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.

 

Couture Blouses—For Weddings and Everyday Wear

Bias Cut Blouse Made from Silk DouppioniWe started making custom made-to-measure blouses for women a couple years ago.Wedding Blouse

Many of our clients weren’t quite sure what to wear with one of our suits and struggled to find something that looked right without being too masculine or boxy.custom silk blouse

Although we do make buttondown dress shirts for guys, we tend not to love the way that dress shirts look on curvier women—they always seem a bit too tight to too loose or even both at the same time.

But on the other hand, we didn’t want to do knit blouses—-there are so many cheap knits out there that clients could always find something if they wanted to go with that (less formal) look.Collared Blouse

Silk Noil BlouseInstead, we began developing “bias cut” pullover blouses.

Fabric that is “bias cut” is cut diagonally across the fabric so that the grain runs at a 45 degree angle.

Raw Silk BlouseThis method of cutting uses much more fabric, but creates a piece that is quite stretchy and drapes beautifully.

These blouses can also be made from the most gorgeous of our woven silks and wools—the result is crisper and much more formal than a knit, but still has all of the great qualities that we associate with knits.

ruffle blouse from silk noil and duppioniThe first blouse pictured is our take on a “shirt and tie”.

silk noil blouseThe blouse is entirely made from a gorgeous necktie silk with subtle multi-colored stripes.

This piece is pictured in a sleeveless version, but all of our blouses can be made sleeveless, with cap sleeves, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, or long sleeves with any style of dress shirt cuff.

il_fullxfull.481757349_tos5As each piece is completely custom, we can mix and match any details to get the perfect look for you.

The second top has a large 1920s style collar and bloused cuffs with gathering.

women's tuxedo shirtThis shirt is shown made from off-white silk noil (a soft “raw” silk with short fibers) with a bright white-on-white striped cotton collar.il_fullxfull.435473835_qxbv

The result is a feminine take on the dress shirt with an utterly soft and stretchy body and sleeves and a crisp collar.

The third top pictured is also made from a soft silk noil with a surplice front with gorgeous iridescent silk duppioni ruffles.il_fullxfull.411780457_9en9

This piece is one of our sportswear looks and is pictured with a silk tweed pencil skirt that we made—a piece like this is great for business or pleasure.

Pinstripe HoodieThis look also shows our cap sleeve.il_fullxfull.411780659_cu6l

The tuxedo top shown here in blue silk douppioni is another version of our necktie look, but here in a more formal version designed to look great with one our tuxes.il_fullxfull.402898025_fog5

The top has a built in bowtie and cummerbund.   The ties can be tied in a bunch of different ways.

We can get a over a hundred different colors of silk for this look.

The look with the orange and yellow silk burnout velvet is one of our cowl neck styles.  The draped triangular inset looks gorgeous with lots of our suit and vest styles.il_fullxfull.402897671_hxmg

Finally, the last few pics show one of our hoodie tops.

This blouse is cut from a gorgeous superfine wool menswear fabric.

The result is a gorgeous pullover that can be layered into all sorts of gorgeous outfits.

Most of the tops that we sell are part of a larger custom outfit.  But if you are thinking of a top, contact me at superhero@vigilantelabs.com so that we can design something for you

Or check out our Etsy sportswear store: www.vigilantelabs.com

We can really make almost anything you are looking for!

 

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).

Wedding Suits for Women–Custom Made 2- and 3-Piece Suits

Womens Black Tuxedo JacketWe make many suits every year for all occasions.  And many of those occasions are the most formal ones.womens peak lapel jacket

Finding a beautiful wedding dress or evening dress can sometimes be difficult.  But if you would prefer to wear a stunning white or black suit?  That can feel impossible.

Custom Made Women's TuxedoIn addition to our custom dressmaking shop, A.J. and I run a top notch men’s tailoring business (Denver Bespoke) which specializes in non-traditional and individually handmade suits for guys.

Women's Tuxedo From The BackEach of our suits is designed from the top down to fit the body and the style of the individual customer.

We can get thousands of different types of wools and silks, and whether you are looking for a solid or a stripe, we can almost always provide a number of options in the color and quality that you desire.

Women's Tuxedo Jackets for Lesbian Weddings
Tuxedo Jackets

Over the past several years, we have recognized the demand for custom women’s suits of all types and have been able to combine traditional tailoring with traditional womenswear techniques to create pieces that are beautifully tailored but designed to fit well on women.Women's Vest for Lesbian Wedding

We do many suits for same sex weddings every year, making pieces for some of the most amazing lesbian weddings all over the world.

Suit for Lesbian WeddingFor brides, getting something that is unique and made to fit your personality and body type, can make all of the difference.

We also make many suits for difficult to fit women in many professions where looking sharp and distinctive is at a premium.Vest for Same Sex Wedding Bride

Finally, we often make tuxes and other garments for performers to wear on stage and at movie premieres.Women's formal Vest

The pictures in this listing show a few of our most recent styles…..

Women's Dress PantThe black suit is made from fine wool crepe with a cowl neck top cut from silk metallic paisley.  The style is a cropped tuxedo jacket that ends at the thinnest part of the waist for an utterly slimming effect that lengthens the legs.

The pant is boot cut for a very modern and trendy look.

We can make cropped tux jackets in many many different styles, and a sketch showing more of the styles is attached.Women's White Wedding Suit

The white suit is shown accessorized in two ways.  First as a three piece women’s suit with a hand-dyed and hand-woven silk matka vest in rose, and second with a silk velvet burnout blouse in our popular cowl style.White Wedding Suit

The suit jacket is cut from a gorgeous brushed wool that is always crisp and won’t wrinkle for your photos.

Women's White Dress PantsA classic sailor collar gives the piece a feminine touch and adds a bit of distinction to the traditional look.White Wool Suit with Sailor Collar

The pants for this piece are full pleated pants with a wide leg.

Pants of this sort, although more traditional than a bootcut, stylize and flatter the figure.

Suit Jacket Catalog

Our jacket catalog is attached as well.  Every detail can be mixed and matched, and once you contact us, we will work with you to create a style that is ideal for you.

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To contact us about getting started on a suit, send me an email (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and I (Lianna) will get back with you asap.

 

 

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