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Jakarta - Alteration and tailors

The alteration of any articles, from clothing and accessories to items for home use is possible here. The tailoring standards meet that of the top Asian cities. Jakarta is a great place to have things made.

Jakarta has every possible option available for alteration and tailoring.

 

Services range from the chance to have fittings and designs in the privacy of your own home to a visit to up-market designer, or to shop around one of the abundant tailors around to design and have made home décor items, source rich fabrics from elaborate batiks, saris and wedding gowns, Jakarta has it all.

 

This is largely due to the fact that historically, as well as a vibrant textile manufacturing  industry, Indonesians have traditionally had all clothes designed and made to measure for everyday clothing through to elaborate custom and state costumes. The Batik industry is immense and 'custom bought' clothing is a more recent concept.

 

 For tailoring design and alterations to clothing that you have in your closet,

 

Jakarta is on a level with top Asian cities, whereby there are literally hundreds of tailor and outfit shops that will make to measure, within a very short timetable and up to custom made standards.

 

Prices are reasonable, depending on the fabrics you are choosing from the shop, or taking along with you. Most tailors are comfortable with your supplying them an item of clothing of which you like the fit of.  The shop you choose is largely dependent on the area you live (Jakarta traffic congestion), and the service you feel comfortable with. Ask friends / neighbors for recommendations or Paguro BuZz for recommendations.

 

Specialist Batik, evening gown and wedding gowns tailors often work by appointment only.

 

Machine embroidery and hand embroidered tailoring is exquisite here, as well as the hand made Batiks and silk-screens and many people will collect their entire household needs whilst in Jakarta so do be prepared!

 

Many tailors and designers speak English.

 

Some clothing stores and boutiques, as well as some department stores offer alterations

 

for the clothes you buy in-store, as Jakarta prides itself on meeting the needs of the tourist industry, the local population and expatriates from all over the world. Thus, different shapes and sizes are catered for. Do ensure you understand the return policy applicable for altered garments, due to the fact that usual international policy applies whereby shops will refuse to take altered items back as returns.

 

Tips and tricks for alterations and tailoring

 

Take a sample where possible

 

Always check the entire cloth or piece for flaws before it is cut

 

Stalls and small shops will generally allow for bargaining or discounts

 

Fabric shops in malls usually offer fixed prices

 

Dictionary of sewing items

 

belt                               sabuk

buckle                          gesper, kepala ban

button                           kancing

canvas                          kain layar (as in needlepoint)

chalk (tailors)                kapur  

cloth                             kain

cotton                           kain katun,                                            

kapas

 

crochet hook                hakpen

cross stitch                   sulam menyilang, krostik

embroidery hoop          ram

 

embroidery thread        benang sulam

 

eyelets              mata

 

interfacing                     lapisan dalam

 

lace                              renda, kain renda

 

needle                          jarum

 

darning jarum jelujur

 

embroidery       jarum sulam

 

knitting jarum rajut

 

pin                                kain keras

 

safety pin          peniti

 

ribbon                          pita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scissors                        gunting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

silk                               sutera, kain sutera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stiffening                       kainkeras biasa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stuffing  hard     kapuk

 

 

 

                        soft       kapas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tape measure                centimeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thimble             pelindung jari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thread                           benang

 

 

 

            cotton               benang katun

 

 

 

            polyester          benang astra

 

 

 

            quilt thread       benang kasar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zipper                           ritsleting