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How to improve the fit of a maxi dress?

I bought this maxi dress to wear to a wedding this weekend. The fabric is heavier than I anticipated, and the armholes are on the large size, so my bra is visible, and the whole dress seems to sag a little under its own weight. Is there are a way to fix this before Saturday? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Aug 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Dapper men in suits: help me join your ranks on a budget.

Help me buy some great-looking men's suits without breaking the bank. I'm not well-educated on the subject, and I want to look good but avoid spending more than I have to. [more inside]
posted by hootenatty on Aug 5, 2014 - 12 answers

"Emergency" alterations in Copenhagen, Denmark

FashionEmergencyFilter: I am in Copenhagen for an academic conference at which I am presenting. I had tailoring done on two special athletic fit sports coats, which was repeatedly delayed by the tailor to the point I had to grab the jackets immediately before my flight. But here I discovered that the tailoring was incomplete or perhaps not even started, due to a mixup, incompetence, whatever. Is it at all possible to get something like a next day or two alteration job done, anywhere, much less in Copenhagen?
posted by Keter on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Seeking seamstress, simple tailoring, Austin Texas

I am looking for a reasonably priced seamstress or tailor in Austin. I love to buy these 70s / 80s silk shirts from thrift shops, they're lots of fun. But the collars are dorky thin, I'd like to have a seamstress or tailor take the collars off. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jun 24, 2014 - 4 answers

My chest is a tank! Tanks need suit jackets too!

FashionPhillyFilter: I have had a borderline-apocalyptic time trying to find a suit/sports jacket that fits in Philadelphia. I am a tall-but-not-notably so (6'0") dude who is built like a [big football guy term here], but with a smaller waist & bottom half to mis-match my enormous breastplate/shoulders. (My friend says "you are an inverse triangle"). Attendants at the stores I have gone to have been completely flummoxed by my proportions, which end up with either the jacket not fitting over my chest or there being a puffy cloud of fabric on the bottom. It's at the point where I'm getting recommendations for $1895 (low estimate I was given???)+ tailor-made jackets as the only solution for my build, which I am trying to avoid based on my budget (doctoral student on stipend). Surely there are... some stores that have tailorable off-the-rack things that might fit? Any suggestions as to stores that have fashionable, comfortable clothing for larger-built gentleman, especially in distance of Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Jun 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Suit Me!

Where to shop for a suit in Boston or the North Shore of Massachusetts? Challenge: Women's suit. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

What's Destroying My Pants?

I keep having the same wear and tear on my suit pants (and to a lesser extent, jeans and khakis) and I want to know what is causing it and how to make it stop. In almost every pair the crotch begins to go quickly, tearing apart, piling, fraying, and being worn straight through with little holes. it's like I'm doing splits or high kicks all day. These occur across types of pants, tailored and not, stuff I swear frequently and stuff I hardly ever wear. As far as I know I'm buying the right size and try to wear them at my natural waist, just below the belly button and frequently with belts. I'm a guy with a bit of a gut and I don't go for marathon runs in my suit pants. For outfits I wear a lot I rotate the pants but within a year they're ruined and torn up. Is it the material? Am I sitting wrong? Hanging them wrong? Is there something I should be looking or/asking the tailor about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2014 - 9 answers

From "Did you play football in highschool?" to "Are you up for tenure?"

AcademicClothesFilter: MetaFilter, help me (20ish dude) find a store that sells awesome tweed or professorial-like sportscoats/jackets! I am a beginning academic who hates suits, but soon I will start to teach and go to conferences and will need to "look the part." Thus, I need to update my wardrobe with something thematically between "formal" and "wannabe hipster causal." The hitch is: I am sort-of built like a linebacker, with a very broad chest and very wide shoulders but with a not-quite-commensurately-large bottom torso, and thus sizing can often be an issue for me (i.e., getting more fabric "up top" in generic sizes ends up with billowing fabric down below). Is there any store that sells hot to trot professorial tweed that might fit someone with my body build? Or will I need to get a loose fit and then get it tailored? (Is that... what tailoring is?).
posted by Keter on Nov 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Skinny jean tailoring for the short girl

Please help me find a tailor that can alter skinny jeans properly. So far, I have had bad luck with the two I've tried. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 31, 2013 - 13 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

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

in the lightspot spotlight

This otherwise perfect second-hand suit I just bought has a few tiny white (threadbare?) spots near the bottom of the jacket. I want to wear it to an interview on Wednesday. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Dress measurement for a boy-shaped woman

I have an odd body shape, even for a woman of East Asian descent. I basically look like a rectangle. What is the best way for me to get measured in the UK for a custom wedding dress that I am ordering online? Is there a tailor in the UK that will take my measurements without me having to order something from said tailor? I am willing to pay a reasonable fee for their time and expertise. Is there someone in the London/Cambridgeshire area that you can recommend? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast on Aug 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking a certain royal blue suit and Google is failing me.

For reasons mostly ridiculous, I am seeking a royal blue suit. Not just any royal blue suit, as I can find several of the zoot suit or boxy variety. What I'm wanting is a royal blue suit, either of the four-button ilk or the slim one-button type. In other words, this one pictured here. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Why Does Ready To Wear Mensware From The UK Fit Me Better Than US Stuff?

