Concept on Tailor Made Garments
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Tailor made garments:
The garments which are constructed with the help of a tailor based on requirement are known as tailor made garments.
Tailor and their responsibilities:
A Tailor is a person who makes garments, repairs or alter clothing professionally. A skilled tailor can make simple clothing from common material, but with time and practice they can learn to create garments of great quality and beauty. A tailor progresses and becomes more skilled as they are able to design beautiful clothing and accessories to compliment every kind of adventure. sewing professional work inside the home or out of their home and may work part time or full time.
A talented and experienced tailor can often find employment in nearly any town or city. Clothing manufacturers, for instance, might hire tailors to help ensure that the garments that are made fit the majority of people. Retail clothing shops and upscale clothing boutiques also hire tailors, as do fashion designers and pattern makers.
Skills and qualities:
To be a tailor you should have:
- An interest in textiles, fashion, design and trends
- Knowledge of fabric types and their properties
- Excellent hand-sewing and machining skills
- Creativity and the ability to visualize designs
- Number skills for measuring
- IT skills to use computer software in the design process
- Pattern construction and cutting skills
- The ability to put clients at ease
- A patient and tactful manner
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- The ability to maintain concentration, sometimes for long periods
- A smart appearance.
Types of Tailoring:
Tailoring profession has evolved the methods of tailoring ,which are as follows
- Local tailoring
- Distance tailoring
- Traveling tailoring
1. Local Tailoring :
Typically the tailor in met locally and the garments produced locally. This method enables the tailor to take professional measurements. Asses posture and body shape to make unique modifications to the garment. Local tailors have a show room. This is the most traditional form of tailoring. Also called bespoke tailoring.
2. Distance Tailoring :
This involves ordering a garment from a tailor who is out of tour enabling cheaper labour to be used. This can now be done on global scale via e-commerce website. Unlike local tailoring, customers must take their own measurements, fabric selection must be made from a photo and if further alternatives are requires the garment must be sent. Today the most common platform for distance tailoring is via online tailors.
3. Traveling Tailoring :
This is an attempt to blend the best of local and distance tailoring. Commonly these tailors will operate out of area,which have a strong tailoring trade or low labour cost but spend much of their time traveling to major cities to meet the clients. On their visits they take measurements and showcase physical fabric samples, once the client places an order, the garment is manufactured elsewhere and delivered via courier or mail. This method has the advantage of allowing tailors to meet the clients and make professional assessment of the fit with lower labour costs of distance tailoring.
The garments could be constructed at home or with the help of tailors efficiently. If the members in the family are not interested in tailor-made or homemade garments, they can buy their garments from ready made shops as they wish and whenever required.
The Merits and Demerits of Tailor made Garments:
- Proper fit is obtained
- Helps to select unique style
- Time saving when compared to home made garments
- Need to depend on tailors
- Improper fitting
- Time consuming when compared to ready made
- Not possible to get quality finish
- Availability of minimum styles