Anything commissioned to a particular specification.
“Custom-made”, “made to order”, and “made to measure”
Why would one choose to go down the bespoke route as oppose to just buying off-the-shelf you might wonder? For me, the answer is very simple. I can have any design I desire, I get to add some meaning to the garment, I get to decide on the type and quality of the fabric, and it will without a doubt fit like a glove! There is a very special feeling to being measured, to be able to choose the details such as a complimentary shoulder line or silhouette, going for fittings, a superior finish that is catered completely to no one else’s body shape but yours! All that said, it doesn’t mean I’m going to forsake a gorgeous design off the rack when it comes along! Eyes always peeled! Good news too is that the fashion industry is quickly moving back to some form of bespoke offering, whether in the form of a completely bespoke outfit or one made to a specific colour combination or simply monogramming to induce a sense of ownership and pride. Bespoke is on its way back!
Design part I – The world is my oyster! I could literally dream up anything I want and have it made to fit! I’ve certainly drawn much inspiration from this season’s wide-leg pants with front button features. Then of course being leather mad, I couldn’t resist a pair of wide leg sailor pants in a beautiful french navy leather. Next step: buttons. Most would pair navy with gold buttons. I would too as it’s naturally classy and would never date. However I fell in love with these pre-Korean war (pre-1950) Air Force buttons on Etsy and I couldn’t resist! They have a rustic silver patina and are so rich in history I had to have them! I love anything with a bit of history and meaning which I believe add a much needed dimension to the world of mass-production that we are today. I think these buttons work superbly!
Design part II – As my amazing couturier has mentioned before, my designs tend to evolve…oops… so when I realised I had leftover leather, I thought a matching top would just be amazing! Yes it will be full on without a doubt, but jaw dropping amazing! To me at least! I decided on a simple crop top featuring the same buttons as those on the pant. Then of course there was that bit more fabric left and I thought I could add a peplum to it, for a bit of a varied look. I wanted both the edgy crop as well as the more ladylike peplum and to be able to wear them as two different looks, so we joined the two with a zip! Voila.
The ultimate beauty with this piece is you can wear the top and pant separately with almost anything! A gorgeous lace top or white t-shirt with the pants … my fav turtlenecks and even a singlet top in the warmer months would work fabulously. The peplum top could be worn with jeans of any colour or style, or pencil skirt! Don’t forget the crop alternative! That would work beautifully with a cute pair of culottes and knee high boots (gosh imagine that look), layered over a pleated dress to channel a bit of wild… as you can see, there are a tonne of options!
Fabric – Han and I could talk fabrics till the cows come home but that’ll be a post in itself. Fabrics can transform any design, turn a classic piece into something more edgy, turn a plain piece into a fun and interesting one, combined to blow our minds away … the potentials are endless. I prefer natural fibres for many reasons such as how it feels on the skin, breathability and most importantly sustainability. Natural fibres, unlike synthetic ones, do not react with mother earth to create toxic waste. This again could be an entire post in itself, which I won’t go into. One natural material that I adore is leather if you haven’t already worked it out! I’ve turned into such a leather fiend this winter! To me, leather is cool, it’s fun, it’s different, and it’s more of a challenge from a design and tailoring perspective. So you’ll be seeing more of this amazing material throughout winter … and a little bird whispered that LLT has set a challenge for herself and she’ll be combining her beloved leather with other materials in pieces to come, so stay tune!
No alterations! – I am quite petite and androgynously shaped, so almost 90% of garments I have bought have needed a bit of surgery! Some that I have fallen for and couldn’t leave behind have required major surgeries! Garments that are made for my body just fits me like a perfectly fitted glove! Literally! That feeling is quite special as no one knows your body better than yourself. ‘A Sailorette in Bespoke’ is one such piece.
Creative & Styling: LLT
Photography: Sam Taylor (my gorgeous hubby)
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