bySonu BohraSep 06, 2016 #Snjoutfits 8 Likes
Probably the most ignored fashion investment: a good tailor. Here’s a list of reasons why you need a tailor if you don’t already have one
#1 Nip & tucks
Buying clothes off the rack is an easy enough step. But the problem is they're generic sizes and rarely fit you perfectly. Personally, I realised that getting my clothes to fit me like a glove has a lot to do with getting them tailored to my exact size. From the length of my trousers to the minor alterations on my sleeves, I learned early on that I absolutely could not live without a tailor.
All this pinching and shortening and lengthening doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Other than that, you can also add small invisible snaps between the buttons over your bustline on a shirt to avoid unsightly gaps and keep your modesty intact.
If you’ve got an older or vintage jacket, blouse, coat or dress that needs freshening up, try changing the buttons to something that looks more current. Also make sure you change the lining for a fresher, revamped look.
#2 Major repair
Occasionally, I end up purchasing a size too big if I get a good deal or if I overestimate my size. On those rare occasions, I depend on my tailor to fix the problems in a jiffy. A good tailor can handle complex alterations include refitting shoulders or the body on a jacket or a shirt, shortening the torso on a dress, and altering an evening dress. If you lost a lot of weight and need to redo your wardrobe, a good tailor will come in handy then as well. This may be costly, but a lot cheaper than replacing your entire wardrobe!
#3 Recreate favourites
I don’t know about you, but I love made-to-order garments. They are tailored to your body and one-of-a-kind. So, very often I collect my mom’s old saris and recreate a more modern and updated ensemble. I usually give my tailor a my favourite dress or a jacket to recreate it in that fabric and the tailor will whip it up according to my measurements based on the existing garment. It’s not easy to find things you love, and if you can find a tailor that can also copy your favourites, then why not?
In fact, this jacket was originally a kantha work sari that I transformed into a chic, modern trench. Paired it with a pair of palazzo pants and traditional jewellery from Parvati Villa, this look is fit for a formal/desi event or the ongoing Ganpati celebrations as well. So would you repurpose old saris?
Many websites and brands offer a made-to-order option, the proliferation also proves that buyers are hungry for customized garments. So go through word of mouth recommendations from friends and family to find a tailor in your area. Also, high end clothing stores and major department stores around the country usually have tailors and seamstresses. I always try to have my clothing tailored by the store where I bought the garment in the first place. The prices are typically much better using in-store tailors, with some services being completely free like basic hems and waistband nipping. Take advantage when you can and walk out with a perfectly-fitting new outfit.
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