I really, really love working with custom clients.
They each have their own unique style and personality and there’s nothing more thrilling than turning their dream into reality. Mid-March I was contacted by Hannah to collaborate on some maternity dresses. I use the word “collaborate” because even though I’m crafting the garment, each client provides the vision.
Hannah’s first dress was pretty straight forward – Simplicity 1105 with some modifications for the baby bump in a solid linen. But her second dress really got our creative juices flowing. Using a Vogue bodice, I drafted a full circle skirt, added some modifications for her growing tummy, and procured a classic, summer fabric: navy cotton seersucker.
After the initial fitting, we agreed that a lining would be best – it would add opacity as well as structure to the skirt. And somehow, without stressing too much about it, I managed to match the stripes of the seersucker fabric *almost* perfectly.
A dress this gorgeous called for some equisite, hand-sewn details. The lining was attached to the center back zipper using a beautiful catch stitch. I have to admit I swooned a little once I finished.
I delivered Hannah’s dress on Friday, wrapped in white tissue and waited. My impatience got the better of me and I finally asked how it turned out – “Love *Love* Love,” was her response.
She looks & is amazingly gorgeous. I am so proud that someone wants to be seen in my handmade creations – it’s a humbling experience and I’m so thankful for all of my clients and students. They make my dreams a reality too.