How I use a book from WWII and New York fabric scraps to create one-of-a-kind lingerie.

👵🏻 HI SISTERS! TODAY WE HAVE A HAPPY CASE. WHEN A GRANNY PROMOTES AN ARTIST

Claire's Closet

When I was 13 I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer (my parents disputed, and wanted me to go into Science). So my grandmother gifted me a booklet of notes from a tailoring class she had done in the 60s, a book, and an expandable mannequin. Thanks to Grannie, 27 years later, I’m a New York based Costume designer!

Black & white pictures of vintage lingerie. From “Everyday fashions of the thirties” as pictured in Sears catalog (Dover)

The Fabric

Most of the fabrics that I use for tap pants and camisoles (a.k.a. kinickers) are left over gems from New York theatre shows. Either:

  • there wasn’t enough for an entire costume and so it was gifted to the costume shop employees
  • or I was designing a show and had tiny pieces of fabric that were too small for anything but knickers.

I choose to pass on the savings…

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6 responses to “How I use a book from WWII and New York fabric scraps to create one-of-a-kind lingerie.

  1. I am so happy to hear how Gram’s support made such a difference.

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