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What does a clothing alteration include?

Your seamstress or tailor is skilled in working with textiles, but especially clothing, to create, repair, and alter clothes. Here are some of the most popular alteration services and what you can expect when you book them:


Need some custom sewing work to create a design from scratch or custom-fit to your size? Hire a seamstress or dressmaker to create or customise your dress or garment with great attention to detail. They’ll start by measuring your shape and size with a soft tape measure to ensure the perfect fit. They’ll consult with you on designs and fabrics, before choosing or customising a pattern and cutting out the pieces. They’ll sew your garment or dress, taking care to finish off any edges with an overlocking stitch. Most dressmakers will request you to come in for a final fitting where you can try on the (mostly finished) garment and they can make final adjustments.

Formal wear alterations

When you want to look your best, it’s so important that your clothing is tailored to perfectly fit. Whether you need bridal alterations, school graduation alterations, wedding dress alterations, corporate wear alterations, or suit alterations nearby your location, a professional seamstress can help. They’ll take your exact measurements and then ask you to try on the outfit or dress, ideally with the shoes you plan to wear. Then they’ll note or mark up any parts that need taking in or loosening, and where the hem needs to sit based on your shoe height. They’ll use a mixture of machine and hand-sewing techniques to alter your clothing and finalise everything with a final fitting before your event.

Clothing adjustments

Most clothes you buy off the rack won’t fit perfectly, or you might need your favourite clothes adjusted for your body shape over time. Book clothing alterations around your area to help with dress shortening, garment shortening, and even school uniform alterations for those kids who won’t stop growing. Clothing adjustments usually involve taking seams in or out and adjusting the hem. Most hems have a few centimetres of extra fabric, so you can add extra length, or take it up for the perfect fit.

Clothing repairs

When your favourite dress or pants break, you don’t have to throw them away. Get professional tailors or seamstresses to take a look and see if they can save your clothes with techniques like zipper repair, seam repair, new lining, hole patching, button sewing, and more. Extend the life of your clothes - it’s better for the environment and much more budget-friendly, too.

Recent Alterations tasks in Cairns

Wedding dress buttons alteration


Brinsmead QLD, Australia

10th May 2023

As per the photo, the elastic on some parts of the button loops and/or buttons have given way, therefore the buttons do not do up in a straight line. I am wanting some work done so when done up, all the buttons are in a straight line. - Due date: Before Saturday, 10 June 2023

Dress maker / Alterations required


Cairns QLD, Australia

3rd Mar 2023

Alterations on a long dress as too long and wanting it shortened if possible to achieve with the ruffles and pleats. - Due date: Before Thursday, 30 March 2023

Alterations to dress


Redlynch QLD, Australia

24th Dec 2022

Need a linen dress taken in on both side as too big - Due date: Before Friday, 30 December 2022

Hot pink zip replacement on dress -long zipper


Edmonton QLD, Australia

30th Jun 2022

Need zip replaced for birthday outfit before 2pm 01.07.22 hot pink colour - Due date: Before Friday, 1 July 2022

Thank you for the promp work

2 x outdoor cushion covers 60x50x10cm with Zipper Material supplied


Mount Sheridan QLD, Australia

19th Mar 2022

I live in Mount Sheridan a suburb of Cairns Need to replace 2outdoor cane chair cushion covers 60x50x10 cm with zippers Material will be supplied once I have quote and amt of fabric required Hoping for a Cairns based seamstress to avoid posting fabrics etc With Thanks Barbara - Due date: Flexible

Zippers fixed or replaced in lounge cushion covers


Wrights Creek QLD 4869, Australia

9th Nov 2021

3 x lounge seat zippers need to be replaced. 2 standard size seat Lou be cushions, 1 x chaise lounge cushion. See pics. I can drop off and pick up from your place. Anywhere from Gordonvale to palm cove. Or out to Mareeba. Thanks - Due date: Flexible

Cushion zips need replacing


Cairns QLD, Australia

6th Oct 2021

Zips on cushion cover have broken and will need new zips sewn on.

Shortening curtains


Cairns QLD, Australia

3rd Oct 2021

Shortening curtains for loungeroom and 3 bedrooms. Can drive anywhere around cairns region but the sooner the better

Shorten length of skirt


Earlville QLD 4870, Australia

22nd Sep 2021

Skirt to be shortened from the back lenght

Curtains alteration


White Rock QLD 4868, Australia

1st Sep 2021

Curtains to be cut and sewn to make 4 curtains.

Curtains Shortened


Woree QLD, Australia

26th Jul 2021

I have 3 pairs of curtains that I need shortened by about 10-20cm. Can either organise a time for you to come over with a sewing machine to do it or you could take for the day, however I don’t want them gone overnight.

I need alterations services


Whitfield QLD, Australia

10th Jun 2021

2 tracksuit hems to be taken up please

Sewing shorten curtains


Earlville QLD 4870, Australia

10th Jun 2021

Have a set of curtains that I need shortened easy task

Cushion covers with zips


Freshwater QLD, Australia

28th Apr 2021

I have 2 x 3 seater cane lounges with box cushions that need recovering with zips please

Dress alteration


Edge Hill QLD, Australia

5th Mar 2021

I need a simple dress hem taken up as dress is about 5cm too short for me. I have two dresses I would like done. They can be done in the same colour cotton so not looking at anything fancy. Can drop off to a suburb in Cairns. Both dress alternations for $10 total ONO.

I need alterations services


Cairns QLD, Australia

25th Oct 2020

My son needs his trousers shortened as they are too long.

Hem school dress


Cairns QLD, Australia

19th Jul 2020

Need my daughters school dress hemmed for tomorrow

Needed - 4x curtain alterations - CAIRNS QLD


Earlville QLD 4870, Australia

27th Apr 2020

I've bought new curtains and need 4x curtains altered. They are polyester blockout curtains, 140cm width x 223 length each, fabric backing. I need them taken up to approx 70cm, to fit 2x high small bedroom windows. I can drop them off to you and pickup once done. Job Area - Cairns QLD 4870, Australia

I got Beth to do alterations to 4 curtains. She was nice to deal with. Was quick and did a pretty good job. There was just a few pulls in the curtain fabric that weren't there before, but only a minor issue.

I need alterations services


Manunda QLD 4870, Australia

8th Oct 2019

Replace zip on textile motorcycle jacket. Heavy duty.