Tried and True Tailors

So one reader asked where I take my belongings to get altered / tailored. Let me start off by saying I live in Boston where a quick google search will yield dozens of tailors to choose from within the city. Nevertheless, I make a monthly pilgrimage to Belmont, MA (ok, I exaggerate, it's only a 10 minute drive outside of the city) to my beloved Hemmingway Tailors.

This place is run by 2 Korean ladies, who have over 30 years of tailoring experience. I just love it that I can go there, try on my baggy clothes, and they will immediately start pinning away knowing exactly what needs to be done. After having precious stuff damaged by other tailors in Boston, I refuse to take my clothes anywhere other than Hemmingway (unless it's the Burb store, of course).

I've had no less than 50 pieces altered to perfection here. And as with any independently owned tailor shop, when I bring in several items at once I ask for a small discount, and they are usually happy to grant it.

Fellow petites, please feel free to share your tried and true tailor and the city in which he or she is located. I will post any shared information on the right hand side of my blog in hopes that others who live near you may find it useful.

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  1. I love your blog! For good tailor, I'd say First Class Tailors in LA because Marina is super fun and really knows her stuff. Another one is R&L Tailoring and Alterations in LA. Linda is helpful and she does the tailoring services for BR from the Century City it's easier to find parking! =)

  2. glad you commented, as it led to me discovering YOUR blog! Right on about the plaid and flannel, it's everywhere this season. I'm loving it, but you're right one can easily look like a lumberjack if not careful, haha. Coincidentally I was just in the middle of writing a post on it, since I picked up my new jacket for this year just yesterday, and its plaid/flannel.

  3. Rocco's Custom Tailors
    Summit, NJ
    He's the best.

  4. Trans Tailor in Kingwood, TX (Houston suburb)
    They've done a perfect job on everything from my wedding dress to a casual James Perse tank dress that was too large.

  5. I tried once from here...
    and i instantly became a fan!
    ladies give it a go!

  6. Sam - I've browsed 99 dress tailor and it looks like you can design your own style, too. I'm very intrigued to see what their final product looks like...feel free to email a photo if you've gotten a dress custom made from there before.

  7. Spatola is a great place for people in Orange County :)

  8. Thank you SO MUCH for posting your tailer's info -- I'm in the South End, and have had so many terrible experiences (including pants hemmed with clear fishing line that disintegrated after 2 months) that for the past year I have been doing my own alterations. As you can imagine, this has not been ideal! So thanks a billion, I'll be making a pilgrimage with my stack of to-dos next weekend!

  9. I just came across your blog and was paging through your archives... how funny to come across this post! I live down the street from Hemmingway Tailors. They are SO amazing, I can't stop taking every little piece of clothing in to be altered! They can make anything fit like a dream, and the workmanship is top-notch. Anyway, so pleased to see them getting recognition from other happy customers. :)

  10. I can't believe I only just discovered your amazing blog! Then to realize your a Boston gal... be still my heart. :) I have been dying to find a good tailor in the area. I'm heading to Hemmingway Tailors asap! Thanks so much and keep up the fabulous work. :)


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