The Art of Fitting

We regularly get asked the question: “What in fact is the difference between a fitter and a tailor?” The answer is: “A tailor does not necessarily need to be a fitter but a fitter needs to be a tailor and much more than that.” Fitters need to be equipped with a serious skill-set. They need: people and communication skills, to be confident in calculating prices, have a thorough understanding of fabrics, styles and garment construction, as well as being inventive in finding solutions. Most of all fitters have to have an eye for the attention to detail – whatever they do.

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Double checking before alteration

As a client, make sure you let your fitter know what you are aiming to achieve. Talk about the difference the alteration is supposed to make for you. Clothing alterations can be pricy and if you feel it might exceed your budget your fitter can consult you on priorities for your alteration. In many cases this can still make a significant difference in how your garment will fit you.”

At B&A experienced fitters are consulting clients on their wardrobe – how to individualise and customise suits, dresses, evening wear, designer, work clothes and bridal wear. They discuss re-styling and alteration options, updating valuable vintage garments. Fitters regularly need to find solutions to make the impossible possible by adjusting wardrobe items that are not the appropriate size.

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Bridal fitting

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“If you should ever be tempted by bargain buys (especially ones that vary from your usual size by more than two) its recommended to talk to a fitter beforehand. The perfect fit can be pricy and in some instances higher than the cost of purchase!”

When clients enter the door, a fitter very quickly needs to ask himself. “What kind of style does the client like to wear?  What would bring out the best of the person’s body shape? Is this particular client adventurous or expressive? Do they feel more at ease in an understated look? Fitters’ concern is to satisfy clients’ expectations. They intend to be the link between the client and workroom tailor ensuring a high quality service resulting in your perfect fit.

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