Custom clothing is one of Barbara’s passions. Have you ever had an idea for a beautiful dress or suit but when you start shopping for it, you realize that the picture only exists in your head?
“I love helping women create their fantasy clothes. Whether it’s a wedding gown, a suit, or a dress for a special occasion, if you can imagine it, I can make it.
“Designing custom clothing since the 1980’s, I have helped women of all sizes and fashion tastes realize their dreams. Be sure to look through my portfolio to see the many wedding gowns, dresses, pants, suits, and jackets which I have created through the years.”
The Custom Clothing Process:
“I started out using commercial patterns, like most seamstresses, but soon became frustrated at the lack of up-to-date styles and the fit. Women come to a custom clothier for two reasons: they want a unique design and/or they have fit issues that make it difficult to buy clothing in a store. Many of us, and I do include myself in this category, cannot find a good fit in a store-bought garment. Especially women of a certain age…ahem. I was doing so many adjustments to the patterns, either for the design or the fit we needed, that I decided I might as well start from scratch.
“Then I learned about moulage and it changed my view about how to create clothing. Moulage is a French craft which entails fitting directly on the body with muslin to get the fit and design that the client has in mind. You can see your designs being produced before your eyes and can easily suggest changes to the fit or the style as we progress. You are not confined to a commercial pattern or a commercial fit. You are only limited by your imagination!”