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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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    Clothingalterations4u.com
    2516 Sw Natura Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
    Clothing alterations, including ladies pants, dresses, skirts, ladies jackets, and shirts & blouses. We also do men's clothing, including pants, jackets, and shirts.
    (954) 482-6886
    Benjamin's Fine Alterations & Tailoring
    2609 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
    Benjamin's Fine Alterations & Tailoring emphasizes long forgotten high standards in sewing accompanied with traditional personal service.
    (954) 943-5878
    Alterations Master
    185 E Indian Town Rd Suite 119, Jupiter, FL 33477
    Our company has been doing professional alterations of clothing for men and women since 1985. Our specialists are experts at wedding gowns and leather items.
    (561) 584-4348
    Jj Alterations & Cleaning
    801 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
    (561) 737-4715
    A Stitch In Time
    5813 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33462
    (561) 965-3563
    Del Mar Clea N Sew
    304 W Mango St, Lake Worth, FL 33462
    (561) 588-3223
    Trouser/Short Shop
    439 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    (561) 278-5626
    Aloha Dry Cleaners & Alterations
    501 Ne 2nd St, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    (561) 276-9264
    Hem Depot Inc
    911 Se 6th Ave Ste 110, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    (561) 330-9242
    Hem Over Heels
    10833 S Jog Rd Ste 188, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
    (561) 739-6000
    Backstreet Clothing
    10833 S Jog Rd Ste 180, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
    (561) 736-1897
    Fountains of Boynton Cleaners
    6649 Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
    (561) 737-6123
    Linton Square Cleaners
    1541 S Congress Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33445
    (561) 273-0616
    Linton Square Cleaners
    1541 S Congress Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33445
    (561) 273-0327
    Linton Square Cleaners
    1541 S Congress Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33445
    (561) 273-0580


    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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