A tailor creates, fixes, and changes garments for a living. This type of sewing expert may specialize in making clothing, such as suits, for male clientele. The term tailor has been around for centuries. It began to be used during the 13th century and then became more prevalent during the 18th century, when tailors used their skills and expertise in order to create or alter an assortment of clothing types, including suits, overcoats, pants and dresses. Fabrics used during tailoring include wool, linen, silk and a variety of synthetic fabrics, such as rayon and polyester.
Tailoring techniques may vary. Usually, tailors will utilize sewing machines or hand sewing techniques in order to give clothing a professional, well-constructed appearance. Tailoring may be accessed on a pay-as-you-go basis. However, tailors may also be employed by large fashion houses (as in-house tailors who alter garments, such as couture gowns, bespoke suits, or ready-to-wear garments, in order to please the clientele of their employers). You may find tailors almost anywhere, from strip malls to the most venerable couture houses of Paris, such as Dior or Chanel.
What is Bespoke Tailoring?
Bespoke tailoring is a type of traditional tailoring that is popular in England. The epicenter of bespoke tailoring in London is found on Savile Row, where some of the world’s most respected tailors take care of their clients. In American, bespoke tailoring, which always denotes a high level of personalization and customization (for example, suits will be fitted for just one client, according to his or her exact specifications and measurements) is usually referred to as custom tailoring.
Hong Kong is another place where bespoke tailoring is popular. Each garment produced via bespoke tailoring should be unique. The cost of bespoke tailoring is typically higher than the cost of buying garments off the rack. However, the talent of the best bespoke tailors will allow for precise fit that makes the most of a person’s attributes, while camouflaging any flaws in the physique or figure. While bespoke tailors are best known for creating made-to-measure men’s suits, they may also create dress shirts or other pieces, such as vests (waistcoats) and formalwear.
Tailoring Business Models
As technology has moved forward, tailoring types have changed. These days, tailors practice their craft based on one of a series of business models. The first is local tailoring. Usually, with this type of tailoring, the tailor deals with local clientele within the community and then produces garments only for these types of customers. In other words, clothes produced or altered are not shipped off to customers in other cities or countries. This small-scale form of tailoring may happen at shops or home-based businesses.
The local tailoring business model allows tailors to give their clients very individual service. Tailors may meet with customers, take their measurements, and then call the customers in for fittings as need, until the garments commissioned are finished to the client’s exact specifications. Typically, bespoke tailoring requires at least a few fittings in order to get the desired result.
The second business model for tailoring is distance tailoring, which happens when a piece of clothing is ordered from another city or country. The benefit of distance tailoring is that cheaper tailoring services may be outsourced. Sometimes, this outsourcing occurs on a worldwide scale. However, it may also happen on a much smaller scale. With distance tailoring, clients are responsible for measuring themselves and sending on their fabric preferences and other relevant details. In the digital age, it is easier than ever for customers to select fabrics and make contact with distance tailors.
The third business model for tailoring is travelling tailoring. This happens when tailors travel from place to place (such as hotel to hotel), offering their services to clients. Clients select their preferred fabrics, have their measurements taken, and then await the completion of their garments. Usually, it takes about a month to receive clothing that is produced via travelling tailoring.
Tailors use jargon that is specific to their trade. Common terms used in the tailoring trade include balance (adjustment of back/front lengths), basting (loosely assembling a garment during the first fitting), fusing (use of chemicals and heat to weld the interlinings of clothing pieces) and floating (refers to the canvas used to construct a suit).