Should Your Clothes Be Custom Made?
Ready-to-wear apparel is great. You can walk in a store, try
it on, and if it fits your body and budget, you can take it
home right then. It sure beats the heck out of taking the time
to make it yourself or hiring someone to custom-make something,
Maybe, maybe not.
If clothes shopping for you is an ongoing exercise in
frustration because of your too-long legs, an odd fabric
allergy, size-defiant proportions or whatever, maybe it's time
to pass the mall and head to a custom clothier instead. For not
only will you get to choose your own fabrics and trims, you'll
also get clothes that fit correctly regardless of whatever
figure challenge you present.
Now I know what you may be thinking: "That's too
But chances are, it's not. If you add up the cost of buying
clothes and paying to have them altered, or buying a special
size by mail order and paying to have it shipped, or even
burning time and gas to run all over town looking for something
that fits, you may find that you'll spend less time and money
having something custom made. I encourage you to do the
Now if you still think that custom apparel is a bit
extravagant, consider this: men's ready-to-wear clothing has
been around for nearly two hundred years - since before the
sewing machine came along in the 1850's -- but women's
ready-to-wear has only been widely available since the 1920's.
Why? Because back when women wore corsets, manufacturers had
trouble creating clothes that fit! It wasn't until the
loose-fitting straight silhouettes became popular in the 20's
that manufacturers could profit from selling women's
ready-to-wear clothes. So what did women do before that? They
either sewed their own clothes or had them custom made.
See how this comes full circle?
So who should consider having her clothes custom made? I
suggest you try a custom clothier if you:
*Routinely have to have your clothes altered to fit
*Have trouble getting certain types of garments to fit, like
tops, skirts, or slacks.
*Have special requirements, like fabric allergies, medical
issues (wheelchair bound, arthritis/can't fasten buttons), or
*Need a special occasion ensemble, gown, or costume.
*Want beautifully made, one-of-a-kind clothes.
The best place to find a custom clothier near you is through
The Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America
The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers
Or you can try various custom clothing sites online where
you input your measurements and they customize their selections
for you. Popular sites include:
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Getting properly fitting clothes shouldn't be stressful,
even if your body defies standard ready-to-wear sizing. If you
don't sew, find a clothier that can customize clothes for you.
Not only will it be money well spent, you'll look great THE
And wouldn't that be a nice change of