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How To Zip Up Your Dress When Alone
You’re getting ready for the big party and you are supremely excited about your dress. It’s is perfect, aside from the fact that it has a punishingly long zipper down the back and you’re home alone. But seriously, this dress is awesome and not wearing it is out of the question. Here’s what you do.
What you need: A long ribbon, string or shoelace.
What you do: Thread the ribbon/string/shoelace through a hole in the zipper, and then step into the dress. With one hand, grab the ends of the ribbon behind your back and pull it over your shoulder. As you pull, it will zip all the way up.
Why it works: Because you’re an independent genius–that’s why.
1. Wear your pants at your natural waist. Too high and you look like Grampa, too low and you look like a high school kid. Your waistband should sit 2-3 inches below your belly button.
2. Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on. Jeans can be a little longer, since they shrink a bit when you wash them.
3. One pleat, maximum. If you’re a big guy, like I am, you learned somewhere along the line that pleats are slimming. They’re not. At best, they look like you’re a big guy trying to look slimmer; at worst, they actually make you look heavier because they pull out across you, broadening your appearance. In any case, the job of a pleat is to maintain that crease sown the front of your pants. For pants without that crease (and many with it), pleats are unnecessary; for pants that need the pleat, they only need one.
4. 1” to 1 1/2” cuffs. Or not. There’s nothing wrong with cuffs, there’s nothing wrong with no cuffs. They are understood, however, to be an older man’s style – not in a bad way, think sophisticated, experienced, distinguished, and conservative. For younger men, a cleaner line is generally preferred.
5. A useful piece of trivia for the American abroad: in British English, “pants” are underwear.So if, for instance, you are in London and get invited out and maybe your trousers are dirty from work, don’t say “I’d love to go out, I just need to go home and change my pants first.” And if someone should ask, “Why, are your pants dirty?”, don’t say, “Yeah, I always get my pants dirty at work.” You will be laughed at. Er, I assume
Much like at-home hair color, unless you have some sort of training, it’s best to leave altering your clothes to the professionals. Take the washing instructions “handle with care” to the next level and hand your garments over to a talented seamstress/tailor for everything from alterations to transformations. Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to befriend your local alterations specialist.
1. Something is Only as Nice as it Looks on You
A garment may look beautiful on the hanger, but resemble a potato sack on you. Consider bringing it to your tailor to see if there is a way to “make it work.” Changing a hem or letting out a seam might make all the difference. The more familiar you get with your tailor, the more you’ll know what can and cannot be done, as well as how much certain alterations will cost. Remember, even the best alterations specialists aren’t magicians; they can only work with what is there.
2. Fashion isn’t Forever
Trends come and go, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye; your tailor’s expertise will allow them to see what can be done to change a garment. Whether it’s new buttons or removing sleeves, you have options. Share what you like about the garment, and why, and see how they can update it.
3. You Sometimes Leave Things to the Last Minute
This isn’t a promise on behalf of your seamstress, but once you’ve established a relationship, they may be willing to do you the occasional favor. While it’s best not to make on-the-spot alterations a habit (it might cost extra for a rush job), being a loyal customer can have its rewards.
4. Rescue and Repair
There are some items that we just can’t bear to part with, no matter how badly worn. Rather than retiring one of your favorites, see if it can be saved. Worn elbows can be patched, lining can be replaced. Whatever you need, your seamstress will likely have access to the supplies and the know-how to complete the repair.
5. Measure for Measure
Online shopping is convenient, but return policies can be strict, so know your proper measurements. Have your seamstress measure your bust, waist, hips, and inseam, then keep those measurements on hand. Knowing measurements can also make it easier when ordering bridesmaid dresses, which always seem to be a size (or four) too large, even if you had your measurements taken on the spot. Besides, while a good seamstress will make the dress fit, a great seamstress will make the dress look like it was made for you.
Price for Hemming a Prom Dress in the Kissimmee Florida area: We always suggest to get a bid before you leave your prom dress with a seamstress, this way no one is surprised. Although pricing varies from seamstress to seamstress. Please note: most prom dress seamstresses add the items together and calculate from there. Normally in our area Prom Dress alterations depending on dress is over $45 for a hem plus taking the dress in and fixing any lost pearls.
For the best price for Hemming a Wedding Dress contact Eve’s Alterations
Bridal and Formal alterations
Q: What is the cost for wedding gown alterations?
If you’re among the lucky few who can find the dress that fits perfectly – congratulations, if you are the one who needs alterations we can help. First of all keep in mind that bridal alterations are as close as you can get to haute couture* sewing and it comes with a price you have to consider in forming your wedding budget. Second, allocate enough time for fittings, first fitting can take as much as one hour. An average wedding gown will need at least three fittings and it might take up to eight weeks from start to finish.
