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Who Wears Short Shorts?

From bell-bottoms to stirrup pants, fashion has seen so many fads & trends come and go like the wind. Trendy pieces, hemlines & silhouettes keep fashion exciting and keeps us on our toes, yet can sometimes come back to haunt us the following year when we open our closet doors and everything is “SO last season.”

Luckily, The Tailor Maid is here to save you from fashion’s looks gone by. We’ll taper those wide leg jeans, reduce your lapels, and update those hemlines. A great style (and money!) saver this spring is re-styling your shorts! Take an old pair of too-long Bermudas and hem them to a great, ready-for-warm-weather length! Take a look at this dowdy pair and their new updated look!

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...After!

Simple alterations can save your wardrobe, one garment at a time! Take a look and see what pieces could use some makeover attention, and bring them on over!
We’ll see you soon!

-TTM

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TTM loves VESTS!

The sun is peeking out, the birds are chirping, and Spring is on the way! Remember that just because we are saying goodbye to the winter chill doesn’t mean we can forget about one of fashion’s most important concepts–layering!

Vests are a perfect way to layer new Spring colors and fabrics, and with so many styles to choose from this season, hundreds of looks are possible!

Even better news? The Tailor Maid can transform last season’s jacket into a trendy vest for Spring! Take  look at this red blazer that has become a super-cute vest!

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Save a little money by transforming your old piece into a cute new vest, all while keeping the sentimental value of your old jacket or blazer!

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Stop by The Tailor Maid today to consult with one of our expert fitters and get started on your next custom restyling project! We’ll see you soon!

–TTM

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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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Crunch Time!

The week before Christmas is like a time warping anomaly that creeps up on us every year–we know it is coming, and yet always seem so surprised and panicked once it gets here! There are suddenly not enough hours in the day, finishing your gift shopping seems like an impossible feat, and there are just too many pies and cookies to be baked in the kitchen.

Well, let us help put your mind at ease this season–The Tailor Maid is here for you for your last minute alterations!! Our Express Service promises to get your alterations completed, back in your hands, and have you off to your Holiday parties looking smart, sharp & tailored in 48 hours or less!! (OK, we can’t promise you’ll be on time for your parties, but we’ll take care of the sewing!)

So amidst your holiday hustling & bustling, stop by The Tailor Maid  and we’ll help you out during this busy time of year! Now go get that shopping done!

We’ll see you soon, and Happy Holidays!!

-TTM

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better time to shout out a big “THANK YOU!” to all of our wonderful customers? The Tailor Maid wishes you and all of yours a wonderful holiday season, and as always, we appreciate your business & support!

Getting ready to throw a holiday party?? It’s not too late for custom holiday linens! One of our specialties at The Tailor Maid is creating custom table runners, table skirts & cloths, napkins and decorations for your festive table! Using fabrics of your own selection, let us create special and unique linens for your party or special event! Please call or stop by for more information!

Our blog and newsletter have had a huge and continually growing following this year, and we are thrilled to have you all as our readers! Please print & present this posting to receive 10% off your next visit to our Stanford location!

Don’t forget to stop by The Tailor Maid this season for all of your alterations, home accessories, and party clothes perfecting needs! Our Express Service can have that puffy party dress ready for the dance floor in under 48 hours!

Ho Ho Ho!

—TTM

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Not Your Year for a New Coat?

Winter is just around the corner, and we all know what that means–time to break out the winter wear!! A nice winter jacket can mean big bucks, so here are some ways to update your existing outerwear wardrobe instead of shopping for a new coat this year!

You’ll save hundreds of dollars while keeping a well loved garment in your closet–The Tailor Maid says it’s a win-win winter idea!!

Take a look at a few great examples of taking these dated winter jackets and transforming them into current fashionable pieces!

Removing bulk and large trendy pockets, along with streamlining the fit and adjusting a hem length can make all the difference in the world!

Adjusting large shoulder pads and shortening a jacket hem has totally transformed this blazer!

Come in to The Tailor Maid today and we’ll tailor your winder wardrobe to perfection!

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!

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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!

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

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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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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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