What does a Tailor do?
Tailors typically do the following:
- Measure clients to ensure that clothing will fit properly
- Cut and measure fabric according to a pattern or design
- Mark garments to note where alterations are necessary
- Open seams to hem garments and to make other alterations
- Sew clothing by hand, using a needle and thread or with sewing machines
- Fit clothing on customers to determine if additional alterations are necessary
Tailors can specialize in alterations or in sewing custom garments. Those who do alterations ensure that clothes fit customers properly. They make changes to garments, such as hemming pants to make them shorter or taking in seams to make clothing smaller.
Some specialize in a certain type of garment, such as custom made men’s suits. Others specialize in a particular type of material, such as fur. Fur tailors may restyle older clothing, add a fur collar to a coat or a dress, or sew the inner lining of a garment to the inside of fur skin by hand.
Some tailors work with designers or customers to create new garments. They take orders from customers and help them select fabric and colours. When working with a designer, tailors help translate designs into finished pieces of clothing. For example, a tailor may work with a fashion designer and hand sewer to create exclusive custom-fitted clothing.
Tailoring is a simple way to make clothes way more flattering.
To demonstrate the importance of good fit for men of all heights, Jaden Lam provided some images of how tailoring can drastically improve your outfit.
What a local tailor will do is cut or alter the cloth to make it more fitting or appealing. Prior to being tailored, your local tailor will take measurements to find the best fitting size to suit you.
This business casual outfit is unflattering and dwarfs the model.
The tailored version is much more professional and flattering.