Over time, I’ve managed to put together a cohesive, workable wardrobe for our mostly casual lifestyle. But one glaring gap has remained: clothing that’s appropriate for dressier occasions. (I’m not talking Black Tie here, but rather occasions like a nice dinner out, an anniversary party, etc.)
Custom made clothing in London
I’ve been flummoxed trying to find pieces that a) suit me and b) don’t feel too formal or over the top. It’s been frustrating. So I decided that while I was in London, I’d pay a visit to Amanda Thompson Couture to see if she could help me out.
Her charming shop and atelier is located in Notting Hill. When you hear “couture,” you might expect a serious and stuffy experience. This was anything but! Amanda is witty and energetic, and you can tell she’s passionate about what she does. She understands color and style personalities, and what works for different body types.
We discussed what kind of pieces I had in mind, and then she quickly sketched some ideas and took measurements. Amanda, Manina, and I then spent some time looking through mountains of swoon-worthy fabrics and samples. I chose two silk fabrics for tops, this one in a “fractured” floral pattern, and one in a solid, slightly textured cream for a tuxedo style blouse. (I’ll share that one soon.) And I chose a tan (warm brown) wool crepe fabric for the trousers. Because she had all of the fabrics in stock, she was able to complete the pieces in time for me to bring them home.
Here’s the floral top and trousers. I just love this print, which reminds me of Monet’s gardens at Giverny. While I was in London, we had two fittings for the trousers (one in a muslin mock-up, and one in the wool) and one fitting for each of the blouses.
(Yes, this outfit needs different shoes. I’m on the hunt…)
Check out the leopard print lining on the waistband! The pockets are also lined in that leopard print fabric. I chose to keep the pants unlined so I can wear them year-round here. (And the fabric has both structure and a nice drape, so the lining didn’t seem necessary.)
Above, the blouse can also be worn closed at the neck, and works well in more casual outfits. (Linen jacket is Eileen Fisher, purchased a few years ago from Eileen Fisher Renew.) Both the top and pants will travel well, and coordinate with other pieces in my wardrobe.
I absolutely love these custom pieces, and I look forward to wearing them for years to come!
Here are a few options with a similar look:
Do you sew your own clothes, or have you ever had custom pieces made?