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Balmain DIY
so I've been lusting over Balmain shoulders, but the prices are nuts, I do know a good tailor, but we don't speak the same language, and she needs to be instructed.....so, should I use a blazer I already have and just do the shoulders,sleeves etc..or should I start from scratch? I'm interested to see if anyone of you tried and if not, it wont hurt ! I wonder what kind of padding should be used for the shoulders?

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for something like this i think it s better to do a whole new blazer
if it s a good tailor, am pretty sure they ll be able to recreate the look
most importantly u need the right shoulder pads


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Do you want the curved lapels and skinny arms as well? In that case, I would get a whole new blazer from scratch. If you've got one already that you like, and fits you well, and don't mind experimenting on, I would take that. I don't think you'll be able to find conventional shoulder pads that will give you the shape you want. I would almost be inclined to have a small brick of foam or something, and carve that into the shape. But again, if it's a good tailor, they should be able to know what material to use to get that curved shoulder shape.

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Meg, def want the skinny arms...I love all my blazers though so im not sure, I'm talking to the tailor tomorrow and I'll see what she has to say..., I just want a very slim black tuxedo blazer with skinny bracelet length arms and ofcourse strong shoulders...

I'll let you know how it goes

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yes - please do! Sounds like you should get it all done from scratch to get exactly what you want. I think to make those shoulders you could probably even get a small ball, and cut it in half, and place it in there somehow. I prefer the black blazer to the denim one posted above, because the one above really does look like a ball.

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Maybe you could take a blazer that is most like the Balmain one (fitted, skinny arms, etc) and she could use that as a 'base' to start on, and copy it from scratch but alter the proportions/shoulders/etc to look more like the Balmain one?

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yes!!! we need a thread like this!

i think finding a tailor that speaks your original language is invaluable.

many tailors or dry cleaning store personnel will decline work because they dont understand exactly what you want...(i think they are worried about people not ponying up the $ on seeing the finished product)

i think starting from scratch might be awfully expensive.

does a fancy department store around you carry balmain?

if so maybe you can try on one of the balmain jackets and in the privacy of the dressing room take some measurements and photos!

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I think it depends where you live on what the cost will be. In NYC, I imagine it will be more. In my home town, there is this woman who is an AMAZING tailor and i've had hear make me a whole "prada" dress from scratch (from pictures I gave her) and it cost me less than $100 including fabric, which was a simple cotton. But that is a small-medium sized city. I might have to ring her up though about this blazer when I'm in town this summer....

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I never knew you could go to a tailor to make clothes from scratch
Are you guys for real..??
And it's custom-fit??

Is it really called a tailor..
And you can make women's and men's clothes with this person?

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for me, yes. The woman I go to hems clothes, takes things in, etc. but also makes clothes from scratch. I had my highschool graduation dress made by the woman I mentioned as well, off a Reem Acra design that I liked and this way it's all made to measure and you can add and take away things that you like or don't like.

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I never knew you could go to a tailor to make clothes from scratch
Are you guys for real..??
And it's custom-fit??

Is it really called a tailor..
And you can make women's and men's clothes with this person?
a tailor can make u anything from scratch depending on how good they are. u can also take an item that u had to the tailor who ll then make changes to it. whenever u go to a tailor it s custom fitted to ur body

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Thanks guys

I'm really glad to hear it

And Meg is quite lucky, I haven't heard of a tailor who can charge $100 even where I live
I've only known male customers though, for basic dress shirts and suit alterations. I think a very simple shirt (usual collar, cuff, placket, button stand etc) would have been $120




About the Balmain jacket...
I think the design is quite simple
but I'm curious about the detailing... The silver work, it could be applique or embroidery--but it must (or should?) be done by hand.
And the denim is washed out, you can see the dye is concentrated at the seams... perhaps more handwork.
From my own experience the most expensive parts lie in the details Like a special pocket takes a long time... longer than the time I spend making the body of a garment.

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Balmain And Studs
i just saw a post about the balmain blazer, with the shoulder pads and the gorgeous detail ( come on, you know the one!!!!) But i don't want the shoulder pads,

i was wondering if anyone knows how to do this kind of stitching to get the same effect as the silvery pattern on the balmain...

AND also...

when doing STUD DIY's , where do you buy the studs, how do they go on etc?

Any help will be great

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can you post a picture? You should be able to buy studs at any local crafts store. If you don't have one nearby, I would just look on ebay to find the studs you are looking for. I know there are several good bead shops in the UK that have an online store. I have often thought the pretty skirt could be easily recreated with a skirt from AA. I guess it depends the type of stud you buy. There are a couple ways you could do it. If you have a bedazzler or something, you could use that. Alternatively, you could individually glue them on. Or, you could glue (with a hot glue gun) them onto a thing strip of ribbon, and then sew that ribbon onto the skirt. That would probably more closely replicate the skirt itself, and it would mean the studs would be in a relatively straight line.

Or you could simply wait until ASOS comes out with a knock-off

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can you post a picture? You should be able to buy studs at any local crafts store. If you don't have one nearby, I would just look on ebay to find the studs you are looking for. I know there are several good bead shops in the UK that have an online store. I have often thought the pretty skirt could be easily recreated with a skirt from AA. I guess it depends the type of stud you buy. There are a couple ways you could do it. If you have a bedazzler or something, you could use that. Alternatively, you could individually glue them on. Or, you could glue (with a hot glue gun) them onto a thing strip of ribbon, and then sew that ribbon onto the skirt. That would probably more closely replicate the skirt itself, and it would mean the studs would be in a relatively straight line.

Or you could simply wait until ASOS comes out with a knock-off
Wait, what skirt are you on about hehe ? There is a picture

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