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Why book local clothing alterations through Airtasker?

Perhaps your clothes don’t quite fit right, or you need a few clothing repairs? Book clothing alterations near you and get your favourite outfits ready to wear again, with the perfect fit. Your seamstress has the tools and experience to work with your clothing and textiles so they can fit your exact measurements. Or they can match up missing buttons, repair broken zips, and even patch small holes. No need to find a sewing shop nearby - you can have Taskers come to your home and your clothes will be ready to go in no time.

The best place to book alterations in your area is on Airtasker. We can connect you with expert tailors and seamstresses offering high quality service and ready to take your pile of to-be-mended clothes or special occasion garments for that perfect fit.

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Top Alterations related questions

Clothing alterations usually cost between $40-$140 on Airtasker. The cost of your alteration service will depend on the type of garment, whether you need a repair or full custom dressmaking, the level of complexity involved, and how long it’s likely to take. Learn more about how much alterations cost to set the right budget before posting a task.

It’s common to book alterations for formal wear and special events. But many people also get their corporate wear or school uniforms altered so they fit well and create a professional impression.

  • Shirt - You can pay attention to where your shoulder ends and where your arm begins. The shirt shoulder seams should sit on top of those spots. For tees, sleeves should end right in the middle of your armpit and elbow. They should not be tenting away nor too restrictive. You can also try pinching the fabric on either side of your torso and see if you're able to hold at least 2-3 inches of it.

  • Trousers - There are many things to consider. For starters, your waistband should sit at or below your navel. Your trouser's rise should also be long enough to place of the band properly. The hems can touch the shoe, but they shouldn't be puddling to avoid looking sloppy. Lastly, you shouldn't have the urge to pull the crotch or rear area from time to time. Other than these, your trousers are either too tight or too loose.

The best way to know if you’ve found the right clothing alteration service around you is to check the reviews. Airtasker makes this so easy with a transparent reviews and ratings system so you know you’re only hiring the best Taskers when looking for clothing alteration services around you.

Come to your appointment prepared with your garment(s) and notes on any changes you want. If you’re having a fitting, bring or wear the shoes and undergarments you plan to wear with the outfit.

Yes! It's ideal for you to wash any piece of clothing, especially newly-bought ones. Have your jackets and trousers laundered and dry-cleaned before sending them to your alteration specialist. Since most of them shrink when washed or cleaned, you can avoid unpleasant surprises when altering them, like coming up way too short than needed.  It'll also be easier for your tailor to get more precise measurements. 

As for your laundry needs, you can also get someone to send your garments to the nearest laundry shop for dry cleaning or washing and have them delivered back to you within the day.

Minor alterations can take as little as an hour or two, but full dressmaking services for a detailed garment like bridal wear may take up to 6 months. 

  • Jackets - It depends on the complexity of the jacket alteration needed. Trimming the sleeves and hems can be completed in just a few hours, usually within the day. But if it requires your Tasker to take in or let out seams, narrow the armholes, or any similar alterations, then the service might take longer. For a more accurate estimation, feel free to ask your Tasker directly.

  • Shirts - It depends on how extensive your shirt alteration requirements are. Standard t-shirt alterations like adjusting the sides, adding darts, and shortening the sleeves can only take 30 minutes to an hour. However, complex procedures like replacing collars or cuffs and lengthening the sleeves or hem can take a few days or a week. For urgent alterations, feel free to coordinate a schedule with your Tasker.

  • Trousers - Standard trouser alterations, which usually involve the inseam, waist, seat, crotch, and leg width, are mostly doable within the day. Complex ones, like adding new belt loops and swing creases, removing pleats, and recutting can take 3-5 days to weeks. You can talk to your Tasker about your desired timeline and have it arranged accordingly.

Clothing alterations can help transform an average garment into your most flattering piece when it’s properly tailored to your body shape. And clothing repairs can help extend the life of your favourite clothing, saving you time and money you’d otherwise spend shopping for a new wardrobe - plus, it’s better for the environment.

Tailoring involves creating bespoke pieces of clothing that are custom-fitted according to your exact size and measurements. Alterations, on the other hand, are done to existing clothing items that need length adjustments or necessary clothing repairs. The process usually focuses on specific areas, like hems, sleeves, and buttons.

What does a clothing alteration include?

Your seamstress or tailor is skilled in working with textiles, but especially clothing, to create, repair, and alter your garment. Whether you're a bride who needs adjustments for a wedding dress or someone looking for an expert to help repair a broken zipper on a favourite wardrobe, Taskers are up for the work. Here are some of the most popular clothes 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 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 clothes 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, restyling, 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 have a rip, 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 by hiring a Tasker for garment repairs - it’s better for the environment and much more budget-friendly, too. When they're done altering your clothes, you can send them for dry cleaning or laundry services to other Taskers. 

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too long curtains, just need one turn of the hem for the length I need to hang. - Due date: Flexible

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Alter waist, shorten pants length


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waist pants need extra, shortened pants length. - Due date: Needs to be done on Friday, 15 September 2023

Tail of dress hem shorten


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My daughters ball dress is a little too long and would like to take it up a few cms - Due date: Before Friday, 2 June 2023

Cloth alteration


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The dress I bought is too small. The zipper doesn't go up. I want to put a ribbon to make the gap closed

Dress alteration


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i have 2 casual dresses that are too long and needs to be shorten - Due date: Flexible

Wedding dress alterations


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I need my wedding dress altered to fit. Shorten slightly and fitted around chest and waist area - Due date: Flexible

Zip replaced


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dress alteration taking a dress in from a size 10 to size 8 - Due date: Flexible

Dress alterations


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Taking in jumpers shorten length


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shorten jumper take in sides of jumper - Due date: Flexible

Sewing alteration


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Tiny hole repairs to a dress - Due date: Flexible

Jacket zip repair


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Stoney creek jacket zip repair - Due date: Flexible

Clothing alteration


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Clothing alteration for dresses - Due date: Before Tuesday, 14th Dec 2021

Suit Tailor Made


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A 2 piece suit made. Fabric material and colour can be provided. - Due date: Before Thursday, 16th Dec 2021