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“You can totally wear it again!”

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid in a wedding party, then surely while trying on dresses, you must have heard a happy bride-to-be exclaim at one point or another, “and the best part is, you can shorten it and wear it again!” Well, we’ll be honest with you–most of the time, that isn’t completely true.  Even a shortened bridesmaid’s dress can still scream “wedding party.”

Fortunately, The Tailor Maid has just the right eye (and team of tailors!) to transform that dress into a true “you can wear it again” look!

Which brings us to the quickly approaching Valentine’s Day–what better time to debut a re-styled and newly fabulous dress? Whether it’s out to dinner with your honey or a singles night with your ladies, no matter how you decide to celebrate, you’re sure to look fabulous while actually pulling off the “wear it again” wedding party urban legend.

The Tailor Maid can not only shorten that dress, but also add or remove design elements, add straps to a strapless design, and of course tailor it to perfection.

Come by and see us today with your bridesmaid’s dress (or any other dress for that matter!) and we’ll get you on your way for a Valentine’s Day dinner in style!

We’ll see you soon!

–TTM

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Dorm Room Magic!

Whether you’re a freshman just enrolled in college or a parent packing up snacks/essentials/clean laundry for your kid to take back to campus on Sunday, you know that wherever the dorm room destination, there will always be something missing….STORAGE SPACE!

Well, have no fear! There are many clever ways to camouflage your tightly packed belongings. Turning your room from a cluttered mess to a clean and concealed organized space can be as easy as pie!

In this case, we created a custom curtain to cover an entertainment unit/storage shelf. Take a look at this dorm room disguise!

Before…

Open for everyone to see…

…After!

Hidden and neat as can be!

We can create a curtain like this in most any dimension, color, or pattern to match your dorm decor! Come in to The Tailor Maid today and let us help you with your custom dorm project!

We’ll see you soon!

–TTM

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We Like Lace!

Lace seems to be everywhere this season…and The Tailor Maid isn’t complaining! Possibly the most chic and feminine embellishment to date, it’s no surprise that this delicate art form has made quite the comeback on ready-to-wear garments and accessories this year.

When styled correctly, lace can completely change the look and attitude of a garment. The Tailor Maid is prepared to keep you in style by adding lace to your favorite looks…take a look at this plain cardigan and note the transformation!

Before…


A little lace, and you’ve got a whole new look! This cardigan is now feminine, chic, and completely unique!

…After!

Come into The Tailor Maid today and see what garments of yours we can hem, alter, and now decorate with lace!

We’ll see you soon!

–TTM

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All in the Details!

With every fresh fashion season, skirt hem lines are apt to rise and fall, and pant legs can shift from super-skinny to sailor width. These nuances in the silhouette are just as important as the next “it” bag, and The Tailor Maid is here to make sure that whatever this season’s style may bring, it looks right on YOU!

We’ve been seeing some longer skirts this fall, and we’re personally loving the nostalgic feeling of the classic knee length look. One thing to be sure of when choosing and/or hemming your skirts is to make sure that just the right amount of leg is featured. If your skirt is too long and hits in the middle of your calf, you can end up looking stumpy and unpolished, or if your skirt is too short, your outfit can loose it’s chicness.  The exact length of a skirt MATTERS!

 

Wide legged jeans are also quite popular this season, and this style of pant can be the statement piece of a chic and powerful outfit, no doubt about it! Fit is SO important when it comes to wide legged pants–with so much extra volume in the legs, the fit of your seat is going to be even more crucial, along with the length of your pant hem. Making sure that the seat is snug (but not too snug!) will save you from looking like your pants are two sizes too big, and a proper hem length will save the day–a tad too short with those wide legs and you’re in trouble!

So stop by The Tailor Maid and we’ll help you pull off this season’s looks with ease! The details in how your clothing fits your body are so important, and is what truly makes your wardrobe YOURS. Come in today and let us work our magic!

See you soon!

–TTM

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Breaking Fashion Rules: Why White is RIGHT After Labor Day!

