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The ones that got away

Time ran away away with us, as it generally does, during last month’s photoshoot with half the rail of clothes still waiting to be photographed.

For this year’s photoshoot I wanted to explore the ways in which one bespoke item could slot into a wardrobe to maximise it’s potential.  How, for example, a suit can be split to dress up jeans and create a less formal vibe.  Despite my love of tailoring, my go-to staple is still my trusty jeans.  You may think that’s common sense but you’d be surprised how many times customers say, “I wouldn’t have thought of wearing those together”.  I also wanted to show the full range of my expertise, the diversity of the outfits I design and manufacture.  You can see how time ran away from us!

As a made to measure / custom-made / bespoke tailor (call me what you will) the concept can be tricky to capture.  Yes I can make a traditional three piece woman’s skirt or trouser suit (bog standard single breasted, straight or a’line skirt and or trousers – slim-leg or wide), but I can do so much more.

My own style of tailoring is a bit quirky.  One customer commented I’d be the only person she could think of who would make a biker jacket using Harris Tweed (see below).  Whilst I design for my style (which has on occasions been called OTT) and showcase this with my clothes, there are many more styles I design and create for customers which I would never wear as they neither suit my body shape nor my lifestyle.   I don’t produce a seasonal collection from which customers can select something that catches their eye.  But I can produce a garment from a mishmash of ideas – perhaps the customer likes a particular dress shape but would like sleeves and pockets, or likes the idea of a jumpsuit but not the practicalities of them.  Whatever the idea, I can create it.

I like to think I create a design for a customer that is their style, not mine.  Often during a fitting I’ll be told by my customer that “it’s very me” or feels “totally comfortable”.  That’s music to my ears,  It means I’m understanding the brief given to me for the design created.

However, the concept of being truly bespoke is difficult to capture on my website.  As one person’s “must have” / “always wanted” is another person’s “why would they wear that”.  So I wanted to showcase a few designs – images by me – mostly modelled by Muriel Mannequin – which otherwise will not be on my website any time soon.

A new design for 2024 – the ruffle shirt with an asymmetrical collar and front.

Following the theme using striped & checked fabrics to create interest.  This time with a double collar, again using the asymmetry theme.  

Wool and silk double breasted blazer is a jacket to get you noticed!

Too much? Never! OTT blazer and shirt dressing up wide leg jeans.

A blouse to get one noticed!

A well selected pattern should be as versatile as a plain.  

I love the biker style jacket.  I have developed this pattern over a number of years and have several jackets and a couple of coats.  This is my second version as a winter coat with the jacket style created from Harris Tweed and a boiled wool contrast.  This coat has Pockets – 5 to be precise in varying size uses include: iPhone, lippy, wallet…

Using Harris Tweed and a boiled wool in khaki to create my biker coat with a belt

Silk top and skirt created out of two panels of printed silk

 

Susan modelling her two-tone spotty two-piece. As you can see we used a larger and small spotty fabric to create detail. The shirt could be worn with black or white trousers and the skirt with tights and boots for an all round look.

Finally, Susan’s coat – she’s very upset that it’s not on the website (but we ran out of time to shoot! and my images aren’t good enough). This fit and flare coat was created late last year using Heart of Huddersfield herringbone tweed.

As you can see, not a recent image!

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