What to expect at a fitting

Before you arrive at your appointment there are a few things to remember.

  1. Please wear clothing that will be easy to change into and out of quickly.

  2. Bring the shoes that you intend to wear the garment particularly if the garment is a long dress/ skirt or pair of trousers.

  3. Bring all the supporting undergarments to the fitting that will be worn with the garment. This is especially important for ladies. Most garments suspend from the shoulders and chest area. Also, the bust is in the front of the body and thereby a focal point. The tailor will custom fit this area according to how the garment drapes the day of the fitting. If you change the undergarments it may change the final appearance of your garments.

  4. Bring clean garments. There’s lots of ironing and steaming involved and this can set in stains. It also makes for a more pleasant pressing experience when the clothes smell fresh,

Once you arrive:

The tailor or their greeter will offer you to a to change clothes. Depending on the garment being altered, they will take your measurements. Next, the tailor will make a visual assessment of what the garment needs and pin or mark the garment accordingly. Don’t worry, these marks are made with water soluble tailors chalk and will cue the tailor what techniques to employ when working on the garment. During the fitting, the tailor may offer additional recommendations.

Now that the tailor has assessed your specific situation, they will now be able to give you a more accurate quote for your alteration. Some customers might experience a bit of sticker shock, but remember this number takes into account the time taken for the fitting, deconstruction and reconstruction of the affected areas come at a cost that will be justified by outcome. Tailored clothing lasts longer because they drape correctly on the body which creates less wear on the fibers. Lastly the greatest benefit I will be your polished svelte appearance. You’ll appear naturally slimmer and taller (even if you only got a hem).  

Turnaround time will depend on how busy the tailor is at the time of surrender. Obviously, simpler items will have a shorter turnaround time than complex services.  

At pickup, your garment will be pressed particularly in the altered areas. You may want to allow time to get a more detailed press at a dry cleaner. If the garment was constructed entirely at the shop, it will usually come pressed and ready to wear. What next? Accessorize and wear your new favorite garment. Happy fashions!