Allora Couturière is a clothing and jewelry design business born out of a love of creating a chic and unique look. Inspired by a her own eclectic approach, owner and designer, Temple Murray, presents a fresh perspective on style. Temple understands that all fashion is a form of self-expression, allowing women and men to differentiate themselves.
- creating or visualising an idea and producing a design
- keeping up to date with emerging fashion trends as well as general trends relating to fabrics, colours and shapes
- understanding design from a technical perspective, i.e. producing patterns and technical specifications for designs
- sourcing, selecting and buying fabrics, trims, fastenings and embellishments
- adapting existing designs for re-production
- developing a pattern that is cut and sewn into a garment, including fitting(s), detailing and adaptations
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Keys to a Flawless Suit
A suit fits properly if the padding inside the shoulder doesn’t extend beyond your shoulder, there is no gap between your shirt collar and your jacket’s collar, the jacket hugs, but doesn’t squeeze, your midsection, the jacket sleeves end just above the top of your wrist bone and the pants touch the tops of your shoes with a slight break at your ankles.
The Five Essentials of a Flawless Fit
1. The Shoulders
2. The Collar
3. The Midsection
4. Sleeve Length
5. Pants Length
Guide to Suit Tailoring Costs
Basic Alterations – $
- Button & zipper replacement
- Trouser leg length
- Jacket sleeve length (non-working buttons & unlined)
Medium Complexity Alterations – $$
- Jacket sleeve length (non-working buttons & lined)
- Fixing neck roll
- Bring in or opening up the torso on a jacket
- Bringing in or opening up a pair of trousers
- Taper trouser legs
- Shortening a shirt sleeve
- Replacing a shirt collar
- Adding darts
- Tapering the shirt
Highly Complex Alterations – $$$
- Jacket sleeve length (working buttons & lined)
- Jacket length
- Rotating the jacket sleeve (correcting for arm pitch)
- Relining the jacket
- Reducing shirt shoulders
- Re-weaving – fixes small holes by using fabric found elsewhere on the suit to create an invisible patch. Limited to small holes though.
Expert Alterations – $$$$ You may want to look at a new suit.
- Anything adjusting the shoulders – this is very touchy, as it changes the whole “look” of the garment. It’s very possible that it will fit better, but it may no longer look right.
- Changing the posture of a jacket – this involves adjusting the way the front and back of the jacket are connected, oftentimes needed if a man stands overly erect or slouched over.
Unfixable – Time to purchase a new suit or shirt.
- Long Fabric tears – not along the seam
- Holes larger than 1.5 inches in circumference
- Heavy abrasion damage
- Severe weakening of the fibers caused by alkaline or acid exposure
- Burned fabric – be careful with irons