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Going to the chapel...

I'm getting hitched! On September 6th! My dress doesn't fit, and it needs to be altered. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Modifying a hoodie - help?

I own a Leipzig hoodie in navy from Modcloth (image here), and I'm interested in modifying it so it looks more like the navy-and-red version (image here), but with mustard accents instead of red. How do I do this? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by 35minutes on Jan 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Tailor Etiquette

Obviously I can bring my wool coat back to the tailor who originally made alterations to the sleeves. I'm just wondering if I will look like a jerk for doing so. Also wondering what I'll be charged. $0 doesn't seem right, but paying $80 again feels wrong, too. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Oct 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Seamstress for a wedding gown in NYC

I need a seamstress to take in my wedding gown, hopefully working in brooklyn. I'm getting married in early november, and I understand that it's a bit of a time crunch. Anyone have any recommendations?
posted by Blisterlips on Sep 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Vintage wedding dress back alteration

Sewists/sewers/seamstresses of askme, I need your help. I bought a beautiful 1930s lace wedding dress yesterday, but need to have the back altered because though the dress fits at the waist, the zipper won't close in the bust. Other non-sewer advice welcome in the style department. [more inside]
posted by dysh on May 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Could dry cleaning really have fixed my jackets?

I had the sleeves shortened on two suit jackets, and when the tailor moved the buttons they left stitching "scars" on the material. Tailor claims that dry cleaning the suits a few times would fix it. I say BS. But then again, I don't know much about this kind of thing, do you? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Nov 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for a Toronto seamstress.

Looking for a good, affordable seamstress/ tailor/ dressmaker in Toronto to take in, and possibly reproduce, an adored dress. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Becoming an at-home tailoring whiz

Hi Sewers! I'm just learning how to sew thanks to a new sewing machine and a community college class this summer, but I'd like to develop a specific expertise in alterations and tailoring due to my love of thrifting. There are lots of sewing books out there- is there one that has an especially good chapter on tailoring and altering? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Bridemaid Dress Alterations on the North Shore

Where in the North Shore area of Mass should I have a bridesmaid's dress altered? Difficulty: I am nursing still and need the dress to allow, ahem, access for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Apr 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Lost a ton of weight, clothes don't fit anymore. Should I learn to do my own alterations or buy new clothes?

I've lost a lot of weight in the past year and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8. After a few years of thinking it was just a metabolism/getting older thing, my doctor recently discovered my weight gain was caused by the beginning stages of hypothyroidism. (I ballooned 47 lbs. in a year and half.) After I started taking medication (and increasing my workouts,) the weight started dropping off. I was a size 4 before all the gain, so it's possible I might lose more. I have a lot of nice clothes that don't fit me anymore. Some pieces are really nice designer items and I'd like to keep them and protect my investment in them. Alterations are expensive, and buying new clothes isn't cheap, either. Is it worth it to learn how to sew and do my own alterations? Before I invest in a sewing machine and some classes, I want to know if this plan is doable. I know nothing about sewing, so is taking in clothes something that's complex and should be left to the professionals?
posted by matrushka on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Recommend a tailor in Richmond, VA for a student

I am a male in my 20's, and I get the same things done every time (shirt sides taken in, coat sleeves taken up, or pant legs hemmed up). Does anyone know of an affordable, quality tailor in Richmond? Every time I call asking for an estimate, they tell me to bring my clothes in to get an estimate. I would waste time and money driving all over town!
posted by sushi69 on Mar 22, 2012 - 3 answers

I've got to make the suit scream "Ph.D., Your University"

PhillyPhashionPhilter: I want to get a suit altered to make me look as snazzy as possible for some coming graduate school interviews... does anyone have any favorite tailors in Philadelphia (preferably West Philadelphia/University City) who can do affordable men's suit alterations? Thanks, fashion-conscious MeFites! <3
posted by Keter on Jan 9, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm dyeing a silk dress--help me avoid ruining it!

I'm going to dye a silk dress. It's currently green. Please direct me towards not screwing this up! [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

How much can women’s clothes be altered?

How much can women’s clothes be altered? [more inside]
posted by IHeartWallabies on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

City of Brotherly Tailor Recommendations? Eh?

PhiladelphiaFilter: Tell me about your excellent experiences with a tailor in Philadelphia. Bonus points for east of Broad Street in Center City. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on May 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Does it make sense to get a sewing machine for jeans alterations?

How realistic is it to learn to do my own alterations, specifically to jeans and other pants? My pants usually need alterations to fit right -- hemming and taking in the waist -- and I am tired of paying to alter every pair I buy, especially since my weight fluctuates so the alteration doesn't usually stay perfect for long. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Mar 9, 2011 - 14 answers

Darting shirts - worthwhile?

If I take all my dress shirts to a tailor and get darts put in will they look better? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Wedding dress alterations in Vancouver?

Vancouver Filter: Does anyone know of a good dressmaker/seamstress who is experienced with altering wedding dresses, is not too expensive, and can work FAST? Also, are there any Mefite dressmakers or seamstresses anywhere who could give me an idea of how much these alterations should cost? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Nov 30, 2010 - 1 answer

Personal recommendation for alterations in the DC-NoVA area?

I'm looking for someone you know and trust to do dress/costume (but not wedding) alterations in the NoVA-DC area. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jul 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto?

Where's the best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton on Apr 19, 2010 - 1 answer

How to Shorten a Dress in Denver

Recommendations for a tailor/seamstress/alterations expert in Denver for a formal gown? [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep on Mar 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Going to the Chapel...

Asking for a Friend: Wedding Dress Alterations in the DC Area? [more inside]
posted by clpage on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me fit into my suit!

