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Dilemma: my tailor rocks, but the clothes stink afterwards

crpz32

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So I have this Turkish tailor who does all my stuff.
So far I had him shorten my pants, slim up the waist on pants, slim up the body and arms on my shirts. This guy rocks. However, his shop has this nasty odor, and i HAVE to wash all my altered clothes after I get them back.

I have never given him any of my suit jackets because I don't want to dry clean them afterwards just because of the smell. However, this guy is the only one in my area that can probably do the job properly...what are my options?

I really don't want my suit jackets stinking, nor do I want them with all the seams blown after some dry cleaner steams the hell out of [email protected]?
 

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I'd just tell him that. I'm sure he would want to hear it over loosing customers.
 

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Originally Posted by likeitaloud
I'd just tell him that. I'm sure he would want to hear it over loosing customers.

I am not sure that is the best course. Noone likes to be confronted with a major lifestyle error. I could see him rubbing his balls on your suits before you pick them up.
 

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Since you say you've washed the items you've taken to him, I'm assuming they are cotton -- shirts?

If you have or can acquire a "test piece" cheaply (such as from a thrift store) such as a pair of wool pants; take that to him to see if it also acquires the same smell as the rest. If it does, see if leaving it hanging in a well-ventilated location, ideally outside, for a few days to see if the smell dissipates. Also, get a clothes brush and brush it to help aerate it.
 

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You might want to find another tailor. Best of luck with this situation.
 

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Originally Posted by NukeMeSlowly
I am not sure that is the best course. Noone likes to be confronted with a major lifestyle error. I could see him rubbing his balls on your suits before you pick them up.


 

crpz32

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i never tried Febreze before. Would it work on wool suits?
 

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HAHHAHAHA and seriously do you live in a remote village in Iran? If you are forced to go through a process like that just to wear the clothes again find a new tailor!
 

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Originally Posted by crpz32
i never tried Febreze before. Would it work on wool suits?
Febreze does work on wool, but I'd find another tailor.
 

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I would find a different tailor.

Over the years I've gotten back clothes from tailors that had acquired scents ranging from BO, cigarette smoke, to stale old man/cologne or perfume. I have decided that this is unacceptable. The best tailors make sure their employees or premises are not stinking up the clothes. I stopped going to a local tailor that does excellent work, but I cannot stand his cheap cologne which he must soak his hands in (or something).

You can usually hang up wool items and air them out, but it may take weeks for the smell to go away.
 

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Originally Posted by NukeMeSlowly
I am not sure that is the best course. Noone likes to be confronted with a major lifestyle error. I could see him rubbing his balls on your suits before you pick them up.


Well I would assume OP would be smart enough to mention it after receiving his clothes. I would never think to bring it up while giving him clothes, only after receiving them.

Anyway, after receiving your last batch tell him you are going to have to look for a new tailor because you have to wash your clothes out every time you bring him stuff to alter. Mention how his craftsmanship is great though and you wish you could continue using his service. That way he'll know he's loosing customers because of his work environment and not necessarily because of his tailoring skills. Of course you'd have to follow through and find a new tailor.
 

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