As summer winds down and Labor Day approaches, we must sadly wave goodbye to a few wonderful “warm weather” things–late sunsets, lazy days at the beach, flip flops, and the nostalgic sound of the ice cream truck circling the block four times a day. Thankfully, there is one thing (or color!) that doesn’t have to be rushed out the door–WHITE!

It’s been a longstanding fashion rule, be it inspired by old-fashioned etiquette or the practical temperature properties of the said color, that white should not be worn after Labor Day–no shoes, bags, dresses, linens–you name it! But there are so many ways to say YES to white once fall rolls around, and no, we don’t just mean “winter white!”

White jeans are a staple wardrobe piece and can be paired with a number of colors, (try deep purples, oranges, or hunter greens for fall hues and a drastic pop!) or pair that white dress with a soft, dark cardigan and great boots to give it new feel for cooler weather.

And by the way, just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to abandon bright colors either! Even on its own, there are so many ways to wear white through the fall and winter…take a look!

And what about that addendum to the rule–no open-toed shoes? We say forget it! Open-toed pumps, especially paired with bright tights and socks this season are on the rise! So wear that white, strut those pumps, and come see us at The Tailor Maid for expert fashion advice, along with expert alterations!!

And hey!–the Today Show agrees with us! Check out yesterday’s segment on adapting your summer wardrobe for fall, and wearing those whites after Labor Day!

Also, don’t forget about our new duplication service! We can make you a little white dress from your favorite black dress too!

So enjoy the rest of your summer dear readers, and we’ll see you soon at The Tailor Maid!

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The Tailor Maid Makes Magic!

Imagine this: you’re shopping for a that specific dress/top/jacket/blouse you have in mind and you come across that almost perfect one….the perfect dress if the hem was four inches longer….the perfect blouse if it only had sleeves….it has happened to all of us. In this world of infinite choices, wouldn’t it be nice if we had more options for customizing our clothing as well?

The Tailor Maid is taking tailoring to the next level with so many more options to make your wardrobe not only fit you perfectly, but give you more ways to amend your differences with your “almost perfect” pieces! Instead of putting that close-but-not-quite garment back on the rack, bring it to us and let us perform some fabric magic!

For this project, our client loved this bright pink top but wasn’t quite feeling the sleeve length–but she loved it so much that she purchased two, and we remade the sleeves to fit her desired length!

Before...sleeves too short!

By using the fabric from the second top, we were able to construct new sleeves to perfection!

After....just right!

Garment “problems” don’t have to be deal breakers: go from sleeveless to sleeves with ease. Go from “too short” to “totally appropriate” by adding a sheer over-layer for a longer look!  Mix and match colors and custom fabric choices to make your clothing truly unique!

Shell to sleeves? Add some sheer!

There are endless ideas and possibilities to customize and change your garments…come in to The Tailor Maid today and consult with one of our expert fitters to get started!

See you soon!

–TTM

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Winter White Sale Rescue!

Happy New Year!

Well the holidays are over, and while we are all sad to take down those Christmas decorations and pack the twinkling lights away, let’s find a silver lining besides a brand-spanking-new year….post holiday sales! Yes folks, it’s that fabulous time of year when you can score some awesome deals on some great stuff…and the linen department in your favorite department store is bound to be a treasure trove!

But as we all know, the tricky part about these heavily marked down items (or the “this is all that’s left” bin) is that you’re usually left with bizarre colors, mismatched sets, or odd sizes. Well, The Tailor Maid is to the rescue! Read on for how we can make an odd bargain buy into your perfect set of linens!

Say you find a sheet set that’s just too cute to pass up–awesome pattern, perfect color, impressive thread count, amazing price…..wrong size. Sigh. Always seems to be the way, doesn’t it? Here’s what you do: put them in your shopping cart, check out at the register…and bring them to us!

The Tailor Maid can re-size your linens to make them fit your bed, pillows, shams…whatever you’ve got in mind! We can turn a king sized sheet into a queen, make two twin sheets from a king, shorten pillow cases, hem that bed skirt…whatever you have, we’ll use our creative minds and talented tailors to make it work for you!

