Although we call ourselves “Denver Dressmakers,” a dress doesn’t feel quite right for every client and every event.
We specialize in formal attire and a huge part of that is traditional bespoke tailoring.
We also run the menswear site www.DenverBespoke.com, and we would constantly get enquiries from women requesting custom tailoring.
Soon we incorporated women’s tailoring into our dressmaking site, and today we make at least as many custom women’s suits as we do dresses each year.
An excellent women’s suit can be impossible to find. It is easy to find a business suit in a rayon fabric with a cropped jacket and a skirt, but what about something a bit more formal, a bit more fitted?
What about a suit made from a gorgeous menswear wool or a couture silk? What about a 3pc suit?
We quickly realized that tailoring for a bride meant creating a piece that was as gorgeous, fitted, and flattering as any one of our gowns.
It wasn’t enough just to create a suit with a traditional fit, instead we needed to make pieces that expressed just as much individuality as one of our dresses and flattered each individual body type.
Clients come to us and tell us a bit about the looks and styles they love, and we start sketching until we get the perfect look. This means that we can do pretty much anything with any color and texture.
We also realized that a traditional menswear fit just didn’t work for women that were a bit more curvy.
A traditional menswear fit would make the shoulders and bust boxy and that look didn’t feel right at all.
But luckily, we also had tons of experience fitting dresses.
By combining the types of internal structuring and pattern-making that is found in a couture wedding gown with traditional tailoring techniques, we were able to develop designs that could be 3-4 inches more fitted in the shoulder and bust while still hanging perfectly smooth on the body.
For brides with a larger cup size, this meant that we could make the whole look of the custom pieces much more trim.
To get the perfect fit, we actually cut and sew a complete prototype of the suit and first mail this to the client. These prototypes (called “muslins”) mean that the client gets to test out the fit and look before we go into the final fabrics.
The bride sends us her feedback and some digital pics of her trying it on and we adjust the pattern and rework the design to get exactly the look she is going for.
The entire custom process ensures that every part of the suit from the design to the fabrics and fit is created to match the desires of the bride.
The pics show some of our more recent suits.
The classic look of the Romeo Suit is designed to be a piece that looks extraordinary at a wedding and has just enough satin trimming to give it a formal look. On the other hand, it is conservative and durable enough for business.
The next suit shows a gorgeous silk brocade vest with subtle cherry blossoms.
This is paired with a custom blouse with a collar that is designed to be worn open and french cuffs.
Other suits show some of our most popular details: satin and ribbon trims on the lapels, corset lacing on the backs of the vest, three piece suits (where the jacket can be taken off during the reception), gorgeous linings, and classic wools and silks.
The next set (of the black suit) shows a classically tailored black jacket and pant with a grey pinstripe vest. Picking a vest in a contrast fabric can be an awesome way of adding an additional style detail while keeping to a very traditional look.
We love to make custom suits, so just contact us and we can start working on something for you.
The best way to get in touch is to email me (Lianna) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pics show two of our most amazing recent dresses.
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!
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.
The paint makes the dress literally glow in certain lights.
Under blacklight, the dress is almost shocking.
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.
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.
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.
Store-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.
Finally, we make a dress that is designed from top to bottom to fit your body and style.
The 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.
If 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 email@example.com to talk more.
We would love to get started designing the perfect thing for you.
“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.
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.
But the result is something that you were involved with from start to finish. It is simply a piece that is more individual.
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.
But we didn’t want to do a straight reproduction style dress either.
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.
But 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and we will get back to you with more ideas. We can do pretty much anything and make any dress in any size!