…Royal Ascot Inspirations

After the Grand National, Royal Ascot is the Nation’s most watched and talked about equestrian event, famous for the mind-boggling hats as much as the actual races.

With its incredible visual extravaganza Royal Ascot provides so much inspiration !
For our new window display we added a touch of the fashion along our hat tulle explosion .Here our favorite example channeling the spirit of the event to spectacular effect.????????












Best dressed for Royal Ascot!

Looking for occasion wear that will meet the approval of the track ‘fashion police’?

We head to the races The official Ascot Style Guide means business: midriffs, shoulders and mini hemlines are banned in the Royal Enclosure with knee length dresses, modest necklines and of course a hat, all mandatory.

For Grandstand ticket holders the rules relax slightly – but belly buttons, strapless styles and anything sheer are still off limits. Guests elsewhere have free reign with the rather stern proviso “to wear smart clothes.”

Ensure you don’t fall foul of the fashion police at upcoming Royal Ascot with our help at LA SARTORIA we will keep you on the right side of the sartorial requirements!


Wedding Dress Alterations in Reading

Don’t forget At LA SARTORIA we specialize in Wedding Dress Alterations!
You’ve found your gown, but it’s not quite the perfect fit…yet.
Many gowns need at least some sort of alteration, but keep in mind that your alteration issues can vary greatly, depending on where you got your gown and how many changes need to be made. But if your expectations are in order and you go to the right seamstress or tailor, you should be ready for your wedding day with a gown that fits flawlessly!

Timing Is Everything
It’s important to time your alterations right. Bring your gown in too early, and you might not end up with a proper fit. (You may lose or gain weight after your gown is altered, which could affect the dress’ overall look and fit.) Bring your gown in too late, and you run the risk of not allowing enough time to have all the changes . I recommends allowing two to three months from the time of your first fitting to your last, as an ideal timeline to make all the alterations. Also keep in mind that the amount of times you need to go for fittings depends on how much you’re getting done to the gown — on average, most brides go for three to four fittings
Who to Go to?

To us of course !? you have to go to someone who specializes in bridal gowns — Wedding gowns have so many complex details — from boning to hems and bustles — it’s best to find a professional who will have seen and worked on such gown components in the past. (Hint: Use LA SARTORIA services )
How long should it take?
Bring your dress for your first official dress fitting. This is the time you will find out how well your dress fits. Keep in mind how long you have until your wedding day. If your wedding is a month away, most likely you will not fluctuate in size or weight. So don’t ask for the dress to be taken in an entire size. This is also the time to add any extra beading, sashes, straps, crystals, pearls, etc. Your next fitting should be in about a week or so depending on what month of the year it is. At your second fitting, the dress should fit perfectly with maybe with minor adjustments. At this fitting we will talk to you about the bustle on your dress. And what is best for the style for your dress. At the final fitting, the bustle should be finished, the alterations should be done, and the dress should fit perfectly like a glove. After the final fitting it should be a few days to a week for you to receive your dress. The last thing that should be done to your dress is that the dress should be pressed or steamed so that it looks flawless on your wedding day.
We love our Brides!❤️

Cutting the Pattern

Finishing up my pattern… One fitting and ready to cut in real fabric ! ?
Pattern making is an art. It is the art of manipulating and shaping a flat piece of fabric to conform to the curves of the human figure.


Pattern making is a bridge function between design and production. A sketch can be turned into a garment via a pattern which interprets the design in the form of the garment components. It’s what architecture is to clothes !

Refreshing a Leather Jacket

This is certainly a common wear problem on dark leather jackets and bags.

It usually occurs on the edges of seams, pockets, sleeves and shoulders.

The wear of the color coat reveals the off-white or grey color under the black.


If you get to the wear when it is minimal, it can usually be reversed and the area protected from future damage.

We do have a solution that is easy and inexpensive!


Reinventing your Wardrobe

One of the saddest things that can happen in our wardrobe is when our absolute favorite item of clothing loses its pizzaz and needs to meet its end at the bottom of the garbage can or be used to mop the floor.


We tend to either throw out that beloved item and go shopping hoping to strike gold and find the same article of clothing or perhaps an updated version that inspires us once again.

However, one can give the old apparel a new lease on life by changing its look and sometimes purpose entirely.

Upcycling clothing is a creative way of repurposing clothing. Here are some very interesting ways to re-create your wardrobe and save some cash while doing it …and we love doing it for you!! ?

After Front


Finally completed our repurposed blouse designed for our client.

We love the results and our client too !!

After - Back

What we do…

La Sartoria provides you with the expertise, quality, reliability and service you deserve at a reasonable price.
Our services include: Custom Tailoring & Alterations for men and women
Shorten sleeves for dress shirts.
Replacement of buttons and snaps.
Reduce / enlarge dresses, shirts, pants, etc.
Fix torn lining for pants, skirts, suits, etc.
Hems for pants with cuffs, lining etc.
Hems for skirts, shorts and dresses.
Clothing redesign & modification.
Home projects including drapes, curtains, duvet covers, pillows and tablecloths.


Why in Reading ?

13007172_1292447294103400_8515481634944408871_n Why for us at La SARTORIA Reading is the best place to work :

Bristol? Far too big. Brighton? No thanks.

Cities are overrated. If you want some place nice to work and live then a town is where it’s at and there is no better place than Reading.

You might laugh, you might say “what?!!” but here’s why !

The town centre is dominated by many famous high street names and department stores but it’s the independent, hidden gems that really make Reading.

12987188_1292447317436731_5944115025294595197_nShops like LA SARTORIA and many more offer an interesting alternative to the run of the mill shops you see everywhere

Food wise, local Cafe have a great selection of sweet and savoury delights that will leave you fuller and more satisfied than a Subway or McDonald’s ever could.

Only 25 minutes to London, an hour or so to the coast, and with a gigantic train station, Reading is far enough away to have its own identity but close enough that you can get pretty much anywhere in no time at all.

After Glastonbury, Reading festival is arguably the most popular festival this country has to offer. It has hosted some of the biggest bands in the world and continues to attract huge crowds year after year. You can also nip home for a shower and a poo and be back sharpish.

12985555_1292447354103394_1041260624285997988_nThe Royal Berkshire Hospital, right in the heart of Reading, is where Kate Middleton was born. So the future King of England’s Mum was born in Reading. Royal connections, innit.

We don’t have an annoying accent and our diverse population means there are over 150 languages spoken in Reading.

We’ve got some ruins where a King is buried and Reading Town Hall has the only full size replica of The Bayeux Tapestry in the UK. History, for the win.
Also, The Nerk Twins played at The Fox and Hounds in Caversham back in 1960. Who are they you might ask? Oh , you know, just two young lads by the name of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. No big deal. It’s not like they went on to do

12994488_1292447387436724_3223760633628770652_nThe old Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory, located in Reading, was one of the first global brands and manufacturer of over 400 types of biscuit, including the Nice biscuit. It is also where they filmed scenes for the brilliant film, Bugsy Malone. How cool is that!

The owner of Reading football club is not a reclusive billionaire like Roman Abramovich. He walks around town buying birthday cards like the rest of us. Lad.
Home of a once thriving brewery industry, Reading now has one of the UK’s largest beer and real ale festival

13001183_1292447320770064_5566207068981132625_nJane Austen went to school here And we all know she writes well good. Like me.

Welcome to our town of Reading in Berkshire and hope to see you soon in our shop at LA SARTORIA

Happy Spring !