When you go in to get a custom suit or garment made, having a good idea of what you're looking for will aid in the process. Our tailors can pre-select swatches that best fit your needs and have it prepared for your appointment. Fabric options are nearly endless, so knowing what you want ahead of time is highly recommended. We are happy to offer suggestions, but reference pictures are always helpful. We’re here to help bring YOUR vision to life!
Here are some of the most common fabric patterns used in suiting:
The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish. Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear.
Stripes are a classic choice that make look wearer look taller, thinner, and draws the eyes up to the face instead of the body shape. There are a variety of thicknesses, width, and colors. However, consult your tailor on which width and thickness is best for your body shape.
As you can see in the photo above, there are several different kinds of plaid. They often get clumped under the one name, but they are very different from each other! Knowing the difference between them makes you a more educated consumer.
While the weavers in County Donegal provide a number of different tweed fabrics, including herringbone and check patterns, the area is best known for a plain-weave cloth of differently-coloured warp and weft, with small pieces of yarn in various colours woven in at irregular intervals to produce a heathered effect.
Most sharkskin suits are usually made from mohair or wool and sometimes created with acetate or rayon. It's a smooth fabric with a two-toned woven appearance, it has a soft texture that is very light and wrinkle free making it perfect for a suit.
For something more subtle, take a look at Nailhead fabrics. This pattern contain little dots upon a darker background, and when looking at them together, they resemble somewhat of a solid finish.
Typically used for lining suits, the design was copied from the costly silk and wool Kashmir shawls and adapted first for use on handlooms, and, after 1820, on Jacquard looms. From roughly 1800 to 1850, the weavers of the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, became the foremost producers of Paisley shawls.
Artful Tailoring is your one-stop shopping destination for unique and high-quality gifts for your loved ones.
Artful Tailoring is your one-stop shopping destination for high-quality, unique goods...all of which would make excellent gifts for your loved ones!
Gift Idea Guide (for him) from Artful Tailoring
Gift Idea Guide (for her) from Artful Tailoring
A great fit is just the beginning.
Our tailors have an in-depth knowledge of color theory which aids in choosing fabrics for suits, shirts, and accessories based on your skin, eye, and hair color. As you are building your perfect wardrobe, consult a tailor to determine which colors compliment you the best.
First, find out your “tone”.
If you have a “warm” tone, your skin has deeper undertones of gold and yellow with visible veins appearing greenish. A “cool” tone means your skin is pale or dark with pink or blue undertones and the veins will normally look blueish.
Cooler tones = look for cooler colors
Warm tones = look for warmer colors
The best fabric colors for you also depend on your hair and eye color. Make sure to take these into consideration when looking for clothes.
Light or pale skin can have either pink or blue undertones. Your best colors to wear: cool colors such as blues and greens, blush pink, and some medium jeweled tones will complement the skin nicely such as sea green and lavender. Off-white, beige, and light to medium brown act as great neutrals.
Light-medium skin has more neutral undertones: not exactly warm, and not exactly cool. These individuals can get away with softer, pastel colors and light neutrals. Avoid dark and overly vibrant colors as this will create too much of a contrast against the skin.
Medium skin tones have yellow, peach, and olive undertones. Your best colors to wear: oranges, warm golden yellows, and reds look rich against this skin. Dark blues also pair well. Earth tones can be nice, but make sure to stay away from the colors that are too close to your undertone. For example, if you have olive undertones, its best to stay away from an olive-colored shirt or pant.
Dark skin tones can have yellow, red, or blue undertones: Depending on your tone, these are some colors to wear that always look great on this skin: rich jewel tones such as emerald and violet, and dark navy and grey.
Quick fixes you can do at home right now.
-To prevent dark jeans from fading, add 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar during the last washing cycle. If they aren't that dirty, just soak them in water and vinegar and hang dry. The smell will go away once they are completely dry.
-Did you spot some deodorant marks on your clothes just as you are heading out? Grab a pair of old pantyhose or a dryer sheet and gently rub the mark and voila!
-Rub candle wax or a bar of soap on stuck zippers to "grease" it and get it moving again.
-Loose button but no needle and thread? Apply clear nail polish over the existing threads to keep it in place. This also works for snags in panty hose or tights!
-Clean your patent leather shoes with Windex for a nice shine.
Get rid of static cling with a light douse of hairspray, or use a dryer sheet.
Mix water and lemon juice to put on garments right before you wash them to get rid of sweat stains.
For oil-based stains, pour some talcum or baby powder on top to soak up the spot.
What are some of your favorite clothing-saving tricks?
Last week we had the pleasure of attending the Professional Women’s Alliance conference here in Phoenix. After mingling with other attendees and hearing some incredibly inspiring women speak, our newest blog post focuses on professional workwear for women.
Although the “traditional” rules of dress for the office have become more relaxed over the past few years, women are faced with limited options when it comes to professional workwear. We have rounded up four garments that we consider key pieces to have in your closet-regardless of your profession.
For important meetings with higher-ups or to make a great first impression, opt for this item. When you put on a great fitting blazer, you instantly send the message of “I mean business”.
What to look for:
-Slim notch lapel
-Classic colors: black, navy, or dark grey
What’s also nice about blazers is that you can mix and match it with dress pants, skirts, and even dresses to tone down the “stuffiness” that may be associated with them.
2. Classic trousers
Choose a pair in a medium weight fabric that will provide comfort and last you for years. As for the silhouette, stick with a straight leg cut as it flatters practically every body shape. Tip: Make sure you get them hemmed at the right length. Decide ahead of time if you will mainly wear them with flats, heels, or a mid-rise shoe
3. Pencil skirt
For warmer months or when you just want to feel a bit more feminine, a pencil skirt is definitely a workwear basic. It can easily take you from work day to night time dinner, so stocking up in basic colors will make outfit planning a breeze! Again, make sure you consult a tailor to determine what length is best for your height and body shape.
4. Shift dress
A truly classic silhouette, this dress now comes in a variety of style nuances that best suits your body shape-from sleeveless to ¾ sleeves, different necklines, etc. There are endless ways to wear it! Dress it up for an evening event, or keep it simple for a daytime office look.
Artful Tailoring provides custom clothing services for women. From suiting to evening dresses, we craft each piece according to your unique body shape. As an added bonus, a majority of our fabrics have stretch integrated into them, which is especially nice for women. This adds comfort and helps achieve a better shape over a curved physique.
We can incorporate your style throughout the entire garment! You pick your fabric, lining, buttons, and hidden details like the under collar and inside the sleeve placket. You’ll be walked through the entire process by our expert tailors, who can offer recommendations on color theory, styling details, fabric choice, and more.
You don’t have to compromise your personal taste in professional work wear. See how Artful Tailoring can turn your work wear woes into looking forward to getting ready each morning! Book your appointment today.