Suit Jacket Shorten Sleeves
Pin to the right length on a client. Undo the buttons, button marks, lining as required. Marks your length and cut as appropriate. Iron on some fusing to the sleeve ends. Machine and iron as necessary. Finally marks and sew on buttons.
Pants Shorten Hem
Pin to the correct length on a client. Marks and cut off as required. Check to see if the end hems need let out or take in. Machines and finally iron to finish off.
Shirts Shorten Sleeves
Pin to the correct length on a client. Undo cuffs, plackets, buttons. Marks and cut off as required. Sew every parts back on as original. Iron and finish.
Dress Shorten Sleeves
Pin to the correct sleeve length. Undo out the cuffs, plackets, buttons. Marks and cut off where needed. Machine every pieces back on as original. Iron and finish off.
Dress Shorten Hem
Put on the dress and use dress-marker to mark the hemline to your desired length. Marks your hem correctly and cut off as required. Machine the hem nicely. Finally iron and done. Note: this dress has many splits and overlaps from thigh down, thus it's quite tricky if not careful.
Suit jacket take in bodice Through two back seams with vents
- We normally try to avoid taking in bodice through the seam that has vent because it’s a rather big job to re-make the vent back on
- For this jacket, the best option was to take in through the 2 seams that have vents
- Pinned carefully on a client to get the right size. Afterwards marked carefully before removed the pins. Opened the lining and go inside to do the take in and remake the vents. Carefully checking each step before the next so that the finished product looks great and high quality as it should be
- Lastly, check the fitting on the client to make sure everything fits nicely.
Pants Take In Waist Through Centre Back
Put on and pin to the correct size on a client. Marks before removing the pins. Undo stitching where required. Machine and undo more stitching or cut off if the seam is too big. Iron and check for the quality. Note: in picture number 8 - the seat shape depends on a person's body shape. Some seat shapes look very odd however, it fits perfectly on the client.
Dress Take In Through Both Side Seams
Put on and pin to the correct client's shape of the body. Marks and remove the pins. This dress has 2 side pockets and the take-in need to go through them. The pockets must be removed first and re-make them if required. For this example - the client doesn't want to keep the pockets. Marks where take in required nicely, then machine and overlock off as appropriate. Finally iron and done.
Insert gusset to enlarge shirt sleeves
- Undo underarm seams and put on the shirt then take measurements to determine how big the gusset needed for insertion
- Find a best matching fabric and colour
- Cut the gussets and insert nicely
Jumpsuit restyle for resizable
Sometimes we buy clothes and never have a chance to wear them until occasion comes along then, found out that they no longer fit! No worry because we can certainly help you out!
- Before the alteration done, this jumpsuit has a zip inserted at the centre back
- We removed the zip. Made some loops and a long cord from a big waist tie that came with the jumpsuit
- Did measurements carefully on both sides for loops to be inserted so that they balance well
- Finished nicely and now you have no problem if you put on 3 kgs or lose 3 kgs!
Note: 2 short sleeve T-shirts re-styled into a long sleeve T-shirt as shown in the printed out papers. 1st pin the neckline, the bodice and underarms as required on a client. Take measurements for the long sleeves. 2nd removed both T-shirt sleeves out. Use one T-shirt's bodice fabric for the long sleeves. Reshape a new neckline. Sew up sleeves and attached to the bodice. Finally, have a fitting on the client and alter any part that is not fit well. Done when both parties are happy!
Dress Restyle As Pyjama
Draw up a pyjama (PJ) pattern or purchase one off the shelf. Undo out the dress where needed. Lay pattern on the fabric and cut as required. If the fabric is not big enough, join it and cut out all the pieces that needed for the PJ. Machines and iron as you go until done! Note: think on your feet as you go from start to finish.
