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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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    Debbie's Sewing
    811 East Broadway, Sparta, IL 62286
    Sewing and alterations, repairs, hems, zippers, drapes and leather repair and patches. Some small upholstery repair. School uniforms. No job to small or to big.
    (618) 443-2499
    St Louis Alterations & Tailoring
    8003 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63117
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    (314) 727-5666
    User Review: "My daughter's homecoming dress came out beautiful! very professional, clean, and on time."
    Denna's Dress Making & Alterations
    3148 Pinebrook Dr, Arnold, MO 63010
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    (636) 296-4115
    User Review: "I took my wedding dress here to be bustled. I also referred two of my bridesmaids. While the bustle was well done, my dress..." - Christine (MO)
    Han's Shoe Repair & Alternations
    601 Broadway St, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
    (618) 241-9171
    Alterations Plus
    310 N 5th St, Breese, IL 62230
    (618) 526-2175
    Alteration Express
    345 N Main St, Breese, IL 62230
    (618) 526-8483
    Shirleys Sew Shop
    14405 N Markham Ln, Bluford, IL 62814
    (618) 732-8324
    A -1 Alteration
    205 E Main St, Mascoutah, IL 62258
    (618) 566-2256
    Coffey's Alterations
    633 S Lincoln Ave, O Fallon, IL 62269
    (618) 624-8628
    Look Sharp
    902 E 2nd St, O Fallon, IL 62269
    (618) 960-7251
    Hooker's Mens Store
    2 Broadway Plz, Sparta, IL 62286
    (618) 443-5013
    Jean's Alterations
    611 W Main St, Collinsville, IL 62234
    (618) 345-4181
    Sue's Alterations
    123 W Zupan St, Maryville, IL 62062
    (618) 345-2972
    Willard's Tailor Shop
    926 Lincoln Hwy, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
    (618) 632-6200
    Afsaneh's Alterations
    501 Saint Louis St, Edwardsville, IL 62025
    (618) 656-3366

    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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