We were asked by an Audrey Hepburn impersonator to recreate the iconic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ dress for her professional wardrobe. It needed to be comfortable and easy to care for, in a non-crease fabric, and needed a number of design tweaks from the original: we lifted the skirt to be sitting under the bust, […]
This stunning dress was a mail-order repair where we were sent the dress and did all correspondence over email and phone. The chiffon collar was in a sorry state and needed replacing. Unpicking the existing bias, we matched up the original pattern of the collar which the bias edging was reattached to and then […]
Jessica needed her 1940s gown customised for the Baftas, and asked if we could add a train to it, along with general alterations. Having found a suitable fabric to go with the original crepe, we designed a 3 tier train by redesigning the front slit and adding on two new panels for the train.
The buttons and button hoops at the back neck closure of this stunning 1930s gown were in a sorry state, and the buttons (probably replacements) set too closely together and overlapping. We removed one of the 5 hoops to better space out the 4 remaining, and repositioned the buttons accordingly.
Liz brought us this 1950s cotton Horrockses dress, which was too long on the body and asked if we could shorten it, despite the back zip. We took off the skirt, unpicked the zip as necessary, removed the excess fabric in the bodice, put the skirt back on, and re-attached the zip.
We were asked by Dawn Porter to help with some alterations for her personal collection, and this shift dress needed the neckline lowering, and hem shortening. The neck opening was done with an interface lining, so we lowered both to get the new neckline shape and used a hem marker to ensure a straight […]
This 1950s vintage brocade dress had a very high waist, as typical of the era. Our client wanted the bodice elongated for a better fit, but as there was little seam allowance on the waist seam, we inserted a panel in red, to match the red in the brocade. we also removed the front bow, […]
Anna’s wedding was in the summer, but she had fallen for a long sleeved dress, so asked if we could shorten the sleeves. We suggested keeping the design in keeping with the belt sash, and used a matching satin band for edging on the new cap sleeves.
This was a very small 1950s wedding dress with an extremely small waist and needed letting out more than the seam allowance would enable. We added panels to the sides and sleeves and let out the gathered skirt to the new waist circumference.
An ensemble consisting of a sleeveless dress and matching bolero needed a few simple alterations to open up the neckline of the dress, which we did by inserting some darts. The bolero needed the sleeves tidied up and lengthened, resolved with attaching a silk band trim matching the existing trim on the jacket hem.
Arwen’s wedding dress had a back she wasn’t keen on and a elastic hem at the back she wanted to conceal. She preferred a halterneck, and we managed to reuse the existing straps for a halterneck, and the lace back pieces to create a detachable ‘flounce’ for the low back seam concealment.