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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!



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!



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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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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.



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


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Beauty and the Bathing Suit

We all know the annual stress caused by the return of bathing suit season.  When the hunt is on for that perfect suit, keep the power of the one-piece in mind! In recent years, the one-piece bathing suit has returned as a chic, comfortable, and flattering shape for the sand.

If your suit needs a little tweaking, don’t forget–we alter bathing suits too! A little nip or tuck here or there can make the difference between a suit that works and a suit that really fits. Bring your trunks to The Tailor Maid this summer and we’ll stitch you up to perfection!

For example: If your bathing suit top shows a little too much skin, look how we can sew up the front or add snaps to make the neckline work just for you!


Just a slight adjustment can make so much of a difference!


So once you’ve found that perfect bathing suit, stop by The Tailor Maid and let us take a look! We want you to turn heads this summer, so put your faith (and your suit!) in our hands and let us tailor you to perfection.

Happy Swimming!


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Great Lengths.

With summer on the horizon and vacations to be taken, it’s probable that you might have a pair of capris or cropped jeans waiting to be packed in your suitcase. While these two lengths of pants are the most recognizable hem lengths when it comes to summer trouser options, don’t forget the rest of the family!

There are more hem lengths now than ever to choose from, including our new-found favorite, the 7/8ths jean, from companies like J Brand. But not to worry–we’ll run through all your options so you can choose just the right length for your body type!

What’s more? Whatever length you choose, The Tailor Maid will hem them to your liking. We’re always here to help you make these decisions–especially when you’ve got so many options to choose from! Read on for a run-down of all the great hem lengths, and a little info about each one!



Technically a short, but almost a pant–meet the Bermuda short.  The Bermudas hit right above the knee (usually 1″ above) and are a semi-casual form of dress. Also known as a walking short, they can be worn (or hemmed) either cuffed or un-cuffed.

Clam Diggers:

Clam Diggers

This length is just a tiny bit longer than the Bermuda short, but still shorter than a pedal pusher or capri (keep reading, we’re getting to them!) Clam diggers hit just below the knee, and can often be longer pants that are intended to be cuffed to this length.  Historically, this was the length that pants or skirts/dresses had to be hiked up to whilst wading in the water, digging for clams. Hence, the name!

Pedal Pushers:

Pedal Pushers

Another appropriately named hem, this time for a trouser short enough so that it would not get caught on the pedals of your bicycle while ridding. This hem hits right at the top of the calf muscle.



Just a smidge longer than a pedal pusher, but the same idea. Depending on fabric, capris can be dressy or casual, and a single pair can often take you from day through night with ease. (*Fashionista’s note: Capris can be a tricky fit for a lot of people–make sure that they don’t chop you off and make you look stumpy or shorter than you really are, as they are known to do at times! The hem width can be a make-it-or-break-it aspect of your pant here.)



Cropped pants are longer than capri pants and pedal pushers, but still are not a full trouser.  The hem hits mid calf, well above the ankle. Many cuts of cropped pants are available, and aren’t strictly meant for summer! (Add tights, heels, a belt, and cardigan, and “hello, Fall!”)


7/8th pant

Like we said, our new favorite look.  The 7/8th jean ideally hits 3″ above the ankle bone, perfect for showing off those dancing feet. The neat thing here is, you can simply cuff a pair of your fave jeans into this new length for a new spin on your outfit! The 7/8ths jean from J Brand even come with a ruler, to make sure you get the hem length right! Too cute, J Brand.



Last but not least, before we get all the way down to a regular hem, we have the floods, also known as high waters. Longer than the 7/8ths, but not a full hem. We recommend wearing this hem cuffed to the flood length, in order to avoid the “my pants are just too short” look!

With so many nuances of lengths to wade through, we get that you might be overwhelmed. So our top tips for deciding on your pant length?

  • No matter which style you choose, make sure the length is deliberate and decisive, so your pants don’t end up just looking too short.
  • Make sure you choose a length that doesn’t cut you off at your widest part. (IE if you have thicker calves, maybe steer clear of capris and try something either shorter or longer, that shows off a smaller part of your leg.)
  • Also be conscious of your height when choosing your hems–if you’re on the shorter side, show off a little more leg!
  • Changing your hem length is a great way to update your pants! You can take one pair, hem them about a dozen times, and end up with tons and tons of looks, for a 12th of the price!

Hopefully this list of all the “great lengths” has opened your eyes to more outfit possibilities, and we bet your shoes will be happy to share the spotlight for the summer 🙂 Oh, and when your significant other tosses your “line dry only” slacks in the dryer, you’ve got one fabulous–OK, like seven!–back up plans.

Try companies like Ann Taylor, J Brand, Victoria’s Secret, or Banana Republic for a wide variety of offered hem lengths.

Bring your pants, of every length, to The Tailor Maid today and let us hem your pants to perfection, no matter what length you choose!


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