Livingston Bridal

The Magic of Alterations

How many times have you tried on clothes and you think to yourself “well this fits fine, the hem is a little long and the sleeves are past my knuckles, but you know, I can make it work.” That is such an unfair way to think! You deserve to have clothing that fits properly and makes you feel wonderful. Although clothing comes in different sizes, everyone’s body is shaped completely different and your clothes should be adjusted to you. 

People often have misconceptions about tailoring and might think that they are not practical for your wardrobe, but let me tell you, you might be wrong. We’ve gathered a few pointers that will help negate the myths behind tailoring. 

  1. Tailoring is for everyone. When you think about getting something altered, you probably imagine an uptight seamstress or a tailor in a suit working on the rich and famous. That is not the case at all. It is as easy as calling and “making an appointment for a fitting.” You come in, they take a look at the piece you want altered,and they let you know what they can do for you.
  2. However, don’t wait until the last minute. You wouldn’t call your hairstylist the day before to get you in the next day, right? The same goes for your seamstress, and if yours is anything like Roxanne (the wonderful owner of Renee’s) then you know she is busy, busy, BUSY. Turnaround time depends highly on the item and the wear date, if any. Normally 3-5 days for basic alterations and 2-3 weeks for more intricate work (this includes wedding gowns.) Of course, these are all estimates and it depends on how much work your tailor has on their plate.
  3. Your tailor is not a miracle worker. Many times we have this idea that a tailor can fix ANYTHING. It doesn’t always work that way. Things like adding extra fabric, removing from one place to add to another, adding a slit, etc. These all sound pretty “practical” but it is not that easy. A tailor will strive to please you without ruining the integrity of the piece. Therefore, it is important to keep an open mind and realize that you might not get EXACTLY what you want, but that doesn’t mean you won’t look amazing. 
  4. Please buy the right size. The purpose of altering a piece is so that it fits your body properly. You might be tempted to buy a dress that is a couple sizes too big or too small but do not make that mistake. Certain clothing only has a tiny bit of room to be let out and if you buy something that is way to big, you risk ruining the look of the piece. Working at a bridal shop, we’ve seen many horror stories of brides going elsewhere and being sized incorrectly OR being sold a stock piece that is 4 sizes too big for the selfish purpose of getting rid of it. Sure, you can come to us and we’ll gladly help you, but know that is the easiest way to rack up your alteration bill. Definitely do your research before making any big purchases. 
  5. Your tailor is not trying to scam you. The easiest way to find out about pricing is to give your tailor a call but know those are all estimated prices. Do not be surprised if you go in for your fitting and the price changes. Just like taking a car to your mechanic, your only going to get an estimate until they actually diagnose it.
  6. Tailoring is an investment. You might wonder if you really want to spend the extra money on top of the initial purchase. But having clothes that fit to your body type can help change the way you look at yourself.  We’ve all heard the term “you should be wearing the clothing; the clothing shouldn’t be wearing you.” Having clothes that fit properly is definitely a confidence booster and it makes your wardrobe look more “high end.” At the end of the day, your lifestyle and career play a huge part on determining if alterations are right for you. But remember, you are worth the alterations. You deserve to have clothes that fit perfectly and make you feel wonderful and attractive. 

For all your alteration needs give us a call at (575) 521-0872

Featured Photo by: Jasper K. Photography

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