Five excuses we are sick of hearing from our tailors

Published: April 26, 2015

You scour internet the entire night to find that perfect cut to suit the fabric you bought and when you find the one, it’s like a treasured possession.

A well-fitted ensemble brings class to your demeanour and can totally enliven your style. It is because of this reason that many people prefer to buy fabric and get it stitched by tailors. This is a common practice in Pakistan as well as in India.

Moreover, many people find tailor-made clothes more affordable and convenient as they can have a custom-made outfit. But, going to the tailor to get an outfit stitched is no mean feat. This activity involves buying fabric, deciding on a design that compliments the fabric, getting the embellishments to go with it, going to the tailor, explaining to him the design and then waiting for him or her to stitch it and deliver it to us. Rarely do we get our clothes stitched on time and tailors always have a mammoth amount of excuses to tell us.

Not only this, there are other things also that we are accustomed to by our tailors. I have made up a list of a few things that I am tired of hearing from my tailor:

Iss kapray main yeh design nahi ban sakta

You scour internet the entire night to find that perfect cut and silhouette to suit the fabric you bought and when you find the one, it’s like a treasured possession. You bookmark that page or even take a print out of the design. You go to your tailor, hand over the fabric to him, explain the design to him and suddenly you hear your tailor uttering,

“Iss kapray main yeh design nahi ban sakta”

(I can’t make this design in this fabric)

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Ap print out daiteen toh bilkul ditto banata

While you explain to your tailor how you want him to stitch your dress, he never refrains from showing his mastery and says,

“Fikar hi na karein. Samajh gaya, bilkul aisa hi banay ga”

(Don’t worry. I have understood and will make it exactly like this)

The way he assures you, convinces you that you will have your dress just the way you want it to be. But when your dress arrives, you find it nowhere close to the design you explained. In an utterly shocking and saddening situation, you go to your tailor to complain about it and all he has to say is,

“Jaise bataya tha waise hi banaya hai, print out daiteen toh bilkul ditto banata”

(I have made it just like you told me to. If you had given me a print out of the design, I would have made an exact copy of it)

Oh really, is that so?

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Jaisa naap dia tha, waisa hi bana hai

Even if you get your dress stitched in the way and style you want, don’t assume that you have climbed the top of the mountain as yet. The real shock is when you go home, try on your dress and find out that the fitting of the dress is not according to your measurement. You immediately pick up your phone to tell him what you just went through and this is the time when you hear,

“Jaisa naap dia tha, waisa hi bana hai”

(I have stitched it according to the measurements you provided)

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Kapre tayar nahi hain, light nahi thi aur karigar bhi chutti pe tha 

You are all excited for your Saturday girls’ night out but, more than that, you cannot wait for Friday to come. Yes, it’s the day your tailor promised to deliver the dress to you. With a bright smile on your face and excitement to get your hands on the dress, you go to your tailor to collect your outfit.

But your excitement is short-lived. The tailor ruins it, like a building collapsing during in an earthquake, when you find out that your dress is not ready. You throw a big ‘WHY’ in your tailor’s face and he, in his usual calmness and coolness, says the same thing over and over again.

“Light dekh rahi hain, kitni ja rahi hai. Kaise tayar kerta kapray? Uper se karigar bhi chutti pai hai.”

(Can you see how frequently the power outages are taking place? How was I supposed to prepare the clothes? On top of that, my worker is on leave too)

Dude, you said the same thing last week, last month and throughout the last year.

Actually, you have been saying it since forever!

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Bilkul sahi paise lagaye hain

Most of us opt for tailor-made clothes because they are cheap as compared to ready-to-wear and designer clothes. But all your logic and rationale behind getting it made yourself goes to waste when your tailor charges you an amount so high, he might as well be working at Sana Safinaz.

Then he will always justify his audacity by saying,

“Bilkul sahi paise lagaye hain”

(I am charging you a reasonable price)

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Besides the above mentioned things, there are many other tailor pet peeves. In order to avoid these annoyances, you can always take some precautionary actions.

For instance, you should always quote a date earlier than the actual date on which you need your outfit. Stay in touch with your tailor, give him a call in between the waiting period to ask if he is facing any problem or needs extra lace or fabric to make the dress. And when he says give me a print out and I’ll make your dress exactly like it, he might actually mean it, so always give him a print out.

Try these tricks and hopefully you will never have to face any tailor woes!

This post originally appeared here

Nyda Mokhtar

Nyda Mokhtar

A fashion editor and blogger, who likes to update her readers with latest trends and to bring positive changes in their lifestyle. She tweets @Nidi2009 (

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • M Waqas Sajid

    enslaved got freedom (70years ago) but i dont know when we will get freedom from these complexes which English have left among us…
    Nida becomes nYda
    Charpai becomes Charpoy
    HoodBai becomes HoodbuoyRecommend

  • Parvez

    I know very little on this subject…….but I have understood that if you think you can outsmart your tailor ….then think again.
    I once told my wife to get rid of her tailor since he was such a pain and she looked at me absolutely astonished and said…….are you mad.Recommend

  • Anonymouse

    First World Problems? Only if we were in a first world country, it would have made sense.Recommend

  • usman777

    Really Nyda? THIS is what keeps you up at night? Here is an idea… get involved in improving labor conditions in Pakistan. Visit a ghetto and see the challenges people face in earning a dignified living.Recommend

  • usman777

    By the way I have seen the way some young women speak to tailors sometimes twice their age. It’s truly sad. They berate them as if the tailor is subhuman. They expect an uneducated man to know about customer service but the girls themselves don’t have the slightest manners to say nothing of human decency. All they can think about is how incredibly important it is to attend some function in their latest dress painstakingly made by the labor of a poor man. It’s sad commentary on our society.Recommend

  • Nadya

    @Nyda: Ignore the haters! You are a fashion blogger and these people just want to hear about problems problems problems all the time….
    Great work! Love it.Recommend

  • Aimen

    “The tailor ruins it, like a building collapsing during in an earthquake,” seriously ? Can this sentiment be anywhere close to what happens when a building collapses after an earthquake ? Timeliness is an important aspect of your story in journalism & after the earthquake in Nepal, this seems rather unpleasant & disheartening despite the fact that it was meant as a comic read. Recommend

  • Leena

    Lollll…my tailor says the exact same stuff :D but because im naiive (smart?) enough to never to argue with him much over anything if at all and I’m always polite regardless, he rarely screws my stuff up and if he does, one look at my crest fallen face and he fixes it :) sometimes though, just gotta let it go.Recommend

  • Han Thi Rahman

    Yes I m agree with u I live here in pak but I m not pakistani background some of the woman very rude very arrogant ill manner speaking to tailor .I treat him with respect and gave him tip.poor tailor the suffer alot abuse 2 .Recommend