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‘D&A aims to always maintain the original finish.’ This is the phrase we use when we talk about the quality of D&A alteration but what exactly does it mean?
We work on the basis of keeping the originality of a garment – promoting the original design, proportions, and finishes: French seams will be returned as French seams: a hand finished hem will be altered as a hand finished hem, a distressed look will be maintained (unless, of course, you require otherwise). We use as much original haberdashery as is made possible the companies allow us; this tends to be a matter of the branding.
A preservative approach might not always be the cheapest option, but the idea of any quality alteration should be to enhance the original garment, turning it into your very own, making it bespoke, fitting it to your individual measurements.
There is a place for cheap alterations, purposeful on the superficial level; however, if you have high quality, designer clothes, your signature piece, choose a tailor by profession. The perfection lies in the detail. A tailor needs to have the tailoring skills and equipment to make the alteration invisible. They need to be able to do this as well as applying the appropriate threads, zips and buttons. Tailoring perfection – outside as well as on the inside of a garment.
We regularly get challenged with faultily altered clothes, which can often be retrieved but sometimes it can’t. It does not seam immediately apparent to spend extortionate money on garment alterations in proportion to the actual retail price. But let us remind you that an alteration is not only about making your clothes fit but also about maintaining the value of your garment. A professional alteration should be invisible and appear no different to the original but be immediately tangible
when you wear the altered jacket, trousers, dress, skirt or shirt; there should be a feeling of the difference it fitting your person perfectly. There is no point in buying quality clothes if you do not have them fitted to seriously look good!