Chicago designer extraordinaire Lauren Lein gave me a call a few months ago to tell me about a new client of hers, Allison Walton, a Chicago attorney who needed some new items of clothing and was coming in for a fitting. Both Lauren and Allison were kind enough to invite me along to cover the process so you, my dear readers, can get an inside look of the fitting process! This is a special two-part segment on the weekly feature: “Designers Who Work It”.
The first look that Allison tried on was a lovely purple blouse with pinstripe skirt suit. The seamstress worked her magic pinning both the shirt and skirt to ensure the perfect fit to ensure Allison was at her most comfortable at work, both sitting and standing. She also picked out what buttons suited her style best to be included on the shirt and blazer.
Included in the fitting process was ensuring that all the lengths were correct. After looking at several lengths, Allison decided to have the skirt reach just below the knee for a professional look while still making a stylish statement. Also the seamstress made sure that her sleeves wouldn’t be too long or short both in regards to the jacket and the blouse. Allison was also fitted in a pair of slacks to go with the blazer as a good mix and match item.
Allison’s second look was a stunning green dress with a tie-neck. While the seamstress was ensuring that the length worked appropriately in flats and heels, Lauren (shown right) gave her some options on different ways to work the tie.
Fittings aren’t just about making sure clothing fits you. When you purchase an item from a designer, chances are that you selected a sample piece that needs to be fit to your size and style. And that includes playing with different lengths, having options on the sleeves of a top, making sure your preferred heel height is ideal for your new slacks, selecting buttons, deciding on zippers and above all, taking a basic design and creating your individual look. Here is Allison in the final fittings for her green dress.
This Friday, TheWorkingWardrobe will feature Allison in her final finished looks for Part 2 of this week’s “Designers Who Work It” segment. Stay tuned!
Photos: Abigail Harenberg www.abigailharenberg.com