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Alterations can repair and replace damaged or broken clothing and help restore it to its original condition.

Types of alteration services

The most common reason to visit an alteration shop is to have hems and sleeves adjusted on skirts, dresses, jeans, slacks, shirts, blouses and blazers.

Other popular services include mending and resizing garments. Mending services include repairing holes and tears and replacing broken zippers. Size changes can be achieved by adjusting or adding darts to blouses, dresses, and blazers. Seams can be taken in or let out to improve fit. The waistlines of pants, skirts, and dresses can also be adjusted.

Best fit for pants, dresses, and jackets

Here are best-fit guidelines for men and women:

Ideally, the pant leg falls to the top of the shoe and fabric does not touch the floor.

Jacket and blazer sleeves should fall to the bottom of the wrist bone on the thumb side when arms are resting at both sides. For men, shirt cuffs ideally fall one-fourth to one-half of an inch lower than the blazer sleeve to show a show minimal cuff.

An empire waist flatters women with fuller hips and a smaller torso by bringing attention to the waist. An empire waist also flatters straight female silhouettes by creating the impression of a curvy figure.

Custom, or bespoke, tailoring

Custom tailoring is the process of making clothing to fit an individual and differs considerably from alterations made to a ready-made piece of clothing.

Custom tailors, also known as bespoke, or made-to-order tailors or dressmakers, are highly knowledgeable about how to get a good fit, and about sewing and clothing construction methods. They often work in specialty clothing boutiques and family-owned businesses, or as independent tailors.

Costs depend on the type of item, type of fabric and embellishments, amount of detail requested and prices of the specific tailor. Shirts generally cost at least $100, pants cost at least $250 and the jackets are at least $350.

Custom tailoring takes between one to six months, depending on the amount of detail and garment type.

Tips for finding a tailor:

Research and get recommendations

In addition to consulting Angie’s List, ask friends and family for recommendations for dressmakers or tailors. Ask your favorite dry cleaners if they have an alternation or tailoring staff or could make recommendations since they often work with expensive, custom-made clothing.

Seek specialties

Ask whether a sewing professional has to experience creating the kind of garment you want. Ask to see photos or examples of the dressmaker’s or tailor’s work.

Ask for quotes

As noted above, custom-made clothing can be very expensive. However, the price depends on several things, including the type of garment you want, the complexity of the pattern, whether you need a pattern made for you, and the fabric used. If you have to undergo numerous fittings, that will increase the cost. Ask for an estimate before commissioning any work.

Expect fittings

You’ll be called in at least once or twice for fittings. Fittings take time, so you may want to look for a seamstress or tailor who works close to where you live or work.

Cost-saving tip: If you can’t afford custom-made clothing, having store bought-clothes professionally altered can be a good compromise. The secret of many well-dressed people is that they take their moderately priced clothing into a dry cleaner, seamstress or tailor for alterations for a close to custom fit.

Restyling services

Sewing experts can provide additional services, including restyling clothes and repairing fine leather. Restyling keeps clothes current. Sewing experts who provide this service can convert necklines to accent the chest or elongate the neck. They can turn a dress into a skirt or alter the style of the sleeves to create a fresh look.

Minor fine leather repairs involve carefully weaving new stitches to blend into the fabric. Extensive damage to a leather garment may require new material to replace the original leather.

Fur care

Work with a reputable fur salon before deciding to buy a fur coat. It’s best to hire a professional to repair, clean and store your precious fur.

 

DIY tailoring

DIY tailoring is not as simple or easy as it sounds. Sewing a hem or stitching a seam is not tailoring. To get the fit and lay you want for your clothes to fit right usually requires a sewing machine, serger, seam breaker, sewing mannequin, irons, and various other seamtress tools. Tailors even use specific type of sissors called shears.

For most consumers, it’s not worth an investment in tools or material. Not the mention the damage that can be done by incorrectly cutting a piece of fabric or finished garment. If you’re not willing to learn or don’t have the patience to apart seam, leave it to the professionals.

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Let Joe’s Cleaners provide expertly laundered shirts on hangers, folded, or boxed.

Professional Laundry Services For Dress Shirts

Let Joe’s Cleaners provide expertly laundered shirts on hangers, folded, or boxed. You my specify any amount of starch preferred, from none to extra heavy.

We also launder tuxedo shirts with careful attention to detail. Royal Cleaners can also assist you with your general laundry needs such as linens and casual clothing.

Will My Shirts Shrink When You Clean Them?

Most dress shirts are difficult to shrink. The manufacturer has already allowed for the normal two percent and progressive shrinkage requirements.

This shrinkage is usually not enough to cause a complaint. Shrinkage beyond this is usually due to poorly stabilized materials.

Shrinkage complaints can easily be resolved by measuring the collar and sleeve length. Measure the collar from the end of the buttonhole to the center of the button.

Measure the sleeve length in a straight line from the center of the back of the collar at the seam to the end of the cuff. If these measurements correspond to the shirt size, it has not shrunk.

My Buttons are Cracked! Buttons may crack during pressing even though the press padding is in excellent condition and the procedures used are correct.

The reason for this is that there is an inherent problem in the button or the way the button was applied to the shirt. The majority of shirt buttons are made from a polyester resin.

The strength of the button depends on the amount of polyester in the resin; some imported buttons contain less polyester.

Off-quality buttons are graded because they do not meet the requirements in one or all of the following criteria: color, visual inclusions, chips or cracks,

and uniformity of size. Some manufactures use less expensive, off-quality buttons to save money but this sometimes results in higher than average breakage. Not To worry,

The Best Sewing & Alterations in Westbury, Long Island, Newyork

The Best 10 Sewing & Alterations in Westbury, NY

Best Tailoring and alterations in Westbury, NY

Best Tailorning & Alterations Store

 

Denim

Hem    $10 – $20

Original Hem   $15 – $25 ( Slimming works best on )

Slim Leg         $25 – $35 (  non-distressed denim )

Adjust Waist    $25 – $35

 

Jackets & Coats

Shorten $30 – $90

Slim     $40 – $60  ( linings may increase prices)

Shorten Sleeves (from cuff)      $25 – $40

Shorten Sleeves (from shoulder)         $30 – $50

Slim Sleeves     $25 – $45

Adjust Shoulders        $75 – $150

Add Darts       $30 – $40

Replace Lining  $50 and up

 

 

Dresses & Skirts

Hem    $25 – $35

Hem with Pleats/Details          $35 – $45 ( Linings may increase prices )

Slim     $25 – $45

Shorten Sleeves          $15 – $25

Shorten Sleeves (Detailed Cuff) $25 – $35

Slim Sleeves     $15 – $25

Adjust Shoulder (No Sleeves)   $15 – $25

Adjust Shoulder (With Sleeves) $45 and up

 

Other

Add/Remove Zippers/Buttons  $15 – $25

Move Zipper    $40 – 50 and up

Heavily Embellished Items  $150 and up

Hem Leather    $30 – $40