Tailors, along with cobblers, can help you avoid buying something new every time there’s an issue with your clothing. A tailor can’t fix everything though, so here are some of the big things they can and can’t fix.
When you have a nice piece of clothing — such as a suit or expensive pair of jeans — tailors provide affordable fixes so you can keep wearing them. David Zyla, the author of How to Win at Shopping, explains exactly what a tailor is and isn’t capable of:
- They can: lengthen a pair of pants by dropping the hem as far as they can; shorten sleeves on coats, jackets and blazers; shorten straps and raise a dress to fit properly at the bust and underarms.
- They can’t: reduce something more than one size (the proportions and seams will be off); lengthen a jacket or remove shoulder pads; repair a hole in your garment by stitching it closed (though they may be able recommend a reweaving service).
If your garment can be fixed, you can save a lot of money because you won’t need to buy a new one. It’s helpful to know what a tailor can’t do so you’re not wasting your time trying to fix something you can’t. You can read about more things a tailor can and can’t do at the link below.
7 things a tailor can do — and 7 things a tailor can’t [Business Insider]