Choosing a Sewing Professional

No matter which sewing and design professional you eventually use, they should offer you personalized service, custom fit tailoring, unique clothing designs, and outstanding workmanship. 


When bringing your clothes in for alterations be sure to wear the undergarments and shoes that you will wear with the garment being altered.  The amount of work required to improve the fit, and the way the garment was originally constructed will affect the price of the alterations.


At an initial consultation, bring your design ideas for custom garments.  Having photos, sketches, sample garments and fabric swatches will be helpful.  The price of a custom garment often depends upon design details, fabrics, trims, pattern development, fitting issues, and the amount of sewing time needed. 


Describing the specific work, pricing, completion date, payment, and other details is usually spelled-out in a formal written contract.  The contract ensures that everyone's expectations are clearly understood.  To book the work into the sewing professional's schedule normally requires a deposit.  Before your finished garment can leave the sewing professional's shop, payment in full is usually required.


If you must cancel a fitting, give your sewing professional at least a full day's notice.  Call your sewing professional if you will be late for your appointment.  Understand that if you change your mind about a design, or if your body size changes, that additional charges could be incurred due to the extra work that may be required to finish the garment (applies to both custom garments and alterations).