National Tailors Day is celebrated each year on the first Wednesday of June — this year it falls on June 2. The tailoring industries of many countries have played an important role in the country’s economic progress. This day celebrates those specialists who create, modify, or restore old clothes so that they can fit their individual customers perfectly. We, as customers, should show our gratitude towards tailors on this day.
History of National Tailors Day
National Tailors Day is accepted and celebrated on the first Wednesday in June. This day was the birthday of the brilliant creator Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine. As he himself worked in a weaving factory, he was used to the long working hours of textile workers. He decided to ease the laborer’s work pressure and also increase the factory’s productivity. That’s why he invented the sewing machine in 1845. His creation is referred to as one of the most important industrial inventions ever made in the history of mankind.
Only after this invention did sewing and tailoring become one of the primary professions of the world. Soon afterward textile workers became eager to use the sewing machine as it simplified their work and reduced their stress, at the same time increasing their productivity.
The lock stitch loop technique was only possible using the first model of the sewing machine. Elias Howe went on to become a millionaire due to this invention. However, he lived a short life and passed away at the age of 47.
His invention was widely used at that time as every clothing factory or tailor shop had no better option to increase efficiency. Since then, the sewing machine has been widely used by tailoring industries all over the world.
National Tailors Day timeline
Elias Howe invents the first lock stitch machine for sewing.
Elias Howe receives a patent for his lock stitch sewing machine.
Elias Howe and Isaac Merritt Singer battle over the patent for a sewing machine and Howe comes out on top.
The royalties for Elias Howe’s invention end and his patent runs out.
National Tailors Day FAQs
Why do we celebrate Tailors Day?
In order to honor the invention of the sewing machine in the early 19th century. On this day, sewing professionals and associated specialists are honored. They are the ones who ensure that we are always best-dressed.
What is the difference between a tailor and a designer?
A tailor usually refers to a person whose work revolves around making, repairing, and altering any form of clothing. On the other hand, a fashion designer is a person whose work revolves around designing accessories and apparel.
What's the difference between a tailor and a seamstress?
A person whose occupation revolves around making or altering garments is known as a tailor. On the other hand, a person whose work usually revolves around sewing fabrics, hemlines, and seams, is known as a seamstress/seamster.
How To Observe National Tailors Day
Get your own tailored outfit
With the advent of mass-produced clothing, we can no longer enjoy the novelty of wearing custom-made outfits. On this day, design your own outfit and get it tailored to fit you perfectly.
Thank your tailor
The profession of a local tailor has somewhat reduced due to the popularity of commercial clothing. On this day, you can go to your local tailor who always fixes or alters your clothes and thank them for the work they’re doing.
Take a tailoring course
It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to take a one-day tailoring course on this day, just to learn some of the basics. That way you’ll be able to make your own clothes!
5 Amazing Facts About Tailoring
Howe and Singer
Elias Howe and Isaac Merritt Singer fought over a patent for the sewing machine.
The word ‘tailor’ originally means ‘to cut’ from the Anglo-Norman French word ‘taillour.’
The first professional tailors appeared in Europe in the 12th century.
National Tailors Day is dedicated to the creator Elias Howe, who made a sewing machine in 1845, which obviously simplified the lives of many professionals.
Movie star association
Many celebrities prefer to have their outfits customized, therefore, they prefer to collaborate with specific tailors of their choice who know their taste in clothing.
Why We Love National Tailors Day
Tribute to the profession
National Tailors Day allows us to pay tribute to the profession of tailoring. You can go out and learn some basic tailoring techniques or express your gratitude to your local tailor who has been fixing your clothes.
Technical skill improvement
National Tailors Day commemorates not only the invention of the sewing machine but also the need for people to improve their technical skills. A finely tailored dress can take a lot of time to be made and also a lot of effort.
Thriving local businesses
National Tailors Day gives you a chance to help out your local tailor who might otherwise be going out of business due to the deluge of mass-produced clothing in the market. Saving a local business and keeping the profession alive is another reason why this day is important.
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