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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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    281 Summer St.
    5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210
    Project Repat makes it fun, easy, and affordable to turn your memorable t-shirts into a t-shirt quilt blanket. Over 10,000 made, best price and quality guaranteed!
    (857) 264-1937
    Yelena Couture Inc
    300 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    We provide professional custom tailoring services on formal wear including dresses, tuxes, suits, blazers, and more. Serving men and women, for weddings, formal events and more. Call us for our hours of operation.
    (617) 969-5330
    Let's Get Sewin'
    240 Andover St, Danvers, MA 01923
    Kids/Adults sewing class-Join in the fun of sewing classes. It is easy sew when you know how. In sewing class you will learn repair sewing, and sewing dressmaking. All classes for sewing are limited.
    (351) 201-0708
    74 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360
    (508) 747-4316
    Alterations In Style
    250 Granite St Ste 51, Braintree, MA 02184
    (781) 843-4043
    Olivia S Alterations Custom Design & More
    393 N Main St, Mansfield, MA 02048
    (508) 337-3088
    Bsw Alteration Specialist
    1557 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126
    (617) 296-1600
    David's Bridal
    890 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 251-9100
    Ripert Cab
    806 Canterbury St, Roslindale, MA 02131
    (617) 327-4537
    Brandford Styled and Tailored
    14 Joy St, Mashpee, MA 02649
    (508) 681-8115
    Gilbane Construction Co
    500 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    (617) 390-5018
    Raymond Personal Tailor
    160 Federal St, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 737-2500
    Joan's Dressmak
    31 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482
    (781) 237-9252
    Perfect Fit Hem & Alterations
    23 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660
    (508) 394-0848
    A Stitch In Time
    394 Main St, West Dennis, MA 02670
    (508) 398-3132

    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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