Print this article and bring us your oddly sized linens and take 10% off your sheet re-sizing! Happy New Year… and Happy Bargain Shopping!

–The Tailor Maid

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Small Changes, BIG Results!

In the spirit of the Holiday season, let us show you how to “spruce up” (just a little pine tree humor!) your favorite Holiday blazer!

Take a look at how small changes can make a huge difference when we tweak this red and black jacket to perfection:

Before...

...After!

Just a simple sleeve shortening can make such a difference!

So bring us your Holiday blazers and jackets, and anything else for that matter that might need a little fine tuning! You’d be surprised how little alterations can make such a big difference.

Happy Holidays!

–TTM

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The LBD; a [holiday] must have!

LBD: a little black dress, an important staple of every woman’s closet, and an abbreviation that should go without explanation.

The LBD is an essential garment that every woman either already does or definitely should own. It should be timeless, make you feel like a million bucks, and most importantly, it should fit wonderfully. The holidays are upon us, and if you don’t have a little black number in your closet that you can pull out and look effortlessly chic, well, there’s never been a better time to get one!

They come in countless styles, lengths, sizes, and silhouettes, so true to fashion (no pun intended!) you’ve got lots of choices. No matter what you choose though, we can’t stress enough how important the fit of a garment–especially the LBD–really is.

When it comes to fit, our  fitting and tailoring experts at The Tailor Maid can help you look like that million dollar gal you are. We know just where to tuck, pinch, shorten, and stitch to make sure your LBD is ready for the holidays!

We can also update your older or out of style little black dress too! You’d be surprised how often a hem length, sleeve shape, or neckline can completely change a garment!

Here we raised the hem length, shortened the sleeves, and lowered the neckline–Ta Da! We’re back in style and ready for a night out on the town.

Want a great alternative to a LBD? Easy–LRD; the little RED dress! (We strongly recommend you own one of these too!)  Still classic and chic, great in a pinch, and totally fun!

So whether you own one LBD or twenty, The Tailor Maid will make sure they all fit perfectly. Our tailors will have you ready and rocking  for the holidays!

–TTM

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Head back to school in style!

It’s the mooost wonderful time of the year!

It’s back to school season! First things first– it’s likely that the kids’ new school clothes are going to need a little tweaking.

Pleated skirts, khakis, and new jeans unite, for you all will probably need a little love and tailoring! Stop into The Tailor Maid this fall to make sure your kids’ skirts are the right length and their pant cuffs are perfect!

And The Tailor Maid even has an express service for those last minute fixes!

Now that the kids are off to school, let’s focus on your wardrobe!

Fall is one of our favorite times of year; the change of the air, the introduction of the latest season’s fabulous new footwear, and the holidays now right around the corner!  Fall is a great time to not only add some great pieces to your wardrobe, but to also revamp some of your looks from last season!

At The Tailor Maid, you probably know that one of our favorite things to do is restyle older or out-dated garments. Our blog and website feature many transformations of our restyled pieces, relining projects, and outfit make overs–take a look for some restyle inspiration!

If you have something in your closet that you love, but is a bit out-dated or could use some freshinging up, bring it in to The Tailor Maid and let us work our magic for you!

Need some wardrobe assistance? One of The Tailor Maid’s expert fitters will come to your home, go into your closet, help decide what to keep, restyle, or donate.

We’ll help you find those great gems that exist in your closet, discard whatever pieces just aren’t working for you, and lastly, help you update your favorites by tailoring any new pieces to perfection  and helping you work them into your wardrobe.

Call us or stop by for more information!

You don’t have to toss all of last season’s looks and completely restock your closet–let’s be real, most of us can’t afford that anyway.  A few new buys, some restyling, and some expert tailoring will give you a posh and polished look for the new season!

OOooh! One more thing! Sign up for our newsletter to receive great coupons and fashion tid-bits.  This month, save 20% off school uniform alterations! (Please print and present this article to receive 20% off your school uniform alterations!

One discount per customer please. Good through 10/31/2010. Express Service is excluded from this offer.)

We’ll see you soon!

–TTM staff

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