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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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    Lauren R Myles Designs
    3317 Minnehaha Avenu South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
    PSA Certified in Dressmaking and Alterations with 35 years experience. Alterations: Hems, Zippers, Buttons, Relines Custom wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
    (612) 729-2945
    Royal Alterations
    1743 127th Ave Ne, Blaine, MN 55449
    Royal Alterations provides Alterations, Alterations Dress, Suite Alterations, Custom Alterations, Custom Uniforms, Custom Costumes, Alter Bridal Gowns, Hemming, Clothes Sewing in Blaine, MN.
    (763) 754-5082
    Said Sew by V
    6521 169th Lane Nw, Ramsey, MN 55303
    Now that your gown has arrived.... Wedding gowns are an essential element to all brides on their wedding day. However, wedding gowns need to be comfortable and express the personality.
    (763) 458-2933
    Shin's Alterations & Tailors
    1000 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    (612) 332-7725
    Freelance Design & Bridal
    3249 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 822-1725
    Sisters of Sewing Alterations
    3649 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    (612) 822-6311
    Colonial Cleaners
    3701 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
    (612) 823-8095
    Nico Alterations
    5744 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    (612) 869-5893
    Sewing & Alterations by Kim Huoy Chor
    7124 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55426
    (952) 922-8817
    Wedding Shoppe Inc Alteration Dept
    1201 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
    (651) 227-5921
    Young Tailoring Center
    2935 Brookdale Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55444
    (763) 503-1304
    Tailors On 79th LLC
    530 W 79th St Ste 105, Chanhassen, MN 55317
    (952) 934-1415
    Tin's Tailor
    6500 Labeaux Ave Ne Ste G020, Albertville, MN 55301
    (763) 497-1719
    Rosie's Tuxedos
    1 W Main St, Waconia, MN 55387
    (952) 442-6383
    Sewnwipflove Sewing Services
    537 Trillium Lane, Hudson, WI 54016
    Casual and formal alterations services include zipper repair, mending, machine embroidery and custom sewing.
    (715) 377-0950

    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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