What is Fitting? Basically, fitting is a simple process of the tailor or seamstress sizing up the garment you will have altered or tailored. A store bought garment may be the size you normally wear, however, it doesn't mean it fits your unique shape. This is where a detailed assessment of the fit of the garment is made by the tailor or seamstress. it is also the time to discuss with your seamstress/tailor what you want or imagine your garment to be like. Measurements made be taken and your garment will be marked or pinned for the best fit in preparation of the alterations to be made. Your requests and the recommendations of the professional are combined to begin the process of tailoring or alterations.
It is important to keep in mind, not all ready to wear garments are the best fit for you. A good tailor or seamstress will talk with you about the fit and what can be done to provide you with the best possible fit. While tailoring and alterations can be made to most attire, the results may not be what you had imagined. There are occasions your seamstress or tailor will let you know the alterations should not be performed and the reason(s) why.
What do I need to do? Relax. If this is your first experience with a formal fitting, it can bring about a bit of anxiety; after all, you are in an unknown environment with an unknown person in your personal space. Try to relax. The tailor or seamstress will provide as comfortable and pleasant an environment as possible.
Communicate. Clear communication between you and the tailor/seamstress is important to a successful outcome. Before you arrive, try to have clear ideas in mind (or in pictures) of how you want your garment to fit. If you are seeking custom sewn apparel, ideas or images of colors, fabrics and are helpful.
Bring or wear your specialty undergarments. A well fitted bra, body shapers, and briefs are important to the fit of formal attire. The final fitting will not be satisfactory if the first fit was performed without proper undergarments. If you are fitting from a pattern, clothing that is fit close to the body is best for accurate measurements. If you believe hem work may be involved, try to bring the shoes you will wear with the garment, or something comparable.
Be patient and be on time. Fittings can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on what services you have requested (including your dressing time). If you need to take a break during a fitting, please let the tailor or seamstress know. Your comfort is important to a successful fitting. Arriving on time is also crucial to the success of your fitting. If you are too early, you may interrupt another person's fitting, and if you are late, this disrupts the schedule of the tailor or seamstress. Overall, patience and timeliness are key to a successful beginning.