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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 clothing. Here are some of the most popular clothing 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. 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, corporate wear alterations, or suit alterations, 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 clothing you buy off the rack won’t be the perfect fit, or you might need your favourite clothes adjusted as your body changes shape over time. Book clothing alterations near you 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 a professional to take a look and see if they can save your garment with techniques like zipper repair, seam repair, new lining, hole patching, button sewing, and more. Extend the life of your clothing - it’s better for the environment and much more budget-friendly, too.

Recent Alterations tasks in Illawarra

Sleeping bag zipper repair


Oak Flats NSW 2529, Australia

22nd May 2023

Zipper teeth wont align, hence wont zip up... - Due date: Flexible

Change a zipper of down jacket


Dapto NSW, Australia

17th Dec 2022

Change a zipper of down jacket - Due date: Before Thursday, 22 December 2022

Alteration on Jumpsuit


Barrack Heights NSW, Australia

30th Oct 2022

I need my jumpsuit legs hemmed. Not by much but have a wedding next week. Please help! - Due date: Before Friday, 4 November 2022

Zipper replaced on 3 pairs pants


Kembla Grange NSW, Australia

19th Oct 2022

I have 3 pairs of pants, none of which i have worn because the zippers are broken (i didn’t look carefully enough when i bought them!) would like the zippers fixed or replaced - Due date: Flexible

Wedding arbour


Marshall Mount NSW 2530, Australia

13th Oct 2022

Portable 3 piece wedding arbour. Height 2m and lenght 1.75. - Due date: Flexible

Alteration to communion dress


North Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia

2nd Aug 2022

Dress is a little to small, need altered slightly - Due date: Needs to be done on Monday, 5 September 2022

Zipper fixed on lounge cushions


Oak Flats NSW 2529, Australia

17th Mar 2022

I have a lounge with a few broken zippers that need replacing please. - Due date: Flexible

Zipper fix


North Wollongong NSW, Australia

15th Mar 2022

Need a zipper fixed or replaced for an outdoor lounge cushion.

Clothing alterations


Horsley NSW, Australia

24th Feb 2022

Need school shorts altered and put in at waist - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 26th Feb 2022

Replace two seat cushion zippers


Wollongong NSW, Australia

16th Feb 2022

Remove broken zippers and replace with new ones on two box cushion covers - Due date: Flexible

Seamstress / dress alterations


Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia

19th Nov 2021

I have a new dress that I would like to be alternated slightly. I need the bust to be pinned slightly and would love fabric cups put inside the chest area. I need it to be the Wollongong area

Clothes alterations


Clifton NSW 2515, Australia

16th Nov 2021

Shorten work pants and shirts - Due date: Flexible

Clothing alterations


North Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia

1st Oct 2021

I need to shorten the hem on three pairs of pants and two pairs of shorts

Zipper replaces on couch cushion


Gwynneville NSW, Australia

21st Sep 2021

Couch cushion zipper that attaches it to the couch frame is broken. Only one side needs replacing.

Alterations needed


Kiama Downs NSW, Australia

12th Sep 2021

Just need someone to take up two pairs of women’s beach style pants

Shirt alteration


Wollongong NSW, Australia

30th Aug 2021

My shirt is xs size but its big for me in body and hand part.

I need zipper repair


Keiraville NSW 2500, Australia

27th Feb 2021

The zippers on two of my cushions have been chewed up by my bunnies. They are no longer closing

Swimsuit alterations


Kiama NSW, Australia

25th Feb 2021

I have 4 Pairs of Brazilian bikinis that need altering to gstrings

Swimsuit alterations


Figtree NSW 2525, Australia

5th Feb 2021

Have 3 full piece swimsuits that need alterations in bust area and add underwire.

I need alterations services


Bulli NSW 2516, Australia

4th Feb 2021

Need a zipper fixed on denim shorts