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great job. Very efficient.

Ready made curtains need shortening and hemming.


Really pleased with the service from start to finish. Thank you and I will he back. 🙏🏽

Linen trousers taken up


Great work

Dress alterations


Highly recommend. Fast and easy service. And very happy with the tailoring. Would definitely use again. M

Trouser alteration


Very good, prompt service. Thank you.

Replace upholstery zipper


The alteration was done perfectly and in a very short time. I now regret not having the dress done from scratch from her. I strongly recommend her!

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Why book local clothing alterations service through Airtasker?

Perhaps your clothing doesn’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. Your clothes will be ready to go in no time.

The best place to book alterations near you is on Airtasker. We’ve got skilled and experienced tailors and seamstresses ready to take your pile of to-be-mended clothes or special occasion garments and make it just right. Whether you need to fix your wedding dress or everyday clothing, Airtasker connects you with experts on alterations in your area.

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Top Alterations related questions

On average, alteration costs range from £10 to £100 on average. However, it can go as low as £10 for shortening sleeves up to £90 for adjusting a wedding dress.  The cost of your clothing 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 clothing alterations 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 and have them delivered back to you within the day.

Minor clothing alterations and repairs can take as little as an hour or two, but full dressmaking services for a detailed garment like a wedding dress 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, 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 new items - 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 clothing. Whether you're a bride looking to have adjustments on your wedding dress or a mum who needs to have her kids' school uniforms repaired, our Taskers are up for the work! 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 based on the designs of your favourite fashion brands - whether it's a wedding dress, a school uniform, or corporate wear. 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, wedding dress 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 an alterations service near you to help with dress shortening, garment shortening, trouser alterations, 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 trousers 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 with alterations and tailoring services - it’s better for the environment and much more budget-friendly, too.

Looking for a price list on dress alterations or want to know bridal gown alteration costs in the UK? With our price guide, you can find out exactly how much alteration costs, so you’ll be outfit ready for any occasion!

Recent Alterations tasks

Jacket zip


Arrowe Hill, Merseyside

24th Sep 2023

My jacket zip has came off just need it put back on - Due date: Flexible

Jacket zipper needs replaced


Arrowe Hill, Merseyside

24th Sep 2023

My jacket zipper is Brocken - Due date: Flexible

I need to replace the zipper on my trousers


Lower Holloway, Greater London, N7

24th Sep 2023

I have 2 trousers with the zippers broken and I need new zippers to be sewed on - Due date: Flexible

Jeans new zip


Boley Park, Staffordshire

24th Sep 2023

Zip replacement men’s jeans - Due date: Before Sunday, 8 October 2023

Large zip replacing in a coat


Common End, West Yorkshire

24th Sep 2023

Faux suede ladies coat needing a replacement zip putting in.please - Due date: Flexible

Turn dress into skirt


Lea Bridge, Greater London

23rd Sep 2023

have a long bias cut silk dress that would like turned into a skirt - Due date: Flexible

Suit taylor


Thetford, Norfolk

23rd Sep 2023

I ill need a suit to be made to fit for a wedding February next year - Due date: Flexible

Make the dress bigger round the belly /back


Fakenham, Norfolk

23rd Sep 2023

Can i just have a price of how much it would cost to make a dress bigger for my daughter. The length is fine and fits her everywhere but the back zip cant be done up - Due date: Before Thursday, 21 March 2024

Need label tags sewn into T-shirts (recurring order)


Newyears Green, Greater London

21st Sep 2023

I run a small t-shirt printing business from my home. I have 50 t-shirts that need a basic label sewn into the neck on the back of the t-shirt, either white or black t shirts. I will start with 50, however I am looking for someone to don this every month, potentially more dependent on how many t-shirts I sell! Based in Tooting, ideally you would be able to pick up/drop off the garments too. Please see attached photo for the label / t shirts. Thanks so much! - Due date: Flexible - Due date: Flexible

Sew my dress to be bigger


Loughton, Buckinghamshire

20th Sep 2023

I have a dress bought for a christening, but it won't zip up. I love this dress and hope to get it altered so that I can zip it up and so it fits well. - Due date: Before Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Suitcase zip repair


The Rookery, Hertfordshire

20th Sep 2023

Suitcase zip needs replacing - Due date: Flexible

Dress made


Croydon, Greater London, CR0

20th Sep 2023

Make a dress african wear material for an engagement wedding - Due date: Needs to be done on Friday, 22 September 2023

Replace a zip


Harringay, Greater London

18th Sep 2023

I need a zio replacing on a jacket. - Due date: Flexible

I want a date stitched into the underside of a suit jacket collar


Stanley, West Yorkshire

18th Sep 2023

Suit jacket is navy in colour. Font can be cursive or plain- open to the professional opinion. Thread colour should be white. - Due date: Before Friday, 22 September 2023

Women corduroy dungaree dress.


Hackney, Greater London, E8

17th Sep 2023

Size 14, dungaree dress. Not A line but not tight, enough room to manoeuvre, especially when sitting. The length long to mid calf or just a little past mid calf (I'm 5ft 3in). I would like to have a 4in. vent which overlaps the material neatly below at the back. Not a split. Side pockets on the seam and two flat pockets behind on back-side. Silver or bronze dungaree clips on shoulder straps. - Due date: Flexible

I need my wedding dress length altered, just the top layer.


Rough Common, Kent

16th Sep 2023

Hello there. I am seeking a seamstress who can shorten my wedding dress by 2nd October. I initially tried it on with a one hoop underskirt and both the dress seller and my mum said it wasn’t too long even though I said I thought it was. They suggested it would be fine with a 3 or 4 hoop underskirt but after buying 3 different ones I still cannot walk in it without stepping on it. It’s 7 layers and I will cut the rest (it’s only a second hand dress and I’m desperately stressed!) so require only the top layer to be shortened. The bottom incorporates a train and is laced. Please can I have a quote for this? Many thanks in advance, Andrea - Due date: Before Monday, 2 October 2023

Zip replaced


Doddinghurst Common, Essex

16th Sep 2023

New zip put on a black top - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 21 September 2023

Jeans zip repair


St Luke's, Greater London

16th Sep 2023

Zip broke and needs to be fixed - Due date: Needs to be done on Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Luggage zip repair


Dollis Hill, Greater London

16th Sep 2023

Zip broken on a large suitcase - Due date: Flexible

Repair bomber jacket collar


Nine Elms, Greater London

21st Jun 2023

Repair collar on bomber jacket. It’s a large tear. Wondering if I need to do something for the whole collar? - Due date: Flexible

Thank you very much! Very easy and nice to deal with. Would recommend and will use their services again