Repertoire

Victorian Ball J&CWelcome to Lady Cher Stitch Studio
 

My goal over the years has been to learn the best and most efficient methods of creating garments, sewing and machine embellishment. My journey has provided me with inspirations from the past and present.

A number of years ago, while in the historic Victorian City of Cape May, NJ, I experienced a sewing epiphany. It was Victorian Week. Women and men dressed in magnificent Victorian attire were strolling along the mansion lined streets. Men were courteous and handsomely attired in tux and top hats. The women wore bustled gowns and glorious hats appropriately tilted on well coiffed upswept hair. I was mesmerized by the fashions from this period and felt they must have been created by the most skilled couturiers in history.

From that moment on, I wanted to emulate their fashions and sewing skills. I have collected original Victorian and Edwardian periodicals, sewing manuals and costumes, inspected them and learned from their methods of sewing. I studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC so I could drape, draft and design my own garments modeled after those of Victorian and Edwardian eras. I made numerous costumes like the one on this page to wear to Victorian Balls and social events. More of my Repertoire will be posted here under Creations Tab. Some may eventually be for sale.

My Titanic era “Today’s Priscilla 1912” waist (blouse is our modern term) pattern was fashioned after one I saw in a Delineator Magazine from my Edwardian periodicals, I have incorporate heirloom sewing processes in my pattern instructions. My apron pattern was developed since I couldn’t find in retail children’s aprons to embellish for my great grandchildren.

My sewing is now focused on providing alterations and tailoring services to folks who don’t know how to sew. Sewing manufacturing has disappeared from our country. In order for it to return we need skilled sewists. That is why I offer FREE hand sewing camps to youth and their parents. My desire is to inspire young people to take up sewing as an enjoyable hobby or as a potential career opportunity, both of which have given me great pleasure.