This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Tailor (Formerly Also Taylor, tailer, tayler). [From French tailler. cutter, hence our word retail, to cut] One who makes the outer garments of men, especially one who makes such garments to order, as distinguished from a clothier, who sells such garments ready made. Tailor's twist, is a stout silk thread made of two strands; it is put up in skeins and sold by the ounce. [See Clothier, Merchant Tailor]