Category Archives: Dresses

Retro Summer Dresses

We love to make 1950s and 1960s style dresses.

Some for bridesmaids and summer weddings, some for work, author’s book tours, some for picnics and BBQs.Bell Dress

Because everything we do is custom, we can make a dress in any fabric and with any set of details you can imagine.

Suppose you see an old newsreel and like the dress that Jackie Kennedy is wearing in it.  Just forward a still on to us and we can duplicate it, either exactly, or with a more modern fit for wear with modern undergarments.Cotton Bell Dress

We can get 10s of thousands of different fabrics.

If you email me, I can send you links to some of the best suppliers of designer fabrics or can mail you swatches of the fabrics that we have in stock.  Classic wool suitings (we specialize in crepe!), satins and silks, or cotton sateen and cotton prints.

We can make dresses in any size as well.  So if you have a hard to fit figure, but want something that flatters, we can handle it.

For special dresses, we do a muslin fitting .  For this process, we make a mock-up of the dress in cotton and send that to you to try on and provide us with digital pics (or we fit it on you in person if you can make it to Denver).  Wool Crepe 1950s Dress

This guarantees a perfect fit and the exact look you are going for.

The pictures show different dresses that we have made in the past month or so.

A draped bell dress with dolman sleeves made from nude cotton sateen with horsehair in the hem.

Two plus size dresses in stunning cotton prints with a wide surplice.  And a mini surplice 1950s style dress made from hunter wool crepe.

Early 1960s Dress SketchThe sketches show some different ideas that I just sketched up for a group that is having us make some retro bridesmaid’s dresses.

1950s Bridesmaids Dresses

Contact Lianna to talk more about designing the perfect dress (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Picnic and Party Aprons

Spring and summer parties need that outdoor element.  Time to head out to the park or the backyard to serve up some gourmet food.

I designed this style with the hostess in mind.  It is part dress and part apron, simple to slip over jeans or a skirt when the guests start to arrive.

The style in white (with the Kingyo fish applique) is made from a gorgeous cotton jacquard fabric with a white on white floral design that has been printed with African symbols.  The turquoise felt belt ties in the back and is completely handmade.

The second style (with felt dots) is cut from a water resistant micro-fiber fabric…. the kind of fabric that you might use for a luxury raincoat.  This apron has a little bit of a vintage 50s beatnik look to it.

One of our specialties is 1950s and 1960s cocktail and party attire.  We make the pieces with a lot of vintage style, but with totally modern touches that make for a fresh look.

Completely custom party aprons generally cost around $220.  We can make them in any fabric, with and type of design or print that you might like.

We can make anything in our small couture house.  Located in Denver, CO, we make stunning suits and dresses for customers around the world.

Contact Lianna K. (superher0@vigilantelabs.com) about your custom project and she can send you a sketch and fabric swatches.

Retro Cocktail Dresses

You can’t beat the 1960s when it comes to chic streamlined cocktail dresses.

A little bit Mad Men, a little bit space age, the A-line dress is the classic silhouette of the 60s.

The first dress (in red and black) is cut from a vintage wool handbag fabric.  The second dress (with the hand-crafted felt belt) was cut from a cotton print that had spend decades in an attic but was still stunning to use.  The third dress (in tan and taupe) is made from a retro-modern fabric by designer Amy Butler.

An A-line dress (for those of you who don’t know) is fitted at the bust but then flares out with straight clean lines.  It can be belted in (as on the lime dress) or not depending on your taste at the moment.

Because we make each of our patterns from scratch, we can make an A-line dress with any type of neckline.  Just ask and we can sketch up some different options including lower cut dresses, and dresses with all types of interesting straps.

Just contact Lianna (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and we can design something for you.

The first photo set above was taken by Annabelle Reboli, an amazing photographer who recently moved to Denver from NYC.  You definitely want to contact her (www.AnnabelleReboli.com) if you are looking for a fashion or wedding photographer in the Denver area.

Denver Dressmakers is a small couture house located in Denver, Colorado and we make custom wedding dresses, suits, coats and party attire for customers all over the world.

1950s Style Party Dresses

Here are a couple versions of one of the favorite dresses that we have made.

It is pure 1950’s but with a few touches that make for a more flattering look that doesn’t require that you wear retro undergarments as well!

The sage green dress is made from a rayon crepe that is ultra lightweight, breathes beautifully, and handles the light beautifully…

The dress is cut with an Empire waist and a full pleated skirt.

The second dress (in black and white) is made from wool crepe. The wool is also quite light weight and great for all seasons. The crepe is made from crimped wool fibers that give the fabric a pebbly matte texture.

On both dresses, the polka dots are made from wool and acrylic felt.

These are only one example of the dresses that we can make. Use your imagination to design the ultimate bridesmaid’s or party dress and we will make it for you.

Custom made dresses like this start at around $265.

We are a full service couture studio located in Denver, Colorado and can hand make anything that you can dream up. For non-local customers, we have a highly developed muslin fitting process that produces the best fit around.

Contact Lianna K. (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) to get started working on a custom project. We would love to send you some sketches and swatches!