…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.????????












The Royal Windsor Horse Show

LA SARTORIA was the tailor of choice for the participants of the Royal Windsor Horse Show that takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. We got our clients trousers tailored, slimmed slightly from the thigh to the knee, then more dramatically from the knee to the ankle and we love the new look …Superb!

Royal Windsor Horse Show it’s the UK’s largest outdoor equestrian event with over 3,000 horses and ponies competing.



It is set in the stunning private grounds of Windsor Castle, and is host to the highest quality Show Jumping, Dressage, Endurance and The Land Rover International Driving Grand PrixDriving Grand Prix, along with a multitude of National jumping and showing classes as well as outstanding equestrian displays.







HM The Queen is the Show’s Patron and often visits to watch her horses compete and does so on an informal basis.




A Guide to trousers Break

A Guide to trousers Break –

Break: the menswear term for how much creasing occurs at the bottom of the trousers, due to the length of fabric resting on one’s shoes.

It’s a tailoring decision that can drastically change the appearance of a pair of trousers, and because of this, it has become a polarizing issue in men’s fashion over the past decade or so. Today anything goes – some guys wear their trousers short and cropped like Thom Browne, some wear them long and full like Tom Ford, and others manage to change their silhouettes seasonally. What’s important to note is the inverse relationship between length and width.

Ultimately trousers length is a decision that should have less to do with fashion trends, and more to do with personal style and flattering your body type. Here’s a quick guide that describes the hemlines most popular in menswear today.
“The Cropped “
Led by New York fashion designer Thom Browne’s “shrunken schoolboy” aesthetic, the cropped trouser (above the ankle) has become one of the most prominent trends in recent menswear history.

Vibes: fashion-forward, hip, trendy, care-free, young, casual, rebellious, anti-establishment, rock & roll, creative.

Best on: lightweight summer fabrics that need to breathe. Young gents. Sockless shoes. Skinny guys with skinny ankles and skinny pants.


The “No Break”
As a result of the cropped trouser trend, many man opted to participate in this widespread pant shortening, but not all the way up the ankle. We landed at a point where the trousers basically skim the top of the shoes.

Vibes: modern, current, sharp, clean, simple, minimal, European influenced.

Best on: slim guys, short guys, summer weight pants, narrow cut trousers (16″ leg opening or smaller).


“The Slight Break “
When the trouser is cut just long enough to sit on the top of the shoes, causing a very minimal amount of crease at the front. For this, I recommend going with a slanted hemline that is approximately 3/8″ longer in the back (this cannot be done with cuffs).

Vibes: updated classic, young businessman, tailored but not trendy, trying but not trying too hard, tasteful but not overly flashy.

Best on: most people, sharp businessmen, smooth operators, slim not skinny trousers (around 16″ for guys of average build).


“The Medium Break”
Basically, the more break you wear in your trousers, the older/more mature/more conservative/more anti-“fashion” you will look. A medium break is ideal for the well-dressed man of no-frills, or the conservative businessman.

Vibes: timeless, mature, gentlemanly, conservative, not trying to be flashy or draw attention, classically well-dressed and appropriate.

Best on: heavier gents, conservative businessmen, young guys trying to be taken more seriously in the office, heavyweight cloths like flannels and tweeds, cuffed trousers that are a little fuller through the leg.


“The Full Break”
The wide-legged trouser with a full break (or multiple full breaks) is a bold retro look. It’s how men wore their trousers back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, when more cloth meant more strength and more luxury.

Vibes: vintage, old-school, throwback, anti-trend, stand out from the crowd, Jazz age, cigar lounge styes.

Best on: older guys, vintage connoisseurs, heavier gents, soft lush fabrics, Jazz musicians, pleated trousers with full legs, throwback souls.


What’s your go-to hem style? Do you change it up, or stick to one ?

Let us know ?


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!


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.