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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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    Becky Zimish Clothing Co.
    Chelsea Dr., Imperial, PA 15126
    Clothing Alterations, Custom Design, Contouring and Repairs for Weddings & Prom Dresses, Suites, Pants, and more.
    (412) 722-8879
    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)
    Western Express, Inc.
    300 Villani Dr, Bridgeville, PA 15017
    Western Express is a wholesale distributor of country western accessories for over 30 years. We carry an extensive and ever evolving line of products, including cowboy hats, belt buckles, bolo ties,
    (800) 245-1380
    Brenda's Stich N's Stuff
    2409 Rehobeth Church Rd, Clarion, PA 16214
    (814) 764-5487
    Lydia & Apos Stitches
    211 Seneca St, Oil City, PA 16301
    (814) 676-4727
    Budget Dry Cleaning Alterations & Tuxedo Rentals
    Pleasantville, PA 16341
    (570) 646-4333
    Stitch'n to Go
    2525 Patchel Run Rd, Franklin, PA 16323
    (814) 374-5092
    Luv 2 Sew 4 U
    75 Beaver Dr Ste B, Du Bois, PA 15801
    (814) 503-8598
    Blum Margie Nimble Thimble
    406 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001
    (724) 285-6982
    Cicco Frank N Custom Tailor
    133 W North St, Butler, PA 16001
    (724) 287-5814
    Capitol Cleaners
    304 Center Ave, Butler, PA 16001
    (724) 283-3060
    Stitch 'N Time
    1043 Route 240 Hwy, Commodore, PA 15729
    (724) 254-1599
    Alterations Plus
    220 State Route 356, Apollo, PA 15613
    (724) 727-7124
    Sewing Done Wright
    2791 Leechburg Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068
    (724) 594-0346
    Special Day Bridal
    4203 Crawford Ave, Northern Cambria, PA 15714
    (814) 948-8880

    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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