A seamstress making alterations on a garment in a well-lit sewing studio.
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Recent Alterations reviews in Canberra

Sarah was lovely and did a great job, I would recommend her

Curtains shortened


Fantastic work, brilliant communication and a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended.

Curtain alterations


What a nice cheerful and welcoming person Rachel is. Good job and well done



Great job. Excellent craftsmanship. Highly recommended.

Alteration of Curtain Sheers


Had some clothing altered with Vani. She was very professional, efficient and did a great job on my clothing. I highly recommend her services and look forward to using her again in the future!

Women's clothing alterations


Rachel was super responsive and it was really easy to organise a time that worked for us both. She had a great idea for how to alter my dress and I love the final product! Thank you

Dress alterations


What's the average cost of an alteration expert in Canberra

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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 Canberra

Roman Blind onsite alterations


Yarralumla ACT, Australia

16th Apr 2024

My blinds company has installed 20 roman blinds (hard fabric). The overall drop of the romans needs to be altered on site. Each roman requires the bottom stitching to be unhemmed, adjusted and resewn with a mobile sewing machines.

Sew together a jumpsuit for a dog.


Canberra ACT, Australia

5th Apr 2024

I have the pattern and the materials for an XS dog jumpsuit/PJ outfit but need someone to sow it together. I have fleece for the inside and a rowing costume for the outside.

Suit pants reads & repair stitching coming undone


Ngunnawal ACT, Australia

4th Apr 2024

Long black dresses hemmed. - Due date: Flexible

Backpack zip repair


Canberra ACT, Australia

31st Mar 2024

25cm long zip. Zipper head came off not long after I bought it.

Wedding dress alteration within 3 weeks


Monash ACT, Australia

27th Mar 2024

I have my wedding dress, which has just arrived, that needs some alterations. It is corset backed. Currently the corset needs to be taken in 1 inch on either side. So 2 inch total. One strap could also be shortened (I have scoliosis so my shoulders are wonky). My wedding is Saturday 13 April this year as we had to move the date up. So only 3 weeks to get this done. Im happy to pay a bit extra given its a rush job. Im based in Monash but am happy to drop the dress off anywhere in Canberra and collect when ready.

Faiqa was absolutely amazing to work with and the quality of her work is fantastic. Faiqa took on time sensitive alterations on a corset backed ball gown. I'm extremely pleased with the quality of alterations, her communication throughout the process, pricing, and shes just lovely. 10/10!

Jeans shortening


Canberra ACT, Australia

26th Mar 2024

shorten hem of jeans today or early tomorrow (Thur 28th)

Dress alteration


Kingston ACT, Australia

15th Mar 2024

Hello! I have a dress that I’d love to wear to a bridal shower this Sunday but it needs some alteration. It’s quite a boxy cut, and I’m happy for it to stay boxy, so I’m hoping it’s not too complicated to bring in both side seams so it’s smaller and perhaps the top shoulder seams so the drop waist sits slightly higher. Photo of the dress, and of the inside seams is attached. :)

Suit alterations


Griffith ACT, Australia

8th Mar 2024

alterations to 3 x jackets, 3 x pants tightening of waists and shortening pants

2 zippers replaced in lounge cushions. 2 zippers 140cm each.


Kambah ACT, Australia

24th Jan 2024

Replace 2 zippers in my lounge cushions. 1 zip in each zip length 140cm × 2 So need someone to sew the zippers in for me. Zips and materials supplied. - Due date: Flexible

Dress Alteration


Reid ACT, Australia

23rd Jan 2024

I have a dress that's running a little bit too big for me. Need to shorten the dress and smaller the chest area. Location: City 2601. Can drop it off if you're located near city, otherwise price includes pick-up & drop off. - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 25 January 2024

Need help with dress alterations


Bruce ACT, Australia

20th Jan 2024

I bought a dress from Portmans and need to have it restyled and alterered. Would also appreciate recommendations as to what I can do with it but I do have somewhat of an idea. I’m happy to negotiate the price for a good job. - Due date: Flexible

Sew on replacement zipper and attached fabric to trampoline net-


Hackett ACT, Australia

8th Jan 2024

Remove torn zipper from trampoline net and attach (sew?) replacement zipper- needs to be attached on both sides of the fabric attached to the new zipper. See photos of torn zipper and replacement zipper - Due date: Flexible

Clothing alterations


Canberra ACT, Australia

1st Jan 2024

Several simple alteration tasks for women’s clothes. - Due date: Flexible

Shortening the sleeves on my two denim jackets


Coombs ACT, Australia

29th Dec 2023

Two denim jackets have long sleeves that need to be shortened. - Due date: Flexible

Shorten the length of 5 "Polo" type men's shirts


Canberra ACT, Australia

18th Dec 2023

I bought 5 new polo shirts from Rivers to replace old ones. However, the length of the new shirts is considerably longer than the old ones. Would like to shorten the new shirts by about 2 inches. - Due date: Flexible

Clothing alteration


Canberra ACT, Australia

11th Nov 2023

One pair of pants (shorts) needs a new zipper One pair of jeans needs to be converted to shorts (needs to be measured). Apologies to all who have offered to complete this job from outside of the ACT. I selected the 'remote' option in error. I'm located in Watson ACT and this will need to be done in-person. This job will need to be local to my area. - Due date: Flexible - Due date: Flexible

Camper zip repairs


Canberra ACT, Australia

5th Nov 2023

replace long canvas zips on pop up camper - Due date: Flexible



Gungahlin ACT, Australia

1st Nov 2023

Zip repair on work shirt - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 2 November 2023

Shorten hem of tshirt


Bruce ACT, Australia

20th Oct 2023

I am looking for someone to make a cotton tshirt shorter

Curtain shortening


Kingston ACT, Australia

20th Oct 2023

Hemming three sets of curtains. Standard fabric (ie. Not blackout). Needs about 30cm taken off the bottom in each. - Due date: Flexible