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|Posted on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM||comments (1)|
Top Five Tips for the Right Lingerie
Did you know that most women do not wear the proper size bra? Why is this important? It is all about building an appropriate foundation for a great looking garment. The best looking garments are built from the inside out. Therefore, when it comes to looking and feeling your best, it essential to start with choosing the right undergarments for your body type.
1. A New Bra: For ultimate support, make sure you purchase a new bra every six months. Most of us buy a bra maybe ever six years. My bad!!!
2. For special occasions, like your wedding, you should buy NEW lingerie. This idea cannot be stressed enough. Every Bride Deserves a New Bra is what we as tailors lament.
3. Shapewear: This is designed to smooth everything out so that the garment has a smooth canvas on which to be displayed. So make sure it is not too tight by choosing your right size.
4. Get measured by a professional who specializes in selling lingerie, like Lane Bryant or Bryant’s Bloomers in San Marco, Jacksonville, FL. You cannot accurately measure yourself.
5. Know your body type: Choose a lingerie style according to the areas you want to target. Is it your tummy, thighs, bum? For me, for instance, it is posture, and therefore I need more back support.
Clothing can be walking artwork. Choosing the right lingerie under your garments will create a more beautiful YOU.
For an Alterations appointment, call 904-874-3513
If you are local to Jacksonville, please visit Bryant’s Bloomer’s boutique, 2700 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Phone: 904-388-0849. FB: https://www.facebook.com/Bloomers-1039939852685823/
|Posted on September 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
In honor of National Sewing Month, we will post bits of history related to all things sewing.
"No useful sewing machine was ever invented by one man." James Gibbs, inventor of Wilcox & Gibbs the Treadle Sewing Machine.
Let's start with the sewing machine since it is one of the most significant inventions out of the great industrial revelotion. Mahatma Gandhi said that it was "one of the few useful things ever invented."
There were a number of inventors who attempted to create this great piece of machinery. However, the best known innovator was Isaac Singer. When inventors or great thinkers create something, it is based on something that is already here. The purpose of the sewing machine is to replicate the hand motions of hand sewing as two pieces of fabric are joined together. In the 19th century, businessmen in the apparel industry knew that the first man who could invent this machinery to increase production would become rich. This major invention made Isaac Singer the first capitalist because he was a great marketer and businessman. He was very smart about it and in some circles he was/is not considered the inventor of the first sewing machine. In fact, he got sued from other inventors and decided to create a sewing cartel to keep from getting sued. Imagine that! He was able to create an early empire by combining the best of earlier sewing machine inventions, even Elias Howe's needle, and by 1865 the Singer 12 New Family Sewing Machine was presented to the world.
What a beautiful invention that changed the plant then as well as now! Thank you, Mr. Singer.
(Cited from: History of the Sewing Machine by Alex Askaroff, www.sewalot.com)
|Posted on March 6, 2019 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
How Much Does it Cost to Alter this Wedding Dress is a common question that brides ask.
Well, that depends on a few factors if you are a bride who likes to keep track of spending. Those factors include, but not limited to, type of alteration, type of fabric, embellishments and the width and length of the garment. These are a few factors to consider when you are setting a budget for alterations. The most common type of alteration will be the shoulder area, sides in the bodice, waist, hips, and length. The more drastic the change to the garment, the more it will cost.
For instance, if you purchase a size 16 dress that you love and you wear a size 8, you are requiring a tailor to reconstruct (or rebuild) that garment from the top down to the hem. That kind of love will cost you a lot. The type of fabric is another cost factor. Wedding attire often made of flowy fabric like chiffon which is a time-consuming fabric to sew. Therefore, it will cost more to tailor to your specifications. What about the width of the garment? Did you know that the wider the hem, the longer it takes to sew and therefore, more costs?
Nikki's dress was purchased online at LuLu's. Ninety percent (90%) of the time, when a dress is purchased online, it will require some alterations if you plan to look your best for pictures. Remember, pictures last forever these days of the Internet. So it is definately worth it! You can read part 2 if you want to know the value of the alterations for this dress.
Photo compliments of Client/Model: Nikki Turchich, IndigoPinePhotography.com
|Posted on October 27, 2018 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
3 Tips to Make Online Shopping Purchases Fit Better
You just purchased a new dress online and while it looks great on the model, it does not fit quite the same as you imagined. Here are three tips to reduce some of your online shopping stress.
1. Measure Properly: Most online retailers provide a measuring chart as a guideline. However, you may not get accurate results if you are self-measuring. Ask a friend for help or better yet, get a professional. Sometimes this is a free service or about $5.
2. Select One Size Up: Ordering online is always tricky. You may increase your chances by purchasing one size larger, then tailor the garment down to your size. This is the most economical way to achieve a great tailored garment.
3. Use a Professional: Once you receive your garment, look for a professional tailor, or alterations specialist, especially for formal wear. They are trained to fit gowns, dresses, formals and they understand the nuances of fabric.
What you wear should make you feel comfortable and confident. You can achieve a better online shopping experience with these tips.
