We Tried It: An At-Home Tailoring Service

July 3, 2015 - fall Denim

Who Tried It: Four members of PEOPLE Style’s Fashion Team
What we Tried: zTailors, an on-demand tailoring use that will come to your home or office
Why we Did It: Because there’s zero grosser than those uncanny half-closed screen bedrooms during a dry cleaner’s, and because, let’s be honest, panoply that don’t fit usually decay in a closet until we finally give them away.
Level of Difficulty: 1 — it was substantially a many seamless (pun intended) tailoring knowledge ever. The intensely veteran Deborah (below) met us during a bureau on one Wednesday and delivered everyone’s panoply behind (and tailored to perfection) by a following Wednesday. (She specializes in womenswear, yet zTailors will compare we adult with a tailor whose imagination matches your needs — i.e. men’s suits, bridal, etc.) And prices are painless — about a same or reduction than you’d be charged during any customary N.Y.C. tailoring shop.

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: The thing about selling all of a extraordinary sales function online right now (my stream favorite hobby), is that it’s so tantalizing to omit a difference “final sale” in preference of “buy it now.”

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I’ve finished that large times and finished adult with a raise of panoply that need a good tailor, that means adding nonetheless another errand to my unconstrained weekend to-do list. By a time we get around to it, a dress or dress is out of deteriorate and we have to wait until subsequent year to wear it. ZTailors discovered a too-big Rebecca Taylor
dress from a aforementioned raise of lost clothes. Debra meticulously took it in in 4 places (I’ve never seen a tailor do that and a formula were stellar). we was means to wear it before it got too prohibited out and it’ll be prepared and watchful come fall.
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Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I’m a misfortune during removing my panoply tailored. Usually they usually lay in a dilemma of my closet until they go out of style. But we recently moved, and donated a lot. we also found some pieces that we LOVED and totally forgot we had (read: Those aforementioned panoply in a behind of my closet that indispensable to be tailored). So when Alex told me about zTailor’s new on-demand service, all a stars aligned, and we was totally diversion to try it out — from a comfort of my office!

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Paige Denim Flares: I’m super vehement flares done a outrageous comeback, yet it seems like they’re usually designed for supermodels with mile-long legs (hi, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). And cave desperately indispensable a mega hem. Thanks to a fanciful Deborah, my crazy-long bottoms are now wearable. we done certain to try them on for her with a span of super-high wedges, since we still wanted them to have that boho feel, yet didn’t wish to outing all over them. And she did a fanciful pursuit — a length is ideal and she easy a aged hem. Luckily now we can channel my inner-Jessica Alba all summer long.

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Ella Moss Jumpsuit: we don’t know since we usually buy panoply meant for 6-ft.-tall humans, yet this jumpsuit was so long, that we had my possess “Obsessed or Hot Mess” Kim Kardashian situation when we attempted to wear it. Once again, we put on my same wedges and let Deborah do her thing. Now we can indeed wear this to work though it boring all over a streets of N.Y.C.

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Catherine Kast, Style Editor:When we bought this navy twill A.P.C. dress on sale from Steven Alan, we was so assured that it was a ideal office-ready simple that we didn’t try it on. Whoops, it was a full distance too big.

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Deborah forked out that it wasn’t usually a waist that indispensable re-sizing; The bell of a dress was too far-reaching for my support and it done my legs demeanour super brief and my hips demeanour wider than they are. Now I’m assured that this dress can live adult to a full intensity in my workwear rotation. I’m so beholden that my tailor gave me, ahem, privately tailored recommendation about a square we suspicion we had a resolution for that I’m going to use a use for a alterations we have on a bridesmaid dress for an arriving wedding.
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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: Amidst most grumbling, I’d finally taken a lot of final sale equipment that didn’t fit to a tailor — and yet he did an fine job, we hated a unwashed sauce room in a window of a store, a schlep there and behind and a worry that they’d disaster adult all my stuff. (zTailor carries word for a tailors, whom they credentials check and vet, so it spares one a stress of perplexing someone new.) So we had a really opposite plea for Deborah: Could she repair my inexpensive, flowy and polyester panoply that we competence have ragged once and late since they didn’t fit?

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Milly for DesigNation skirt: we systematic this a distance adult since we didn’t know how a scuba element would fit, and it was usually altogether too relaxed – not a graceful demeanour for a pencil skirt. But we was heedful of perplexing to take in an allover widen fabric, meditative it would rumple and buckle. Deborah took a really veteran demeanour during it, pronounced she had a right sewing appurtenance for a pursuit and not usually now pinned a few inches away, yet endorsed we hem it shorter for a right demeanour as well. And she was positively right — as shortly as we attempted it on during home, we thought, Oh, this is how it’s meant to fit.

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Tommy Bahama maxi dress: Another doctrine in not shopping things we haven’t attempted on. This dress was a lovable thought yet had me drowning in fabric. we was usually anticipating Deborah would be means to mislay some of a volume adult top, yet again, she endorsed holding in a dress a bit too to keep a whole thing proportional. She pinned in seams on both sides of a bodice, afterwards pinned down one leg, interlude by a knee to concede movement. Taking a maxi off was a bit wily (ouch!) yet again, we put it on and knew I’d indeed get use out of it instead of usually perplexing it on, sighing and adhering it behind in my closet. (P.S. Yes, these photos are grim. My go-to photographer was in China for work.)

I’ll really use this use again — it couldn’t have been easier and a prices are super-fair — yet a usually snafu came when Deborah got stranded on a sight on her approach to lapse a clothes. It wasn’t her error during all (and she was really apologetic) yet we consider carrying a bearer use for a messengers to equivocate them carrying to make a outing behind themselves would be a lot kinder and easier for a tailors, who already have to work tough to schlep their kits out a initial time. Otherwise, I’m a convert!

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