Can someone please recommend a good tailor / alterations place in Philly? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Jan 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Poor student doesn't want to buy new suits for his new job

Men's suit-filter: Went to the tailor to get a couple of my suit jackets looked at. They told me that it wasn't that the shoulder was too tight (which I'd thought was the problem), but it was that the there wasn't enough room in the sleeve, in the area around my triceps. And upon opening up the inside of the sleeve, the tailor pronounced that there wasn't enough fabric to make the sleeve significantly bigger. Is there any way around this? Thanks MeFites!
posted by demagogue on Sep 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for a good women's tailor in Los Angeles.

Looking for a good women's tailor in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by scody on May 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for a tailor in Chicago.

Chicago-filter: Can you recommend a competent and not too expensive tailor? (Bonus questions about alterations inside.) [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on May 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Quick alterations in Chicago?

I need suggestions for a place that can do quick alterations in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Ultra Laser on Apr 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Good looking denim hemming?

Please recommend someone to hem jeans in Chicago. I'm not that short (5'5" ish); I wear heels (2-3 inches most days), yet all my jeans are 5-6 inches too long. Have you found a tailor/drycleaner in Chicago that hems jeans without making them look disastrously altered? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jul 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Best New York tailors for alterations?

Best New York tailors for alterations? [more inside]
posted by detune on Jul 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Bridesmaid Dress Alterations in Manhattan?

Recommendations for tailor/alterations (for bridesmaid dress) in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 on Jul 8, 2008 - 5 answers

This tuxedo fits OK, but could be better

Recommend a tailor in the DC area for suit alterations with a 1-2 day turnaround? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Jul 7, 2008 - 5 answers

I need clothing alteration skills.

Where can I learn the necessary skills to do clothing alterations professionally? I am a fairly skilled sewer and I'm smart enough to figure out how to do basic stuff (changing hems, replacing zippers, etc.); all I need is someone or something to show me how to do the more complicated alterations. I think I could enjoy that line of work. However, try as I might, I can't seem to find a resource to teach me these things (and I already checked the local university and technical college).
posted by nataliedanger on May 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Good tailor/seamstress in west downtown Toronto?

I'm looking for recommendations for a good tailor around Queen and Spadina in Toronto. Nothing fancy - I just need some dress pants hemmed - but recommendations any places you personally know to be good/not too expensive would be appreciated.
posted by Dasein on May 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Clothes make the me.

Suggest a good tailor in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Pull me up by my beltloops.

I'm looking for a reputable alteration shop or tailor in West Houston. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Mar 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Please help me find an affordable route to fashionable pants that fit.

Please help me find an affordable route to fashionable pants that fit. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Nov 29, 2007 - 12 answers

I hate trusting strangers with my clothes.

Alterations/Tailor in Chicago. Anyone have a personal recommendation? The drycleaner in my building does it, but I want to know if anyone can recommend a tailor personally. It's a dress (made of a recycled polyester with a water repellent finish) which needs some refitting through the bodice. Doesn't have to be a commercial tailor, either. If you know a good seamstress who is willing to do piecework, that's great. I just want someone I trust picking apart & resewing my dress.
posted by crush-onastick on Aug 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Recommend a Tailor in Seattle

Can anyone recommend a tailor in Seattle or the Eastside? I need alterations done on several pieces of women's clothing, somewhat more complicated than just doing hems, so I would like a real tailor, not a dry cleaning shop that does alterations. I've already Googled, but would much prefer a referral to someone whose services you have actually used.
posted by matildaben on Apr 16, 2007 - 5 answers

he's not getting fatter, so the pants must be smaller

Sewingfilter: how do I take in pants? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 8, 2007 - 6 answers

What can I do with my bridesmaid dress?

I'm done being the bridesmaid - now what can I do with the dress? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jan 29, 2007 - 22 answers

can i alter a sweater?

can i get a sweater altered? it's a beautiful piece of clothing, but bunches a bit under the arms. otherwise it fits fine. would a tailor be able to take it in or does this call for a specialist?
posted by thinkingwoman on Dec 21, 2006 - 6 answers

When you can take the bobbin from my hand, it will be time for you to sew.

I want to improve my sewing kung-fu. But where to start? [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Mar 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Do you love your L.A. tailor?

Can anyone recommend a skilled, reasonably-priced tailor in Los Angeles (preferably on the westside)? Mostly I'm looking for someone who can do some significant suit alterations and occasionally make an outfit from scratch if I provide the material and pattern. I really like the seamstress at my dry cleaners and am happy to have her hem skirts and pants when needed, but I'm looking for someone to do some more advanced work. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by zharptitsa on Feb 10, 2006 - 2 answers

NYC men's alterations?

Best tailors in New York? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Jan 3, 2006 - 6 answers

My legs are just long enough. They reach all the way to the ground.

How to shorten blue jeans and keep the cuff? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Nov 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Same-day alterations in NYC?

Same-day or while-you-wait clothing alterations in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Oct 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Shrinking a Baseball Cap

My head is an in-between size. I want to shrink a fitted New Era baseball cap very slightly, by maybe a sixteenth of an inch. Google only seems to tell me how to avoid doing so, and putting it in the dryer strikes me as overkill. Any tips from the local chapeau connoisseurs? Or should I just put off my next trip to the barber's?
posted by DrJohnEvans on Jan 10, 2005 - 6 answers

How can I find a good tailor besides trial and error?

ClothingFilter: I need to find a tailor to make some alterations to an expensive sportcoat. The retailer I bought it from only does alterations to new items, and their tailor works for them... I've always had good experiences with that tailor, but the other things I've gotten done (through the place that dry cleans my clothes) really sucked. How can I find a good tailor besides trial and error? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jul 20, 2004 - 9 answers

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