Category Archives: Wedding Dresses

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.

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?