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Something I love about running a creative blog is the interesting people I have met through it.
I have been following Lady Danburry’s fashion designs on her blog Thinking With Shapes for about six months. As well as having a cool fashion design blog, Lady Danburry also has a shop were she makes everything she sells.
I appreciate her sense of style and am always impressed by her original designs, which she posts almost on a daily basis. This girl can sew crazy fast.
Follow me on a little trip through Lady Danburry’s world.
A custom suit. These are some serious tailoring skills here!
Trousers and a blouse designed and sewn by Lady Danbury in her online shop.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit and be the houseguest of the gracious Lady Danburry and her husband Drew last week when I attended the SNAP Conference in Utah. I had fun chatting with her and Drew about raising chickens among other things! Drew is a musician and barber who owns a classic style barber shop where he gives straight razor shaves and wears a chic white coat designed for him by his wife.
One of the things that struck me about Lady Danburry was how young she was. I knew from her blog that she previously owned a tailor shop, and has had numerous commissions as well as running her online shop, so I assumed she was older.
When I visited her studio I noticed she was working on a wedding gown.
“Is this your first wedding gown?” I asked her.
“Oh no.”she answered.
“How many have you made?” I asked her.
“Oh about twenty.”
Twenty bridal gowns ? I was amazed that this young lady, about the same age as most people are when they are just graduating design school and starting out, was already a seasoned and highly skilled designer.
She was taught to sew by her mother who was a costume designer and has been sewing clothes since she was a little girl. She is home and self taught. Proof that you don’t always need an expensive degree to do what you love.
Here is a peek inside the studio of the Lady Danbury:
Her mom made these fabric storage shelves for her as well as the cutting tables. What a cool mom! Did I mention Lady Danbury’s sister is Jess from the Running With Scissors children’s sewing and design blog? Can I please be adopted into this family?
She sews on industrial machines like this Singer serger. Industrial machines are the best but you need a lot of space for them as they come attached to big, clunky tables.
This Consew is a tank and will sew through practically anything!
Sketches of designs from a recent fashion show.
I liked this photo area. It’s nice to have a dedicated spot like this to photograph finished designs.
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