Please bathe within a reasonable amount of time prior to visiting your shirtmaker/tailor. the night before is fine, unless you had three hours of sex or went to the gym in the morning and did not shower.. If you show up smelling ripe with your girlfriend in tow, she too should be admonished for allowing you out of the apt/house smelling that bad. do not wear your favorite shirt for a fitting if it is not clean Do not bring shirts back to be fixed if they are not clean. Do not think for a minute that cologne will cover up the body order on a dirty shirt. Sometimes the cologne smells even worse. When you are asked if these shirts being returned for alterations are clean, do not say yes, when you wore the shirt three days earlier while wearing a t-shirt. A clean shirt has been laundered after wearing. it does not have to be beautifully pressed, just not brought back in a ball. When we work on a shirt for repairs, we will repress the shirt. It is not a good idea to press a dirty shirt. Would you want to handle someone else's smelly clothing? If you bring pants back to the tailor for work, How many times have you worn those trousers since they were cleaned? Think about having those dry cleaned before bringing them in. Please share any other thoughts on this topic.