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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!


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!


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!



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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!


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


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!


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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!


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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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Restyle Diaries: Uptight to Just Right!

Most of you probably know by now that one of our favorite things to do at The Tailor Maid is restyle your older or perhaps out-of-date garments. We take great pride in our creative visions and our ability to update almost any style of clothing to fit today’s modern looks.

Take a look at how our skilled fitters and tailors transformed this very “90s-esque” wrap sweater into a more relaxed, bohemian inspired style:


In just a few steps, such as removing the belt and  loops that wrapped this sweater, and moving a button so the sweater buttoned in front, we’ve achieved a much different look. We’ve also added a few darts in back to give this sweater some shape, and we’ve got a whole new look!


There are many ways to restyle a garment–do you have trendy, outdated clothing in your closet that needs a bit of a “face lift?” Bring your garments into the The Tailor Maid today and have us overhaul your wardrobe!!
See you soon!

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When Your Jeans Rip at the Seams, Call Beverly!

The Tailor Maid’s Beverly Nadine was recently interviewed and featured in the Palo Alto Patch! We hope you enjoy her interview, and click here for the original Palo Alto Patch article!

Beverly Nadine’s favorite job might be the wedding dress that had somehow grown too small for the bride – just hours before the ceremony.

“I think the dress had been altered by someone else,” Nadine recalled this week in her shop, The Tailor Maid, in Stanford Shopping Center. Perhaps the bride hadn’t tried it on after her final fitting; in any case, she didn’t realize until D-Day that she had problems.

She was from out of town, the wedding was that afternoon, and the dress didn’t fit.

“But her mom was one of my customers,” Nadine said. “So the daughter dropped off the dress that Saturday morning and we let out every seam the dress had. Two hours later, she picked up the let-out dress and went directly to her wedding.”

Not all Nadine’s stories are that deadline-driven, but many of them are that dramatic. Nadine’s staff of nine specializes in restyling outmoded and poorly fitting men’s and women’s garments, giving clothes that are “too good to throw out” but too weird to wear many more years of life. For years, The Tailor Maid was busy getting rid of huge shoulder pads; now the team shortens and refits the same de-shouldered jackets to achieve today’s leaner and more streamlined silhouette. Still other customers have lost a significant amount of weight, but can’t afford or don’t want to replace a closet full of suits.

“Really good clothing is not only expensive but hard to find,” Nadine said. “And some people just don’t like to shop.” The Tailor Maid staff will fit customers in their homes and pick up clothes for a surcharge, a convenience for people who have many clothes that need altering. The staff also makes custom slipcovers, bed and table linens, cushions and other soft furnishings from fabric the customer provides. Finally, The Tailor Maid alters clothes purchased from mall shops.

Nadine, a former real estate broker and longtime Palo Alto resident, knew since she was 9 that she would one day own her own business. “We’d play circus, all us kids in the neighborhood, and I would be the ringmaster,” she remembered.  Oddly enough for someone who’s owned a seamstress business for more than 25 years, Nadine didn’t grow up particularly interested in design or fashion. Rather, she was intrigued by the challenge of making new clothes from old, comfortable clothes from not-quite-right ones.

“I’m a problem solver,” Nadine said. “What I like is changing things.”

The idea for Tailor Maid came from a similar shop Nadine saw on the East Coast; she opened in Stanford Shopping Center in 1985 in the former back rooms of the then-recently-defunct Joseph Magnin, accessed by the elevator off what is now the west entrance of Ralph Lauren. “I just didn’t see the point in starting in a strip mall,” Nadine said. “If you can’t make it in Stanford Shopping Center, you can’t make it anywhere.” Nadine’s first employee, “a brilliant Austrian woman,” taught her many of the practical aspects of the business, such as how to take measurements.

“I started at a really good time because there were not many women business owners,” Nadine remembered of the shop’s 1980s beginnings. “Banks were interested in lending to a woman-owned small business.” Palo Alto itself had a strong core of emerging businesswomen: the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce had a Women in Business circle with 100 members. And, of course, they all needed business clothes.