Most gowns need hemming and it starts at $80 and can easily go up with the type of hem needed, the number of layers, the type of fabric and the type of hem finishing and decoration. A hem alone can easily top $500. Other alteration to consider is in the bodice area. Any lace, beading, embroidery etc. must be removed and then reapplied it can get very expensive but most gowns don’t need anything this complicated. A good guess would be $80 for the average gown but it can go up to $300 for custom work. The last main alteration is a bustle. There are a few ways to do the bustle, and they are determined by what we call points. Our charge for bustling depends on the number of points – the longer the train the more points will be necessary. The average gown needs around 3 points so the cost is $90-$125 but can go up to $400 for custom bustle. Wedding dress retailers will charge the most to hem, since they know their shoppers have a higher budget than most and are willing to pay more for convenience; they might charge upwards of $275 to $990. However, your local seamstress may be able to offer a lesser price for equal-quality service.
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Price for pant hem in the Kissimmee Florida area vary depending on type of hem needed and material the pant. The avg we found was $10 for a rolled over machine hem, $12 for a cuff, $13 for a heavy pair of jeans or lined, $15 if you want the original jean hem cut off and re-attached.
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How To Choose A Suit You Can Wear After The Wedding
Guys, let’s face it: When it comes to weddings, it’s all about her. From the rehearsal dinner to the reception to the exotic honeymoon locale, we’ve got little say. And then, of course, there’s the dress — perhaps the only thing anyone cares about. After all, even if the salmon is bland, the bridesmaids are drunk and the band plays “Sweet Caroline” a few too many times, everyone will look back and think about that dress. So what’s in it for us? In short, not much unless you select your suit wisely and squeeze it for all it’s worth. Lucky for you, we know just how to do that at Eve”s Alterations in Kissimmee.
Choosing Your Wedding Suit: What You Should Know
Purchase – don’t rent
Most men go the rent-a-tux route. And we wouldn’t totally blame you for it either, considering that you probably plan on wearing the darn thing for just a few hours. But this isn’t your high school prom. So you can scrounge for your scrapbook or take our word for it: rented suits never fit properly and always look cheap. Not to mention the fact that someone else (in fact, many someone elses) wore it on their special day. Break the mold and buy.
Quit the corporate culture
You should look like you’re getting married, not giving a PowerPoint presentation. Suiting up in something new rather than a rental or boardroom leftover is a first step, but it’s far from the only thing that will keep you out of the office. Go black, three piece, and shell out somewhat more than you may be used to. We guarantee it’ll pay off.
Say something with the fit
You may be tempted to break out the bells and whistles. This day, after all, is only supposed to come around once. But despite your best instincts, your energy and hard earned money is better spent on tailoring. An inexpensive but impeccably cut suit will look like a million bucks. The same can’t be said for a pricey, ill-fitting one.
Form follows fabric
A tailor’s nip and tuck can only go so far. Without a fine fabric to lay the foundation, it’s tough to construct a winning wedding suit. A slouchy, shapeless blend will leave you looking, well, slouchy and shapeless. A weighty wool, on the other hand, will do just the opposite.
How To Wear Your Wedding Suit Post-Wedding
Funny thing is, with all the fabrics and fits, picking your suit often takes longer than the time you’ll actually spend wearing it. But, as promised, there are a few things you can do to maximize mileage. Here are some ways to make sure the suit you choose can be worn well after your wedding day is over.
Ditch the vest
Sure, it’s the easiest way to switch up a three piece, and you’ll gain a new weekday work suit in the process. We just recommend reserving it for special days when you need to play boss and bust balls. Pair it with a red, purple or light-blue knit tie from Drake’s London. The knit will lighten up the mood, but it’s really the color that counts. Remember: The suit is already black, and you don’t want to look like you’re going to a wedding again, or worse, a funeral.
Add the vest
While your workweek may be saturated with suits, we’re willing to bet your weekend is of the jeans and tee variety. Throw on the vest with slim-cut, dark denim (like this indigo resin rinse from J Brand), a solid white V-neck from Uniqlo and sleek black sneakers by Lanvin. Just make sure to keep the vest open and the shirt fitted but not skin tight. Otherwise, you’ll come off like you’re trying too hard.
Jerry-rig the jacket
Take the jacket and use it as a blazer. Yeah, yeah, we know you’ve heard this one before. But take note: The jacket should be trim and tailored enough to survive on its own. It’s a rule that will help you find the right fit for your wedding suit and one that lends itself nicely to the tailored cut of Joe’s Brixton blue jeans and a Hugo Boss spread-collar button down long after the big day is over. For those extra special nights out, feel free to slip on that vest with the Tie Bar’s classic black skinny tie and a pair of patent leather lace-ups from Ferragamo.Fly the trousers solo
Using the trousers with your regular run-of-the-mill button down for business-casual climes is fine by us. But you could really stretch your investment by pairing the pants with a crisp, un-tucked polo (we’re partial to this three-button pima pique from Theory) and some cool kicks like Tods’ iconic driver in red suede.
In the end, all eyes will definitely be on her dress. But there’s no harm in stealing a few glances for yourself on that day and those blissful years beyond. Like us on Facebook to receive our latest “Tip of the day”.