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Winter Blues, Begone!

One of our specialties at The Tailor Maid is using our keen eye for restyling older or outdated garments–and what better time of year to show you the wonders we can do to an old, dated winter coat?!

Watch as sad & drab becomes short & chic!


By shortening the jacket length, tapering wide sleeves, and a little expert tailoring in the shoulders, this old coat has been saved from it’s hiding place in the back of the closet and has been given a fabulous new life as a more streamlined pea coat!


Even in California, winter coats are a must, and we know they can be expensive! This season, pull an old favorite out of your closet and bring it in to The Tailor Maid for a new look!

We’ll see you soon!



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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!


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If Clothing Could Talk–the Diary of a Restyled Jacket.

We all know that old saying, “if walls could talk.”  We’d all love to know what kind of stories walls would share with us. But wouldn’t it be even better if clothing could talk? They could tell us about that time they traveled to Europe, about the time they got lost in that suitcase and ended up in China; or about that fabulous dinner party last year, and how that mustard stain really got there!

Our clothing can tell the stories of our lives.  And now, one jacket is going to have a new story of its own!

One of our clients recently brought to us one of her favorite suits that was in need of some tender love and care. The suit was expensive and special, though a little old and dated. She turned to The Tailor Maid for our expert experience in garment restyling!


The jacket needed to be shortened in length, which was not without its challenges. This required getting a little creative–the zippered panel would need to be removed in order to achieve a shorter length for a more updated look.

Once the zipper panel was removed,  the jacket could easily be shortened to a more updated look.

We also closed the back center pleat and removed a randomly placed button. The result is a much cleaner look.

Finally, the long sleeve placket with all those buttons was shortened to a stylish length, and the buttons were “stacked,” as is the style today.

Take a look at the results!

The suit pants also got a bit of love: we removed the waistband on the pants to give her a more modern style, and also to give her bit more room!

The result of the outfit restyle is night and day, and now this suit has been saved from retirement in the back of a closet, and  is now ready to start making more memories and stories!

The Tailor Maid specializes in garment restyling in all shapes and forms. We love putting our skills and creativity to work to give your wardrobe new life! Come and see us today and let us extend the long and happy lives of your favorite garments!


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We Love Leather!

Be it uptown, downtown, biker, or bomber chic—we love leather! The Tailor Maid is not only experienced and skilled with traditional clothing alterations and restyling, but we alter leather too!

Leather is a luxurious and fashionable statement piece that lots of folks just love to have in their wardrobe. It is versatile, flexible, and can last a lifetime. If there is a downside to a great leather jacket or pair of pants, it can be that such a piece can be easily dated. Leather jackets are often created with very loud and hard design elements, which can seemingly speed up its life-cycle.

Luckily, we’ll be your savior when your leather needs a makeover! We have transformed many leather (and suede, too!) looks over the years, leaving our customers feeling happy, rejuvenated, and fondly reacquainted with their leather lovelies.

So don’t toss that leather jacket when you think it has past it’s fashion peak—we can give your leather a new look and make you fall in love all over again!

Above: let us add a leopard lining to your leather–say THAT three times fast!

We can reline with bold fabric, remove awesome 80’s shoulder pads, and even tailor a too-large jacket to fit! Come and see us at The Tailor Maid today and we’ll give your leather a whole new look!

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