- Sky Cubacub owns Rebirth Garments.
- They design and make outfits and accessories for queer and trans disabled people.
- We went to their Chicago studio to see them create a custom piece for a client from start to finish.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Sky Cubacub: I prefer working with spandex rather than woven fabrics. The reality of our bodies, always constantly fluctuating. Woven fabrics don’t really have very much give.
I’m Sky Cubacub. I use they/them and xe/xem pronouns. I run a clothing line called Rebirth Garments, which is for queer and trans disabled people of all sizes and ages.
Miss Alexis: I’m here because I wanted just something sexy and tight and usually my favorite color, pink.
Sky: I think we’re going to make an asymmetrical crop top with one arm longer than the other. Having some cutouts to show off your dolphin tattoo. Circle cutout in the front to show off some cleavage.
For some people, I’ll take double this amount of measurements, like if they have muscular dystrophy and maybe one side is a lot smaller than the other.
Some sheer mesh. There’s just the solid pink spandex.
Have a crop top pattern that I can play with.
I can do a whole look in a day. Sometimes a couple of looks in a day.
In 2014, after a mysterious and still undiagnosed stomach disorder happened, I started making softer clothing that I could handle.
I also have always had sensory sensitivities. I used to always have to wear socks and underwear inside out because the seams would cause bruises.
So right now I’m cutting a quarter-inch away to create this seam allowance, then I cut out the part of the back. Guess I’ll cut out the trims in this fabric, too.
This one is going to be the sleeves. It’s a raglan sleeve all the way up the shoulder to the neck.
Now I’ll cut out the sheer fabrics.
My parents are both artists, so I really got to dress however I wanted and express myself however I wanted.
One of the most exciting moments in my career was when I was named Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. The article came out two days before my dad died. I was really happy to get to read it to him, and I could tell how proud he was.
I’m going to sew all of the trim so that they’re little circles. The trims need to be slightly smaller so that it sucks it on, because if it’s loose, then it’ll be like, whoa.
Stretch at the same time as sewing.
We have the trim sewn in, and then I’ll sew this into the sleeve shape.
I prefer making clothing that just has no closures or as minimal closures as possible. I really want it to be accessible to people.
Here’s the front, here’s the back, although it can be worn either way.
Let’s show it to Alexis.
Miss Alexis: Perfect.
Sky: So fun. Do you want to try it on?
Miss Alexis: Yes. The fact that there’s a lot of things that I can’t necessarily buy because they don’t have it in my size. I love the way I look in this. There’s a sexiness to it.