Hey chickadees! A few weeks back, I posted here about a custom made outfit that I was anticipating. I actually received the piece a few days after that post was made (YAYYYY!). Today, I wanted to share the ensemble with you and the details of my experience. Can I just say that having your outfit look like it was made for you is one thing but knowing your ensemble was crafted expressly for you is a whole other ballgame!
Pick Your Poison
The first thing that you want to do is figure out what it is that your wardrobe is lacking or it might just be something that you would like to see and haven’t been able to find in the ready-to-wear world. For me, I love jumpsuits and rompers but I wanted to find something that had a peplum with a whimsical train detail. Although I have seen them pop up more recently, I had been pining for an ensemble such as this for years. Literally, I was planning my 10 year vow renewal in my head and I was wearing a white jumpsuit custom-made with a peplum and train. That was around 2012. A few years later I did broach the subject with my mom, Betty Bop, who is one of the most skilled seamstresses that I know. She had been out of the game for a while but now that she has retired from work I thought she may be interested in picking it back up. Fortunately for me, she was!!! Anyway, she had made me several dresses for fashion shows that I was coordinating but we never got around to hashing out the details for my jumpsuit. Until now…OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ!
Jumpsuit w/ removable peplum: Divine Creations Fashion Affair
Lace Bralette: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Exotic Hush Boutique Shoes: Charlotte Russe
What I did next is take my exact measurements. Now, I’ve had a few custom-made pieces this year but I always take my measurements and send the most accurate numbers to each designer. Due to some overzealous eating this summer my waist had actually gone up an inch so I’m glad that I did re-measure myself, SMH. Ugh measuring is such a pesky annoyance. However, it is key to ensure your end product meets your fit expectations. I am very hippy, very busty and very butt-y. So, you see my concern with finding a jumpsuit that fits like it was made for me? A custom-made jumpsuit is the perfect option for a woman like me.
I will admit I do not know much about patterns or sewing for that matter, much to my mother’s chagrin, I’m sure. What I do is ramble on about all these finicky minute details that I like…piecing a fashionista’s conglomerate Frankenstein of a mess together and she kind of takes it and runs with it. I was fortunate enough to have my mother and father here visiting for a week this summer and although I had to work during their visit my mom and I did visit 2 local fabric stores. But when we were there we were actually looking for fabric and patterns and closures for yet another piece she’s working on for me, wait for it (teehee). We got the opportunity to discuss what I really wanted in my jumpsuit and she planned to look for patterns and fabric on her visit to Atlanta a couple of weeks later. I received several jumpsuit options via text message. I will be honest, because of my love of jumpsuits I really didn’t think that the style of the actual suit mattered because if it was custom-made for me I was going to love it regardless. I have never really met a jumpsuit I did not love! I selected two different patterns, one for the peplum and one for the jumpsuit. Guess what?!?! I was very pleasantly surprised when I received the finished product and it consisted of a detachable peplum! Ummm SCORE! I seriously can create about 50/11 different looks because of that detail…thanks, Mom! But I digress, when searching for your perfect pattern, pay keen attention to the types of fabrics and the details associated with that pattern.
Crop Top: Thrifted
Goldenrod shorts (not shown): Target
Detachable peplum: Divine Creations Fashion Affair
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Fun fact, Les Fabriques is the name of one of the sites that hosted one of my interns this summer! Yes but fabric! Ohhhhh my ggggeerrrssshhh! There are so many options! It is a good idea to have in mind what you’re going for before you actually shop for your fabric because you can be sucked in. I knew I wanted something elegant, regal and colorful with a pop. I knew for a fact that I wanted something that I could wear to fashion week and stand out. I wanted something that was purple or eggplant with gold accents. I didn’t want a solid I wanted a pattern… possibly an African print. African prints are extremely hard to find, at least in Arizona where my mom lives, and they’re also expensive. She found a couple of African prints while in Atlanta and sent me text messages of them. I did not think that they would be flattering on my figure as the size and scale of the patterns were not going to be friendly on this body over here. She later found and sent me more swatches and I eventually chose this beautiful paisley print. She mailed a swatch to me and asked me to pick a contrasting color for a lining. I knew immediately that I wanted something gold or goldenrod to really accent this lovely print.
Once we had all of the pieces in place and we knew exactly what we wanted it was time to make it happen Captain! Did I mention that I text my mom Sunday saying that I had an event to go to the upcoming Friday and it would be awesome to wear the piece to that event and I believe I had it by that Thursday!? That is absolutely unheard of! I can barely think of an outfit to wear in two days, let alone actually sew and ship it!
Denim top: Target
Obi belt: The Limited
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Due to the silky material that we chose, I was very concerned that it would wrinkle and that it wouldn’t fit as well because there was no stretch. Let’s be honest, being over 30 and and having a child, stretch and I have become great acquaintances. Once again, I was very pleasantly surprised that there were minimal wrinkles and where there were wrinkles (in the crotch after sitting) they were pretty undetectable because of the pattern. I can’t really express to you the different personas that were associated with each outfit like I said I felt very regal almost royal in the jumpsuit and peplum. But when I wore the detachable peplum with denim shorts and a denim top I felt like the queen of an urban jungle. I received numerous compliments and so many people were blown away by the outfit AND the styling…score for team Divine Creations Fashion Affair and Chic & Classy Image Consulting! #boop
One might think that I would be biased because it is my mother who made this piece for me. However, keep in mind that I am a fashionista at heart and I totally give credit where credit is due. The craftsmanship, professionalism, the turnaround time and attention to detail are phenomenal. By the way, please keep an eye out for Divine Creations Fashion Affair! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my love for fashion is totally a result of the amazingly talented mother I was blessed with. I believe we all have talents and a lot of times those traits that make us good at what we do came directly from our parents or our lineage. Be sure to recognize and acknowledge the talents that make your parents awesome because as children sometimes we tend to overlook that! So, have you considered having a piece custom made? Stylishly yours, KJ.