Repairs & Alterations

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Our tailors and alterationists work on premises

RAVE FabriCARE can accommodate all your repair and alteration needs, from zippers and hems to adjustments and relines.

And there’s no need to get rid of fine garments just because you’ve lost weight or put some on. Or to banish that old favorite to the corner of your closet when a creative alteration (minor or major) can give it a new lease on life.

Our full-time, qualified, on premises tailors and alterationists deliver work of the highest quality with consistent precision and reliability.

By contrast, very few dry cleaners in the metro Phoenix area have any tailors or alterationists on premises – even on a part time basis.

There are some dry cleaners who have no tailors or alterationists on premises but, nonetheless, claim that their “tailoring staff is highly skilled”, have “Professional Degrees and Master Tailor Certifications” and have a “minimum of 25 years of experience each”.

And there are even some dry cleaners who post signs in their window proclaiming “Expert European Tailoring” but who have no tailors or alterationists on premises and no sewing machines either!

Appointments

At RAVE FabriCARE, you’ll be fitted by a qualified tailor or alterationist – most likely the same tailor or alterationist who’ll perform the work. Not some customer service representative who happens to have some free time on her hands.

For “basic” repairs and alterations (such as shortening or lengthening a hem or sleeves, an appointment for a professional fitting is not required. Simply stop by our fabricare facility Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

For “more complex” repairs and alterations (such as adjusting the width of a sport coat, blazer, dress or skirt), an appointment for a professional fitting is required. Just tell us what you believe is needs to be done and we’ll schedule an appointment with the tailor or alterationist who will actually complete the work.

We always recommend that repairs and alterations of a more complex nature be assessed and/or pinned by the tailor or alterationist who is actually going to be doing the work.

For wedding, debutante and ball gown alterations, please make an appointment at least 6 to 9 weeks in advance. This way we can block out enough time to schedule your fittings and completed all the necessary work.

Wedding, debutante and ball gown alterations

Alterations for wedding, debutante and ball gown alterations are normally scheduled in 3 separate fittings, typically 2 to 3 weeks apart.

Shoes and undergarments that will be worn with the gown must be brought to and worn during each fitting to ensure an accurate fit and successful outcome.

If the shoes and undergarments are changed after the first fitting, the fit and length of the gown may change. If the fit and the length of the gown changes, there will be an additional charge to modify the fit and length.

Furthermore, should it be necessary to let out the gown, there is a definite possibility of needle holes and seam impressions.

Needle holes and seam impressions can be minimized by gentle hand ironing but only rarely can needle marks and seam impressions be restored to original.

Our 15 foot x 15 foot, private fitting rooms are spacious and fully air conditioned for your personal comfort as well as the comfort of anyone who accompanies you to the fitting.

Pickup & delivery clients

If you’re a pickup and delivery client and you don’t need to try on the garment (for example, to close an open seam, re-hem a skirt, remove front and/or rear pockets on a slacks, etc.), please attach a detailed note to the garment specifying the repair or alteration required.

If you’re a pickup and delivery client and, you should try on the garment but you elect not to do so (for example, to shorten a trouser or slacks, to take in/let out the waist, etc.), please attach a detailed note to the garment specifying the repair or alteration required.

In this latter case, please be as specific as you can and include actual measurements (for example, “shorten trouser to 42 inch inseam with cuffs”).

If your “specifications” are of the “shorten as pinned” variety, we’ll take actual measurements based on your actual pinning.

When the invoice is made for the alteration, we’ll specify the exact measurements taken by us based on your pinning and include that information on the invoice. We’ll also retain the cut fabric for our records.

Please note that our exact measurements based on your pinning must be regarded as final as we cannot be responsible for alterations made to vague specifications (such as “shortened as pinned”) that subsequently prove to have been inaccurately pinned.

For alterations that are “more complex” in nature (such as adjusting the width of a sport coat, blazer, dress or skirt), an appointment for a professional fitting is required.

Just tell us what you believe is needs to be done and we’ll schedule an appointment with the tailor or alterationist who will actually complete the work.

We always recommend that repairs and alterations of a more complex nature be assessed and/or pinned by the tailor or alterationist who is actually going to be doing the work.

Turnaround

For most garments, 1 to 2 weeks is generally required to provide these services. The exact timing depends on the time of the year (November through April is, generally, the most busy time of the year; May through October is, generally, less busy).

For more complex repairs and alterations, an additional week or two may be required.

Private fitting rooms

Our 15 foot x 15 foot, private fitting rooms are spacious and fully air conditioned for your personal comfort.

They’re also  handicap accessible.

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