It’s one of the great fallacies of life that people today think that they have to put up with poorly-made, ill-fitting fashion because they don’t have any other choice. I mean, as a general rule, that’s all the shops are producing, right?
But no. There is another option. Bespoke.
Custom-made clothing isn’t the exclusive domain of people with more money than they knew what to do with. It’s actually perfectly achievable for those of us with a little less cash to splash around.
And the irony of it is that not only will you usually spend less than you will in a chain store, but more often than not you’ll end up with something that is of superior quality, which fits better, and is either unique or of a limited run. AND you’ll be supporting small businesses or individuals rather than massive corporations.
I have had SO MUCH of my wardrobe custom-made for me, and I’m almost always delighted with the results:
Convinced yet? Maybe take a look at what’s currently on my Bespoke Lust List!
Dress: Leah May
This dress is absolutely sublime, and at just AUD$93 it’s way cheaper than any of the party dresses you’ll find at City Chic. And it’s custom-sized, so you know it’ll fit. Leah’s been sewing since she was seven, and was inspired to make her own clothes after being frustrated at being unable to find well-made fashion that fit well (I know the feeling well!). All her clothes have a particularly vintage aesthetic, she prefers to use locally sourced or vintage fabrics and she based in Melbourne! Hurrah!
A gorgeous looking cocktail-length take on Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” dress. That feature back needs to be in my wardrobe now!
Dress: Heart My Closet
GORGEOUS! And while I’ve never ordered from this store myself I got a message on Tumblr from someone who had saying they had been great, and really particular about getting the sizing right.
Dress: She By Cindy
Oh, this hot pink confection’s been on my wishlist for SO LONG. When, oh when will I finally cave and buy it??
From another local Australian dressmaker, there’s something so charming about these simple dresses. The fabrics are all vintage, and very very limited, so check out her website for a current listing of available materials.