Services

Workroom Services

Please call 801-596-2210 for 2016 rate sheet and newly added equipment/items

Finished Wearables (costumes, armor, suits, dresses, pants, shirts, etc)

We can create realized, wearable costumes and clothing built to the sizes you specify, based on your drawings, sketches, tech packs or reference images from books, websites, costume history plates, etc.

We can build one item or your whole production.

We need to take measurements, and ideally, we need you or your most important actors/models for fitting(s) during the development process.

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Samples and Prototypes

Patterning, prototyping and development usually takes at least one of the following steps/samples.

Three basic types of samples are often needed for most design/development projects. Your project may require one or more sample types, depending on what you want to do and how/where you plan to manufacture your product.

muslin sample:  an initial muslin drape or toille made for basic fitting and sizing check on you, your actor or your fitting model.

fabric sample:   can be made with inexpensive fabrics that mimic the weight and drape of the fabric you’ll eventually want to use in your production line.

high-end fabric sample:   is made with your actual fabric, leather, etc- it might be a more expensive silk, outdoor or decorator fabric. It’s important to make one or more of these samples to accurately pre-visualize and establish the look, fit and details of a finished item you plan on manufacturing. Crucial for sending along with your pattern to the factory when you go into mass production.

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Patterns

We can create usable paper patterns made to the sizes you specify, ready for digitizing (if you plan to manufacture at a factory), based on the images or tech pack you provide.

You will likely need both patterns and samples. Both are necessary for fine-tuning your patterns and clothing item(s) before you begin any large production run at a factory.

Our shop owns a collection of more than 1500 stock patterns, including some interesting vintage items. We sometimes pull from these, changing features, mixing and adapting as starting points to create your pattern, prototype or costume based on your images or design.

We can make samples using patterns that you provide, too, whether these are commercially bought or if you created them, etc.

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Pattern grading and size ranges

We can create a run of patterns and fitting samples based on sizes you specify, for example, 29 – 44 waist in a men’s pant style or women’s dress sizes 2-24, etc. Find a baseline fitting model (which means a person to try on the sample) as your starting point. Base this person's size generally on the commercial clothing sizes that fit him/her. Perhaps you’d like to use yourself as a baseline. You can call your own size whatever you wish. As you probably know, higher-end manufactured clothing uses more fabric and flatters a consumer’s ego. An expensive brand’s size 6 may fit the same as a less expensive brand’s size 8 or 10, etc. You can also tell us if you'd like your clothing line to fit the way another brand fits.  For size samples, plan on selecting your fitting models in a variety of different sizes to do your test fittings.

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Factory Production of Your Items

We can broker your larger productions. We can negotiate and set up your contracts with factories that have the capability to produce large runs of your item(s).  Our shop is a design studio specializing in prototypes and one-of-a-kinds. Although our shop isn't a factory, we can typically schedule time and equipment to produce small runs and sample sets for you, depending on our other ongoing deadlines and projects.

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Hosting Guest Designers and Production Crews

Want to shoot your film or do your pre-production in Utah?

Not only can your group take advantage of the Utah Film Incentives, but you can also work from our costume and scene shops. We can design and build your film or you can. Your cutters, drapers and technicians or ours. Or any combination. And all the machinery, equipment, tables and skilled staff to help you build and assemble your costumes, sets and props, then handle them on set if you need us.  Our 2000 square foot shop downtown is located just nine minutes away from the Salt Lake International Airport, plus two blocks away from a stop on the UTA Trax red, green and blue lines. Our scene-shop is also located nearby.

As of 2015, we've hosted several out-of-state productions and this is a service we're definitely committed to! Together we can build your creative projects while strengthening our local economy. It's win-win.

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Classes and Personalized Instruction

Want to build your own costume? Want to get some new skills and use some heavy duty machinery?
We got you covered. You can schedule a special class or a special project. Look here:

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Specialty Equipment & Other Services

Walking Foot

Our shop workhorses.
We can sew your heavy layers of leather, denim, canvas, upholstery fabrics and more.

