What looks like a scattered mess, is actually fashion brilliance waiting to happen. The lights are on but the candles are lit and the pins, needles and fabric are strewn across the floor – one could mistake Ms. Hyde for a voodoo queen at the sight of her beautiful disaster. Unfortunately she’s not spiritually inclined to cast spells over you, but her clothes can. Slip into one of her designs and you can feel the originality, creativity and thought put into her designs. This girls on a mission, a Massachusetts native that always finds her way back home, she is out to prove Boston isn’t just made up of college hipsters and financial yuppies. Check out Allie’s work here on her official website.
With fast-fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever21 popping up on nearly every block and ‘interpreting’ designer trends so inexpensively, making your own clothes is mostly a thing of the past for anyone who isn’t a Project Runway hopeful. These days, we refer to an off-the-rack item altered by a run-of-the-mill tailor as ‘custom,’ so why invest the time and expense in creating your own garments?
Designer patterns is why.
They’ve been around for ages, coutesy of companies like Butterick and McCall’s. In fact, I can remember seeing patterns from Oscar de la Renta and Issey Miyake as a child. But recently, companies like Vogue Patterns and Simplicity have been updating the catalogs with a crop of contemporary designers and fresh, current designs. Vena Cava, Alice + Olivia, Cynthia Steffe, Michael Kors, American couturier Chado Ralph Rucci, the list goes on. And you’ll be happy to know they’re not just for mother-of-the-bride dresses anymore.
So when can I meet you at the fabric store?
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