Definition of tailoring in US English:

tailoring

noun

  • 1The activity or trade of a tailor.

    ‘they learned woodwork, tailoring, and other trades’
    • ‘Prior to the tsunami, these residents were involved in fishing, tourism, carpentry, tailoring and various other small businesses such as selling vegetables and fruit.’
    • ‘Apart from these, the girls are also taught various household activities like cooking and tailoring.’
    • ‘Mr Chisanyi said youths should be engaged in productive ventures such as agriculture, carpentry, tailoring, fishing, manufacturing gemstone mining, copper craft and art.’
    • ‘Repair, construction, tailoring, printing, and other services are always in demand, as is private tutoring.’
    • ‘‘There is need to introduce more courses which attract women participation like tie and dye, cookery, tailoring, bee keeping and homecraft,’ he said.’
    • ‘Paddy was also responsible for dispatching many sewing machines, which formed the basis of a thriving school for tailoring and dressmaking.’
    • ‘They can be trained in trades such as carpentry, tailoring, catering, phenyl making and candle making.’
    • ‘Skills provided here include; carpentry, tailoring, mixed agriculture, small business management, book keeping and typing skills.’
    • ‘The Ndola Women and Youth Resource Centre facilitates a number of livelihood programmes which include brick making, pottery, agriculture, tailoring, carpentry and others.’
    • ‘Then, you will need to allow sufficient time for professional tailoring of the dress, to get it to fit just right!’
    • ‘The businesswomen in the township were involved in tailoring, homecraft and other related trade activities.’
    • ‘The students train in crafts, tailoring, typewriting and computer programming.’
    • ‘In the urban shantytowns, small-scale commercial activities such as vegetable stalls, food stores, carpentry, and tailoring abound.’
    • ‘They are irresistibly drawn by the detritus generated by building, gardening, housework, tailoring, or carpentry.’
    • ‘A portion of the immigrants were skilled artisans who typically replicated their old-world crafts of shoemaking and repairing, tailoring, carpentry, and barbering.’
    • ‘They are also given vocational training, such as tailoring or carpentry, and are taught to read, write and do simple maths.’
    • ‘Vocational courses such as tailoring for girls and carpentry for boys are taught.’
    • ‘Women in rural areas are also generating income through activities such as crafts and tailoring.’
    • ‘Most notable among the trends, which included monochrome palettes, constricted tailoring and old-fashioned glamour, was the enthusiastic use of fur both in the collections.’
    • ‘In addition, almost all of them are involved in secondary work such as trade, smithing (working with metals), or tailoring.’
    1. 1.1 The style or cut of a garment or garments.
      • ‘He'll suggest the right padding and tailoring in the suit's shoulders, which can make your posture look good and make you look well-defined.’
      • ‘Their brave, new tailoring has set a course for comfortable, thoroughly-wearable garments with flair.’
      • ‘She'd suggested he wear his best blue outfit for the first interview, to play up his friendly eyes and because the slightly fitted tailoring of the shirt made the suit look vaguely like a uniform.’
      • ‘There were also elements of sharp tailoring, accessorised with traditional silk foulard snaffle scarves, cashmere striped sweaters and plenty of bling with gilt accessories.’
      • ‘Yet his great insight is to recognize that it was the hue and texture of fabric taken together, more than the cut and tailoring, that determined the value of a garment.’
      • ‘Paul Smith meanwhile remained true to his own history of classic tailoring, crisp lines and bright floral and striped patterns.’
      • ‘The difference in this season's suit pants is the cleaner, simpler lines found in the tailoring of the suits themselves.’
      • ‘Adding colour, tailoring and beading, she has produced some striking designs which allow women to ‘express themselves’ while remaining covered.’
      • ‘Their special occasion outfits include beautifully cut dresses and suits, all with classic tailoring, and all complemented by elegant co-ordinating jackets, shawls and hats.’
      • ‘His womenswear sets razor-sharp tailoring against indulgently romantic dresses formed from layers of fragile chiffon.’
      • ‘The trend is going to be sharper tailoring,’ the designer forecasts.’
      • ‘As for the suit, Costume National's tailoring is never dull, and is second to none for price and design content.’
      • ‘The season looks at a more chic look with cool cut tailoring, knee length coats and luxurious knitwear.’
      • ‘Taste is the watchword: sumptuous fabrics, meticulous tailoring, but simple lines and nothing flashy, so as to focus attention on her face; from the neck up, she's a beauty.’
      • ‘The new Chisholm Jacket combines western fashion from the 1940s with the modern fit and tailoring that Schaefer Outfitter is known for.’
      • ‘Look at the master tailoring of this fabulous dinner jacket or carefully balanced tweed and learn what it is to dress with distinction.’
      • ‘The exquisite underwear is cut from the same Egyptian cotton used for the store's custom-made shirts and sewn with the same old-world tailoring.’
      • ‘It was narcissism at its peak, but there was relevance to the German designer's strict tailoring, with peaked shoulders and scalloped hems giving jackets a feminine edge.’
      style, design
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Pronunciation

tailoring

/ˈtāləriNG//ˈteɪlərɪŋ/