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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 Whitechapel

Curtain alteration


Spitalfields, Greater London

24th Apr 2023

We have some large stage curtains that need to be altered. 1m taken off the bottom and sewed up. The site is a video production studio, and alterations will need to be done on site - Due date: Flexible

New zipper for my jacket


Tower Hill, Greater London

16th Mar 2023

North face jacket, bottom of zipper ripped off - Due date: Flexible

Cushions have come off the zips


Whitechapel, Greater London, E1

15th Mar 2023

The cushions are not longer attached to the sofa - Due date: Flexible

A dress made for an elderly friend


Spitalfields, Greater London

12th Jan 2023

I would like a dress made for an elderly friend. We have a photo f her when she was 8 wearing a dress and we want to get an exact replica of this dress made for her - Due date: Flexible

Shorten the pant length and tightening of the waist


Spitalfields, Greater London

15th Dec 2022

1 pair of jeans and 2 cargo pants need to be shortened. One of the pants also needs to be tightened from the waist. - Due date: Flexible

Shorten trousers


Whitechapel, Greater London, E1

6th Nov 2022

I have trousers that I need 2 inches off - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 12 November 2022

Hem womens sequin dress


Tower Hill, Greater London

23rd Jun 2022

I bought a dress it is too long. The fabri is sequins and it is lined. - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Alter dress


Whitechapel, Greater London, E1

5th May 2022

Dress a bit too long, need help - Due date: Needs to be done on Friday, 6 May 2022

Alterations of jeans of trouser


Whitechapel, Greater London, E1

10th Mar 2022

Need to shorten length of one trouser, lose wait of one jeans & need to tight one jeans - Due date: Flexible

Cut my dress


Whitechapel, Greater London, E1

8th Dec 2021

I juat need to cut 2 cm of my prom dress - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 9th Dec 2021

Clothes altered


Spitalfields, Greater London

5th Dec 2021

Hem shorts and adjust dress - Due date: Before Monday, 13th Dec 2021

Minimal Clothes alternation


Spitalfields, Greater London

26th Oct 2021

I bought a vest which turned out to be large under the arms in width and I need it to be fitted for me. - Due date: Flexible

Zip on my sofa needs replacement


Wapping, Greater London

14th Oct 2021

The zip is attached on the sofa base and on the cushion. Zip is broken and will need a new one one sewn on - Due date: Flexible

Dress alterations


Wapping, Greater London, E1W

2nd Jun 2019

I need some alterations on 2 items. Please check the pictures Yellow dress: - Raise waist and take in the sides of the "skirt". Green jumpsuit - Shorten the length and adjust the back straps as they are too loose.