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Are Tailors In Nigeria Competent?

Hi all, i need your opinion about tailors in Nigeria. I travelled from London and brought loads of trouser wool fabric to make and shirt and chiffon fabrics for blouses. From experience for a number of years now, i know that the standard sizes in the shops don't fit us African women, on account of more curves, hips and chest. Sometime i am horrified when i see an African women squeezed into a pair or trouser and its so tight around the bum (rear) and the thigh area, and this shortens the length of the trouser because it fold at the waist. Not their fault if the standard size 12 or 14 was cut putting into account that african women have more curves then allowance would be made.

[I took] my trouser to the tailor in Lagos (reputable i was told). To top it off i gave her a pair that i sewed for myself and have worn for a year - just copy thesame thing (size, style, stitches for stitches). When i went to collect she sew total crap, crap, crap!! all she was good at is all this Ankara, the sewing construction she got it wrong even though she has one to copy from - how difficult can that be.

How do you get your trousers tailored in Lagos with such bad tailors like this one i have experienced, actually there were two tailors - both disasters. They sew waistbands without interfacing/stay.

Do you think there is a market for a clothing manufacturer that would make tailored suits, trousers for work and casual dressing - custom made. This would be like buying Next quality but made to your size??

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Pls, do u knw how I can get a professional tailor to work for me. Office is located at ojota. Thanks

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all ''tailors'' re not d same @qdat-clothings we 're fast reliable 'n ready to go at all time we even get ur stuff delivered @ ur doostep we sell ready made tradition & modern outfit anyhow you want it so yu shall have it, we re here to meet ur demands in bring out fitness in you just a test will make you change your mind. Call Olatunde on 08092757085 experience makes d defference...

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I have a tailor called shola at Iju lagos.He knows his onion, but his problem is that he normally delay jobs cos of the numbers of customers that petronises him.He is good.Give me a call if you want to see him. 08029830016

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Please i dont know if TONY TIGANA offer tutorial service (School), on how to make Shirts, Trousers and Suits

Yours response will b appreciated,

Thank you

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Lanre i need your help on how to get to this guy please

. please leave me a number to call .

thanks

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if you want to see bad tailors try living in London. cut and sew is what we have here

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I have to make some uniforms for my office staff & i would be needing a good tailor to help with these, do you have any GSM #s you could have call me

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Well his number will be much better just in case I lost my way, am not too familiar with Lagos since i haven't been in Naija 4 while now. Thanks

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there are some serious good taylors in naija. expensive but good. i am amazed at what they produce

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a trial will convince you our tailors used to write on their sign boards.

the "Mrs" tailor is  a professional. she will give you every design you can think of.

there are good old tailors that can sew without measurements.

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@chaircover

Do you have the tailor #, the one at Ikoyi

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Hi all, i was interested in reading all your comments. Just wanted to let you know, that i own a tailoring company in Kano, i manage a team of great tailors, we supply many hotels in Nigeria and abroad. We are known for sewing suits, wedding dresses and evening gowns. So if at any time any of you of happen to be in the neghbourhood, feel free to pass by and see our work. Our company is called , SARA, we are located at BOMPAI ROAD, oppsite THE FOUNTAIN INN HOTEL. People are always impressed with our work!!!! Regards to everyone .

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Each tailor has his own area of Specialization some Like (IGWE) is a Master at suits He Picks the suit materials I just show him what I want from a Catalogue and He sews it.

Others Like seedorf Are handy when it comes to Shirts Oke handles my Trousers.

Dont risk Trying to explain cos they handle so much work and they might forget or put your esign on someone else's clothing

Take a colour Print out of what you want and show it to them

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Thanks Lance will give it ago - can you tell me what sort of clothes they make. Ankara, suits (female), bespoke/custom tailoring.

thanks

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There is a Textile Dealer on Lagos Island His name is TONY TIGANA

He has an army of tailors and most of them are ok

The only Problem is that they dont usually stick to deadlines

It's near Tinubu Square Just check the place out

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thanks akara, hola2ng and diyobdw for your advise. I am just a bit disappointed that one can proclaim to have a skill and its less than what a homesewer is capable of. A few mistakes, yes, but not sewing like its physics.

Like hola2ng said, there are good ones out there known through referrals.

Diyobdw is on the money - its heart wrenching to see your fabric abused! you fantasise about a style and then you get it and its like they ripped your heart out for like 10 minutes.

thanks guys.

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U get what you pay for. There is a difference in skill and competence, just depends where and who you go to. Most mass produced ready wear are actually made in ABA with labels worthy of both Venice and Saville Row.

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oyb thanks, its just baffles the mind that at such high rate at which we nigerians sew clothes, all this seamstress are not competent, so people just manage them. And you hear of other going to them for training and graduating. Now you have people being employed from other parts of africa to do the job, because they have no patience to do a good job. By now we should have major manufacturers not just tailors, i hope things turn out better and very soon.

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you have 2 remeber, this is naijavery few of these people can do quality work without CLOSE supevision.they will tell you 'i have been doing this job for 15 years' .it's their counterparts that build houses that fall down.

my advise is-give your tailor close marking the first time around.if the guy/gal is smart, they'll pick up if not, you'll just have 2 keep looking.cheers.

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Loverbwoy. any good tailor/seamstress should be able to take a piece of clothing

pull it apart and should be able to make a duplicate base on the method used

to construct the original.

The quality of the fabric is irrelevant as a good tailor should be able to adjust the machine's setting to

make the desired stitching for the cloth.

finally a good tailor will always have the necessary accessories to complete a well made garment.

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Phoenixman, thanks that was my sentiments exactly. they are tailors/seamstress and they cant copy a skirts, the stitching, i can go on, it was a total disaster. And to top it all, she has staffs that are learning from her.

Then, i tried to find a manufacturer or seamstress (if need be) that specialises on bespoke officewear - just your everyday trousers and skirts. Not that many could vouch for western wear. May be there is a market for a saville row quality in Naija then.

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If you go to Savile row with Ankara and other African material you shouldn't be suprise if they sew it differently

you should have worked with them or asked if they can show you anything similar

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Thanks for the advise, i will check them out when i am in naija again.

It is disappointing though that at the rate at which sewing is demanded, some seamstress or tailors have not even perfected anything. Just a few good ones. And now everyone is a designer!

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If you want the real best in office wear in Naija, I think you should try the Aba tailors. They are the bomb.The quality of their sewing is comparable to Saville Row.

Alternatively in Lagos,I think you should try male garment makers

They understand the nitty gritty of office wear design, not the so called 'Obioma' that turn any error into design

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