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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.

Looking for a clothing alterations price list in the UK or want to know bridal gown alteration costs? 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 in Birmingham

Shortening tapering


Chad Valley, West Midlands

24th May 2023

Need 2 suit trousers shortened and tapering done for both - Due date: Flexible

A suit altered to fit


Wake Green, West Midlands

5th May 2023

Old Made in Italy Polo by Ralph Lauren suit, jacket and trousers need alteration. Jacket needs shortening and fitting same with trousers - Due date: Flexible

Zip on bag


New Oscott, West Midlands

18th Feb 2023

zip popped on my big handbag - Due date: Flexible

Replace zip


Bearwood, West Midlands

30th Dec 2022

Zip needs replacement as is damaged from the start - Due date: Flexible

Replace broken zip on large Berghaus tent


Harborne, West Midlands

26th Nov 2022

Berghaus poly cotton (50kg) tent (6 person) - Due date: Flexible

Dress making


Wake Green, West Midlands

18th Nov 2022

Party dresses, occasion dresses - Due date: Flexible

Shorten my dress


New Town Row, West Midlands

14th Oct 2022

I need my dress shortened tomorrow - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 15 October 2022

Shorten trouser hem (faux leather trousers)


Kitwell, Worcestershire

23rd Sep 2022

I have a pair of faux leather jeans that need taking up an inch or two - Due date: Flexible

Alteration to the top of a bridesmaids dress little girl aged 8


Highter's Heath, West Midlands

18th Aug 2022

Little girls dress for bridesmaid the top is slightly to big as it is open backed and to low at the front and falls off her shoulders top is made from lace - Due date: Before Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Replace zip in large holdall trolley bag


California, West Midlands

26th Jun 2022

Zip hasn't completely gone maybe able to be repaired but worse case scenario replacement zip needed .

Tears on 2pairs of jeans


Bournbrook, West Midlands

7th Jun 2022

2pairs of jeans,1 tear in each one - Due date: Flexible

Help alter curtains


Shenley Fields, West Midlands

7th May 2022

curtain to cut in the middle and a few cm from both sides - Due date: Asap

Dress alterations


Yardley, West Midlands

4th Dec 2021

I have brought a dress that needs shortening and fitting - Due date: Needs to be done on Tuesday, 14th Dec 2021

I need jeans made to measure.


Hawkesley, West Midlands

5th Nov 2021

I need mens high rise jeans made for me - Due date: Flexible