Tag Archives: handmade

Picnic and Party Aprons

Spring and summer parties need that outdoor element.  Time to head out to the park or the backyard to serve up some gourmet food.

I designed this style with the hostess in mind.  It is part dress and part apron, simple to slip over jeans or a skirt when the guests start to arrive.

The style in white (with the Kingyo fish applique) is made from a gorgeous cotton jacquard fabric with a white on white floral design that has been printed with African symbols.  The turquoise felt belt ties in the back and is completely handmade.

The second style (with felt dots) is cut from a water resistant micro-fiber fabric…. the kind of fabric that you might use for a luxury raincoat.  This apron has a little bit of a vintage 50s beatnik look to it.

One of our specialties is 1950s and 1960s cocktail and party attire.  We make the pieces with a lot of vintage style, but with totally modern touches that make for a fresh look.

Completely custom party aprons generally cost around $220.  We can make them in any fabric, with and type of design or print that you might like.

We can make anything in our small couture house.  Located in Denver, CO, we make stunning suits and dresses for customers around the world.

Contact Lianna K. (superher0@vigilantelabs.com) about your custom project and she can send you a sketch and fabric swatches.

The Bustle Skirt

We love Victorian styles. But let’s face it, most of them are just not practical.

Could you wear a gown with a bustle to your work, or out to a bar, to a wedding as a guest, or out dancing? Not readily.

So how can you bring a little bit of steampunk into your life without suddenly bringing too much discomfort?

Something like this skirt is perfect. It is the everyday bustle skirt. No crinoline, no hoops. Just an attractive bustle on a durable and simple skirt.

The fabric for the one shown is an iridescent cotton blend that is somewhat wrinkle resistant and washable. But since we have a menswear store as well, consider having it made in a black wool suiting, or even in pinstripes.

The price is only $96 for most fabrics and in any size. We can also make a matching vest or peplum jacket as well. Think Victorian plus business wear….

Contact Lianna at superhero@vigilantelabs.com to discuss making a skirt just for you.

We can make any kind of dress, skirt, jacket, or suit in our studio in Denver, Colorado. Write or call to find the perfect dressmaker for your custom project. For customers local or around the world.

SciFi Wedding Attire

We made these pieces for a couple based in NYC. The husband-to-be was an architect with a modernist aesthetic, the bride, a computer programmer who specialized in mobile apps.

Neither of them wanted any thing traditional. They wanted something clean looking and completely modern with a touch of science fiction.

The groom sent us dozens of his favorite pictures from his favorite movies and shows from Stargate to the Rocketeer. The bride sent us pictures of 1960s A-line dresses that she liked and we worked to combine the two visions.

Her dress is made from a techy polyester duchess satin with a charcoal grey tulle underlayer and applique metallic silver “lamè” spandex that wraps around the dress and is styled after a circuit board. His outfit is made from 100 percent linen with a leather vest and silk cravat.

We can make pretty much anything and typically the first stages are the sketches. Here are a couple sketches of the dress that we made. Originally it was to cut away at the back hem, but when we fit the muslins, she wanted the dress shorter and the back detail was eliminated.

The beauty part of our process is that the style and fit can be customized at so many levels.

First the sketches, and after that, the muslin. For our muslin fitting process we send you a muslin cotton ‘rough draft” of the dress by mail for you to fit on yourself and offer feedback and pictures.

This assures that we can refine the style and the fit until we get the ideal look. For local customers, we can fit the muslin in person if you prefer.

Contact Lianna so that we can get started making a custom dress for you: superhero@vigilantelabs.com