Tailor vs. Seamstress

By Jaxson

  • Tailor

    A tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men’s clothing.

    Although the term dates to the thirteenth century, tailor took on its modern sense in the late eighteenth century, and now refers to makers of men’s and women’s suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or silk.

    The term refers to a set of specific hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques that are unique to the construction of traditional jackets. Retailers of tailored suits often take their services internationally, traveling to various cities, allowing the client to be measured locally.

    Traditional tailoring is called “bespoke tailoring” in the United Kingdom, where the heart of the trade is London’s Savile Row tailoring, and “custom tailoring” in the United States and Hong Kong. This is unlike made to measure which uses pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and unique to each customer.

    Famous fictional tailors include the tailor in The Tailor of Gloucester, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Valiant Little Tailor. A more recent example is John le CarrĂ©’s The Tailor of Panama.

  • Tailor (noun)

    A person who makes, repairs, or alters clothes professionally, especially suits and men’s clothing.

    “He works as a tailor on Swanston Street.”

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  • Tailor (verb)

    To make, repair, or alter clothes.

    “We can tailor that jacket for you if you like.”

  • Tailor (verb)

    To make or adapt (something) for a specific need.

    “The website was tailored to the client’s needs.”

  • Tailor (verb)

    To restrict (something) in order to meet a particular need.

    “a narrowly tailored law”

  • Seamstress (noun)

    A woman who sews clothes professionally.

  • Tailor (noun)

    a person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, trousers, and jackets to fit individual customers.

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  • Tailor (verb)

    (of a tailor) make (clothes) to fit individual customers

    “he was wearing a sports coat which had obviously been tailored in London”

  • Tailor (verb)

    make or adapt for a particular purpose or person

    “arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements”

  • Seamstress (noun)

    a woman who sews, especially one who earns her living by sewing.

Oxford Dictionary

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