Threadbare, permanently soiled and with dry rotting elastic, my client was faced with the prospect of having to lose a cherished piece of his youth forever. Above, this car enthusiast's beloved racing jacket from the 1960's. (Orginal)
I was able to recreate the jacket, after finding a color similar enough to that French racing blue he loved so much, in a fabric made for home decor use. The jacket had a pretty unique closure, which I was able to duplicate. (Shots of my copy, above and below)
A duster, style jacket with a dramatic, feather collar, for a dinner club/restaurant owner. A "ringmaster" type of garment, just right for her role as host!
Sometimes, for religious reasons, shoulders and arms need to be covered. When you've got a strapless dress, you might have to get creative by adding other fabrics and creating more dress where there previously was just... skin. For the bridesmaid on the left, I gave her (previously) strapless dress some coverage! See below:
For the more creative client, I sometimes work from a sketch...
I found the appropriate fabrics within the client's budget, and created it.
Below, a reception dress for a Manhattan bride who traveled to Utah for a wintertime wedding afterparty. (Note: Actual client is bigger than dress form, which accounts for droopiness at left waist.)
Sometimes, you just need to add some interest to something very plain. An organza ruffle trim rolled into a rose gave this strapless bridesmaid dress a "lift" for future wear.
Below, a hand sewn (yup, no machine), bias chiffon bridesmaid dress, for a wedding in Bali.
And, speaking of sewing things together by hand, this sequined top, made for a wedding in Puerto Rico, was hand draped, and completely handmade for my client.
Sometimes a client wants a beloved dress copied in a new fabric. There are no exact copies, since the fabric and machines and methods I use are never exactly the same, but here is the result. Which one is the RTW original? Which one is my copy? Hmmm... (I'm not sure I remember... seriously)
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