Written by Linda Miller, Custom Fit Alterations: Professional Alterations Specialist and Sewing Educator.
|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
So you just found your dream dress and you're wondering how much do I pay for alterations? Or maybe you didn't think about alterations at all. When I perform a Google search, the best information I found was dated in 2009 on Wedding Bee. They stated it cost about $250 back then. Well, ladies, times have changed and dresses are have more layers than before.
There was a time when garments were produced by seamstresses and tailors whether than manufacturing companies based in China. In China, they work under a very stringent, scientific production process that requires the "worker" to sew under 3 minutes. (YouTube: How is China Dealing with Rising Cost of Labor). However, I have seen them go faster because the worker only sews one side of a zip, for instance. Then someone else on the assembly line will sew the other side. This requires little to no training for the worker-bee and it makes the process very, very fast.
When we alter a dress we customize or trailor the garment to YOUR specifications. The price of an alteration really depends on how the dress was designed, how it was manufactured and how it will fit and feel on YOU. Therefore, the pricing that you see on the internet tends to be all over the map!!! If I had to estimate based on today's market, it is closer to double that amount.
Linda Miller, Expert Alterations Specialist
Custom Alterations, Jacksonville, Florida
|Posted on January 19, 2017 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
It's almost prom and you need to shop for the perfect dress. It can be as simple as ABC according to Seventeen Magazine 2017 Prom edition. Here are 3 hacks from The Dress Shop to help get the perfect fashion and fit.
A) Always look for inspiration everywhere.
Look at magazines, like Seventeen, Glamour and even Vogue Pattern (in case you get grandma to make it for you). Go to various fashion sites and check out the most popular prom dress designers like Sherri Hill (above dress image), Zoey Grey, Rachel Allen or lafemmefashion.com.
B. Buy Local. This is the only way to try on a few dresses to test good fit and style.
If a dress doesn't match your style, try it on anyway. You may just be surprised at how good it looks on you. When you are looking online, don't be tempted by a cheap price. Often times a dress looks good on the model on-site, but it won't look the same on you, especially if it has a flaw. Then you may have to see your favorite seamstress to help fix it. #macysprom Here are some local favs: www.frenchnovelty.com www.thirtythreestar.com
C. Comfort is key! Do you want to dance or not?!
Pick a dress that will keep you movin'! Prom is about dancing, prancin' and having fun. So make sure that you pick a dress or outfit that is cool and comfortable for a night that is fun and unforgettable.
For more styles, go to Seventeen.com/prom
|Posted on December 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Posted on September 6, 2016 at 3:05 PM
Politics is in the air as we prepare to go to the polls to vote for our 45th president. Abraham Lincoln was one of my favorite presidents to read about in history. One noted fact is his wife's modiste (an old English with French origins word meaning one who mades and sells fashionable dresses and hats for women) was an African American. Her name was Elizabeth Keckley. She was an entreprenuer who did work for the socialites in Washington. Authorities believe this is one of her dresses. It's hard to determine because they often restyled or repurpose fabric at that time since it was so expensive. It does not say if it was by hand or machine. Perhaps both. (Source: Smithsonian.com)
|Posted on December 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Posted on September 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Today, let's focus on the labor of sewing as today's topic for National Sewing Month. I am very glad that we live a country where there are labor laws to protect its citizen's. However, not everyone is as fortunate as we are. Labor laws can increase cost that the average consumer is not willing to pay. Perhaps that is another reason we export our sewing labor because we in the West have an insatuable appetite for fast, inexpensive fashion...but it is at a great cost to human labor, our economy and the global environmental cost. Watch this video about the high cost of cheap clothing:
As stated in this video, "We are the only ones that can make a real difference" by becoming conscientious consumers.
My personal goal is to teach young people (or adults) how to make a difference by learning how to sew and design in a sustainable way. More on that later...
|Posted on December 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Posted on August 5, 2016 at 7:45 AM
Do you need a promotion? Do you want to get noticed and have people treat you better? Do you want or need to look your best? Having your clothes tailored/altered to your specifications is the answer to all of these questions. According to Fabulous Fit - 2nd Edition by Judith Rasban and Elizabeth Liechty, "Fit is a state of mind...The clothes you wear influence the way you think, feel, act or behave and the way people react or respond to you." Here are seven good reasons to tailor or alter your clothing:
1. When your garments fit well, they feel good and make you appear slimmer.
2. Clothes that are tailored increase your self-esteem and self-confidence.
3. Tailored clothes create a positive body image by drawing the eye away from figure challenges.
4. Therefore, tailored clothes are more figure flattering and reflect a positive body image.
5. Clothing that fit well feel more comfortable because they are fitted to your natural body movements.
6. Fashion forward clothing are garments that have a classic fit and therefore last longer coupled with a better value.
7. Clothes that fit well command respect. They can make you look taller, richer, smarter and beautiful.
Fit is everything. So find yourself a great seamstress and you will be ready to take on the world by a storm.
Looking good from head to toe!