Launch of a Collection

Cut And Sewn has always been an in-store atelier where clients bring ideas that we design, pattern, and manufacture into reality. However, we wanted to open our doors to more than just customer ideas but ideas about fashion in general. We wanted to launch an in-house brand than encapsulated our beliefs, our insights, the story of Mildred (our fictional ambiance) and the fun charismatic emotions Cut And Sewn brings to the world. Hence, our first collection ROSWELL was born!

A spring collection which nods to the Western Americana visions embedded in the era of the 1940’s. Roswell, New Mexico was known mostly through myths and accounts of frequent visitations from alien life forms and UFOs; however, there’s more to Roswell than mystery and innuendo. Mildred, the pure presence of adventure and the innovative essence of Cut And Sewn, has been called to take on a daring trek across Route 66 in search of the “key item” that will fulfill her prized antique collections. With simple basics and intricately designed dresses and tops full of neutrals and pops of color, ROSWELL is going to make one vivid statement on redesigned  comebacks from that past that you don’t want to miss! All eyes, from the desert to the skies, will be on you!

We worked diligently working 12 hour days to produce garments and sketch ideas that would make it beyond our atelier’s walls but to the online community as well. Today marks the launch of our online shop. Although it may only be a sample and not the entirety of the collection, we are hoping to broaden our horizons as well as yours. We could not be any happier and wish that society will look at clothing more as wearable art than just another “mall needing” experience.

Check it Out:

Be Bold. Be Inspired.

Nathan at Cut And Sewn

What exactly is a sample room?

Cut And Sewn as many may already know is a traditional sample room based off the classic studio ateliers found in many fashion house brands such as Chanel in Paris, Versace in Milan, and Marc Jacobs in NYC. A Sample Room  is one of the most important stages in the process of fashion manufacturing. In this pivotal moment, design ideas are taken from drawings and turned into the tangible garment. The production room gathers information gathered by the designer, fabric specialist, pattern maker, and manufacturer by which a sample can be made with fullness of accuracy, specification and confirmation.

With our workroom we try to fulfill a variety of important procedures and necessary steps to give way to full on small batch manufacturing. The most significant outcome is to construct a proper sample. With this sample we must understand our client’s requirements for the garment as well as fulfill those requirements as best we can. Once we know that garment is on goal to the client’s desire we utilize the skill operation needed to combine techniques that succeed in the overall performance of an order.

When the plan of action is set we contact the buyer about their bulk production and review production and manufacturing with our sewing team. Cut And Sewn double checks measurement and fabric requirements so as to make perfection in the consumption of purchased fabric. Finally, after constructing a first sample we perfect the pattern and markings which in the end translates across the entire production of future products.  Thus the sample room is the catalyst for ideas into pre-production work before full scale manufacturing.sampleroom


Food + Art = The Carnegie

Food travels a journey most people don’t realize. From the warm straw nest constructed by a mother hen we notice the ambiance and simplicity of nature’s most precious gift: food. We then cut back on all the complexities of this food to a manufacturing process by simply presenting that milky, brown chicken egg as the quiche we just baked, the omelette we ordered, or the scrambled heap of yellow fluff we worked haphazardly to whip up. However, there is more to this journey than what we tend to believe. Food undergoes the greatest of adventures as it crosses paths both natural and man-made.

How does one present this beautiful cycle? Art of course!

For ten years Carnegie Hall, in Kentucky, has proudly hosted a beautiful evening gala to commemorate the interactive environment between the culture of food and art through the showcasing of creations of some of the Tri-state’s top chefs as well as local artists. By displaying that food and art work together in telling stories and give rise to community; we as a people grow in appreciation for the way we taste, visualize, and smell food.

Farm to Gallery, was this year’s theme for the event, and Cut And Sewn eagerly jumped in with a wonderful set of ideas to represent not only our business’s craft but whimsical yet professional nature as well. Our sample room works on the basis of fashion but as an event that spills forth character planning; we decided to take a different route by entering the realm of costume design and development for this particular evening affair. After many long hours of ruffling fabric, draping heavy knits, and attaching prop pieces, the Cut And Sewn team created a twin set of Bumbling Bees, a gardening dress for a Miss Beekeeper, and finally a bountiful display for the Merry Milkmaid.

