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Maker Moment: An interview with
Aubrie Pagano of Bow & Drape

Posted by Melissa Massello  February 22, 2013 09:00 AM

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bow-and-drape.jpg Ever browse the racks and wish you could change the color of that dress, or the neckline on another? Aubrie Pagano feels your pain and came up with a chic solution. With her company, Bow & Drape, you can choose from a variety of garments and styles and completely customize them, from the hue to the hemline and everything in between.

Since we can't think of anyone more stylish than this lady, we invited her to be our very own red carpet "Kelly" at the 4th Annual #OscarUp this Sunday. Aubrie and our "Ross," Jeff Lehens of DressCode Boston, will be providing the arrival blow-by-blow, asking "who are you wearing?" and handing out the top honors for our Best Dressed Contest.

While you prepare rub well-dressed shoulders with Aubrie on Sunday, she's kindly answered our Maker Moment questions:

What's the first project you remember making/crafting?
A hand-sewn Cinderella doll - complete with ball gown and Prince Charming (and overseen by my grandmother).

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Most successful project?
Most successful: Blue coral chiffon dress made custom for a family wedding; made it from sketch to finish (as seen above).
Biggest Fail: a paper lamp for my living room... sometimes, it needs to be perfectly geometric and this was NOT.

What do you DIY the most?
My own clothes.

Favorite/least favorite favorite tools/materials?
Favorite: my Bernina.
Least favorite: rubber cement.

Has a project outcome ever surprised you?
Always. DIYs most often take on a life and a course of their own. I don't think mine ever go exactly according to plan.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
That is is OK to have a very clear vision for how something should be done, and to not sway from it.

What's your top tip for first-timers?
Budget triple the time you think it will take, and don't get frustrated in your mistakes. Mistakes are part of what makes it your own.

Anything you DIY now that you never thought you would?
Probably pillows. I always thought that sounded so boring...

What won't you ever DIY/when do you call in the experts?
Shoes - a good shoe is so easy to tell from a bad shoe... and they really last differently!

"When I'm not making stuff, I'm…"
Running a fashion company.

Thanks, Aubrie!

Come hang with Aubrie at our 4th Annual #OscarUp this Sunday February 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Collaboratory 4.0, 40 Berkeley Street in Boston. Ticket holders get 10% off at Bow & Drape!

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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