Unless you have a personal tailor that makes all of your clothes, you will inevitably have clothing items that will require a little mending. This is where your local seamstress/tailor comes into play. Most clothing articles don’t require major work so your neighborhood cleaners can handle most of your clothing emergency needs for a reasonable price. Spending the extra money to make these tweaks is worth it because your clothes will look and feel better. Also remember you only have to do it once and it will last the life of the garment.
Let Out Hem
Depending on the brand of the pants or if you’re a tiny, regular, or super tall you will need to have your pants let out by a seamstress/tailor. If you’re a tiny or regular tall on occasion you will try on a pair of pants in stores that fit perfect but are an inch or half an inch off—don’t fret—you may be able to work with them. Take a look at the bottom of the pants and check two things before purchasing them. First, check the amount of extra material hemmed up on the inside of the pants. If it is an inch or more, depending on how much you need to make them the proper length, you can have it take out to the max.
Inseam inside of a pants leg
Second, check the crease on the bottom of the pants.
Crease at the bottom of a pants leg
If it looks like it is hard crease and/or if the crease has discoloration (normally a white line) don’t purchase them. You can check this by gently pulling on the material on opposite sides of the crease. If the crease is permanent, a line will be seen going around the pants legs once the hem is let out, no matter how much you try to press it out, so don’t even bother with it. Repeat the same steps if you find the perfect pair of pants with a cuff. If removing the cuff doesn’t ruin the style of the pants, and it doesn’t have excess stitching around the edges with a permanent crease, get the cuff taken out. It will give you at least an inch. Of course, if the pants are available in tall length online, the better option would be to purchase them online with the proper inseam length.
Take In Hem
If you are a tiny or regular tall you may—believe it or not—run into pants that are slightly to long even with heels. First, determine if you’re going to wear the pants with flats, kitten heals, or tall heals. Second, bring the shoes to the seamstress/tailor and have that person take the measurements. Once they’ve done their magic, the revised hem will give your pants a cleaner streamlined appearance and will prevent them from looking bunched up and bulky near the shoe area.
Pocket can make or break an outfit. The intricate details of a pocket can give an outfit a unique and interesting look. However they can become unappealing if it gaps, pokes out on the sides, or if the back flaps just won’t stay down. Remedy—get them sewn shut. You will maintain the look you love but your outfit will have more of a tailored look. Being tall you are already the center of attention; this will prevent the wrong type of attention.A pocket sewn shut
These are the top three reasons for knowing a good place to go for minor mends. However, you will run into other situations that will require a seamstress/tailor. The little miracles they perform with their sewing machines like making an outfit larger or smaller, adding that special piece of material or button makes all the difference in the word.