Source: Tailoring Talk: The 11 Most-Used Terms to Add to Your Fashion Vocab
It's safe to say most occupations employ a vernacular all their own - fashion speak, legalese, and medical jargon immediately come to mind - so it goes without saying that heading to the tailor requires a certain level of terminology know-how too. That is, unless you want your pant leg to be darted instead of hemmed. No need to be embarrassed about your current tailor-talk knowledge: this is a glossary safe zone. Is there a difference between bespoke and custom pieces? What is a vent? No, it's not an air filter we're referring to. When do you "take something in" as opposed to requesting darts - or do you do both? Is a cutter something scary?
- Baste - Basting is kind of like the bread and butter of tailoring and altering a piece of clothing. It describes the action of sewing long, easily removable stitches that are used to mock up a fitting, hold into a zipper into place, and keep slippery fabrics from