“The bows. The blue suits. The hems down to here,” Nadine recalled of the 1980s business dress code, which women ignored at their peril. “And nobody wore jeans, except to work in the yard. Women were trying to fit in by looking like men. Fortunately, it’s not necessary now.” Nadine became active in the Palo Alto chamber, serving as its president in 1991-92.

Since then, work clothing has become more casual, Nadine said, but it doesn’t necessarily need less alteration. Knitwear often needs darts and other shaping added “so it looks like it belongs to you, so it fits you.”  Then there are the clothing transformations The Tailor Maid specializes in, such as making a tote bag out of a too-girly sundress or a chic cropped jacket from an intimidating ’80s-vintage black leather coat. Many customers bring in leather items, Nadine said, wanting to rework what has become a very expensive material.

“I have a great, great staff and we pride ourselves on our creativity,” Nadine said. “I’m gratified by how much trust I feel from my clients.”

What’s today’s equivalent of the dinosaur shoulder pad? “The waistband,” Nadine quickly said. For $50 or so, The Tailor Maid can remove the separate, confining strip of fabric that gives pre-millennial women’s pants and skirts that Oompa-Loompa look, removing pleats if necessary and restyling the garment with a lower, more contemporary waist. Recently, there’s been a growing business in getting rid of what Nadine calls “that flarey thing” at the hem of bootleg jeans. (The shop stocks many shades of orange and yellow thread to match the colored thread on jeans’ seams.)

“We can’t make bootlegs into skinny legs,” Nadine said. “But we can make them thinner.”

The Tailor Maid, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304; 650-328-8858. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Customers who mention Patch receive a 10 percent discount.

Thanks to Barbara Wilcox and the Palo Alto Patch for the feature!


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Have You Heard?

We’ve got big news!

We at The Tailor Maid hope you are enjoying 2011 to the fullest! A new year brings change, and we are no exception!

After 23 years in our Hillsdale location and due to some leasing challenges, we are consolidating into one location: the Stanford Shopping Center, where we have been for 24 years!!

The Tailor Maid extends a huge welcome to our Hillsdale clients! We look forward to continuing to provide great customer service, perfect tailoring and alterations, creative custom made home accessories, garment restyling, and repairs for all of you… our new customers, our relocated customers, and our regular, continuing customers!

Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive our monthly style tips and discount coupons!

We’ll see you at our Stanford location soon!

—Beverly Nadine and all of our TTM staff members!

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Spring into Spring!

After a drizzly winter, bright colors are just the ticket to spruce up your mood, AND your home! Here at The Tailor Maid, we specialize in custom home accessories.  We can work with you to custom create pillows, drapes, slip covers, napkins, table runners, and so much more–all in whatever patterns or colors you can find.

Did you know that giving your living space a “face lift” might be more affordable than you think?

Here are some great tips for redecorating this Spring!

1. Pick good colors

Create depth and eye catching interest with different shades and hues of your current favorite colors. Or, you can always revert to the color wheel and select colors that truly compliment each other. It’s also great and easy to pull minor accent colors from larger pieces or furniture with pillows and and accessories; doing so will also give the room a new look for less!

2. Recover!

Acquiring new pillows doesn’t have put you on a pillow form shopping spree! We can re-cover your old pillows with new fabrics and trims! Adding a zipper will allow an easy color change for the next season.

3. Let in the light!

Switch out heavy drapes and drab colors for lighter window treatments. Nothing can make a room feel fresher than open windows and flowing window treatments in sheer fabrics or sunny colors.

4. It’s all in the details

Don’t neglect your tables! Pull your decor’s look together with coordinating napkins, table runners, and linens. Often times, the kitchen or dining room can be easily pushed aside when it comes to soft furnishings. (Poor rooms!) Give them some attention too with coordinating treatments!

5. Flower picking

Spring and flowers go hand-in-hand for a reason, and often represent new growth and a fresh start. If you can’t keep up with fresh flowers in your home, floral printed fabrics can be your best friend! After all, you don’t have to water your couch.

The Tailor Maid can help you with your new fresh start this spring. Drop by one of our two locations and consult with our creative staff to get your custom home furnishings started!

Happy Spring!

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