How many pieces of fabric are used to make a dress? It highly depends on the design of the dress. The Kate Stoltz NYC Mermaid Dress has 92 pieces of fabric plus the zipper. The paneled dress is made to hug the figure, using custom measurements to tailor the dress. Fully lined with 100% silk, the Kate Stoltz NYC black lace dress has two layers of silk. One layer for the lining, and another to back the black lace exterior. Each seam is finished with a French seam to finish the dress, and to prevent fraying. The Kate Stoltz NYC dress takes approximately a week to create, starting with the pattern. Each seam is pressed and trimmed as the dress is sewn to achieve a polished look. Finally, the dress is finished by a hand sewn hem and label. All this work is done in New York City in the design studio of Kate Stoltz NYC.
Kate Stoltz NYC Mermaid Dress side view
Custom made to fit the individual clients body, the seam lines are strategically placed for both visual and fitting purposes, with 12 panels in the skirt alone. The three layers quickly add up to a time consuming sewing project, one that is done with right here in New York City. As with all other Kate Stoltz dresses, the pattern making, cutting and sewing is done locally. Sewing 92 pieces of fabric together takes a lot of time, but I find the end result to be worth it! XO- Kate Stoltz
Photographs: Matt Licari
Styling: Lauren Temple