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Terms Used in Clothing Alteration

Clothes, for some reason or another, seldom fit as well as we would like, but it is possible to alter clothing to make it fit better. While some clothing alteration services can be done at home, at times it is best to see a professional, especially with an important garment like a bridal gown. The following are common terms used in the clothing industry.

  • Tailor – A person who alters clothes professionally. Unlike other professions, tailoring is still often taught by apprenticeship. A good tailor is someone with a lot of experience altering clothes.
  • Seam – Where two or more layers of fabric are held together by stitches. Some common seams that are usually altered is the inseam, which measures the inner leg in pants, or princess seams, which help shape a shirt to the curves of a woman's body. Adding new seams is one of the most expensive services a tailor provides.
  • Hem – A hem is a piece of cloth that is sewn to prevent the edge of a fabric from unraveling. This term can also refer to shortening an item, like jeans, that are too long for the wearer. Items can be hemmed for between very inexpensive.
  • Formal wear – Clothes that are worn to formal events such as parties, proms and weddings. For men, this usually requires wearing a suit and tie, for women it means wearing a dress. Depending on how the item is made, for example a pleated dress, it may be more costly getting it altered.
  • Dry clean – A store where professionals clean delicate shirts, suits and dresses as well as items you might not think of, like rugs. Some will offer same day service.
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    Alterations Express
    6285 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, OH 44446
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    (330) 544-0012
     
    User Review: "I stopped by this store monday at 2pm to get a pair of pants hemmed strictly because the business had "express" in the title..." - Kirsten (OH)
    G S C Draperies Alterations & More
    14323 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
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    (216) 228-9352
     
    User Review: "Great prices, easy to get too, friendly customer service, and fast service especially the one day service. I really like..." - sonia (OH)
    Sewneau
    Cleveland, OH 44111
    Seamstress, alterations and dressmaking. Custom fitting of business and casual clothing for men and women. Specializing in the alteration and custom fitting of formal dresses for special.
    (216) 688-0850
    Memory Bears & More Inc
    3129 State Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004
    (440) 998-7178
    Bestway Fashion Dressmaking & Alteration
    4646 Main Ave, Ashtabula, OH 44004
    (440) 992-6754
    Erika's Alterations
    1619 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004
    (440) 998-1232
    Kim's Alterations
    2829 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004
    (440) 992-3168
    Laurie's Alterations
    172 W Walnut St, Jefferson, OH 44047
    (440) 813-0064
    Sew IT Upi
    7232 Davis Rd, Orwell, OH 44076
    (440) 437-2176
    Sue's Tailoring & Alterations
    201 N Hambden St Ste 1, Chardon, OH 44024
    (440) 285-7884
    Angelo's Tailoring
    7827 Reynolds Rd, Mentor, OH 44060
    (440) 946-2299
    Tr Alterations & Repair
    5507 Lawnfield Dr, Mentor, OH 44060
    (440) 209-0415
    A Perfect Fit Alteration & Tailoring Services
    35104 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, OH 44094
    (440) 975-9855
    Tailor's Tack
    8442 Mayfield Rd Ste E, Chesterland, OH 44026
    (440) 729-0261
    Sindee's Impressions
    578 Park Ave, Meadville, PA 16335
    (814) 337-2220


    For most people, simply buying clothing 'off the rack' is enough. However, this does not always work. It is especially true with formal wear and with people who don't fit the standard sizes. There is still some work for the tailor. In the past, most clothing was custom made. Ordinary people would handle their own basic needs and go to a tailor for more complicated and important outfits. A tailor may make custom garments from scratch. More commonly, he or she will alter existing clothing. Most alterations of are suits or dresses. Expensive shirts are also commonly altered. The cost of a full custom suit can be very high. Alterations might consist of raising or lowering a hem or adjusting a waistline. Wedding and prom dresses are commonly altered to a more exact fit. Most garment alteration shops these days are attached to dry cleaners. They also handle repairs, such as replacing the zipper on a pair of jeans. Many offer same day service at a higher cost. These shops tend, however, to handle simpler items such as minor alterations to a shirt or pair of pants. Simple alterations are often cheaper. Of course, some people may attempt to do them themselves. This requires skill in sewing and the ability to take measurements. Community colleges often offer instruction in repairing and altering garments. In most cases, it is far easier to make a garment smaller. It is relatively easy to take in seams, but extending them involves adding extra material. Some garments, too, are not designed with seams in the appropriate place. Things can be particularly difficult for plus size individuals who often struggle to find apparel large enough.
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