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Handmade Mod Dresses

Imagine shopping for a dress when there are a virtually infinite number of choices in your size and all of them will fit you perfectly.

Imagine a catalog of dresses that includes every style of dress ever worn.

We can make the dress of your dreams.

Send us your favorite still of Audrey Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor and we will draft a custom dress pattern for you that works with your sensibility and we will make it in your choice of thousands of possible fabrics.

The images show some  recent dresses that we made for a bridal party where each girl got to choose the style of her own dress.  These dresses are made from an elegant de-lustered satin.

We can make these same styles in a variety of wools, silks, cottons, and linens that will be perfect for your life and the events you plan to attend.

Just let us know what you might like and we will send you some swatches.

We have a variety of fitting options for customers who are local and who are from other parts of the world.

And a great fit is always guaranteed.  We make dresses in plus sizes as well!

Most dresses in this style will cost around $425 depending on fabric and fit options.

Once we have a chance to sketch some ideas and look at fabrics, we can give you an exact price.

If you are considering a custom dress, contact Lianna K (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) to get started.

A California Wedding

We make wedding dresses and suits for customers all over the world.

And occasionally we are fortunate enough to have customers send us pictures of the pieces in action.

This dress was made in a cocktail length for a wedding on a yacht.  The styling of the dress was based on one of our other popular cocktail styles and was strapless with gorgeous handmade ruffles.

We hadn’t intended to make the style as a wedding dress, but when the opportunity came, we were excited to do it.  We designed a bolero to go with the dress and completed it with ruffle flowers.

The dress is made from an ivory silk shantung that is beautifully textured with natural irregularities or slubs.

We can get duppioni or shantung in hundreds of colors, and can completely design a dress exactly to match your sense of style and figure.

Our muslin fitting method insures a great fit for local customers and also for customers who live far away from Denver.  We initially sent the customer a rough cotton mock-up of the dress.  We then had her provide us with a few pictures of her trying the dress on.  Based on her feedback, we altered the pattern, and this enabled us to get the fit just right.

So if you are looking for a wedding dress that is a bit different, contact us and we will start sketching ideas for you and putting together swatches of different fabrics.

You can contact Lianna (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and she will get back to you right away.

Retro Summer Dresses

We love to make 1950s and 1960s style dresses.

Some for bridesmaids and summer weddings, some for work, author’s book tours, some for picnics and BBQs.Bell Dress

Because everything we do is custom, we can make a dress in any fabric and with any set of details you can imagine.

Suppose you see an old newsreel and like the dress that Jackie Kennedy is wearing in it.  Just forward a still on to us and we can duplicate it, either exactly, or with a more modern fit for wear with modern undergarments.Cotton Bell Dress

We can get 10s of thousands of different fabrics.

If you email me, I can send you links to some of the best suppliers of designer fabrics or can mail you swatches of the fabrics that we have in stock.  Classic wool suitings (we specialize in crepe!), satins and silks, or cotton sateen and cotton prints.

We can make dresses in any size as well.  So if you have a hard to fit figure, but want something that flatters, we can handle it.

For special dresses, we do a muslin fitting .  For this process, we make a mock-up of the dress in cotton and send that to you to try on and provide us with digital pics (or we fit it on you in person if you can make it to Denver).  Wool Crepe 1950s Dress

This guarantees a perfect fit and the exact look you are going for.

The pictures show different dresses that we have made in the past month or so.

A draped bell dress with dolman sleeves made from nude cotton sateen with horsehair in the hem.

Two plus size dresses in stunning cotton prints with a wide surplice.  And a mini surplice 1950s style dress made from hunter wool crepe.

Early 1960s Dress SketchThe sketches show some different ideas that I just sketched up for a group that is having us make some retro bridesmaid’s dresses.

1950s Bridesmaids Dresses

Contact Lianna to talk more about designing the perfect dress (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Retro Cocktail Dresses

You can’t beat the 1960s when it comes to chic streamlined cocktail dresses.

A little bit Mad Men, a little bit space age, the A-line dress is the classic silhouette of the 60s.

The first dress (in red and black) is cut from a vintage wool handbag fabric.  The second dress (with the hand-crafted felt belt) was cut from a cotton print that had spend decades in an attic but was still stunning to use.  The third dress (in tan and taupe) is made from a retro-modern fabric by designer Amy Butler.

An A-line dress (for those of you who don’t know) is fitted at the bust but then flares out with straight clean lines.  It can be belted in (as on the lime dress) or not depending on your taste at the moment.

Because we make each of our patterns from scratch, we can make an A-line dress with any type of neckline.  Just ask and we can sketch up some different options including lower cut dresses, and dresses with all types of interesting straps.

Just contact Lianna (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and we can design something for you.

The first photo set above was taken by Annabelle Reboli, an amazing photographer who recently moved to Denver from NYC.  You definitely want to contact her (www.AnnabelleReboli.com) if you are looking for a fashion or wedding photographer in the Denver area.

Denver Dressmakers is a small couture house located in Denver, Colorado and we make custom wedding dresses, suits, coats and party attire for customers all over the world.