Posted by - Bonnie @ 10:19
As of late I’ve had several requests for wardrobe consulting. It’s becoming very popular again to reduce the pieces in your closet to a capsule wardrobe. This really has always been called a wardrobe because all of the pieces go together and can be mixed and matched with little to no thought. All the pieces should be well fitted and some loose lines and some tailored lines. Classic pieces are preferred and all of them should be your favorites. Take all of the clothes out of your closet and keep no more than 20 outerwear pieces, 5 accessories, 5 shoes and 25 underwear pieces to simplify your life and make you feel fabulous in your own skin every day. Here’s the list:
20 key piece wardrobe:
1. Dress pants (slacks or trousers)
3. Sweat pants (or workout pants, yoga pants, stretch pants)
4. Casual Jacket (windbreaker, wrap, or button down sweater)
6. Dress shirt (tailored)
7. Casual shirt (flannel or something fun)
8. Blouse (a less structured shirt that can cross over from work, casual or nightlife)
9. Vest (if you wear them) (conservative or print occasion)
10. Sweater (we all love our cozy sweaters, just choose your favorite)
11. Long sleeved T-shirt (or thermal)
14. Tank top
16. Dress (If you don’t normally wear dresses make it a formal or occasion one)
17. Dress skirt (make it a pencil or A line suit style.
18. Casual skirt (mini or full length or a fun print or peasant)
19. Blazer (should go with trousers and formal skirt..everything goes with jeans)
Pick your favorite cuts and styles. If they can’t all be worn together you’ll end up buying more clothes.So pick your favorites, chuck the rest, then slowly replace pieces that can’t be worn together until you can mix and match all pieces. Don’t be afraid to put two prints together and choose your favorite color and two neutrals. Base it on solid pieces.
5 Piece Top Accessories:
1. Purse (everyday style)
2. Clutch (small purse meant as an accent piece when going out..think of it as jewelry)
3. Tote Bag (or duffel, backpack, something for shopping and/or hauling)
4. Belt (with all the spandex and kids these days everybody needs one)
The only 5 shoes you’ll ever need:
2. Gym/Tennis/running/ workout shoes
3. Daily wear shoes
5. Pumps (they can be flats or mules, but every woman needs dress shoes)
25 Lingerie set
1. 5 bras (Never wear the same one two days in a row so the elastic can “bounce back”)
2. 10 panties
3. 7 pair socks
4. 1 pair tights/hose (leggings can be substituted for some)
5. Nightie or pajamas (yes you can add a robe)
6. Bathing suit (yes you can add A (1!) coverup)
Posted by - Bonnie @ 9:16
Here is a website from a local sewing studio with their custom pricing. http://sewfreshstudio.com/custom-design/wedding-gown-boulder-bridal-vintage-dress-redisign/
It often shocks me how low my prices have been compared to others. Even after raising my prices for this year they’re still way too low. Yet, I have customers asking my prices not even thinking about comparing it to minimum wages. While customers who are familiar with tailor’s fees and have had alterations done before never complain at all about my prices, and are usually ready to pay up front with cash in hand. I had the sewing club and not enough people joined. It was so cheap and available to you. When all our free teachers, grandmothers, are gone and I become a grandmother (hopefully some day) maybe I’ll consider teaching classes again. I’ve decided to focus on custom design. This is what I’m highly skilled and talented at, and it’s a rare gift. Rip Club’s sewing lounge is gone. It was a good thing, and people even called it therapy, but just not enough interest. I’m enjoying my little studio with the zen-like courtyard.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:09
After two and a half years in our current shop at 333 Cleveland Avenue in downtown Loveland, Colorado, Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop is being forced to move temporarily to 441 East 4th Street, Suite 104, still in downtown Loveland, Colorado. We look forward to working in our cozy little office overlooking our serene courtyard in the Sun Plaza Office Suite. We’re not sure what hours we will be available, so you can call us at (970) 222-7703 to arrange an appointment for alterations and private lessons. Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop will provide the same services by appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted when we are in the office.
To anyone we are servicing at this time, we will continue our diligent efforts to complete your orders and get them to you before we start moving.
Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop will be closed from November 21st (11-21-14) and opening at our new location on December 15th (12-15-14), so that we can populate our new space as soon as possible to continue giving Loveland our superb tailoring and alteration services. We ask that you please call to arrange to pick-up or have delivered any garments that you have left on our racks at this time.