- Take as many pictures as possible so that you can re-make every parts back as they were
- Undo the lining out and use it as a pattern. Write a number on each piece so you can sew them back together later
- Machine all pieces together, re-make pockets, sew on labels, sew sleeves back together and so on
- Iron as you go, so the finished coat is beautiful as it should be
- Purchase new lining fabric for replacement of the old one
- Undo the old lining out and use it as pattern
- Lining issues: missing sleeves and many available parts had worn out
- Challeng: use your knowledge and skills to draw up the missing parts. Sew all cut-out pieces together and sew the lining back into the jacket. Finally iron and done!
Darn a hole in cardigan
- Note: Cardigan is very stretchy thus care must be taken when darning. Advice: use similar fabric and test darn to see which way produce the best result before getting on to your cardigan
- Use similar stretchy fabric to put underneath a darn area. After done cut away the fabric so that it looks tidy as shown in the pictures
This client wants to wear this pants for a while longer due to its fabric thickness and hard to get another one like this. Find the best matching thread and fabric. While darning care must be taken such as stretch, bubble, loosen threads from the ripped area, and so on. Once done with darning, cut away the scrap fabric used for darning and iron if needed. The end result looks just as good, isn't it? Happy and you're done!
Tailor Made Slack Pants
- Take measurements for a pants. Draw up a pattern or purchase one off the shelf
- Pre-wash the fabric if you think it may shrink. After dried de-wrinkle with iron
- Carefully lay the pattern on the fabric and cut out all pieces that required including fusing
- Machines and irons as you go. Finally get the client in for a fitting and alter any part that's not right
- Once you and your client are happy then it's done!
Tailor Made Clothes
- Men vests you may not find in the shops, but you know this is what you want, hence tailor made makes it possible!
- A wedding occasion you want to look your best, but nothing out there that you want. Custom made is possible!
Tailor Made Silk Robe
This is one-of-a-kind robe for night and morning wear that A+ Tailors custom made for a client. Looks stunning and absolutely love it
Making A Wedding Dress Bigger Size
The original bridal dress bodice size was about 8 centimetres too small for the bride. We removed the current zip out and created a cord through style so that the bride could adjust to a comfortable fitting on the wedding day! Wearing the best fitting dress and being beautiful is every girl's dream on the big day! The end result of the alteration made it possible for the bride to wear a perfect looking wedding dress. Dream comes true!!
- Clients love the pictures on this curtains and will use them for a child's bed room
- The curtains need hanging tap and thermal lining sew onto them
- Cut thermal lining to the size and machine nicely. Attach the linings and the taps to the top of the curtains
- Finally check and iron as appropriate. Happy and you're done!
- Note: curtains are big so it needs more time and patience to do a good job
Cushion cover with a new fabric
- The previous cushion covers' colour had faded away under the sun
- We undo out the old cover and use it as a pattern to cut out a new one as shown in the pictures
- Note: we do make general cushion cover for a foam that you need for your home or a caravan and we charge labour cost only
We provide free no obligation advice on clothing alterations and price quotation. A+ Tailors understands there's no one size fit all and clients have a freedom of choice!
All clothes are best washed before alterations to avoid any shrinkage or changed in shape so that the alterations can be adjusted to the current condition of the clothes. If a garment is dry clean only, then we can just do the alterations without a first washed. Below are some guidelines for trousers and jeans that need shortened legs length:
- The most common length is touching the floor at the back heel with bare feet. This length allows you to wear with any heels up to 5 cm high without looking odd
- If you have a preferred length, bring those shoes with you to the fitting if you have many different heels. We don't mind if you'll take a little longer to decide on the length. In a nutshell, the lowest heel would be the length to go for because you don't want the hem touching the floor when walking around
While standing in front of a mirror getting ready for a consultant to pin the correct length, some important notes that can cause incorrect length:
- Make sure the waist height is at the level that you'll be wearing every time
- Shake off any clinging at the crotch area
- Stand as balance as you can without putting your hands in the pockets or twist the body in any way