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Erin Draper: How My Designs are Made


I’m proud to be part of the slow fashion movement.  Rather than relying on a large factory, each of my garments is carefully cut and sewn by hand at my Baltimore studio where I can ensure consistent quality and meticulous construction. Using industrial sewing machines, we make each garment one at a time giving attention to every detail. While we keep some inventory in stock, most of our garments are made to order. This reduces waste and helps us keep our costs down so we can offer you the best possible prices. 

We use high quality fabrics that I choose for their softness, weight, color and stretch so that each design will be extremely comfortable and drape beautifully. Many of our fabrics are sourced from a small NY-based manufacturer that uses recycled rayon and rayon made with Lenzing Viscose, a fiber that is made in a closed circuit process with minimal environmental impact.  We also use hemp and tencel, two of the most eco-friendly fabrics, bamboo, and recycled poly, as well as washable silk. Our silk is dyed in the U.S. where strict environmental protection laws apply, not in countries where silk dyes are a major source of water pollution.

I personally create every pattern for my clothing.  My goal is always to create a piece that is striking and unusual and also very comfortable to wear.  There’s a fair amount of trial and error in my process. Unless a piece looks and feels great, it doesn’t make it into my line.

In studio photography by Jill Fannon

I want to design clothing that my customers will love and that look good on every body type.  Selling my clothing in person at trunk shows and juried craft shows gives me a chance to see how my designs hang on different bodies so I can fine tune and perfect my patterns to look great on everyone.  At these shows, I also get a chance to learn about my customers’ unmet needs.  When women told me they love my sleeveless tops, but aren’t comfortable having their upper arms exposed, I created Morgan, a flowy top with a butterfly sleeve that has become one of my most popular designs.  Having a chance to interact directly with customers who love my style, and to receive their feedback and hear their suggestions, inspires me to create designs that fill a real need for my customers. 

To learn more about why my clothing looks and feels so great, click on the links below.  

      --- Erin