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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 Lambeth

Tailor a shirt: making it larger by inserting some fabric in the side


Kennington, Greater London

23rd Jan 2023

I’ve got a shirt which I love, but it’s gotten tight around the chest and arms. I’m hoping it’s simple enough to insert some fabric down the side where the front meets the back to make it bigger - Due date: Before Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Make 3 dresses smaller


Kennington, Greater London

13th Dec 2022

I bought accidentally 3 XL dresses and I need to make them smaller to an S - Due date: Flexible

Alter a velvet dress length - shorten


Kennington, Greater London

6th Dec 2022

Long velvet dress, but I need it to be shortened - just the hem and no other alterations required. - Due date: Before Friday, 9 December 2022

Dress alteration


Kennington, Greater London

24th Nov 2022

Bridesmaid dress needs to be shortened - Due date: Before Monday, 1 May 2023

Ripped trousers requiring a fix!


South Lambeth, Greater London, SW8

18th Sep 2022

Looking to extend the life of two pairs of trousers. 1x Pair of jeans with large rip around knee area 1x Chords with vertical rip down the bum area. - Due date: Flexible

I have a dress a little large and I need it shorter


Kennington, Greater London

6th Sep 2022

The dress has layers and one of them it's interior I think it's the one that it needs to be shorter, and it's sewn to tulle. - Due date: Flexible

Dress Tailoring


South Lambeth, Greater London, SW8

28th Jun 2022

I need a dress altering to fit me. - Due date: Before Monday, 11 July 2022

Bridesmaid dress hem taken up


South Lambeth, Greater London, SW8

12th Jun 2022

Long pink dress that needs to be taken up, fabric is polyester - Due date: Before Friday, 29 July 2022

Long dress shortened to midi lenght


Kennington, Greater London

24th Feb 2022

Long dress shotened to midi length - Due date: Before Saturday, 12th Mar 2022

Clothing alterations


Vauxhall, Greater London, SE11

26th Nov 2021

Help turning a dress that’s too small into a top - Due date: Flexible

Sew a Dress


South Lambeth, Greater London, SW8

2nd Nov 2021

To sew from an existing pattern a linen dress