When visiting a tailor for the first time, you may find yourself with a thousand questions. This is perfectly normal! In fact, it’s a great idea to be thinking about the questions you have before your first meeting with a tailor, and an even better idea to write some of those questions down so you don’t forget them.
Seeking out tailoring services in Dallas does not have to be a stressful or intimidating experience. Fortunately, you can enhance your visit to the tailor by making sure to focus on several very important questions in particular:
- Why is tailoring the best option? Many people grow discouraged when a favorite garment begins to look and feel like it’s not fitting as well as it should. Often, they’ll assume nothing can be done, and they’ll start looking for a replacement. However, having the garment tailored or altered may be a better option. Often, if a little change in your weight is causing the poor fit, the fixes a tailor can provide may be substantially less costly than purchasing a new garment. Similarly, if there’s an issue with a zipper, a small tear, the length of the garment, or the waistline of a pair of pants, check with a tailor before donating or tossing the garment—those can be easy fixes.
- How much time do you need to tailor my garment? This will largely depend on the difficulty of the job, as well as the number of jobs the tailor already has going. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least a few weeks for tailoring if you’ll need the garment for a specific event. Some types of garments, such as wedding dresses, will likely take longer.
- Can you give me quote? A tailor may not be able to provide an exact quote at your first appointment, but they should be able to give you a pretty accurate idea of the cost you’re looking at. Don’t be afraid to ask for a breakdown of specific costs for supplies and labor, and don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. However, as with so many things, you often get what you pay for, so looking for the best bargain for your wedding may not pay off in the long run.
- What can be tailored or altered? This is tricky. There are certainly several levels of difficulty when it comes to tailoring garments, and some types of fixes may not be possible given the type of fabric, the design of the garment, the size of the garment and other factors. In some cases, fixing what’s wrong may wind up creating new problems—sometimes, the garment simply won’t look right if certain alterations are made. For all these reasons, it’s important to seek your tailor’s opinion. A good tailor will be honest with you about the costs and benefits of altering a garment.
At J’s Tailor & Cleaners, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide top-notch tailoring services in Dallas to every customer who walks in the door. But we certainly don’t want that to intimidate anyone into not asking questions when they come to visit us. We want you to understand what we can do for you and your garments, so if you ever have questions or concerns, we’re happy to answer them clearly, patiently and respectfully!