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Women’s Formalwear on the Runway!

Cropped Tuxedo Jacket with Silk and Lace Corset
Cropped Tuxedo Jacket with Silk and Lace Corset

We just completed one of the most fabulous runway shows we have ever put on.

For this show, we focused on our women’s formalwear collections—-which is what Denver Dressmakers is all about!

We led off with some of our amazing suits, pairing some of them with cummerbunds and some with corsets.

We showed some of our rocking tailcoats and some of our cropped jackets.  And we finished up with our mod tea-length dresses and finally a ball gown.

We don’t always show on the runway, but we felt that this was one of our best collections yet and we wanted everyone to see the amazing pieces coming out of our studio here in Denver, Colorado.

We even made it onto the front page of the Denver Post!

Moire Tuxedo with Silk Cummerbund and White Veil
Moire Tuxedo with Silk Cummerbund and White Veil

Everything we do here is couture—–which means that we can make something just for your event.  So if you see a suit or a dress that you want in a different color (say for a rock performance or a lesbian wedding), just drop us a line and we will discuss how to design the perfect look for you.

Every year, we make clothing for clients all over Europe, Australia, and the US, and we would love to make pieces for you.

You can contact us at superhero@vigilantelabs.com

All photos are courtesy of Jim Bailey.  Definitely check out his Facebook or Website for more of his amazing work.

 

 

1950s Style Bustiers & Corsets

1950s era Womens CorsetsWe make many gorgeous ball gowns every year.

But sometimes our brides and partygoers want a dress that is on the simpler side.  Hence our vintage tea-length collection.

These dresses, which we call our ’57 Retro Dresses, often don’t have a built in corset.

Although these dresses (and mod dresses from other brands!) often look great with just a basic bra, a corset can really shape the body and add to the look.

To guarantee the best possible look with unstructured dresses, we introduced our line of vintage style corsets.1950s Style Corset

1950s Style Lace CorsetThese pieces feature gorgeous silk and lace fronts—-they certainly don’t look like the ugly shapewear from a department store that you would be ashamed to have anyone see.

The backs are made from stretchy powermesh with adjustable hooks and eyes in the back.

1950s BustierThese are the most comfortable corsets ever.

What is more, they can me made in any color you can imagine and you can choose from dozens of different laces.

If you are doing a vintage look for your wedding, this can be your “something blue”!Vintage Lingerie Corset

Unlike ready-to-wear corsets, we make these pieces one-at-a-time to fit your measurements.

Corsets226This means that we can make a great fitting corset for a woman of any height or cup size.

If you prefer a corset with a rigid back and lacing, we can, of course, do this as well.  Just contact us with any ideas you have and we will sketch something for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email me (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Although everything is made here in our studio in Denver, Colorado, we can make pieces that fit perfectly even at a distance and have many clients in all parts of the world.

 

Custom Coats and Leather Jackets

Custom Linen CoatWe make some of the most amazing custom coats and jackets that you can find anywhere.  Every type of material, every style,—custom made to order.Linen Redingote

The pics show some of the favorite pieces that we have made recently.

But we can really make anything you might like.

Our long flared Redingote coats are some of our most popular items and the pics show a few custom versions.

Victorian Wool CoatOne in navy blue wool melton (a heavy felted wool), one in pale green embroidered linen, and one, with a hood, that is cut from a deep olive green worsted flannel and lined in scarlet paisley.

The steampunk map coat that is shown is made from a heavy tapestry brocade that has great body, and has gear buttons.

This coat is shown in a plus size, but every coat that we make can be cut in larger (and smaller) sizes as well.

The ivory coat is a 3/4 sleeve cotton trench coat in spring weight cotton twill.

Olive Green Wool CoatThe remainder of the coats are some of our awesome leather jackets.

The black coat is a motorcycle jacket that is cut from genuine shearling lambskin with a sueded exterior and classic salt and pepper fur inside. Hooded Wool Coat

The collar is cut from longhair toscana sheepskin.  It is shown with a braided leather belt that we cut to go with the coat and decorated with metal studs.

