Category Archives: Recent Projects

A Touch of Color—Amazing Victorian Inspired Dresses


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A subtle sugarplum silk with a delicate lace overlay.  A bit of the modern with a nod to the Victorian.Purple Victorian Gown

A flannel lined silk biker jacket for extra warmth.

We love to make dresses with a dash of unique style.  Why get married in a dress that is just like the dress that everyone is wearing this year?

The pics show one of the favorite dresses that we made for a recent client.Denver Custom Wedding Dress

She liked a the modern backless style, but liked the slender “natural form” Victorian style dresses as well.

The silhouette features a mini-bustle cut from lace and silk with a lace drape below.

Denver Custom DressDenver Wedding DressAt first, we wanted to design a bolero to go with the jacket, but we settled on something a bit longer and warmer—-that could be worn with blue jeans as well down the road.

Victorian Wedding DressThe jacket has an awesome cowl draped neck with decorative buttons.

The inside is lined in plush cotton flannel.

One of our favorite parts of this dress though is the color.

Combining a color with ivory, as on this dress, makes for a piece that has more character and individuality than a purely white dress.

il_fullxfull.697512624_4q00The soft purple of the dress gives the dress a graceful vintage look.il_fullxfull.697499998_n61g

A colored dress is often much more flattering as well.

A solid white tends to magnify the figure.il_fullxfull.697622363_2wmd

Every year we make suits and dresses for clients in every part of the world—–so if you are thinking of a custom dress, just drop us a line and we will start sketching something for you.

All of these dresses are Muslin Fit insuring the best possible look.

This means that we cut and sew a cotton mock-up of the dress that we mail to you to try on—that way you can send your feedback and comments and we can rework the style and fit to look even better on you—-you just send us digital pics so that we can work with you to decide on the changes.

If you are thinking of a custom dress, just drop us a line ( superhero@vigilantelabs.com ) and we will start sketching up a dress for you.

 

Amazing Custom Trench Coats—For Women

il_fullxfull.579233557_h1ipWe make the best overcoats!

Yes, there are a few other brands worldwide that make fabulous women’s coats—-but how many of them will allow you to choose from 100s of fabrics and will design a coat just for you?

Women's Trenchcoat
Ruched Skirt

From an initial sketch and your measurements to an impeccably tailored final garment, we work with you to get exactly the style, fabrics and details that you love.

Every coat that we make is one of a kind and unlike any coat you can find anywhere else.

We can make our overcoats in any size.  And we draft the pattern just for you.

Sherlock BBC Coat For Women
Upper Back Pleat

So if you are a hard to fit size, petite or busty, we can work with you and get a fit that you love.

Wool Melton Trench Coat
Wool Melton Trench Coat

Although we are called “Denver Dressmakers,” we are quickly becoming a brand that is best known for our custom tailored suits and outerwear for women.

We also run the website www.DenverBespoke.com for men, and have tons of experience crafting highly technical menswear-style garments from some of the finest fabrics in the world.

With A Breast Pocket and Belt
With A Breast Pocket and Belt

When you combine this with our ability to actually fit curvier women, you get coats that look incredible and last a lifetime.

We love to make our coats from fabrics that are literally twice as heavy as the cheap fabrics used for department store coats.  This makes for a coat that will actually keep you warm as well.

A Fur Trimmed Hood
A Fur Trimmed Hood

The pics show some of our most recent trench coats and overcoats.il_fullxfull.689162868_4i3y

Recently our clients have been loving the classic styles of the mid-twentieth century trench coat, but with some feminine twists.

Most of the styles pictured feature either a ruched back or back box pleats for a beautifully flared skirt that is comfortable when walking.il_fullxfull.689172464_t8ul

The jewel toned wine and burgundy coats are both made from a heavy weight wool melton fabric and both feature detachable hoods that button on and off.

The darker wine colored coat has a unique fit with top-stitched seams and a high waistline.

Sherlock BBC Style Coat
Box Pleated Skirt

The two tweed coats in sterling blue and charcoal are made from gorgeous birdseye tweeds.

