One of the most common complaints that I hear from clients is that they cannot find clothes that fit properly. The majority of people buy their clothes ‘off-the-peg’, which means that garments are made to fit standard shapes and heights. Some manufacturers do make petite ranges but these tend to be for the smaller sizes only, completely ignoring the fact the fuller figured customers can also be short.
Thankfully, lots of fashion ranges are now coming in longer lengths for the taller woman, New Look and ASOS being two great examples.
If a garment is a good staple and of reasonable quality, then it will always be worth investing in alterations to ensure the perfect fit.
Some high end boutiques offer an in-store service, which is great but a good image consultant will always have contact details of a reliable alterations person or tailor to pass on to their clients. For me that is The Zip Yard!
I am a qualified dressmaker and seamstress but don’t practice any more due to other work commitments, that I find far more enjoyable. As the saying goes “Do less with more focus”. So now if my schedule is to busy and I don’t have time to do some of my own alterations, I drop mine into the girls in “The Zip Yard” in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Having used them myself on many occasions means I have full confidence in their work.
All front of house staff have completed a stylist course in body shape and customer styling with Julie Cobbe of Stylefish! Pretty impressive! So you can be guaranteed you will be in safe hands!
Along with standard fabrics, all the seamstresses, in The Zip Yard, have specialised training in Leather, Fur and Bridal! They are also well know for their restructure and restyling of clothing and have featured many times on RTE’s, Today Show and Expose, demonstrating how a simple item can be transformed into something completely different with a real wow factor!
Here are some examples of their spectacular work featured on TV