Category Archives: sewing

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: http://jenifer-sult.squarespace.com/online-shop/

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

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.

Scott Tracy

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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Skube = Skirt + Tube

What is a skube? It’s a skirt plus a tube! Skube.me, owned and designed by Monica Kohler, makes fun, easy to wear tube skirts. The idea behind the skube is versatility; fashion that transitions easily from workout to work day. The skube fits right in poolside just as well as a business casual setting.

Over the past few weeks, we at Cut and Sewn have been happy to be a part of the skube production process, contracted to produce 300 skubes for the Skube.me summer stock. Kohler hand selected a variety of complimenting patterns, then delivered them to Cut and Sewn to be made into the finished product. This kind of access to local small batch manufacturing is what Cut and Sewn is all about. It provides a way for entrepreneurs to have their product made locally and affordably, while allowing us to give close attention to the manufacture of every garment. For the small business, it’s a win win situation.

Skube.me will be showing at Second Sunday on Main throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, June 14. Owner Monica Kohler can also be reached at  monica@skube.me or (513)505-9384 to schedule a pop-up sale or private showing.

Finished Skubes.

Finished skubes

Brightly patterned Skubes.

Brightly patterned skubes

Reversible "urban" skubes

Reversible “urban” skubes

The Big Pitch 2015

In April of this year, I applied to a business program through ArtWorks Cincinnati called The Big Pitch. The Big Pitch takes 8 small business owners annually from Cincinnati and provides them with 10 weeks of business mentorship, culminating in a pitch competition in front of a live audience and panel of judges with prizes totaling up to $20,000 in business grants. It’s an incredible opportunity to get a leg up in the world of small business, and recently it was announced that I am one of the 8 finalists! I’ll start my mentorship soon, and the long process of preparing for the pitch on August 27th. I’m so excited to learn more about running my own business, and have high hopes for the outcome of the competition. You can read more about the Big Pitch and the other 7 participants herecutandsewnlogo