Monday, 1 June 2015

Couture? Yes please!

As you may have already guessed, I love fashion.  I love the way that getting dressed can make me feel differently about myself.  I can be a tomboy or a glamazon on any day just as long as I dress the part.  So, when my sis asked me to be her maid of honour she sweetened the deal by telling me that I could wear whatever I wanted.  I was excited, but at 6'1" my off-the-rack fashion choices are often limited.  I convinced myself that I had no choice; I was just going to have to have something made just for me.  

And of course, once you make a decision to have something made the giant world of fashion possibilities opens up and tries swallow you whole.  Here's how to go about having your dream ensemble made just for you. 

1.  Go shopping.  This seems counter intuitive, I know, but it's important to have a sense of which styles look good on you.  A low-cut back and a puffy skirt isn't for everyone.  

2. Research.  What are the celebs wearing?  Maybe you'll find a red carpet look that's just what you wanted?  I did. 

Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi and my drawing

3. Crowd source.  We have huge social networks at our finger tips.  This is the perfect time to use them.  Ask your friends if they have someone to recommend. 

4. Get quotes.  Seriously, I got 4 quotes for my outfit with estimates differing by $1000.  Total craziness. 

5. Meet with your couturier/ seamstress/ dressmaker and make sure you speak the same fashion language.  If they can't understand your vision, they can't create it.

6. Sort out the deets.  Who is purchasing the fabric? What's the timeline? Make sure to agree on making a muslin sample first.  Good fabric is expensive so you don't want to use that for trial and error.    

7. Have a few fittings.  You're paying for your outfit to be just right, so you've got to go and try it on to make sure you're heading in the right direction.  

8. Be fabulous. Your vision has become a reality and you look great. 

(my grandma totally made me wear a jacket for Church)

If you're looking for someone to help you become the glamazon that you are, and in the Toronto area, reach out to me and I'll be able to connect you.