Take care in the finishing touches…
We expertly fit your new selections or alter clothing from your own closet for a tailor-made fit to your figure. Always with the individual woman in mind, The Lake Forest Shop assures that each and every garment you bring in the shop is as unique and one-of-a-kind as you are. Our highly skilled alterations department has stood the test of time and remains one of Chicago’s top choices for the tailoring of any of your closet staples, from everyday favorites to luxury couture. Garments are delicately altered in order to look as if they were custom designed just for you. Also, our expert seamstresses will assure that no matter the fabric it is altered appropriately, so not to change the look or feel of the piece.
Further, we have a longstanding relationship with Davis Imperial Cleaners, drycleaners for the costume collection of the Chicago History Museum, who provide special care for your finest pieces. (www.davisimperial.com).
An interview with Lidia Falcone-Schiavo: Queen of Alterations
Lidia has been an integral part of The Lake Forest Shop for generations and is passionate about making her customers feel fabulous on their special day. Everybody loves Lidia.
When did you start at The Lake Forest Shop?
“August 6, 1979, 36 years ago, in the Alterations Department.
How did you learn to sew so beautifully?
“I made my first blouse when I was 9 years from a beautiful old Italian dress my mother gave me. Sadly it didn’t fit me as I made it too small but I used it to dress up one of my dolls. My Mother laughed and said she was so proud that I could use a sewing machine. My mother, grandmother and godmother were instrumental in teaching me to sew.
When I was 13, I remember being given a beautiful bolt of yellow picot fabric from my mother, blue yarn from my grandmother and a table cloth to learn the skill of embroidering from my godmother. When I first started at The Lake Forest Shop, Mary Vignocci was instrumental in teaching me the art of altering. Many people can sew but few can alter.”
What was the best piece of advice you received?
“My Grandma told me to learn the art of sewing and tuck it away until you need it. And I did”
Describe an experience with a customer that has stuck with you.
“A customer called the store in a panic and asked to speak to me about a dress I had altered for her. She pleaded with me to come to her house straight away as the dress was not fitting correctly, and the wedding was today. I arrived and shooed everyone out of the room. I quietly asked her to take the dress off so I could see what the problem was. I put the dress back on her and we started to laugh as the family rushed in to see what all the noise was about. The problem was solved – she had been wearing the dress backwards!”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I love being with my family, 3 children and 5 grandchildren, I love to paint, bake cakes, draw and read mystery and history books.”
Any last words of advice for us?
“Life is not full of flowers, you have to make the flowers”.