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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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    K Alterations
    17409 Se Oatfield, Milwaukie, OR 97267
    Do you need same day service for alterations for a blouse? We do all types of alterations on different fabric and our company also sells purses online.
    (503) 709-0940
    265 N Hancock St, Portland, OR 97227
    Our story began in the rural farmlands of Cambodia where a local lady decided to take action in her community. Farmers were not only living in poverty, but also in a toxic environment.
    (248) 910-4770
    Kathy's Custom Alterations
    17930 Sw Arbela Ct, Beaverton, OR 97006
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    (503) 591-8575
    User Review: "Kathy is not only good at what she does (alterations-wise), but she is very personable and cares about her clients and her..." - Julie (OR)
    Canby Station Cleaners
    106 N Ivy St, Canby, OR 97013
    (503) 266-2774
    J K Delights
    2083 Allan Ave, Hubbard, OR 97032
    (503) 982-7571
    Kim's Tailor Shop
    3100 Sw Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 626-4209
    Mirella's Custom Sewing & Alterations
    10024 Sw Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 646-1107
    Alterations Unlimited
    12370 Sw Allen Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 626-2182
    Apparel Designs & Alterations
    Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 641-5843
    Custom Fit Alterations by Michelle
    638 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030
    (503) 491-5861
    Hems In A Hurry
    1132 Ne Hogan Pl, Gresham, OR 97030
    (503) 666-5011
    Bridal Gallery The
    180 Liberty St Se, Salem, OR 97301
    (503) 363-2161
    Bridal Gallery The
    180 Liberty St Se, Salem, OR 97301
    (503) 363-2161
    Affordable Leather Alterations
    1716 Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, OR 97217
    Over 20 years experience altering and repairing leather clothing. Changing or repairing zippers, relining leather coats and jackets. Repairing snaps, hooks and buttons.
    (360) 773-1533
    Baer Rosalie
    2247 Hemlock Ct Nw, Salem, OR 97304
    (503) 363-9701

    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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