The clothing you buy off the rack only comes in basic sizes, such as waist and inseam measurements for men’s pants. However, we all have unique bodies, making generic sizing inadequate for a proper fit.
But, there’s no need to put up with an ill-fitting wardrobe.
Here at McMahan Cleaners in Denver, we are the experts at making clothing alterations. This service is much more common than people think and having us make the necessary adjustments will change the way your clothes look, fit and feel.
When your suit jacket is no longer too tight in the shoulders or your dress falls at just the right spot on your legs, you’ll be happier and likely to wear items more often! There’s nothing like a custom fit.
So, let’s take a look at how to purchase items with making clothing alterations in mind, as well as what to expect when you come see us.
Know the Limitations
When buying items, be sure to get them as close to your size as possible. While sizing an item up or down a size is often completely reasonable, altering your clothes two to three or more size up or down, is not as feasible. Some items don’t have allowances to let the fabric out that much and sometimes adjusting so many sizes can change the overall fit of a garment too dramatically.
If the item is too large, it will need to be taken apart entirely and re-cut to make the item fit properly. This is both time-consuming and costly. The closer to your existing size, the more pleased you will be with the outcome and the less costly making clothing alterations will be.
Easier In Than Out
Here’s the most important of our tips for cost-effective clothing alterations. It is easier to take a garment in than let it out. If one part of your body is a size larger or smaller, buy the size that fits the largest part of your body. It will be much simpler and cheaper to have the other areas taken in to fit correctly.
For online purchases that you can’t try on, be sure to research the actual measurements. Many online retailers provide a size chart that will help you make the best determination about how an item will fit. This means you will need to have corresponding measurements of your own body to compare the two.
You Get What You Pay for
While it may be tempting to go with the cheapest option when making clothing alterations, cheaper doesn’t mean better. Getting clothes altered by the lowest bidder (even a family member) may end up cost you more than choosing to pay a bit more up front. You should be sure your alterations are being handled by an experienced professional.
No Over the Phone Estimates
While it may seem convenient, many places will not provide over the phone estimates for making clothing alterations, particularly for formal gowns. To provide an accurate estimate, a visual inspection and fitting session is necessary. Over the phone, you may feel the urge to downplay what is really needed. An accurate assessment better for everyone.
Make an Appointment
Since a fitting assessment is often needed for the alteration of garments, contact the shop to see if an appointment is required. Fittings take time and many professionals prefer to schedule fittings to give you proper attention. Scheduling the fitting assessment assures that you will have focused attention on what is needed for your alteration and the assessment will not be too rushed.
Bring Additional Necessities
If you are making clothing alterations for a special event, come to the fitting prepared. Are you planning to wear specific undergarments, special shoes, or anything else that will change your fitting? These items can have a huge impact on how things fit, particularly with formal wear.
Foundation garments add layers while shifting how your weight is carried. The height of your shoes can dramatically shift your hem length. If you don’t yet have the shoes, bring some that are comparable or inquire about marking the hem at a later fitting.
Trust Your Professional
If your alteration professional recommends against making clothing alterations, you are probably better off following their advice. Feel free to ask for an explanation or further information. Ultimately, they know a great deal about how garments are constructed and how specific changes will work. Following their advice is a great idea and prevent you from being unhappy with the final fit of your garment.
Pretend You’re a Statue
While you are getting your garment fitted, remain still. Moving while your fitting is taking place is a good way to end up with uneven hems and odd sleeves. The stiller you are, the better the end result of your alteration will be. If you really need to move, just ask. If your alteration professional is prepared for you to move, then your garment should be unaffected.
Test Drive & Speak Up
Once your garment has been pinned and you have the all-clear to move, test out the fit. Can you dance, bend, walk, sit, etc.? Now is the time to figure out if the fit will restrict movement or be uncomfortable. Be honest with yourself as well. If it is not comfortable now, it will not be comfortable later. The person making clothing alterations wants you to be happy with the outcome. Speak up now so they can fix it for you. They will be happy to make any adjustments that you might need.
Ask Their Opinion
Ask the person who is making clothing alterations for their recommendations. Recognizing that they are experts can go a long way toward getting the look you want. They will know if what you’re asking for is really the best way to get the result you want.
Follow these tips for making clothing alterations, and you should end up with the results you want without breaking the bank. Call us or visit us at McMahan Cleaners in Denver and we will help you get the alterations you need to help you be happier with your clothes.