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Button up white dress

My client came to me in search of a fitted, below knee length white dress with a high boat neckline similar to the neckline on a dress Jackie Kennedy wore, but without any more details than that in mind. For a simple silhouette in a solid white fabric, small details can mean the difference between super chic and fairly plain, so she and I spent some time talking about a range of options for fabric types and details of the garment construction, among them the choices that were available for the closure on her dress. When I mentioned the possibility of buttons instead of a zipper, she nearly jumped out of her seat. “What sort of buttons could I have?” she asked. “Any kind you want,” I told her. She hand selected the buttons herself and picked out a matching pair of heels to complete the outfit. Simple, stylish and comfortable but far from everyday.


Hillary’s Design

One of my local clients for whom I made a dress previously, using a commercial pattern she loved, returned to have me bring to life a design idea of her own. I *love* these sorts of projects, the opportunity to create something truly unique, and to help a client who would otherwise be unable to realize their vision. Hillary described her idea to me in depth, we talked back and forth about the fabrics to use and the best way to construct it, and then I sketched out what I pictured from her description. I set about pattern drafting, draping, and bringing a muslin mock-up into being so that we could check the fit and fine tune the design. And then, at last, the final product!

The custom ensemble consists of a mermaid shaped skirt made of black matte satin. It’s fully lined, with layers of petticoat netting at the bottom to hold the shape of the skirt. On the outside, three tiers of satin ruffles cascade down, with a little hint of black and white paisley charmeuse peeking out of the middle ruffle. The jacket is also made of black matte satin, with black charmeuse and paisley charmeuse ruffles at the sleeve hems and neckline. The jacket body is extremely fitted, and has several pieces of boning to help hold its dramatic shape. 

The finishing touch – those buttons! Hillary brought a dozen different buttons over to hold up to the nearly-finished jacket so we could pick the perfect pair. And aren’t they FABULOUS? Really just the right finishing touch! And, the whole thing looks amazing on Hillary – a perfect fit both for her figure and her self!

June 2018
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