Sherlock BBC Coat
Classic Double Breasted Overcoat with Welt Pockets

These coats are both inspired by the awesome coat that Sherlock Holmes wears in the BBC series Sherlock and feature classic English coat details like an upper back pleat and box pleats in the skirt (as on the grey and black coat).

The grey coat features angled welt pockets and a classic double-breasted style.

If you are considering a custom overcoat, browse our Etsy store: www.VigilanteLabs.com

Or contact me via email: superhero@vigilantelabs.com

As soon as I hear from you, I will start sketching ideas and looking for fabrics until we get the perfect style for your tastes.

Every year, we make coats for clients all over the world.  So if you are reading this, chances are, we can make a coat for you.

1950s Style Bustiers & Corsets

1950s era Womens CorsetsWe make many gorgeous ball gowns every year.

But sometimes our brides and partygoers want a dress that is on the simpler side.  Hence our vintage tea-length collection.

These dresses, which we call our ’57 Retro Dresses, often don’t have a built in corset.

Although these dresses (and mod dresses from other brands!) often look great with just a basic bra, a corset can really shape the body and add to the look.

To guarantee the best possible look with unstructured dresses, we introduced our line of vintage style corsets.1950s Style Corset

1950s Style Lace CorsetThese pieces feature gorgeous silk and lace fronts—-they certainly don’t look like the ugly shapewear from a department store that you would be ashamed to have anyone see.

The backs are made from stretchy powermesh with adjustable hooks and eyes in the back.

1950s BustierThese are the most comfortable corsets ever.

What is more, they can me made in any color you can imagine and you can choose from dozens of different laces.

If you are doing a vintage look for your wedding, this can be your “something blue”!Vintage Lingerie Corset

Unlike ready-to-wear corsets, we make these pieces one-at-a-time to fit your measurements.

Corsets226This means that we can make a great fitting corset for a woman of any height or cup size.

If you prefer a corset with a rigid back and lacing, we can, of course, do this as well.  Just contact us with any ideas you have and we will sketch something for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email me (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Although everything is made here in our studio in Denver, Colorado, we can make pieces that fit perfectly even at a distance and have many clients in all parts of the world.

 

Women’s Tailcoats and Tuxes—For Lesbian Weddings and Formal Events

Lesbian Wedding TuxdeoHere are some recent pics from our latest photo shoot.

We wanted to design a perfect women’s tuxedo—that looked good on every body type—-and this is the result.Lesbian Wedding Tuxedo

The cropped jackets end at the narrowest part of the waist—and we tailor each jacket individually to get this just right for each individual client.

The cummerbunds (which can be made with or without pleats) are fully-boned like a corset to gently shape the body and smooth out the silhouette.Lesbian Wedding Tailcoat

Finally, the higher waisted pants with the cropped jacket shape lengthens the body and the legs.

Lesbian Wedding TuxedoWe can do many different fits and leg shapes for the pant—wide leg and bootcut pants look great with this style as well.

The version pictured is an ultra slim pant with a tuxedo stripe and a cropped length.Lesbian Wedding Tuxedo

As with each of our designs, you can adjust any detail.  Change the collar shape—the shape of the points—the buttons.  We offer these pieces in hundreds of fabrics as well.  So we are sure to have a fabric that you like.

Some of the Many Custom Options
Some of the Many Custom Options

Right now the white tuxedo jackets are pictured in a cotton blend moire that has a gorgeous and complicated matte sheen to it.

Lesbian Wedding TailcoatMaking attire for lesbian weddings is a major focus for our business.

We also own the men’s tailoring shop Denver Bespoke, and over the years we have learned the best techniques for adapting men’s hand-tailoring methods to fit a woman’s body.

Just contact us via email so that we can start designing something for you (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Or check out our Etsy shop to see many many more recent designs and to check our pricing.

Using our Muslin Fitting Method, we first mail you a mock-up cut from cotton and have you send us digital pics.  This means that we can get an amazing fit for you even if you live across the globe.