So my most interesting clients are the ones with a vision for a restyle. What I mean is they are able to see the potential in an old, out of date garment and come to me wanting to give it new life. I find that these clients and I tend to feed off each other's creativity and ideas to come up with something that is both a satisfying project on my end and a stellar garment for them.
Recently, Lea, a junior at a local high school, contacted me about a dress that her great grandma wore in 1979-- when she was 80! I decided this girl MUST have vision. and boy does she ever!
We set up a consultation which quickly become a first fitting. All systems are a go for this project which Lea plans to wear to her prom in April! Here is where we started:
Lea loves the pleated skirt, but is unattached to the top. We intend to remove the cravat (!) and sleeves and use the sheer fabric as a new illusion neckline. Then bedazzle the heck out of it for some truly Prom-style sparkle.
We will have to get back to #Collaborative Couture another day. The photo shoot had to be postponed due to weather, so an update and wrap-up on that project as soon as those pictures are ready!!
Maybe by Memorial Day the snow here, in Central PA, will have melted!
While you wait, here's one picture of Heather on the big night:
The last time we saw Heather, she was wearing a scrapy muslin gown. Well, I made it in the real fabric and I saw her for a final fitting over the weekend, draped in gold-- really! Here's what happened:
I took apart the 2nd muslin and transferred the corrections onto the paper pattern. I made a cutters must, which is a list of exactly how many pattern pieces get cut out of which fabrics, so I could lay the pieces appropriately. From there, I laid the pattern pieces out on the grain of the fabric and cut!
Next came the sewing. Since this is an original design, there are no assembly directions, but there are best practices when sewing garments together. I abide by these standards unless the design makes for an unusual construction situation. In this case, I was dealing with layering sheer lace on top of sequins and solid silk. Here are a few pictures of the assembly:
Finally, here is Heather... well, sort of! We can't show you the whole dress until she wears it to the ball!
Now, as promised, Heather is kind enough to take our opinions into account one more time! This time, it's about the accessories! Heather went shopping at Contempo Artisan Boutique in Boalsburg to find some one of a kind, hand crafted pretties. She fell in love with the upcycled vintage haircombs! I don't blame her, I need a place to wear one!
So internet, which shall it be? Vote on Facebook, Instagram (@RestitchStudio) or in the comments below.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!