Suit alterations: what to expect when getting your suit altered

Suit alterations: what to expect when getting your suit altered

What happens when you get your suit professionally altered

Most people buy a suit from a store rather than getting it made to measure. While this is a perfectly fine option, everybody is unique, so when you go and get one ready made it’s unlikely that the suit is going to fit you perfectly. Having your suit tailored can make such a difference to how it looks on you, and make the suit look much more expensive than if you were to wear one that doesn’t quite fit right. This is where alterations come in! Your seamstress will be able to work with you to make your suit fit you perfectly. 

We’ve put together this blog to let you know exactly what to expect from the process of getting your suit altered so next time you buy a suit you’ll feel more comfortable going to get it tailored.


Step 1: consultation

The first thing that will happen is that you’ll have a consultation with a seamstress. Here they’ll ask you what you’re looking to have done and then be able to advise what’s possible and how much the charge will be. Once everything has been agreed, your tailor will book you in for your fitting appointment. 

Step 2: first fitting

In your first fitting work will begin to be done on your suit. Your seamstress will measure you to ensure they have all your sizings correct, and then ask you to put your suit on so they can have a look at the current fit. Here they’ll begin to pin the outfit into the correct shape and size and you’ll be able to get an idea of what the suit will look like when completed.

Step 3: second fitting

When you come to your second fitting the work discussed from the first fitting will be mostly complete. The seamstress will ask you to put your suit on so both yourself and the seamstress can see how the work is looking so far. Here is when you have the opportunity to point out anything you aren’t happy with or any further changes you want to make to the suit. How many fittings you have depends on the extent of the alterations and can change during the process, so you might have a few fittings like this.

Step 4: final fitting

Your final fitting is quite self explanatory, it’s the final time you try on your suit with your seamstress. This is where all the hard work is complete and you get to take the suit home with you, after trying it on to make sure you’re fully happy with the work done.

Getting your suit tailored can make such a difference to how you look and feel in your suit. If you’re looking to get your suit tailored, get in touch with us. We offer a free consultation where you can get a clear idea of what we can offer you.


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