The design process begins with a brief telephone
call to Artwear Couture. We will discuss your needs and the
time line. Since each garment is made largely by hand, sufficient
time is required to order fabrics, schedule fittings and complete
the project. Exactly how much time is required depends on
the nature of the project and the choice of fabrics.
step is an in-person consultation at the studio. This gives
you the opportunity to meet me, discuss details of your project
and see samples and pictures of other garments I have made.
There is no charge for this one-hour consultation.
Bringing pictures from magazines or rough sketches
of your ideas are helpful but not required. The Artwear studio
has an extensive library of international fashion and bridal
magazines and fashion related books. Clients are welcome to
browse through these for inspiration. Frequently, a design
evolves as the process progresses. During the first visit
we will discuss details of style and fabric choices. I have
some fabric samples on hand, and am happy to order additional
samples from a wide range of sources.
decide to use my services, measurements will be taken and
fabrics selected. My preference is to work with natural fabrics
such as silks, wools, linens and cottons. However, many other
beautiful fabrics are available for your consideration.
When the details have been agreed upon I will
give you an estimate as to the cost of the garment. Clients
can expect to pay prices that are comparable to those found
in stores specializing in quality designer clothing.
Two or three fittings are generally needed.
Depending on the complexity of the project, additional fittings
may be required. As an initial step a sample-fitting garment,
usually of unbleached muslin, is made. This allows me, to
perfect the cut and fit of the garment and you, to preview
the garment. That is the beauty of custom clothing. All the
stylistic and fitting adjustments are made at the sample level,
unlike ready-to-wear, where alterations on the actual garment
often lead to a less than pleasing result.
INSIDE AND OUT
To make sure that the finished garment retains
its' shape and integrity, even after many wearings and cleanings,
special attention is given to garment understructure. For
me the inside of the garment should be as well finished and
attractive as the outside.
find that having a garment made especially for you is an enjoyable
experience. Whether it's a gown for a special occasion, an
art-to-wear jacket, a professional suit or the perfect fitting
pair of pants, you will have a garment of exceptional fit,
quality and lasting beauty.
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