A classic, vintage couture wardrobe, designed by historically-recognized and iconic couturiers, is meant to outlast trends and seasons. In a world where fast fashion is often unsustainably produced, the garments handcrafted here in Santa Barbara offer a touch of history, where fashion is treated as a meticulous and exquisite art form. Through my dressmaking services, you have the opportunity to wear a special, custom, authentic vintage recreation, often documented in L'Officiel, Vogue Magazine, and in international museum exhibitions from famous, historically-recognized designers working from their authorized, licensed designs. You will have the opportunity to choose from the Couture Pattern Museum's catalog of dresses. If you have your own design or pattern you'd like us to work from, please inquire about the process.

Even though a modern vintage recreation won't be created by a 1950's Parisian seamstress, you are still receiving an authentic, original design, imagined and sketched (sometimes draped) from the original hand of the designer, and recreated by a skilled Santa Barbara seamstress at her Santa Barbara atelier. The custom, couture pieces are made with a high-level of craftsmanship, following the full instructions licensed by the designer, and just the way the designers intended.

 

The images you see below are examples of the ensembles that can be custom made for you in your choice of fabric and color. Being able to own an authentic, vintage couture gown is becoming increasingly rare, but I will work with you to recreate your vision, so that you can experience the magic of wearing timeless, vintage couture often seen on red carpets and at charity balls, opera's, formal events, private parties and fundraisers.

 

As your Santa Barbara and Montecito seamstress, I work collaboratively with you to make your vision, style, and fitting come alive.

 

Currently serving clients in the greater Santa Barbara & Montecito area. For select, vetted clients, travel to the greater Los Angeles area is also serviceable. I will consider clients outside the greater Santa Barbara/Los Angeles area, but you will be required to travel for approximately two to three toile fittings, and approximately two final fittings in Santa Barbara. You may inquire for a concierge service list.

If you would like to discuss the dressmaking process and pricing estimates by phone or text, contact me at:

 

(805) 303-4775 

Fees for Dressmaking Services through the

Couture Pattern Museum's Atelier:

Consulting and design rate:

$75/hr

Hourly production rate:

$125/hr**

20% non-refundable deposit upon initiation of the project

Minimum: 20 hours per project

Please allow for at least two to three month advance notice before your special event

**pricing subject to ongoing revision and modification

If you are in the film or entertainment industry and are interested in borrowing a completed dress sample for your project or event, please inquire about the process and pricing.

 

All inquiries and client information will be kept in the strictest confidence. 

Thank you for supporting your Santa Barbara and Montecito seamstress, I hope to work with you to create your dream dress.

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GalanosM4046

1957 James Galanos #M4046

Galanos 1957 Dress, McCall's 4045

Galanos for McCall's, c. 1957, #M4045

Jean Desses, V1313

c. 1955 Jean Desses gown. Featured in Vogue and L'Officiel.

Jacques Fath c.1954

Jacques Fath Vogue #1265, c.1954

Madame Gres Afternoon Dress Vogue 1411

Madame Gres afternoon dress, c. 1958

Nina Ricci, c.1957 by Crahay

Nina Ricci, c.1957 by Crahay

Simonetta of Italy

Simonetta of Italy, c.1958 Dress and Bolero

Patou by Marc Bohan

1956 design by Marc Bohan for Patou

Bohan for Patou

Patou by Bohan c.1957 Dress and Coat

Jacques Heim

Heim chiffon dress, c.1957

Madame Gres

Madame Gres draped velvet gown c.1957

Emanuel Ungaro gown c.1974

Emanuel Ungaro gown c.1974

Charles James

Charles James Skirt and Bodice

Pierre Cardin

Cardin jersey dress c.1963

Muir

Jean Muir jersey dress with belt c.1972

Bardot Wedding Dress

Iconic Brigitte Bardot wedding dress, c.1959 by Esterel

Chanel Blouse

Rare, vintage Chanel blouse with buttons and self-fabric belt