Getting an outfit tailor-made is a luxury for most, but a common occurrence for those with the cash to splash. However, there may be some special occasions where you are willing to push the boat out and opt for a tailor-made suit, dress, or jacket.
For example, if you would like a one-of-a-kind wedding dress to wow your spouse-to-be or a perfectly fitted suit for an important business meeting, finding a seamstress or tailor near you is a great option. However, how do you go about finding one, and what do you need to know before you contact them? Let’s find out.
4 Steps to Getting an Outfit Tailor-Made
1. Ask Around
First of all, it’s a good idea to ask friends, family and even co-workers for any recommendations. There may be more than one tailor in your area, and if you choose the wrong one that takes longer than expected, changes their pricing as they go along, and generally doesn’t do a good job, you’ve wasted both time and money.
You could even ask high-end stores where they send their customers for alterations if friends and family aren’t an option. In addition, it’s best to double-check your decision online by looking at the reviews. If the reviews are sorted by outfit and size, pay particular attention to those similar to your body shape and preference.
2. Check that the Tailor or Seamstress Has Plenty of Experience
The right tailor will have plenty of experience under their belt. If you’re only looking to have alterations made on a shop-bought piece, check to see if the tailor you have chosen works on that particular kind of clothing on a regular basis.
Additionally, if a tailor advertises themselves as a specialist in custom menswear, they’re your best bet, even if you are a female. If a tailor can handle making a suit from scratch, they are well experienced in the trickiest of alterations. You also want to know that they can work with the material you have in mind for your outfit. Furs, leathers, and PVC all require specialist knowledge and equipment.
3. Ask to See Their Work
Before you hire a tailor, it’s a good idea to ask to see their workshop and/or examples of their work. Usually, a busy tailor will have pieces waiting to be picked up on a rail that you can look through. Take a good look at the stitching at the seams, the hems, the way the sleeves are attached, and any buttons, pockets, and embellishments. From simply looking at the piece, you should not be able to tell that the outfit has been altered or custom made; it should look like it came straight off the rack.
If it is possible to see how the tailor or seamstress works, this can give you a good indication as to whether they are professionals in what they do. An important part of most seamstresses toolkit is a mannequin so that they can drape your chosen fabric and pin and tack any changes and ideas you have in mind for your one-off outfit.
4. Give Them a Trial Piece
If you are indeed entrusting a seamstress with your dream wedding dress, it would end up in disaster if it came to the final fitting and you were not happy with the end product. To avoid this risk altogether, you might want to consider trying them out with a smaller job beforehand.
For example, you could take them a pair of jeans that you need taking in or a skirt that needs hemming. If you are satisfied with the results of these smaller jobs, you can feel more confident knowing that what you are spending your hard-earned money on will be well worth it in the end.
So, now that you know a bit more about how to get an outfit tailor-made, what are you waiting for!