Category Archives: Wedding Dresses

The Superhero Gown

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The pics show two of our most amazing recent dresses.Silk Wedding Dress

We can make almost anything—–and we are never too afraid to fly head first into the face of the unknown—–at least when it comes to dressmaking.

So we wanted to make a dress that symbolized the superhero spirit!

Handmade Ball Gown

The first dress (in most of the pics) is cut from a gorgeous silk duppioni fabric in black and then hand-painted with metallic silver and gold paint and fluorescent sign painter’s enamel in neon pink.

Colorado Couture Gown

The paint makes the dress literally glow in certain lights.

Under blacklight, the dress is almost shocking.

Black and Silver Gown

The dress has a 1950s style ball gown shape that can be worn bustled or let down for a full train.

It is cut with pleats at the front and side and a princess line in the front.Wedding Dress

Of course, this is only one example of a dress that we can make.

We design each dress from scratch for each customer.

And we work with you to bring out and express your inner super powers.3447001134470007

When a client contacts us to order a dress, we talk with her about the styles that she loves and the life that she lives, and then we start sketching until we get a style that is exactly what she loves.

Then we draft a pattern from scratch that is exactly to her measurements.

il_fullxfull.473298109_qin5Store-bought dresses start out as a B-cup and then need to be altered to fit.

Our dresses start out as a cotton muslin which we mail to you to try on.  You send us digital pics and comments and we alter the patterns to capture exactly the right fit and style.il_fullxfull.473273696_ehbx

Finally, we make a dress that is designed from top to bottom to fit your body and style.

il_fullxfull.473273674_nurwThe final few pics show a second version of this dress that we made for a client.

This dress is cut from 3 tones of silk duppioni for a similar look that isn’t quite as shocking.

il_fullxfull.473298039_2d7uIf you are looking for a wedding dress, the best way to get in touch is to send us an email.

You can write Lianna at superhero@vigilantelabs.com to talk more.

We would love to get started designing the perfect thing for you.

 

Amazing Victorian Wedding Dresses

Dress 2“No two wedding dresses the same”—-this is the motto of the dressmaker.

All of us are so different—different lives, different interests, different bodies.

Inspiration Plate
Inspiration Plate

So why should we try to fit ourselves into ready-made wedding gowns?  Or try to fit a wedding gown to our selves when the style and fit aren’t quite right?

Of course, getting a custom gown isn’t for everyone.  The process is a bit more intense—-an unlimited amount of choices, thousands of possible fabrics and textures, a custom fitting process that begins with a cotton prototype that we mail to you, and lots of sketching.

Victorian Wedding GownBut the result is something that you were involved with from start to finish.  It is simply a piece that is more individual.

Original Sketch
Original Sketch

The pics show one of our most recent “natural form” style Victorian gowns.  This gown was made from gorgeous silk shantung in a gorgeous cream color with vivid teal blue and brown deerskin leather trimming.

Like many of our Victorian gowns, this one began with an inspiration from a Victorian fashion plate.

The client loved the ruched front and the draped contrast bow on the side.  We also loved the idea of doing a very trim late Victorian silhouette—definitely not what you usually think of as a ball skirt shape, but something with a more modern (and yet still Victorian) feeling.

Victorian Bustle DressBut we didn’t want to do a straight reproduction style dress either.  Custom Victorian Wedding Gown

The Victorian-era was one of the most inventive and experimental periods in history.  And so we wanted to be equally inventive.

We embroidered the corset and added flower shaped filagree buttons and draped chains and added filagree buttons to the bows.

Dress CHARMSBut we had the most fun designing the deerskin trimmed shrug and the deerskin belt and pouch (in which the bride kept the groom’s ring and vows).

We also added heavy swing clasps to the corset.

All of our dresses are so different and unique—just like the clients that contact us.

So if you are getting married and might like a dress, just contact us and we can talk more.

Every year, we make outfits for clients all over the world.  To get the ideal fit, we cut and sew a mock-up version of the dress and mail this to you and then have you send digital pics of the fitting so we can get the perfect style and look.

To get started, send us an email ( superhero@vigilantelabs.com ) and we will get back to you with more ideas.  We can do pretty much anything and make any dress in any size!

 

Art Deco Wedding Dresses

Lavender Wedding DressWe only make a couple dozen custom wedding dresses every year.

And every dress that we make is a distinct work of art—designed and created to have the perfect fit and look for an individual bride.

