have anyone else make a costume for my daughter but Lona and I am excited to work with her again.
Lona Smith is a truly a one of a kind and it was an absolute pleasure.
My daughter and I had a very positive experience working with Lona. She took my daughter’s vision and was able to create a perfect solo costume for her. From the very first contact, she was attentive, helpful, patient (my daughter is not an easy client!) and put our minds at ease as we had past experiences with seamstresses that were not positive. Lona is conscientious, easy to talk with, and ready to answer any question at any time—generally right away as I was very pleasantly surprised to learn. I don’t think she sleeps:) She is professional—she supplied a line item invoice, completed the costume as well as alterations before the date promised, and she sent a very detailed letter with fabric and care information. The costume was beautifully and expertly sewn with every attention to important details my daughter requested. She truly thought of every detail.
The sweet ballerina included with the costume did not go unnoticed. We feel very lucky to have found her and look forward to working with her again in the future. I have honestly never met another seamstress like her. You cannot go wrong trusting her with your project. Thank you, Lona!
Good times at The Countdown Dance Competition in Escondido last weekend. Shyla performed her solo the best she has all season. Sharing some pictures to show her hard work and growth as a dancer. Lona Smith you got exceptional marks for creativity and appropriateness on her costume!
I found Lona on Etsy under a custom leotard search and PM'd them right away! I am in the UK so the time zones are quite drastic - however the response time was magnificent! They got back to me within half an hour and immediately asked for measurements to quote me. Lona kept me up to date and relevant with each step of the development process and the making of my leotard with photos and explanations of how her day of crafting was going to go. My costume was finished within the week and shipped out to me a few days later! I am a cosplayer and performer- and the outfit that I commissioned from Lona was a Pearl leotard from the show 'Steven Universe'. It looks just like the character, fits me perfectly and is practical to dance in and do whatever contortion or gymnastics skills I wish! I would recommend them to anyone! So friendly, so professional! Planning on becoming a regular!
Lona can make anything your heart desires with dance costumes! Your measurements custom-made, your performance needs, your artistry all expressed in one beautiful piece. Lona can put her talents into embellishments for you as well. She has made costumes, training and performance gear and embellished a catalog ordered piece to make it extra special. She will work with you every step of the way; even makes trips to LA to pick up great items specifically for you!
Sorry for not responding sooner!! We got the package and absolutely love it!! Thank you so much!
Awesome work! Thanks for helping my daughter's special day to be even more special.
She does an amazing job! I came to her last minute and she got the job done. I highly recommend her.
Lona is such a creative artistic brilliant woman. She has made 2 solo costumes for my daughter. She listens to what both of us are looking for and turns it into a master piece. Her materials are top shelf!! I highly recommend her for any costume you may need!
The Costume Really Made The Dance, while Mack is just over-the-top in her performance, the costume really made it work. It’s perfect.
Becca’s red lyrical solo costume is completely tailored made by Lona Smith of ContenderWear. At competitions, there is scoring for costume/hair/overall appearance up to 5 points. She nailed 5 points for this costume! Thank you Lona!!!
Amazing custom made ContenderWear! We have had the amazing opportunity to work with Lona to make my little dancer's dreams come true with great dance pieces! From her combo class days in Recital, to tumbling leotards and now amazing solo costumes! All made with great attention to detail, collaboration with design and her amazing artistry!
Lona has made 4 of my daughters competition costumes and they are great quality and sparkle beautifully on stage. She loves how comfortable they are while she performs on stage. Great customer service when finalizing design patterns. She listens to what the customer is envisioning and brings it to life! She was great with her during fittings very gentle.
Lona is the best at custom costumes. My daughter was super picky with her solo costume. We came to Lona with all of her ideas, and she made exactly what my daughter wanted. It was bright, sassy, and it sparkled from every angle. She received tons of compliments at competitions on it. The best part was the confidence that my daughter had in it while she danced. Your costume is a big part of your routine, you have to be comfortable in what you’re wearing to really make that song/dance be amazing ! We don’t go anywhere else for custom costumes.