A tailor invoice is a billing form specifically designed for professional tailors to collect payment from customers for the tailoring of a client’s garments. Tailors, being experts in the repair, modification, and fitting of suits and other elegant attire, are often expected to maintain a professional outward appearance to their customers – as such, the invoices they send should be equally professional.
What is a Tailor?
A tailor is a master in creating, repairing, and altering clothing of all types through the use of specialty sewing and hemming methods. Tailors can work on their own or can be employed with dry cleaning companies, apparel and suit stores, and clothing manufacturers. The common tasks and responsibilities tailors are often responsible for include:
- Taking measurements of clients to accurately hem clothing
- Repair, hem, and create clothing via the cutting and sewing of fabric
- Utilize sewing machines and employ hand-stitch sewing methods
How to Price Tailoring Services
The prices that a tailor sets for their services indirectly expresses two (2) major things to the customer: the quality of the work and the confidence of the tailor. Customers looking to be fitted into a new Neiman Marcus double-breasted tuxedo are not expecting the service to be cheap, as it shouldn’t be. However, tailors adjusting the shoulders on a teens jacket for prom may not afford and necessitate the type of service afforded to others. In simple words, tailors should price their work based upon the quality of the clothing they work with, their experience working as a tailor, and if they offer specialized services.
According to Thumbtack, a few of the national average service fees charged by tailors are the following, in order of price:
- Take in the body of a jacket: $40 to $52
- Take in a sheath dress: $45
- Jacket shoulder adjustment: $35
- Shorten jacket sleeves: $23 (without buttons) to $28 (with buttons)
- Take in / let out a skirt or pants: $15 to $25
- Hem a skirt or dress: $10-$14
- Shorten cuffed pants: $14
- Restitch a fraying seam: $5
- Move a button: $2
- Replace button(s): 50 cents each
Tailor Salary & Hourly Rate ($/hr)
Hourly rate: $15.46/hr
(Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)