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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. 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, 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 in Finsbury

Seamstress to help take my dress in


St Luke's, Greater London

27th May 2024

Please help me with my dress. It is too big around the bust and the the straps are too long. See photos for more details. I am happy to drop off/pick up locally.

Curtain alteration


Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

30th Apr 2024

I need a pair of curtains from Asda shortened from an 183cm drop to an 130cm drop

Ruth did a great job shortening my curtains! She came to measure them in my flat on the Friday, took them to alter and brought them back on the Monday. Her communalisation was great and she was really attentive and friend. I would highly recommend her and would use her skills again.

Bridesmaid dress alteration.


Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

26th Apr 2024

Need a dress taking up in length for a wedding

Evening dress tapering/shortening


Angel, Greater London, N1

23rd Apr 2024

Looking for a specialist in tailoring around Islington

Tailor my dress


St Luke's, Greater London

12th Apr 2024

Dress needs to be taken in at the waist

Zip repair


Brownswood Park, Greater London, N4

25th Mar 2024

I need a zip replaced on a jacket

Dress altering for 3x items


St Luke's, Greater London

24th Mar 2024

Looking for someone to tailor a rat and boa dress, add some lining to the dress and then slightly alter two linen dresses

Seamstress to make trousers


Finsbury, Greater London, WC1X

15th Mar 2024

I would like a pair of trousers ad potentially a waistcoat made

Alter clothes - pants and men long sleeve shirts


Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

4th Jan 2024

Shorten pants - 2 Shorten length of shirt, Take in shirt, maybe shorten sleeves - 3 - Due date: Flexible

Broken zip on sofa


St Luke's, Greater London

10th Dec 2023

Broken zip on large L shaped sofa cushion - Due date: Before Monday, 11 December 2023

Shorten length


Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

2nd Oct 2023

2x Shorten trousers 2x take in waist - Due date: Flexible

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

Fix my bag zip


St Luke's, Greater London

1st Dec 2022

The zip of my bag has come off and I need a new zip - Due date: Before Friday, 2 December 2022

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Brownswood Park, Greater London, N4

31st Oct 2022

I have a long chiffon style dress that’s too long and needs taking up but I’m unsure if th material can be altered as it's so fine - Due date: Before Friday, 4 November 2022

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Brownswood Park, Greater London, N4

11th Oct 2022

Zip replacement on jeans - Due date: Before Friday, 14 October 2022

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Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

3rd Oct 2022

single hem alteration to shorten trousers and have a metal zip fitted - Due date: Flexible

Get the zipper on my trousers fixed


Finsbury, Greater London, WC1X

9th Aug 2022

The zipper on my trousers broke, so I would like to get it fixed or replaced. - Due date: Flexible

Make a fancy dress


Brownswood Park, Greater London, N4

29th Jul 2022

I need two dresses made for a wedding one for a child and one for a child - Due date: Before Wednesday, 31 August 2022

I wish to have a leather dress shortened


St Luke's, Greater London

22nd May 2022

I wish to have a leather dress shortened. I would want the person altering to see the dress on to measure/pin what needs to be altered. - Due date: Flexible

Shorten small seat cushion


Finsbury Park, Greater London, N4

17th May 2022

Reduce the depth of small seat cushion ( Living room chair) Cushion area 49cm D 48cm W 7cm H Shorten depth by 3cm - Due date: Before Wednesday, 18 May 2022