How to spot a good tailor

This is the second piece that I got tailored this summer. The first one was my wedding dress. I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.

When I first tried on this Avec Les Filles dress (it’s under $50 and also comes in white), I immediately loved how easy it was to wear. It’s comfortable, I don’t own anything like it in my closet, and it was on sale! The major downside though was how long the straps were on me.

It was too low-cut for it to be practical for me to wear. I wanted to be able to wear a bra underneath without it peeking through so I took it to my favorite tailor.

Less than week later, I got my dress back and I am super happy with the result. I’m not surprised though because I really do trust my tailor.

I think a good tailor really does make all the difference. If you’re curious about what a positive tailoring experience looks like, here are 6 helpful tips:

1. They ask you to try the garment on.
I mean how else will they know what you want it to look like?

2. They measure and measure again.
They don’t rely on their first measurement and will make sure that they got it right by checking again. Trust me, you don’t want anything to be uneven.

3. They set realistic expectations for you.
They let you know the constraints aka what they can and cannot do without compromising the style of the garment.

4. They ask for your confirmation.
Are you still comfortable with the changes to be expected? Does the tailor’s vision for what it will look like align with yours (considering the constraints and expectations)?

5. They give you a time frame for when you can expect it to be done.
This should be a given.

6. And last but not least, they’re not Joey’s tailor. (Sorry Chandler)

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Do you agree/disagree with this list? Have anything to add to it? I would love to know.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in my next post.

Sophie 🙂

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