Save Some Time And Money By Knowing What A Tailor Can And Can't Do

Save Some Time and Money by Knowing What a Tailor Can and Can't Do

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.

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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]


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