It’s hard to have a conversation and talk about something you’re not familiar with: just ask anyone who has ever had to deal with automotive troubles! Getting your clothing to fit properly and talking to a tailor can have the same effect—they might give you an explanation of what needs to be done to your clothing, but you might not have much of an idea of what they’re talking about unless you’re familiar with the “language” they’re speaking!
The purpose of this post is to give a basic set of terms and ideas to help you begin to understand some of the things a tailor might be trying to tell you the next time you seek tailoring in Cape May County.
If you’ve ever been to a tailor before, you know that one of the first things they’ll do is to take your measurements. These are going to be the fundamental numbers needed to properly alter your clothing! Let’s get familiar with them:
- Neck will be a complete circumference of your neck and collar.
- Shoulder represents the span from one shoulder to the other.
- Arm will be the measurement from your shoulder to your wrist, with the arm bent slightly.
- Wrist is simply the circumference of your wrist.
- Chest is going to refer to your upper torso, beneath your armpits.
- Waist is going to be where your belly button.
- Hip is going to be around your hips at the widest point.
- Seat will be a measurement around your butt at its widest point.
- Inseam represents the length of your pants from the crotch to the floor.
Depending on your need for specific tailoring services, even more measurements can be taken to help determine your optimal size—the above are just the basics. If your clothing isn’t fitting right, work to describe where the fit is too loose or too tight using the dimensions above. This will help a tailor get a better idea of how you feel in your clothing, versus just observing how you look!
Depending on what type of tailoring in Cape May County you need to make your clothing fit to perfection, your seamstress might throw some vocabulary terms at you. Understanding these words means understanding exactly what they’re doing to make your clothing fit better! Here are some of the common ones:
- Letting out clothing—such as pants—simply means to release some extra fabric at the seams to make them a little roomier.
- Bringing in clothing is the opposite and it means your tailor will be sewing up extra fabric to tighten the fit.
- Hem up or down means extending or reducing the length of garments, to size them appropriately to your proportions.
- Tapering can be used to help improve the appeal of a fit. For example, if you have pants that make you look boxy, tapering can add some dimension.
- Darning simply means to repair minor holes or rips that might have developed over time.
There are numerous terms you can familiarize yourself with, but the above are going to be the most common for everyday tailoring. Remember, if you don’t understand something or need clarification regarding a tailoring term, don’t be afraid to ask!