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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 Brixton

Dress alteration


Brixton, Greater London, SW9

8th Feb 2023

I need a dress shortened - Due date: Before Saturday, 11 February 2023

Jacket zipper replacement


Brixton, Greater London, SW9

3rd Dec 2022

Replacement zip on the jacket as the original has broken - Due date: Before Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Clothes alterations, two tops


Stockwell, Greater London

8th Sep 2022

I have two tops with bishop sleeves that I would like to alter. I’d like to turn the current puff sleeves into straight sleeves. - Due date: Flexible

A sequin dress shortened


Stockwell, Greater London

28th Jun 2022

A sequin dress which needs to be shortened by 3.7 inches. - Due date: Before Tuesday, 5 July 2022

4x Trouser hem repaired


Stockwell, Greater London

21st Jun 2022

3x trouser hems have fallen down and need repairing. 1x linen, 2x corduroy, 1x corduroy hem to be lowered slightly, I can unpick beforehand. - Due date: Flexible

Need to make a dress


Brixton, Greater London, SW9

7th Jun 2022

I have 3 meters of fabric that I’d like to make a bridesmaid dress. - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Elza provided me with an amazing service. My dress was made from scratch and it was a very fast service. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to get more dresses done by her!

I have a dress which I would like to be made into a skirt and crop top


Stockwell, Greater London

7th May 2022

The dress is short, skater type. As it's too short to wear, maybe turning it into a skirt and top will be better? - Due date: Flexible

Sewing alterations


Brixton, Greater London, SW9

17th May 2021

I have a vintage kimono and a pair of jeans that I'd like to be taken up. I can pin myself and drop off/pick up for local area.

Curtains shortened and pleated


Brixton, Greater London, SW9

3rd Jun 2019

I have 2 sets of curtains (260cm width) which require shortening (about 10cm) and pleating tape to be sewn on. Ideally I’d like on site and same day but flexible.