The Atelier

History in the Making
 

The Atelier creates dresses for museum exhibitions and for clients who want to experience a touch of history

How to Order a Dress:

1. Choose your couture pattern

Fill out the Client Intake Form. Choose the unique pattern to be made by our skilled in-house couture seamstress. Receive an estimate. Sign an agreement and place a 20% deposit. 

2. Design and Fittings

Work with the seamstress to design a fabulous dream dress. We will discuss fabric, color, and fit. Be available to travel to Santa Barbara for measurements and an estimated three toile and two final fittings.

3. Wear your historical couture dress

A couture dress will be custom made, with the Couture Pattern Museum label sewn inside, including the documented pattern number. Your support helps to fund the activities of the Couture Pattern Museum.

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Savoir-Faire

Many haute couture houses did not keep archives of their patterns and designs. The Couture Pattern Museum may be one of the last institutions in the world to have preserved some of their historical patterns with instructions on how to recreate them authentically. We started the dressmaking Atelier in Santa Barbara to service clients who wish to wear meaningful, historical garments made from these authorized and licensed patterns. 

 

The garments, handcrafted and custom-made by the Couture Pattern Museum, offer a touch of history, where fashion is treated as a meticulous and exquisite art form. Through our dressmaking services, clients can wear a meaningful recreation, often documented in the archives of L'Officiel, Vogue Magazine, and international museum exhibitions from famous, historically-recognized designers working from their authorized, licensed designs. 

 

Choose from the Couture Pattern Museum's catalog of dresses. Please inquire about the process if you have a design or pattern, you would like us to use.

Even though a 1950's Parisian seamstress will not sew your dress, you are still receiving an authentic, original design that was imagined and sketched (sometimes draped) from the original hand of the designer. Our skilled in-house Santa Barbara seamstress collaborates with the client to create a magnificent, historically accurate dress. The design houses have approved the commercial patterns in our archives. Before publishing the pattern, they were regulated and approved by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to be created outside the Parisian workrooms. The custom couture ensembles are made with a high level of craftsmanship, following the complete instructions licensed by the designer and the pattern companies.

 

We will work collaboratively to make the client's vision, style, and fitting come alive. Please fill out the client intake form to begin the conversation:

​Fees for Dressmaking Services:

Hourly production rate: 

$125/hr**

20% non-refundable deposit upon initiation of the project

20% non-refundable deposit after toile fitting

Minimum: 20 hours per project

Average project: 40 - 70 hours

Requests will require at least two to three-month advance notice before the garment is complete. 

**Pricing is subject to ongoing revision and modification

The fees include access to the Museum's couture design of the client's choice. The cost of toile material, fashion fabric, and special notions are not included and will be billed separately as an expense. ​All inquiries and client information will be kept in the strictest confidence. Thank you for supporting the Couture Pattern Museum and for your interest in our atelier services.