If you buy clothing from us that needs a better fit, Drysdales’ alterations department can do it for you.
The man behind our clothing alterations is Jose Monroy, 65, who has worked with Drysdales since it first opened in 1981. Monroy also worked for several clothing stores in Tulsa and his native Mexico before settling into Drysdales’ 32nd Street and Memorial Drive store.
“When I came here, my hair was brown. Now it’s white,” he chuckled.
On a typical day, Monroy alters several dozen jeans or pants, a few suits, and about a half-dozen shirts or jackets. In addition to hemming, Drysdales can taper legs, add darts or V-notches, sew in suspender buttons, shorten or lengthen sleeves, add vents, and taper skirts or blouses.
Most of these alterations can be performed for a small fee. Hemming regularly-priced open-bottom slacks or pants and tapering regularly-priced dresses or skirts are provided free of charge.
One recent morning, we checked Monroy’s working area in a back room of the Drysdales store. It is lined with several sewing machines and Monroy’s tools of the trade.
Monroy showed how he hems a pair of jeans. First, he takes the measurements.
He removes the stitching on the old hem with a utility knife.
Monroy then cuts off the excess material with scissors.
He places the jeans on a sewing machine and stitches the new hem.
He trims stray threads from the new hem. To ensure the hem stays flat, he irons it.
It’s done. Total time elapsed is about 5 minutes.
Most alterations can be performed 48 hours after the order is taken. Customers at our Tulsa retail stores can simply ask a sales agent about the service.
Our long-distance customers, upon contacting customer service, also can make arrangements to have a new garment altered.