History in the Making
1. Choose your couture pattern
Choose the special pattern you'd like to have made for you by our skilled in-house couture seamstress. Receive an estimate. Sign an agreement and place your 20% deposit.
2. Design and Fittings
Work with the seamstress to design your dream dress. We will discuss fabric, color, and fit. Be available to travel to Santa Barbara for measurements and an estimated three toile fittings and two final fittings.
3. Wear your historical couture dress
Your couture dress will be custom made for you, with the Couture Pattern Museum label sewn inside including the documented pattern number. Your support helps to fund the Couture Pattern Museum.
Aquire and wear custom made vintage couture crafted from authorized and licensed designs from the Couture Pattern Museum. A classic, vintage couture wardrobe, designed by historically-recognized and iconic couturiers, is meant to outlast trends and seasons. The garments handcrafted and custom made for you by the Couture Pattern Museum in Santa Barbara, CA offer a touch of history, where fashion is treated as a meticulous and exquisite art form. Through our dressmaking services, you have the opportunity to wear a special, custom, authentic vintage recreation, often documented in L'Officiel, Vogue Magazine, and in international museum exhibitions from famous, historically-recognized designers working from their authorized, licensed designs.
You will have the opportunity to choose from the Couture Pattern Museum's catalog of dresses. If you have your own design or pattern you'd like us to work from, please inquire about the process.
Even though a modern vintage recreation won't be created by a 1950's Parisian seamstress, you are still receiving an authentic, original design, imagined and sketched (sometimes draped) from the original hand of the designer, and recreated by our skilled in-house Santa Barbara seamstress. The custom, couture ensembles are made with a high-level of craftsmanship, following the full instructions licensed by the designer, and just the way the designers intended.
We will work collaboratively with you to make your vision, style, and fitting come alive.
We are currently serving clients in the greater Santa Barbara & Montecito area. If you are outside the Santa Barbara area, you will be required to travel for approximately two to three toile fittings, and approximately two final fittings in Santa Barbara. We may consider mailing the toile, but zoom fittings are not as precise as in-person. We are, however, open to working with your local tailor to get the perfect fit. You may inquire for a concierge service list of recommended hotels if you plan on traveling to Santa Barbara.
If you would like to discuss the dressmaking process and pricing estimates by phone or text, contact us at:
Fees for Dressmaking Services through the
Couture Pattern Museum's Atelier:
Consulting and design rate:
Hourly production rate:
20% non-refundable deposit upon initiation of the project
Minimum: 20 hours per project
Any project will require an at least two to three month advance notice before your garment is completed.
**pricing subject to ongoing revision and modification
What's included in the fees: access to the Museum's couture design of your choice. What's not included: cost of toile fabric, fashion fabric, and notions.
If you are in the film or entertainment industry and are interested in borrowing a completed dress sample for your project or event, please inquire about the process and pricing.
All inquiries and client information will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Thank you for supporting the Couture Pattern Museum and your interest in our atelier services.