My proportions aren’t “average,” maybe you can relate? I’m a size 6/8 up top and a 10/12 below (finding a tailored dress off the rack is nearly impossible for me!). With more and more public appearances on the books, I deemed it time to invest in a form fitting, elegant dress.
Liza is a talented artist (a clothing designer and a musician) and an incredible human being, not to mention a tall drink of water! Having sent more than a few clients her way for their very own custom-made pieces, it was finally my turn. Being able to witness the craftsmanship first hand was pretty remarkable and the finished product is even more amazing. Here’s a little bit of what you can expect when working with her first hand…
Step 1: The design consultation. I selected one of 30 designs offered by Liza. She listened to my personal preferences and made a few minor tweaks to her design to make the dress truly mine. She took my measurements and we discussed fabrics.
Step 2: Review swatches and sketches. Our next meeting was to review the fabric swatches she had pulled based on my ideas. I wanted the fabric to be a flattering non-black color with a little bit of stretch and the versatility to dress up or down. We decided on a “Midnight Blue” cotton twill with a very slight sheen. Here are her sketches, which ultimately ended up being refined even more to fit my bod.
Step 3: Muslin fitting. Muslin is the white cotton rough-draft dress that serves as the pattern for the final product. I tried on the Muslin version of the dress and she pinned away, making some “real time” adjustments so that the dress would hug my body perfectly.
Step 4: Final fitting. I tried on the outer shell of my dress in the real deal fabric. We decided on the exact hem length and armhole size. Liza made her final adjustments to accommodate my exaggerated lumbar curve. We reviewed any concerns I may have had about the fit, and then she was set to finish the dress. See the Muslin and unlined versions below. I was blown away at the attention to detail in the mid-section of the dress! These are things that go unseen by the consumer, look at her sewing skills here! She even changed the direction of the grain of the fabric in order to flatter my figure even more.
Step 5: Pick up the dress! These pictures don’t it justice, so stay tuned for me styled up proper in my awesome Liza dress! Meanwhile, check out her work at The Museum of Contemporary Craft May 9th-Oct 11th in an exhibition called Fashioning Cascadia.