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Ruffling

Yes, we can ruffle your fabric. Fabric is cut into strips, finished with hems on one or both long sides and we run it through our ruffler machine. Preselect your ratio and fullness. Plan on providing extra fabric for contingency (you should have us ruffle more fabric than you'll need to meet the requirements of your project.) The machine creates a double chain stitch holding your ruffles in place. After you’ve sewn the ruffled piece onto your costume or bedskirt, etc, the chain stitching is removable.

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Grommeting

We keep these in stock and can punch your holes plus set your grommets. Our kick-press grommet setter makes fast, accurate work with your items.

Grommet sizes: 0 and 00
0 = 1/4th inch diameter hole
00= 3/16th inch diameter hole
Brass
Antique brass
Nickle
Black
And sometimes other colors- ask us!

Corsets and laced-up wearables typically look best with size 00 grommets.
Larger, size 0 grommets tend to look better on larger items where the larger grommet size doesn’t overpower a typical human size/silhouette.

Grommets have an eyelet and a washer. Stronger than plain eyelets, but we have those, too. Plain eyelets are not recommended for any sort of load-bearing lace up, for example, on any corset.

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Snaps

Heavy duty snaps and kick-press setter. These are the industrial, metal pull-the-dot snaps used in leather jackets, automotive work, leather goods, holsters, marine work, military items, tents, awnings, etc. We have plenty of sew-in snaps as well, in many sizes.

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Stays and Boning, Cut and Finished to Size

We have the following in stock and can cut these to length, grind the ends and dip them for you to use in your projects.

1/4” spring steel
1/2” spring steel
1/4” spiral steel
1/2” spiral steel
lacing stays (up to 24” long)
Busks cut down to size, ground and tipped.

Corsets and period bodices need boning or stays to fit and look right.

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Custom slipcovers, window coverings, etc.

See samples of our custom slipcovers and interior dec work here

We create custom slipcovers, installations, unusual window coverings, murals and specialty fixtures for architects, interior designers, business owners and private homes.

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Alterations and all kinds of sewing-

We love our local clients and are here for you!

Speedy, affordable repairs and alterations.  Bring us your ripped, your torn, your not-fitting-so-great and we'll get you looking fine, fast. We're here for you and your favorite outfits, or to create that new outfit of your dreams.

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Vest, draped/mocked up in muslin. Fitted, altered and patterned before the expensive crocodile embossed leather is ever cut.

Vest, draped/mocked up in muslin. For fitting, altering and patterning before the expensive crocodile embossed leather ever gets cut.

Finished vest made from leather, after design has been mocked up in muslin, fitted and patterned.

Finished vest made from leather, after design has been mocked up in muslin, fitted, altered and patterned.

Patterns and samples for an outdoor company’s fleece pullover, based on their design and tech pack. Our early variations on the left and final version on right. Instead of using the company’s expensive high-end performance fleece in these fitting samples, we used a less expensive, readily available consumer fleece. At this development stage we used neutral, gray fabrics to keep the client’s focus on basic fitting, sizing and placement/sizes of details.

Some patterns and samples for an outdoor company’s fleece pullover, based on their design and tech pack. Our early variations on the left and a final version on right. Instead of using the company’s expensive high-end performance fleece in these fitting samples, we used readily available consumer fleece. At this development stage we also used neutral, gray fabrics to keep the client’s focus on basic fitting, sizing and placement/sizes of details.

Jen, tailoring and fitting custom Edwardian costume pieces on actor Ben Schnetzer for the film, Punk's Dead.

Jen, tailoring and fitting custom Edwardian costume pieces on actor Ben Schnetzer for the film, Punk's Dead.

Not complete without a cane. Custom by Timm Paxton.

Not complete without a custom cane made by artist, Timm Paxton.