Jakarta - Alteration and tailors
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
buckle gesper, kepala ban
canvas kain layar (as in needlepoint)
chalk (tailors) kapur
cotton kain katun,
crochet hook hakpen
cross stitch sulam menyilang, krostik
embroidery hoop ram
embroidery thread benang sulam
interfacing lapisan dalam
lace renda, kain renda
darning jarum jelujur
embroidery jarum sulam
knitting jarum rajut
pin kain keras
safety pin peniti
silk sutera, kain sutera
stiffening kainkeras biasa
stuffing hard kapuk
tape measure centimeter
thimble pelindung jari
cotton benang katun
polyester benang astra
quilt thread benang kasar