We’re hoping that the Old Arcadia Hotel, also known as the Old Loveland Opera House, will be restored to its former glory and that we may still be moving back to the building when all construction is completed. We will miss our sewing lounge, but plan to offer it again in the future.
In the meantime, any civic, charitable, or religious organizations that are interested in sewing, tools, and supplies to call Bonnie directly.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 17:50
Check out Jessica Montoya’s blog on why it may be hard for you to find a patternmaker.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 12:04
Rip Club has its own Sewing Club where kids, teens, (boys & girls) and adults can learn to sew in a fun environment. In the classes there is a ton of individual attention. The classes are self-paced and low pressure and very creative. The lounge is a place where you can hang out with your friends and make your own projects. Listen to great music and get creative and share ideas.
Are you interested in Steampunk, Cosplay or even the Renaissance Faire? Maybe you are interested in Fairies or Mermaids. We can help. Have a project you started and do not know how to finish it? We can help!
The lounge is fully equipped for all your sewing needs. Our lounge combines camaraderie of sewing and a working studio to provide a sewing haven for enthusiasts of all levels.
Wondering what to do this Summer? Come join Rip Club, Sewing Lounge and Tailor, right here in Downtown Loveland, and get creative sewing and making. All tools are provided.
Follow your Fashion
Claire in punk rock top and pants.
Ned says, “Fix Your Pants!”
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:29
Beautiful gauged crochet work by Foggy Mountain Creations for sale at Rip Club.
Hello all you awesome RIP Club followers! We are excited to announce that Valerie of Foggy Mountain Creations has crafted for us some new and beautiful scarves! Her other creations can be seen in the picture to the left. Valerie is pictured along with the new scarves here. As you can see, we have plenty of colors to choose from, so you’re bound to find one you’ll enjoy.
These “Cutie Patootie Ruffle Scarves” are very versatile. You can certainly wear them along with your winter garb, but they are also light enough that you can still rock them in the cooler months. Each one contains such a wide range of colors that make them a perfect accent for many outfits.
These scarves are reminiscent of boas and are super cute
Cutie Patootie Scarves for sale at Rip Club
We originally listed these ruffle scarves at $34.99, but have decided to offer them at the discounted price of $29.99. Come on in to RIP Club at 333 North Cleveland Avenue in Loveland, Colorado to pick out your favorite (or a few).
Posted by - Bonnie @ 16:58
One of my frequent haunters is wanting a suit made up in March. He’s trying to find his style. So I told him last night I though he was a trend setter. Sure enough I found this blog this morning. http://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/mens-suit-patterns/
I’m looking forward to making him custom tailored bespoke suits.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 12:16
Thanksgiving Break not giving you the amount of fun you hoped? Come on down to The Rip Club and celebrate the coming of winter with our special Thanksgiving Student Fun series!
Starting on the 29th and going until the 30th, we’re hosting a set of classes for everyone to enjoy! Come on in and learn how to make beanies, headbands, and scarves to give to someone for a heartfelt Holiday or to use yourself in the coming winter months! Each day is $30 to join in the classes [that’s $10 per class!] OR you can bring in your Student ID and get a discounted price of $15, a whole half-off!
Each day, the classes are:
- Beanies at 2pm to 4pm
- Headbands at 4pm to 6 pm
- Scarves at 6pm to 8pm
All materials and equipment is provided to help you feel fashionable for the creeping cold! Make sure to RSVP at (970) 222-7703 or walk in at 333 Cleveland Avenue in Loveland, CO to sign up!
We hope to hear from you soon!
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:29
Have an old t-shirt you bought years ago and loved to near death? Can’t bear to get rid of your favorite nostalgia pieces from way back when? Favorite shirt’s stain causing you pain?
Have no fear, we can help you save it!
The Rip Club Sewing Lounge is hosting a T-Shirt Recycling lab. Bring in your old shirts and let us show you find new life in old threads! Bonnie will teach you how to polish up your golden oldies so they shine like you just bought them off the rack, all the while helping you find and establish your very own style!
Entrance fee is $30 for the entire class. Equipment is provided, as are old t-shirts to chop up. Call The Rip Club at (970) 222-7703 to sign up now!