The coat is unique and shaped to match the raw edges of the hides.Steampunk Coat

The deep rust color leather jacket is a custom safari jacket cut from beautiful suede with a leather belt.  We can make safari jackets in wools and leathers in a multitude of colors and styles.

Old Map CoatWhite cotton trenchcoatThe reddish brown jacket is a bull hide motorcycle jacket with a shearling collar and trim.

Shearing is wonderful as a collar, and the short navy zip up coat with a shearling collar was another of our favorite projects.

Custom Shearling Motorcycle JacketFinally the brown coat with a fur collar is one of our custom deerskin dusters.  Shealing Motorcycle Jacket

This one with a collar made from sheared beaver, rust stitching, and embossed Victorian-era copper buttons.

Mixed in are also a couple sketches so you can see how we work.

Suede Safari JacketOnce you contact us, we will start designing something just for you, sending you sketches and leather or fabric ideas.  Wool Melton Peacoat with Shearling Collar

We make coats for customers all over the world, so if you aren’t in Denver, just let us know and we will send you measuring tapes and discuss ways in which we can completely guarantee a great fit.

Sheared Beaver CollarWe are a small couture studio and everything that we make is made in our workshop here in Denver.  Edwardian Coat Sketch

Because we handle everything from design, to patternmaking, cutting and sewing, we can make garments that are remarkable and unique and utilize many many techniques.

Custom Bomber JacketTo get started on a coat, just email Lianna K. (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Victorian Petticoats, Corsets and Wedding Dresses

Steampunk Wedding Dress
Wedding Dress Sketch

When we make a wedding dress for a customer, we help you think about not only the parts of the garment that show, but also about the hidden parts of the garment that make the body look awesome.

Our Studio

Our little workshop has been hard at work making dresses and suits for the many weddings that we have booked this summer.

So many amazing looks!

But some of the most fun that I have had has been working on the pieces for a wedding that is particularly important to me—my wedding!

The sketch shows the most recent version of my wedding dress that I am working on.

Victorian PetticoatBut the pictures show our engagement photos.

I spent so much time making the corset and petticoat that will be worn under my dress that I thought they deserved their own photo shoot. Hand Embroidered Corset

Not too often that a wedding photographer gets a request to do the engagement photos of the bride in the undergarments that she will be wearing for the wedding!

But these aren’t just any undergarments.Lacing on Corset

The corset is made from a heavy denim with steel boning and hand-embroidered sea creatures.

The petticoat (which I will wear under the dress to make it poof out in the back) is made from a cotton twill with horsehair bands on the ruffles to make them keep their shape.

Steampunk Corset and Petticoat

Both pieces are completely washable and can be worn for years to come under other dresses, for costume parties, and on the dancefloor.

We can make any style of corset or petticoat.
So if you are looking for something unique, just contact us and we will sketch something for you.

The groom is wearing some of our custom tailored menswear pieces (check out www.DenverBespoke.com for more of our menswear).

The vest is a military style regency piece made from seersucker and linen and is shown with a hand shaped wool felt cowboy hat.Custom Vest and Corset

We are a small couture studio located in Denver, Colorado and we make custom dresses and suits for customers around the world.

One of our specialties is making attire for unique and alternative weddings.

Why get married in a dress made in Asia if you can work with us to design every part of your look down to the undergarments?

All of our wedding dresses are fit using out muslin fitting technique.

For this, we draft a unique pattern to your measurements (we can mail you a measuring tape if you are a distance customer) and then cut and sew a rough cotton mock-up of the dress to mail to you.

You try it on and send us you feedback and digital pics, and we alter the dress pattern to fit you perfectly before we even cut the final pieces.  (If you are near Denver, we can also fit this in person).

This means that we can make a beautifully fitting dress for every shape and size.

No worries about cup size, waist size, height.  We start with your body type and build a dress from there.Victorian Corset

Plus-size and petite customers are welcomed.

Our prices for a full length dress start at around $1200—but if you just want a petticoat or corset the price will be much less.

Contact Lianna K (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) for more info and we will get started designing something just for you.

Engagement pics by awesome Denver-area photographer http://www.sarahchristinephotography.com