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Clothing Alterations and Repairs
Compiled by Laurel and Cornelia [30 September 2009]

Vocabulary

English to Japanese
alteration - naoushi
hem, shorter or longer (i.e.: on a skirt) - taketsumedashi
length - suso (of a garment that goes to the ground such as a kimono or slacks, but often used for any garment) length - take (of a garment that doesn't go to the ground such as a skirt or jacket)
length of jacket - kitake
length of skirt: changing by taking it up at the waist - weisto de taketsume
length of sleeve - sodetake
lining - uraji
pants, hem - susoage
pants hem using "top" stitch/ visible stitch - susoage jeans
pants, single hem (with invisible stitch or "hem" stitch) - susoage "singaru"
pants, double hem/ cuff (with invisible stitch or "hem" stitch) - susoage "daburu"
pants, leg width - suso haba
re-weaving - kakehagi
take in or let out - tsume, dashi
waist, adjustment (take in or let out) - weisto tsumedashi
width - haba
width, chest - wakihaba
width at hip - hipo susohaba
width of the legs or skirt across the hips or thighs - watarihaba (as opposed to suso haba which is the width at the bottom of the garment)
width, shoulder - katahaba
zipper change - changi zipa
?? - miwakihaba

Japanese to English
Changi Zipa - zipper change
Haba - width
Hipo Susohaba - width at hip
Kakehagi - re-weaving
Katahaba - shoulder width
Kitake - jacket length
Miwakihaba -
Naoushi - alteration
Sodetake - sleeve length
Suso - length (of a garment that goes to the ground such as a kimono or slacks, but often used for any garment)
Suso haba - pants, leg width
Susoage - pants, hem
Susoage "singaru" - single hem (with invisible stitch or "hem" stitch)
Susoage "daburu" - double hem/ cuff (with invisible stitch or "hem" stitch)
Susoage Jeans - hem using "top" stitch/ visible stitch
Take - length (of a garment that doesn't go to the ground such as a skirt or jacket)
Taketsumedashi - shorter or longer hem (i.e.: on a skirt)
Tsume, Dashi - take in or let out
Uraji - lining
Wakihaba - chest width
Watarihaba - width of the legs or skirt (most likely place is across the hips or thighs)
Weisto de taketsume - changing the length of a skirt by taking it up at the waist
Weisto tsumedashi - adjusting the waist (take in or let out)

Typical shop and sample price list (Jan. 2003):

Atelier Bali
Otsuka 2-16-10, Bunkyo-ku, Toyo 112-0012
At Otsuka 3-chome crossing where Kasuga dori and Shinobazu dori cross (7 minute walk from Marunouchi line Myogadani or Shin-Otsuka stations, or from Yurakucho line Gokokuji station).
03-3946-9096
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 Monday - Friday

Sample price list (these are all approximate and price may be adjusted in special case):
Jacket chest width, men's Y3000, women's Y3000
Jacket length, men's Y4000, women's Y3000
Jacket shoulders, men's Y5000, women's Y4000
Jacket sleeve length, men's Y2500, women's Y2000
Jeans hem, Y900
Re-weaving under 1 square cm, about Y5000.
Skirt hem, Y2000
Skirt length adjusted by taking up at the waist, Y3500
Skirt hips, Y4000
Skirt waist, Y2500
Slacks cuff hem, men's Y2000, women's Y1800
Slacks hem, men's Y1800, women's Y1500
Slacks leg width or/and hip/thigh adjustment, Y2000
Slacks waist, Y2000
Zipper change, Y2500

Other shops:
http://www.kikuya-cl.co.jp/ - Main Tel: 03-3884-6883 Open: about 9:00 to 21:00
There are about 25-30 of these in Tokyo and a few more near Tokyo. Shop Search in Japanese
One is located at Ushigome Yanagi-cho station on the Oedo subway line right across from the elevator entrance at street level.


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