Every item at Lady Maggie has been handmade by me in our North Carolina studio. I wanted to take this opportunity to allow everyone to take a peek inside.
Of course the first step in creating a Lady Maggie masterpiece is selecting the perfect fabric.
Once the fabric has been selected, then it's on to the cutting table. There the fabric is hand cut to the pattern I have created. Certain fabrics such as our wool and boucle fabrics are destined to become jackets. Some of our fabrics do double duty as they will be used for collars, beds and cushions! Here I am cutting out a pattern on the gorgeous Michael Miller fabric, Sunny Russian Floral. This particular fabric has been discontinued, so when our stock is depleted there will be no more items available in this stunning fabric.
Once the fabric has been cut to the desired pattern, it's on to the sewing machine. Several of our items, such as the Chanel-inspired coats, require loads of intricate stitching. The fine details such as the satin ribbon edging add to the complexity of the design. But I think we can all agree that the end product is well worth the extra time and attention.
Meanwhile, sometimes I have some close supervision whilst completing my tasks. In this case, Denny is watching over me to ensure quality control.
Some of our items, such as our donut beds, require serging. This extra step ensures the seams are extremely durable and will withstand years of wear and tear.
We even have an industrial embroidery machine for personalizing items or adding a decorative touch. We brought this machine with us when we emigrated from England. In addition to the thousands of stock images and fonts, this machine gives us the capability to create our own designs. We are excited about some potential projects; perhaps we will share some teaser images in the future. Meanwhile, can you make out that beautiful Union Jack? Just gorgeous!
Well that concludes our tour. I hope you have enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peak at our studio. We are extremely proud of our space. And we are extremely proud of our brand. We feel the time and attention to detail in our pet accessories helps to set us apart from automated, mass-produced products.
Meanwhile, here's a teaser of a gorgeous houndstooth wool fabric that I have in mind for a new coat. It is yet another fabric we have imported from England. Which means that not only is it impeccable quality but also it will be a limited-run fabric for Lady Maggie.
Please check back with us and see what we have created with this lovely British fabric.