Often we sketch, design, and source fabrics for the dresses for months before we even start making the dress.

And the whole process of making and fitting the dresses (which we can do locally or via the mail) is intense.

We spent 40 hours just sewing the lace and trimmings to this dress—and creating the beaded tassel for the back.

But in the end, the process is worth it.

A dress that is made just for you is a dress that reflects your individual personality and passions.  Art Deco Wedding

It is a dress that will symbolize you and your hopes and aspirations.

Having the perfect wedding dress isn’t just about how the dress looks, but also about what the dress means.

And taking the time to design a unique wedding dress makes for a piece that is interwoven with your life.

This dress is designed with an art deco look in mind.

A bit of the silent movie star on the silver screen.

A bit of the Grecian drapery inspired pre-Raphaelite look.

The dress itself is made from a gorgeous lavender chiffon with a crisp iridescent duppioni skirt, and multiple vintage laces and trims.

Lavender Wedding DressGlass and seed beads were strung together to make the gorgeous detachable jewelry for the back neck.Lavender Art Deco Dress

From the front the dress has a trim silhouette, but from the back the chiffon drapes into a beautiful cascade.Deco Dress

Everything in the color scheme compliments the bride’s features which is amazing for a wedding dress—because not that many of us look good in stark white.

Initial Sketch
Initial Sketch
The Muslin Fitting
The Muslin Fitting

The sketches show two iterations of the dress—-both the initial concept and finally a colored illustration.

Also shown is the cotton “muslin” where the trims are just drawn on in sharpie.

For local customers, we fit this in person.

Final Sketch
Final Sketch

For long-distance customers, we mail you the muslins and you snap a pic or two so that we can adjust the pattern to get just the right look.

We can really make just about anything.

So if you having been looking and looking for a dress and nothing out there seems right, just drop us a line.

1000046_10152268378190283_678425075_nWe can also make any dress in any size.  So no need to buy a dress with the wrong cup size and then pay someone to alter it.

If you would like us to start designing a dress for you, just drop me a line via email (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Victorian Wedding Gowns

Victorian Wedding GownWe make some of the most amazing custom dresses out there.

You let us know a bit about yourself and your style and we start sketching.Victorian Wedding

This dress, however, is the one that I have been promising to post for the last few months:  My own wedding dress.

As a designer and dressmaker, choosing the right fabrics and details for a once in a lifetime experience is especially challenging.  Victorian Wedding Ceremony

I had so many strange and wonderful ideas and obsessions, spent so much time thinking about different colors and textures.

What I ended up making was partially based on a pattern that I recreated in my size from a Victorian-era fashion magazine, and partially emerged from my own fantasies and a lot of thought about what would look good on me.Bustle Gown

Gold Wedding DressThe base fabrics are hand-underlined silk duppionis:  iridescent gold and brown for the body, with flowers handcrafted in purple, teal, and gold-orange iridescent colors.

Victorian Steampunk BustleHand underlining the silks adds structure and wrinkle resistance and makes it possible to sculpt the silks into any shape you can dream up.

The front of the dress has a wide panel of tulle that is gathered over the base fabric to add dimension and texture.  The green detailing on the bodice is made up of many sewn on iridescent beetle wings.  The wings of these gorgeous Asian dung beetles can be pierced easily with a needle—a traditional Victorian needlecraft.

Steampunk WeddingMy hat is made from sculpted leather and was made to go with the outfit by ArtsMyths here in Denver.

So if we are making you a dress, we can definitely help you out with a hat as well, either a silk, straw or wool hat made by us or an incredible leather hat made by Tiffany Smyth of ArtsMyths and her workshop.

We specialize in making non-traditional wedding dresses.  Some of them are tea-length 1950s style dresses.  Some of them Victorian and Edwardian.  Some of them incredible fantasy dresses.  And many of them are in full color—white dresses are gorgeous but don’t look great on everyone.

We also do make dresses for customers all over the world.  To make sure we get the fit right, we mail you a cotton mock-up of the dress first to try on.  You send us digital pics of yourself wearing it, and we alter the pattern so that we can get something that fits you wonderfully.

We can make dresses to fit every size and shape!

If you are thinking about a custom dress, please contact us via email (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and we will get started sketching something unique for you and sourcing gorgeous  fabrics from around the world.

Amazing photographs are by Denver/Fort Collins area photographer Sarah Christine Photography.  Be sure to check out her website if you are getting married in Colorado!