Sarah Hambly is a self-taught fashion designer with only four years of sewing experience. She learned the craft from her mother as well as what she could find on YouTube and Pinterest, and she improved through trial and error. Sarah’s experience in the field is limited, but she is not lacking in skills.
Hambly has already demonstrated her versatility, and she could probably dress up any Disney princess. Or the antagonist. She has already designed for beauty queens, rodeo queens, films, brides, and pretty much anyone else you can think of.
Sarah tweeted all of the dresses she made this year on December 14. From elegant, Hogwarts-inspired designs to a terrifying baroque Kylo Ren, the collection quickly went viral, generating over 335,000 likes, and we decided to feature some of them on this website as well. They’re simply too good!
- This Is the Dress I Made This Year
“Dresses can take anywhere from a few days to a week or two to finish,” Hambly explained to this website. “I’ve previously worked on gowns that could take up to four months to complete. Once I’ve decided on a design, I usually work on figuring out how to execute it and what materials to use before building it from memory. When I know a project will take a long time, I will sketch out the design first and set it aside until I have more time to figure out how to make it.”
- Ravenclaw is inspired by the Houses of Hogwarts.
In 2018, the designer relocated to Reno, Nevada, where she now works on couture dresses, wearable art, and amazing headpieces for photographers and clients all over the world. This year, though, has been unique. “Because Covid had forced us to stay indoors for a large portion of 2020, I wanted to spend the time sewing and getting people interested in sewing. Normally, when a dress is done, I shoot it and then rent it out to other photographers, but because of the epidemic, I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph as much as I would have liked, so I’ve kept them until I can properly exhibit them “The issue was clarified by Hambly.
- A Sorcerer’s Outfit
The cost of these costumes varies greatly and is mostly determined by the fabric and workmanship. “A dress can cost anywhere from $2—I made one from a shower curtain I found at a thrift store—to thousands of dollars for special dresses made from fabrics like fiber optics,” Hambly explained, adding that she tries to make a lot of textiles as well, so things like custom embroidery, beadwork, and color can quickly add up. “I make them all myself, each one is unique, and I rarely repeat any designs more than once.”
- Slytherin inspired dress from Hogwarts.
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