The mini collection we fabricated received wonderful feedback and appreciation on the night of the Carnegie reception and we had grown in experience with combining the artistic realms of edibles, fantasy costuming, and forward thinking fashions. A night my team members and I certainly will not forget!

Until next time –  Be Bold. Be Inspired,

Nathan at Cut And Sewn

Intern On The Job


My name is Nathan Haberthy and I am currently a sophomore student studying Fashion Design at the prestigious Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program at the University of Cincinnati. Cut And Sewn, the atelier manufacturer and sheer force behind this blog, recently hired me at the beginning of 2016 as an intern designer this spring. Therefore I thought it only necessary to introduce myself considering I’ll be one of the many voices to guide up coming posts and fashion news regarding our collection as well as popular brands or industry topics over this spring.

As a fashion enthusiast and beginner in the design field I am always on the hunt for what fulfills the growing hunger of “the new” while holding roots reminiscent of our past. The realm of avant garde tends to abduct my own aesthetic when combined with the glamour that mixes modern with the extravagant couture world.

Besides going on about some of my favorite designers I think it’s interesting to talk about one of my biggest inspirations and how it works accordingly with my other colleagues at Cut And Sewn. The thing that truly opens my eyes not only to pop culture influences as well as fashion telling a story is actually the drag scene. Drag, for those who do not know, is a theatrical art manifestation in the performance realm whereby a man typically dresses up in opposite gender role costume for entertainment purposes. This I find highly interesting considering today it has been capitalized upon in movies and club scenes with flashy costumes and character displays but mainly because history has taught us either through Greeks, Romans, and throughout European past that men were only allowed to play woman roles when telling stories. When looking at the bigger picture, this source of entertainment and creativity, takes fashion to a whole new level by speaking to femininity, storytelling, and turning the average soft good materials into something extraordinary!

How does this tie into my internship!? Easily! The Cut And Sewn team focuses on turning over fashion from old to new and by reversing the process from new to old; in other words transforming classics into modernity and the trending future into vintage pieces. As a designer I am excited about my journey alongside well-grounded individuals who know how to manipulate their ideas into what the public might find attractive. Fashion is a force and can take root anywhere; even from the novelty of drag!

Until next time – Be Bold. Be Inspired,

Nathan at Cut And Sewn

Make It New

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I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for vintage sewing machines. The first machine I ever sewed on was vintage. When I was ten years old, I found one at a yard sale that I bought with my allowance and used throughout my childhood. My friend recently brought this machine to my shop for me to use in my work and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. This vintage machine, made by Kenmore Appliances, will live now in our design room to make samples of new products. IMG_1851

Scott Tracy x Hello Kitty

This week I got a request for the most unusual sewing job I’ve ever had. Based on a tattoo his girlfriend has, a client needed a Scott Tracy outfit made for a Hello Kitty doll. Scott Tracy is a fictional character from the TV series Thunderbirds, which I had never heard of but was happy to take on the job. I’ve never made an outfit for a Hello Kitty doll; while I always enjoyed making clothes for my Barbies when I was younger, apparel for dolls is not exactly my forte. Hello Kitty’s proportions are fairly strange, which posed some interesting problems to be solved. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most unique jobs I’ve ever done, and I enjoyed the change in pace.

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Scott Tracy

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Quiet Company Open House

This past Tuesday, I held an open house at the Cut and Sewn shop, accompanied by a live acoustic show by a family favorite band, Quiet Company, all the way from Austin, Texas. We spent all weekend turning the shop into a presentable space; painting the walls, reorganizing the furniture, and decorating the place. While it wasn’t our “grand opening”, it was so exciting to see so many of our friends and fans of Quiet Company come out to preview the space and enjoy the band. Thanks again to everyone who joined us, and we hope that you’ll come back for the official grand opening in the (hopefully) near future. You can follow Quiet Company here, or listen to their latest album.

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