Tailored, sleek clothes for the modern working woman. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY.
I work with clients of all ages and sizes to create custom pieces that work with your lifestyle and meld seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Here's how it works:
We discuss what you are looking for - for example, we might look at pictures of garments similar to what you have in mind, consider where you might wear the garment, discuss any parts of your body you would like to highlight or downplay, and look at fabric swatches or go fabric shopping. Together, we will decide on the silhouette and fabrics for your garment.
I develop a test garment (known as a "muslin" or "toile") directly on your body. This ensures that the piece fits you perfectly and gives us flexibility to make adjustments directly on the toile (e.g., changing sleeve lengths, hems or pocket placement) before cutting into the fashion fabric.
Using the test garment as a pattern, I cut and sew the final garment from the fashion fabric. Depending on the style, an additional fitting may be needed.
The whole process takes about 6-8 weeks, depending on the style.
J's oversized black wool coat
As a busy teacher and mom, J needed a warm, versatile wool coat that she could throw over any outfit. We decided to make a boxy, double breasted coat with wide lapels, three-quarter length sleeves and patch pockets. The inside features a colorful teal silk lining, with an extra layer of wool flannel in between the outer wool fabric and silk lining to make the coat extra warm.
The finished garment
Perfecting the fit on the muslin
Hand padstitching the lapel
Interior construction of the coat front
Outer shell of jacket, ready for the lining
S's white sheath dress
S is a high powered attorney who covets the wardrobes of Olivia Pope (Scandal) and Claire Underwood (House of Cards). One thing S, Olivia and Claire all have in common is a love for a tailored white sheath dress. We made this dress out of a comfortable stretch knit, made unique with some unusual seam lines at the bust. To make the silhouette more flattering, we pegged the hem of the skirt at the knee to create an hourglass shape.
All the pattern pieces
Fitting the skirt so it hugs her curves and comes in at the knee
L's baby blue formal dress
This dress was inspired by a dress L saw in a museum, and she fell in love with the kimono sleeves and full skirt of the dress. She sent me a photo of the inspiration dress and told me she wanted a baby blue version to wear to several weddings she was planning to attend over the summer. We worked together to select the fabrics and customize the silhouette; then I hand-embroidered the floral motif on the bottom right corner of the skirt.
The finished garment, fluttering in the wind.
At the fitting stage - thankfully, the bust fits perfectly!
The inspiration dress on display at the museum
M's sculptural coat
M wanted a dramatic winter coat, so we decided to make a double breasted grey wool coat with a wide collar and full skirt. Twill tape, collar canvas and horsehair braid were used to give the collar and skirt their sculptural shapes. The skirt also features an interior pocket (similar to those found inside men's jackets) for some hidden storage space.
The view from the back
A closeup of the dramatic wide collar
Fitting the skirt on the muslin
Padstitching and twill tape give the lapels the structure they need to look sharp
If you are interested in commissioning a custom made piece, please fill in the form below and provide some information about the garment you have in mind. I will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours.