Tailor needed to copy shirts, coat in Minneapolis-St Paul area
April 22, 2014 6:33 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a professional or skilled amateur the metro area to make some clothes for me by cutting up and copying existing clothes!

I would LOVE to build a small, high-quality US-made wardrobe. Unfortunately, the kinds of clothes I like in the sizes I wear and the materials I prefer are not available! Equally unfortunately, one of my favorite (and naturally, since everything is all fast-fashion now, utterly irreplaceable) shirts sprung a leak this spring.

So I'm looking for someone in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to copy a dartless, man's style woman's shirt and a late fifties swing coat. I'd like to buy the materials with the exception of the interlining. I'd like the pieces of the coat back for repurposing (it's the most gorgeous cashmere, but years of wear have created a giant threadbare patch). Both the shirt and the coat are relatively unstructured - anyone who can line a coat at all will be able to line this one.

Basically, I want to hire someone who is skilled at variety sewing. I once had a good-quality "repair" tailor copy some pants for me and...they were okay.

Ideally, I would find someone and build a relationship with them so that they could make more of my clothes later on.

It's not that price is no object, but I'd rather pay a lot and get what I want.

Recommendations for businesses are fine; if you can vouch for someone who works on a semi-amateur level and does not advertise but who takes paid work, that would be good too.
posted by Frowner to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe try Northeast Tailor Shop? I don't have experience with having clothes copied, but the guy there (and it's just the one guy afaik) did really great alteration work on a lined winter coat of mine.
posted by clavicle at 8:26 AM on April 22, 2014

This may sound a little off the wall, but if there's a college or university with a theatre department near you, consider getting in touch with somebody in the costume department. I paid a grad student from the UC Berkeley costume department to do the alterations on my second-hand wedding dress and was very pleased with both the results and the price.
posted by Lexica at 8:46 PM on April 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

Here is a possibility: http://www.sewsimple.us
A review: http://highplainsthrifter.net/2014/01/16/how-to-not-be-an-idiot-at-the-tailor/
posted by Nosey Mrs. Rat at 4:15 PM on May 4, 2014

I did was Lexica suggests when I lived in Austin and had some beautiful dresses made from movie stills. So, maybe try that.
posted by crush-onastick at 4:54 PM on May 6, 2014

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