As the tailoring profession has evolved, so too have the methods of tailoring. There are a number of distinctive business models which modern tailors may practice. While some may practice many, there are others who will practice only one or two. In India mostly the clothes worn by men and women has rich ethnic and cultural heritage.
As the Indian economy grew men and women of India have also adopted to wearing of western cloths.
Local tailoring is as the name implies. typically the tailor is met locally and the garment produced locally. This method enables the tailor to take professional measurements, assess posture and body shape to make unique modifications to the garment. Local tailors will typically have a showroom or shop front allowing clients to choose fabrics from samples. Local tailors also have option to return the garment easily should it require further modification. This is the most traditional form of tailoring.
A Tailor also called as a sewing professional is the most general term for those who make their living by sewing, teaching, writing about sewing, or retailing sewing supplies. In India most of the tailors work out of their home, a studio, or retail shop, and may work part-time or full-time in a garment factory. The Tailor may have any or all or the following sub-specialties:
A custom clothier makes custom garments one at a time, to order, to meet an individual customer’s needs and preferences.
A custom dressmaker specializes in women’s custom apparel, including day dresses, suits, evening or bridal wear, sportswear, or lingerie.
A tailor makes custom menswear-style jackets, Shirts, tops and trousers.
A cutter cuts out, from lengths of cloth, the panels that make up a suit. In tailoring, the cutter may also measure the client, advise them on style choices, and commission craftsmen to sew the suit.
An alterations specialist, or alterationist adjusts the fit of completed garments, usually ready-to-wear, or restyles them. Note that while all tailors can do alterations, by no means can all alterationists do tailoring.
Designers conceive combinations of line, proportion, colour, and texture for intended garments. They may or may not have sewing or patternmaking skills, and may only sketch or conceptualize garments. They work with people who know how to actually construct the garment.
Patternmakers flat draft the shapes and sizes of the numerous pieces of a garment by hand, using paper and measuring tools or by computer using AutoCAD based software, or by draping muslin onto a dressform. The resulting pattern pieces must comprise the intended design of the garment and they must fit the intended wearer.
A wardrobe consultant, fashion advisor, or stylist recommends styles and colors that are flattering to a client.
A seamstress is someone who sews seams or a machine operator in a factory who may not have the skills to make garments ‘from scratch’ or to fit them onto a real body. This term is not a synonym for dressmaker.