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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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    JoySmile Sewing
    1951 Woodland Ct., Wentzville, MO 63385
    Let us handle all your alterations, clothing and sewing needs. There is almost nothing that we cannot handle. We love a challenge and are conveniently located. We'll take care of your clothing with great care.
    (636) 639-9112
    2703 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
    (573) 777-9995
    Columbia Mall
    2300 Bernadette Dr Ste 1, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-8458
    Concord Custom Cleaners
    2101 W Broadway Ste U, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-1487
    Professional Alterations Co
    2101 W Broadway Ste F2, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-8359
    Tiger Cleaners
    3302 W Broadway Business Park Ct Ste G, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-5657
    Holly Alterations
    103 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 442-6080
    Tiger Cleaners
    1608 Chapel Hill Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 234-2528
    Bea's Express Alterations
    2301 Shamrock Dr, Columbia, MO 65202
    (573) 886-2331
    Sew Many Dreams
    2028 County Road 269, Columbia, MO 65202
    (573) 387-4124
    Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaning
    202 Saint Louis Ave, Fulton, MO 65251
    (573) 642-8911
    B & B Alterations
    1418 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    (573) 659-4474
    Xishu's Alterations
    1001 W Mccarty St, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    (573) 634-4900
    High Street Alteration Shop
    1509 Ridgewood Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    (573) 635-8412
    Teresa's Sewing
    398 Dix Rd Ste 102, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    (573) 616-1049

    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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