SciFi Wedding Attire

We made these pieces for a couple based in NYC. The husband-to-be was an architect with a modernist aesthetic, the bride, a computer programmer who specialized in mobile apps.

Neither of them wanted any thing traditional. They wanted something clean looking and completely modern with a touch of science fiction.

The groom sent us dozens of his favorite pictures from his favorite movies and shows from Stargate to the Rocketeer. The bride sent us pictures of 1960s A-line dresses that she liked and we worked to combine the two visions.

Her dress is made from a techy polyester duchess satin with a charcoal grey tulle underlayer and applique metallic silver “lamè” spandex that wraps around the dress and is styled after a circuit board. His outfit is made from 100 percent linen with a leather vest and silk cravat.

We can make pretty much anything and typically the first stages are the sketches. Here are a couple sketches of the dress that we made. Originally it was to cut away at the back hem, but when we fit the muslins, she wanted the dress shorter and the back detail was eliminated.

The beauty part of our process is that the style and fit can be customized at so many levels.

First the sketches, and after that, the muslin. For our muslin fitting process we send you a muslin cotton ‘rough draft” of the dress by mail for you to fit on yourself and offer feedback and pictures.

This assures that we can refine the style and the fit until we get the ideal look. For local customers, we can fit the muslin in person if you prefer.

Contact Lianna so that we can get started making a custom dress for you: superhero@vigilantelabs.com

Working from Vintage Patterns

We can draft almost anything imaginable and wedding dresses are no exception.

But, occasionally, a customer comes to us with a vintage pattern that she wants to see come to life as a modern dress. When we work from a vintage pattern, some modernization is almost certainly necessary. Darts need to be shortened or moved to adjust for the fact that the customer is unlikely to be wearing the same sorts of shaped undergarments (a girdle and pointed cups).

Adjustments can also be made for body types (in this case the customer was quite tall). And the pattern can even be altered to fit sizes that it never would have come in originally, including plus and petite sizes.

If you have a vintage pattern that you have always loved the look of but never had anyone willing to make it in your size, just write and we can discuss different options. One of the pictures shows a “muslin fitting” of the dress with the tulle overskirt. We made the dress from cotton first and fit that on the customer insuring that we made the right corrections for a look that was completely vintage yet also modern.

Just contact us to find out more about making the ideal vintage style dress whether for special occasions, like a wedding or prom, or something more everyday, like a shirt dress.

Working on unique custom projects is our specialty. We make all of our projects by hand here in our studio in Denver, Colorado. So if you are looking for a local dressmaker in Denver, we can definitely handle your project. But we have also perfected making dresses at a distance and more than 90 percent of our customers are located in other spots around the globe.

With our muslin fitting process (we send you a muslin version of the dress for pics and feedback), we are able to guarantee a great fit and the look that you have been hoping for, even at a distance,

Contact me at superhero@vigilantelabs.com to get started on a project right away.

What is a muslin?

When you buy a jacket at the store, there are several sizes that you can try on. Of course, none of them will fit perfectly, as every body is a bit different. But after trying on a couple you find the one that fits the best.

Bomber Jacket Sketch

Often this means that if you purchase a jacket that fits at the waist, the bust will be too large, or if it fits at the bust, the shoulders will be too large. With mass market clothing, there is always some part that doesn’t fit quite right, but we learn to accept a less than perfect fit partly because of the price and partly because we have no choice.

But when we make a custom jacket, dress, or suit blazer, we actually try to tailor it exactly to your body at every fit point. This is a slightly dangerous process, as there is always a chance that it won’t fit. But when it succeeds, it is utterly marvelous. The features of your body that have always seemed awkward, suddenly seem completely natural, and you realize that the clothes made your body seem awkward and that with the right fit the parts of your body that you might not like suddenly seem necessary and perfect.

To get the perfect fit every time, we use muslins. A muslin is a rough cotton version of the piece with some of the details drawn on. For this jacket muslin, I used a sweater from the thrift store as trim.

When you look at the pictures of the customer, you can see that the fit is basically good, but that the customer stands with her shoulders thrown slightly backward. She has an “erect” posture. Because of this, extra fabric (or leather) bunches up in the back and a bit at the sides while the front is tight. On a store bought piece, this would be acceptable. But luckily we can correct for it so that the back turns out looking smooth and the waist more fitted.

The price for a jacket or dress muslin (including shipping) is $65, but it makes the difference between acceptable and incredible when it comes to fit. With the muslins we can also change the placement of pockets, the shape of the lapels, pretty much anything so that the look is just right for your style and your body. We can transform any idea into a sketch and from a sketch into the perfect garment via our muslin fitting process.

A Cocktail Wedding Dress and Bolero

We don’t do stock wedding dresses.

Because who wants to wear a mass-produced wedding dress? “Mass-produced” and “Wedding,” two things that ought to be mutually exclusive.

Instead we ask all about you, your venue, the expected weather. The things that inspire you, whether other designers, movies, or historical periods.

And we start sketching until we hit on the perfect style and look.

Silk Cocktail Wedding Dress

Then we make a muslin of the dress, a cotton mock-up of the dress for you to try on. For local customers, we fit the muslin in person. For long distance customers, we ship the muslin to you and ask for a few simple digital pictures that will aid us in discussing the fit.

The dress in these pictures is from a cocktail themed wedding on New Year’s eve. The dress had to do double duty for the ceremony and the cocktail party reception.

The result was a dress in champange silk duppioni with rows of hand-gathered ruffles and a bolero with handmade silk roses.

Silk Wedding Dress Denver

And the cost? For around $925 for this dress (depending on the exact materials) the price is still less than most mass produced dresses made from synthetic satins.

So why not get the dress that means something to you and is designed with you in mind?

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