It happens to me All. The. Time. A customer will come to me for some basic fit alterations and see something like this on my dress form:
They ask, "what's that about?" Well, in addition to being everyone's favorite ;) person to alter clothing, I am a designer. A formally trained and educated fashion designer and designing is where my true creative expression and talents are maximized!
It means that I find inspiration, research ideas, sketch designs, create patterns, choose fabric, cut and sew mock-up garments, cut fashion fabric then stitch it all together. Along the way, I am tweaking and altering the garment for the perfect fit.
If the ideas are my own, it is an original design. If the idea is somebody else's and I bring it to life for them, it is a custom design. Many times, what I create is something in between, a collaboration.
Most people don't have an idea of how any of this works until they go through the process. Over the next few weeks, I'd like to take my readers through that process with me. This will be a collaboration of sorts. I plan to post each step of the process as well as options of various design features to be voted on, on the Restitch Studio Facebook Page and Instagram Account (@RestitchStudio). Together, we will create a one in a million gown!
I hope you will join me on this journey to help me create something beautiful! Through this process, hopefully you will be able to understand what goes into an original or custom design and see that there are lots of benefits to having a design created especially for you.
If you are inspired by this process I would encourage you to contact me to start our collaboration today!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!