Category Archives: design

First Sample is Complete…

The first sample garment in the F/W collection is complete. This is one that will be in the book that will be released late fall this year.

You can order it as a custom order garment – as a custom order we will find the fabric that you would like it to be and even in the color scheme of your choice. Head on over to the scheduling page and let’s set something up!

This skirt has 4 darts in the front and 4 darts in the back to obtain the loveliest of shaping and fitting. It features an invisible zipper on the right side and fully lined!

Welcome to May…..

April showers bring May flowers… If this is so… what does May snow bring?

We missed the snow here at Lucky 7 Studios – as we were travelling to Georgia and back. However, we did find a hail storm on the way down through West Virginia and 80 degrees on the way back. 

Today as I write this the sky is blue and sun is shining bright! Many of our trees have leafed out and the strawberries and blueberries have bloomed to bring us fresh fruit soon. 

So what is happening at Lucky 7 Studios. 

  • The website will be under construction one page at a time beginning Monday May 17. 
  • 4 blog posts – two are continuing the Costume Era Timeline (Greek and Roman), the other two, you will have to stick around and find out.
  • 2 podcasts – catch them here
  • A handful of “short posts” on our regular social media platforms – FacebookTwitterInstagram
  • The F/W collection will be released but not as a ready to wear – more of a one of a kind. Each garment will be available for custom sizing and a handful of fabric options. 
  • There will be 1 live Q & A on May 20th at 2pm on our YouTube.
  • Finally, there will be a handful of video recordings from a Zoom weekly “Paint with Us” on a group Facebook page – Sneak a Peek Artists. 

Historic Bonnet Recreation

A client came to me from the Salem Historical Society and needed a replica of a bonnet. The one they were using was falling apart and needed it replicated without removing a stitch. 

Historic Bonnet from Salem Historical Society.

Once I received the bonnet, I set to work on a plan to recreate such a delicate piece of history. 

The first step was to determine how many pieces there were to the bonnet and how they went together. 

Next, was to begin preliminary measurements, then check and double check. 

This is my assistant Jilly Bean!

Next, create a pattern for each and every piece. Checking and double checking as I go. 

Finally, cut the fabric and put the bonnet together. I do not have any final photos of the bonnet, as I returned it to the Historical Society before, I thought about it. 

Once, she got it home I had made an error, it does happen, the side pieces were too far forward and blocked her vision, so she took part of it apart and “fixed” it. 

This particular recreation was an amazing learning experience in my sewing career, it allowed me access to an original historic garment to see their process of garment construction. There were many hand stitches. If I were to make another as such, I would feel better using the original method of construction, even if it took a little longer, this way it would be more authentic. 

If you have an item you would like recreated, I am available for a consultation, and would look forward to the opportunity. 

Custom Clothing and Design

I wanted to take a few minutes and provide a short explanation of Custom Clothing & Design as it relates to Lucky 7 Designs. 

Most times when one hears custom clothing, they think screen printed, or embroidered, shirts or sweatshirts. They begin with an already produced, by someone else, garment and then something is added to it. 

Lucky 7 Studios does not begin with some other person or company produced garment. 

Custom  = “made to order”, individually – one of a kind, not mass produced

Clothing = “clothes considered as a group”, wearing apparel, “a covering”

Design = “to conceive or fashion in the mind; invent”. “to create or execute”, “to create designs = a drawing or sketch”

Therefore, Lucky 7 Studios creates one of a kind made to order garments tailored to each individual person. 

Lucky 7 Studios does not mass produce garments, we may at one time, or another create designs that may be used again and again but each garment is specific to one person. Lucky 7 Studios will no longer make memory quilts, even though we have in the past, there are plenty of those “custom clothing and design” companies around. The only alterations we will do are for our individual clients on garments we have made for them. We also do not make masks, unless they are to match a client’s garments we have created. 

With all that said, Lucky 7 Studios will provide you with a one of a kind, client focused, custom designed and made (often using couture techniques) garments. 

There are a few ways we do this: 

  • begin with a design in one of my seasonal fashion lines; 
  • start with your idea in your head, sketch the design, create the patterns, and tailor the garment to your ideas; and 
  • we can also take an image of a garment that you might like, create the pattern, and then create the garment for you. 

We can also create a pattern with instructions for you to make your own garments. The pattern would be created using your personal measurements. 

If you want to know more use the form on the contact page and reach out!