I've noticed that the bog-standard off the rack/department store menswear items (button-up shirts, slacks, etc) from UK brands bought in the UK tends to fit me wildly better then their counterparts in the US. I have to alter them a lot less and they just hang off my body better. I'm wondering if there's a technical/fashion-nerd reason for this and if so, what should I be looking for in the US department store brands to get this same effect? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Channeling my inner fashion designer

What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 23, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

A particular subset of hipster

Please help me find online shops or etsy designers that sell dresses with unusual modern tailoring: structure and draping, weird necklines, etc. Solid, neutral, cotton/jersey/wool preferred. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me make my trousers shorter

Where should I go to get some simple adjustments to my suit? [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Can pants be tailored in this way?

I have jeans that fit great but are far more baggy than I'd like below the knees. Can the lower leg portion of pants be made more slim-fitting? Also, if anyone has recommendations for affordable but quality tailors in San Francisco who could do this, I'd appreciate it.
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 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

Is this wool coat worth tailoring?

Is this wool coat worth tailoring? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Zegna made to measure

I'm trying to understand the difference between Bespoke and Made-to-Measure. Specifically I'm wondering about Zegna (Ermenegildo Zegna) Made-to-Measure service. [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 3, 2011 - 12 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

outsource my pants.

the right trousers. I've heard that it's possible to get exact duplicates of items of clothing from Indian sources, and would like to know if anyone has any experience of thus or can recommend anyone. I have two pairs of trousers that I love, fairly distinctive, that I wish I could get duplicates made of. if I can just post them to someone and get copies back by return that would be awesome.
posted by spyke23 on Jul 26, 2011 - 7 answers

My coat needs a new lining.

Does anyone have recommendations for a good tailor or seamstress in the Hamilton/Burlington area? [more inside]
posted by janepanic on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

The Multiplication of a Shirt

I have a dress shirt, the cut of which is perfect. Is it a luxury within the reach of an ordinary middle-class person to pay someone to create a half-dozen replicas of this shirt in different colours / fabrics? Is it something I'd have to outsource, perhaps? Would it be significantly more expensive than simply ordering bespoke shirts made with measurements approximated from original?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jan 11, 2011 - 5 answers

What is this mystery fabric?

What type of fabric is this shirt made from? Nobody at the fabric stores can give me an answer. [more inside]
posted by scrowdid on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Jeans like Hugo Boss HB1?

Fashion Help: Jeans like Hugo Boss HB1? [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Sep 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Suited and Booted in East Africa?

Place to get tailor-made clothes in Nairobi, Kampala, or Kigali? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for a guide to sewing men's clothing

I'm interested in learning to make clothing. I'm looking for a book that goes from basic sewing skills to basic garments. Difficulty: for men. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 answers

What is my wife actually responsible for in this mess?

EthicalBarteringFilter: what should my wife do after a simple but significant labor-for-labor swap took left turn after left turn and wound up getting freaky? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 23, 2010 - 28 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

Help, help, they're not being repressed!

How do I make the bands on my bras smaller? Or make them fit snugger in some other way? [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Apr 1, 2010 - 13 answers

What on earth do you call this piece of metal and where can I get one?

At the end of woven straps, makers will put a metal cap to prevent the end from fraying. What is this cap called and where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by iwhitney on Sep 29, 2009 - 14 answers

And 9 To Suffocate Us.

[HalloweenFilter] I would like to dress up as one of the rag dolls in the animation movie "9." (this one) [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Sep 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Will I turn my fancy suit into a clown suit?

I'd like to buy a new suit. I'd also like to lose a lot of weight. Will the suit still look alright if I lose 60 lbs and have it altered, or should I just wait until I lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Aug 19, 2009 - 23 answers

Should I have my clothes tailored now that I am svelte?

Does it make sense to take in men's pants after significant weight loss? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Dec 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Make me a Master Tailor...

Make me a Master Tailor: I know how to plug in a sewing machine and use a cloth ruler. Assuming nothing more, where do I begin... [more inside]
posted by Hollowman on Aug 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Clothes make the me.

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

Resurrecting saggy jeans

What can you do when the ass falls out of your jeans? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Instructions on altering a woman's dress shirt?

Can anyone recommend an online tutorial or a sewing book on how to tailor button-down dress shirts for women? [more inside]
posted by sLevi on Sep 17, 2007 - 7 answers

making shirts from sarongs

How much fabric/yardage is necessary to make a man's shirt? details [more inside]
posted by tristanshout on Aug 25, 2007 - 7 answers

I want to be the next Thom Browne

Making my own suits and shirts. I'd like to learn to create my own clothing (I'm a guy), particulary suits, shirts and sport coats. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Nov 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Does anyone have recommendations for an expert tailor in Hoi An or Bankok via the internet?

I am looking for an excellent tailor in either Hoi An or Bankok that would be able to custom tailor a new wardrobe for me via the internet. [more inside]
posted by rubyeyo on Nov 20, 2006 - 5 answers

My Beau Wants to Design Menswear

My boyfriend wants to experiment with designing menswear - both casual and formal (he's had experience sewing wedding dresses). Looking for: [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Aug 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Please help me find shirts which are interesting not just for their pattern!

It would be great if people could share their favourite suppliers/retailers/tailors for affordable, quality shirts. I'm talking about shirts which are either interesting, different or vintage. I'd be especially keen on those with detachable collars - this was in fact the reason for my asking the question. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 17, 2006 - 1 answer

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

I can't walk down the aisle like that!

Does anyone know of seamstresses/tailors in or around Boston that do good work on wedding dresses? My fiance needs to get a wedding dress she bought altered, but isn't having any luck. Given the nature of wedding dresses, she doesn't want to just try some random place.
posted by JonahBlack on Oct 6, 2005 - 6 answers

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