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One of our specialties at The Tailor Maid is using our keen eye for restyling older or outdated garments–and what better time of year to show you the wonders we can do to an old, dated winter coat?!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

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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!

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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!

–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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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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Say “Hello!”

To our newest American citizen!

We at The Tailor Maid wanted to recognize and congratulate Efrat for her recent acquirement of American Citizenship! We are so happy to announce that every one at TTM is now made in America 🙂

Congratulations Efrat!

Come and see Efrat and our team of skilled tailors for all of your alterations and restyling needs! It’s summer after all, and we all know we like to do a little clothes shopping for some fun in the sun! We’ll turn those old pants into shorts, and even tweak your bathing suits!

Congratulations Efrat, Happy Summer to all, and we’ll 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!

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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!

–TTM

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More bathing suit magic!

So by now, you’ve found that *almost* perfect bathing suit, have hopefully worn it a few times, and have avoided any painful sunburns so far this summer. I say “almost” not to insult your suit, but we all know that perfection is very hard to come by, especially in a bathing suit!  As we find so often to be true, the saying “its all in the details” rings true once again.

If your a halter top lover, I’m sure you might have experienced that annoying flouncy bow at the back of your neck from time to time, especially if you’ve got a suit with a thicker strap. Did you know we can change that closure too? Well, now you do. We can remove the extra fabric meant to tie in a knot or bow, and replace it with a swimsuit clip to reduce all that bulk–Ta Dah!! Life is simple again.

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Bring your suit to The Tailor Maid today and let us work our magic on your summer suit!

-TTM

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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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Restyle Diaries: Mid-Drift Crisis!

At The Tailor Maid, we are known for fast quality alterations on a wide variety of garments, and also for our creative garment restyling abilities. Our experienced fitters and tailors are here for you to not only provide you with great fitting clothes, but to also  assist you with ideas on how to restyle your older pieces–pieces that may have past their fashionable prime. Perhaps you have a garment (or a few!) in your closet that you love and can’t bear to part with, but something just isn’t “right” about it anymore. As time goes by, fashions and styles change–and as Heidi Klum says, “one day you’re in, and the next day, you are out.” Luckily, we have the power to make sure your clothes can stay “in” for years to come!

Sometimes, it’s not a matter of style, but a matter or masking a “problem area” of your body and accenting a better feature. We ALL have parts of our bodies that we don’t like, and parts that we love. You’ll feel most confident when you are comfortable in your clothing, and are accenting your favorite features!

Here are two garments that need a little TLC–one is outdated, and the other needs to be tweaked to flatter the body better. Let us show you how a careful eye and some fine tuning can completely overhaul these looks!

Garment: Purple tank top.

Problem: Wearer wants to conceal her stomach area.

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Solution? Creating ruching down the side seams hides a tummy! By creating extra volume, this technique gives the illusion of a flatter mid section…plus, it’s so pretty!

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Next up……

Garment: Red boat neck sweater.

Problem: outdated neckline.

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Solution? Remove the extra fabric from the collar to create an off the shoulder look. You’ve got a completely new garment that now instead of distracting from the face (and screaming 1992) accents a pair of great shoulders!

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Viola! Now you see how two different types of alterations can dramatically change the look of a garment.

Here are three more reasons why reinventing your current wardrobe is a good thing.

1. It’s good for your wallet.

Shopping in your closet is a fun thing to do, not to mention a great idea in today’s economy. Tweaking garments you already have will cost less than buying all new pieces.

2.  It’s good for the environment.

Yep, it is. Reinventing your existing wardrobe instead of tossing old pieces means that less stuff ends up in landfills (even if you’re donating things, you never know where they will end up). Who knew that re-wearing last year’s duds would be so green? Also, there is still something to be said for quality investment pieces that are meant to go through seasons and not be tossed aside come fall. These are just the kind of garments that should be restyled, so they last a life time.

3. It’s sentimental.

What we wear says a lot about who we are and what we want to express to the world. The garments you buy and the places you bought them, wore them, or danced in them–they tell a story and hold memories of times in your life. It’s always nice to go shopping for new clothes, but nicer at times to pull out a sentimental piece that actually means something to you.

Come by and see us at The Tailor Maid in one of our two locations at the Stanford Shopping Center and Hillsdale Mall, and let us help you restyle your wardrobe!

–The Tailor Maid

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