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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 Ballarat



Mount Clear VIC, Australia

18th Feb 2024

Dress alteration Cut on Bias Shorten spaghetti straps and take in slightly. 100% Polyester Lined - also polyester but 3 Spandex Needed by 24/2

Sewing replace zip


Nerrina VIC 3350, Australia

2nd Feb 2024

Replace side zip in summer pants - Due date: Flexible

Hem pants (clothing alterations)


Soldiers Hill VIC, Australia

21st Jan 2024

Requiring pants to be hemmed (taken up) - Due date: Flexible

Mens Clothing repairs/alterations


Ballarat VIC, Australia

17th Aug 2023

I'm looking to get some repairs done to some of my shirts and pants. The pockets have started to tear and it has made a hole. Also near the bottom of the pants it has also torn. - Due date: Flexible

Clothing alterations (pants and blazer). Shortened and slim fitted


Delacombe VIC, Australia

13th Jul 2023

I require a tailoring service (clothes alteration) For: 4-5 work pants. Shortened to ankle length and slimmed down towards the feet. X3 Blazers sleeve needs to be shorten by a bit. X1 blazer needs to be shorted, shoulder padding removed and bicep slimmed. Happy to bring items to you. Please list price for each service - Due date: Flexible

I have rowing suits that need alterations


Ballarat VIC, Australia

24th Mar 2023

The Victorian Rowing State Team has rowing suits and a couple need alteration. It needs to be done between Wed 29th March & Friday 31st March.

Dress alteration


Redan VIC, Australia

19th Mar 2023

Needing a dress altered before April 13th. All I want done is for the top part of the zipper to be hidden as it doesn't zip all the way up. - Due date: Before Thursday, 13 April 2023

Replace zip in couch cushion


Invermay Park VIC, Australia

27th Oct 2022

Zip is broken and needs replacing on couch cushion. - Due date: Before Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Shorten length of pant


Alfredton VIC, Australia

10th Oct 2022

I need a chino (pants) length shortened. Length will be provided. I can drop off in Ballarat sorroundings and collect once done - Due date: Before Thursday, 13 October 2022

Trailer canvas zip


Sebastopol VIC 3356, Australia

10th Aug 2022

A new zip supplied and stitched in - Due date: Before Friday, 12 August 2022

Clothing alterations


Ballarat VIC, Australia

7th Jul 2022

I have a long coat I bought online, it’s of very good quality. I love it but need it to be altered professionally as I’m quite short. The hands and overall length needs to be reduced without compromising the look. - Due date: Flexible

Zip sewing


Miners Rest VIC, Australia

17th Mar 2022

A zip has started to in thread at the bottom just need a stitch down the side - Due date: Before Thursday, 17 March 2022

Sewing a zip


Miners Rest VIC, Australia

17th Mar 2022

I have a vest for race riding And need a few stitches down allow the zip - Due date: Before Thursday, 17 March 2022



Ballarat VIC, Australia

19th Nov 2021

i need one pair of chino pants taken up and one par possibly taken in. - Due date: Before Tuesday, 23rd Nov 2021

Making a mens suit


Ballarat VIC, Australia

18th Oct 2021

I am a trans man who hasnt started T yet i want a mens suit made to fit me in a fabric i choose i love patterns - Due date: Flexible

New side table - need to shorten the legs by 10cm


Lucas VIC 3350, Australia

4th Oct 2021

New side table. The legs need to be shorten by 10cm and the legs' ends to be polished and finished as per current look - Due date: Flexible

Hem Suit pants


Ballarat VIC, Australia

28th Sep 2021

Have a set of suit pants and I need them brought up a little.



Maryborough VIC, Australia

31st Aug 2021

Looking for a seamstress / talented sewer for a couple of small tasks including: - hemming - repurposing tshirts into a blanket flexible with price & happy to provide more info!! 😊

Suit alteration


Sebastopol VIC 3356, Australia

14th Aug 2021

hem of pants taken up and sleeves of suit top

Zipper repair


Cape Clear VIC 3351, Australia

29th Jul 2021

Zipper needs to be put back onto jacket