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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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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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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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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!

–TTM

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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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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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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!

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

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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!

-TTM

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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!

Bermuda:

Bermudas

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.

Capri:

Capri

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:

Cropped

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:

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.

Floods:

Floods

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!

-TTM

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Get your rear in gear!

You know that saying, “hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave?”  THE TAILOR MAID will make that cheeky slogan work for you!

You are on your own regarding your New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym and that miracle shake  we are all waiting for, we know that is a dream.  But we CAN offer you a helping hand when it comes to cleaning up the fit of your pants…you know, back there, the “rear view”!

Often times, when looking in the mirror we spend most of our time studying our frontal appearance and  sometimes overlook the way we look …from behind. It’s not just your jeans that need to fit well “back there”, so don’t leave your casual and dress slacks in the dust.

Orkney Pinstripe slacks from Bonobos

Menswear company Bonobos has built their company on just this idea, so clearly we aren’t the only ones concerned with how your toosh looks. Check out their website; they have the right idea and are definitely on to something!  Their pants feature a curved waistband to provide great fit in the waist and seat. Now it’s not to say this is a completely revolutionary idea, since that’s how womens pants are usually put together but, it is a first for men’s slacks, so we applaud the attention to detail. Even if you don’t have a curved (contouring) waistband, we can help you achieve a fantastic fitting seat.

Here are three ways we can help you look your very best, from the rear!

1. Fine Tune

If you always grab the same size off the rack , you might want to try a different size and especially a different style. Every brand, cut and fabric is different, often the same size will be different!  The same color and style can be  different often amazingly different.  This is the reason at The Tailor Maid we insist you try on each pair of pants individually.  Adjusting your waist, seat, and crotch (even if it is just a little bit!) can make an important difference.

Is your bum a bit “droopy”?  Does the pant crotch hang too low, no problem—we can make those adjustments for you.  So just take a good second look and make sure your size fits you well and the style makes you look terrific. We are always welcome here if you need a second opinion or a consultation. You will always hear an honest assessment and remember, if you are in between sizes, always go for the bigger size.

2. Create/lengthen darts

The purpose of a dart is to contour fabric to your body, making a flat plane of fabric lay nicely on a 3-dimensional surface. By adding or adjusting existing darts, we can manipulate the fit of your garment, especially in the seat area. Your shape is most likely not the same as the model, so in most cases, darts need to be tweaked a bit to make the pants yours.

3. Lower your waistband

We all know this, but it’s worth repeating: we all have different body types. Sometimes a fitting challenge doesn’t fall into an obvious category. Typically we think of fit as a vertical issue, meaning the length. A more detailed alteration is horizontal, raising or lowering a waistband or a crotch. This takes an expert eye and luckily, we are your experts!

When you unsure about the fit of a garment, the color or the style, just bring it in! We are always happy to take a look at your clothing, and we love giving our opinion! We promise to send you away looking fabulous… head to toe, vertically, horizontally,  and all 360 degrees!

–The Tailor Maid

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