To build a costume or custom-made garment, many things need to be taken into consideration. In creating each garment, Ute engages in a complex process which includes research and careful consideration of the design, character, renderings, and photographs of the piece and the person who will wear it.
Before starting a pattern, Ute takes careful measurements of the person. Next, she constructs a pattern and makes a sample or mock-up for a first fitting. The pattern will then be altered as needed to fit the body and stay true to the style line of the design.
As she begins to cut the fabric, Ute considers the “inside life” of the fabric in order to give the garment the desired shape. (The “inside life” is the fabric and other materials between the outer fabric and the garment lining). This process provides the garment with the desired shape and is much like sculpting a body.
The pattern maker is an architect for bodies.
When making costumes, creating the “inside life” is crucial to the process. A costume needs to be strong enough to hold up for 20 to 30 years and undergo many repairs and alterations. In theater and ballet, garments are exposed to a great deal of wear and tear, unlike with street clothes.
Haute couture garments have inside lives as well. While they are not as heavily-worked as costumes, the sewing techniques used in their creation are similar to those used in costume making.
A custom-tailored garment is like your home, a place you can live and feel great in.
Ute Hiltl is dedicated to creating garments that her clients feel at home in. She is happy when her clients are entirely satisfied with their new piece.
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