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by Halley Sanford January 30, 2021 2 min read 4 Comments

“Listen, we know the movie [Bandidas] was not exactly an Academy Award winner,” Cheryl laughed. “But I just loved the costumes! There’s an outfit Maria wears where she has her corset on over her blouse and I just loved the look, and I thought, ‘This is it. This is where we start, and let’s take it from there.’ So, we had to take the IDEA of that look and make it ‘us’, make it Double D, make it something we would actually wear.”

And, as you might imagine, a corset in its traditional form is, well, NOT ‘us’. (You know, because we like to be able to do things like breathe, and bend at the waist.) We decided on… wait for it… the next “vest” thing. 

First step: research.

“I looked at a ton of corsets, a lot of things from museums,” Cheryl said. “Corsetry is really a beautiful art form, when you study it; the boning and the shape and the structure. I studied a bunch of different styles and versions, and took a little something from each and kind of melded them together.”

The next step is design. You can look at her inspiration photos and kind of see what struck her from each corset. The hem comes from pipe-trimmed flaps of one, and embroidery elements were drawn from a couple others, including the Lil Chiquita Bird.

Final step: naming it.

“Oh man, that’s a bit of a long story, but I’ll try to be as concise,” Cheryl laughed. “We have a really good family friend that we’ve really kind of adopted as our own -- he’s been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Well, one day he was on my heart, I had this feeling that maybe I should witness to him. So I went to visit him, and we’re chatting, and the conversation turns to God and our faith, and he perks up and tells me a story of a time when he was hospitalized, and he basically coded, and during that time he was visited by what he referred to as a ‘lil chiquita bird’ that to him, represented God or an angel. And then he was resuscitated, and the ‘lil chiquita bird’ was gone. That was his personal miracle and the moment that ignited his faith in God. So, that story stuck with us, and now we use the term ‘lil chiquita bird’ to refer to anything that feels like a sign from God or our Guardian Angel. Sketching that little bird when designing the vest made me think of that story, so we just had to name it that.”


4 Responses

Judith  H Walker
Judith H Walker

February 05, 2021

I have a credit and would like to know how I may use it to purchase?
949 2752975 please call I am a customer of Doubledranch!

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

February 02, 2021

God is GOOD!! Faithful And true!!💜

Perri Williamson
Perri Williamson

February 02, 2021

A sweet and fun story. I always enjoy the background on your pieces. And it’s great to have a personal and meaningful phrase to signify a ‘God sighting.’

Johanna Rector
Johanna Rector

January 31, 2021

A great read and meaningful to me. I’ve been feeling adrift and sad with all that is happening in our world of late. I woke up after a strange dream of visiting with a daughter of a friend that passed nearly 30 years ago. And so strange, two words popped up in my head…Healing and Clarity. Strange but made me feel better. And then reading this quickly before heading out to my barn full of horses. I love your clothes but have never felt that I should spend money like this on myself. BUT this vest IS. BEAUTIFUL and I must buy one for myself. BEAUTIFUL AND THANK YOU!

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