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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 North London

I need garment shortening


Totteridge, Greater London

29th May 2019

Looking for an alterations specialist to shorten men's jeans.

Clothing Alteration today


Enfield, Greater London, EN2

21st Aug 2018

Shorten linen trousers. Can bringvthwm to within about 3 miles from enfield town

Handmade Quilt from old t-shirts


West Green, Greater London

12th May 2019

Hi, I've got a bunch of old band tshirts that I really don't want to get rid of. I thought it would be a nice idea to have them all cut out and made into a quilt of sorts. If anyone is able to help me with that, please do let me know. Many thanks, Lynne

Clothing alteration


Enfield, Greater London, EN2

21st Aug 2018

Take up hem of linen trousers

Relining a jacket with warm layer


Chipping Barnet / High Barnet, Greater London

13th Jan 2020

I’m looking for a skilled seamstress to take out the lining in my leather jacket and replace it with teddy fleece to make the jacket warmer. I don’t need the sleeves done, just the front and back panels. Please message me to discuss the details further.

Curtain shortening


Palmers Green, Greater London, N13

30th Jan 2019

My bedroom John Lewis curtains are three inches too long. The black out behind them (unattached) is two inches too long. I want someone to take both them up. They need a simple stitch and a hem. They are bedroom curtains in grey. It would be good to hear from you if you have this skill. They are 2.4 meters wide total. I’d like them stitched in my house.