Ladies Alterations and Ladies Tailoring from Alterations Boutique
With over 35 years of experience, Alterations Boutique has become London's foremost experts in garment alterations. If your favourite clothes don't fit, need restyling, resizing, remodelling, altering or repairing our highly qualified, experienced team will work on your garment until it fits you perfectly. We are recognised for our meticulous attention to detail, reasonable prices and our award-winning customer service. Our customers include leading British designer Jenny Packham who entrusts only us with her detailed evening wear and wedding dresses.
Below are just some examples of the work we perform:
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Why Choose Us?
At Alterations Boutique we are committed to excellence. Our highly experienced, fully qualified seamstresses will work on your garment for as long as it is required to create the perfect fit, and we won’t be completely happy with the results until you are. We have established an excellent reputation for delivering impeccable quality alterations when it comes to restyling, resizing, remodelling, altering or repairing garments. What sets us apart is our ability to work to a factory finish which means that any alterations we perform to your garment will be unnoticeable and untraceable; the original stitch pattern, thread colour and any detail will be matched perfectly. This makes us the number one choice for any garment alterations in London. We are highly regarded because of the quality of work we perform, award-winning customer service we provide and reasonable prices we charge.
Ladies Alterations and Repairs
At Alterations Boutique our highly experienced seamstresses understand that different fabrics such as delicate silks, sequin, intricate lace, leather and fur require different alteration techniques. We can perform any type of restyling, resizing, remodelling or invisible repair to the garment we alter. We bring a commitment to making our customers look their very best, our honest advice and an expert understanding of garment design. Our expertise comes from the fact that all our seamstresses are qualified dressmakers which gives them the advantage of understanding fashion and garment construction.
With over 35 years of experience in dress alterations, Alterations Boutique have the expertise to alter your dress to perfection. You can trust us with any type of alteration from a simple hem shortening to major modifications on any type of fabric with detail or embellishment. Whether you have purchased a luxury beaded gown, a sequined evening dress for a special event or a simple work dress which needs altering, our highly trained seamstresses will work on it to ensure it fits you precisely.
As well as altering a dress that doesn't fit you, we can transform your dress into something special by restyling it, with attention to your personality and taste. We have the experience of working on beautiful laces, luxury fabrics, and materials that overall are not easy to alter. We pay close attention to ensure that the end result is a dress that compliments your figure, without any hint of alteration. Our passion for what we do and our attention to detail is what makes us unique.
Take in or Let out Dress sides
Narrow Dress shoulders
Shorten / Lengthen Dress
Shorten / Lengthen Dress Straps
Reshape Dress neckline
Replace Dress Zip
General Dress Repairs
We have the experience of working on any type of fabric from leather to delicate lace, sequin, beads and other materials that overall are not easy to alter. For skirts that are too loose or tight on the waist or hips, we can quickly and effectively reduce or increase size by adjusting the side seams or the centre back seam. After a fitting with our seamstress, we can also determine the perfect fit for your body shape. For a neater silhouette, we taper (narrow) skirts either fully or partly. For a subtle taper, we would remove excess fabric from the inside seams. We can shorten any type of hems whether your skirt has one or multiple layers, keeping the original design intact.
Take in or Let out Skirt waist
Shorten / Lengthen Skirt
Replace Skirt Zip
General Skirt Repairs
Our highly trained seamstresses have the skills to alter your Coat or Jacket to achieve the perfect fit. To improve the fit of your coat or jacket we can take in the side seams or rear centre seam for a flattering fit. We can also shorten the length of your coat or sleeves ensuring the original stitch pattern, thread colour and any detail are matched perfectly. When shortening the sleeves of a coat we can offer two options. We can shorten from the crown (shoulder) or from the sleeve end. As professional tailors with over 35 years of experience, we would recommend shortening from the crown as the most effective way of achieving a flawless result. Working from the shoulder means that the cuff detail or ‘shams’ are not disturbed and consequently the design and proportions of the coat or jacket have remained original. We can narrow or ‘chip’ the shoulders of a jacket or coat for a neater fit or add pads to define the silhouette or even out a dropped shoulder. A ripple of excess fabric across the back neck area or ‘Square back neck’ can be removed by simply opening the back neck and shoulder seam, lifting excess fabric and re-stitching as original for a more complimentary fit on the body. If your jacket or coat has a worn lining we can replace your existing lining with either a close resembling colour or replace it with a colour of your choice adding more pockets or detail at your request. Zip or button replacements are of course basic alterations that we are happy to perform.
Take in or Let out Coat/Jacket sides
Narrow Coat/Jacket shoulders
Shorten / Lengthen Coat/Jacket sleeves
Shorten / Lengthen Coat/Jacket
Adjust Coat/Jacket lapel shape
Replace Coat/Jacket zip
Replace Coat/Jacket buttons
General Coat/Jacket repairs
For trousers that are loose or tight on the waist, we can quickly and effectively reduce or increase size by adjusting the centre back seam. After a fitting with our seamstress, we can also determine the perfect shape of the seat and raise or let down the fork when necessary. For a closer fit and neater silhouette, we taper (narrow) trousers either fully or partly. For a subtle taper, we would remove excess fabric from the inside leg seam. For a more drastic change, we can reduce the leg width by removing fabric from both the inside and outside leg seams. We shorten trousers by hand so that the stitching is invisible from the outside.
Lower Trouser waistband
Take in or let out Trouser waist and seat
Take in or let out Trouser waist, seat and fork
Shorten / lengthen Trouser with a plain hem
Shorten / lengthen Trouser with a turn up
Add tape to the Trouser hems
Take in / let out Trouser seams
Install a front Trouser lining
Fully line Trouser
Replace Trouser zip
General Trouser repairs
When shortening jeans, we are able to retain a pre-worn finish by cutting away the original hem and reinstating it at the required length. When tapering (narrowing) jeans, we pay close attention that the original stitching and thread colour is matched perfectly. We can also replace lost jean buttons and rivets.
Lower Jeans waistband
Take in or let out Jeans waist and seat
Take in or let out Jeans waist, seat and fork
Shorten / lengthen Jeans with original hem
Take in / let out Jeans seams
Replace Jeans zip
Replace Jeans rivets
Replace Jeans buttons
General Jeans repairs
If you do not like the general fit of your blouse there are a number of alterations that are possible. If your blouse is too loose or tight we can quickly and effectively reduce or increase size by adjusting the centre back seam or side seams. Blouse sleeves can, of course, be shortened or tapered (narrowed). Darts can be added to the body of a blouse to narrow it at the waist and depending on the run, we can alter the hips and a little of the chest. This will remove any excess fabric which can be annoying and unflattering to your figure. We have the experience of working on any type of fabric from delicate lace to sequin, beads and other materials that overall are not easy to alter. We pay close attention to make sure that the end result is a blouse that compliments your figure, without any hint of alteration.
Take in or Let out Blouse sides
Narrow Blouse shoulders
Shorten / Lengthen Blouse sleeves
Shorten / Lengthen Blouse
General Blouse repairs
Leather Jacket Alterations and Repairs
If your leather jacket does not fit you as it should or is ripped then we have the skills to alter or repair it for you correctly. It is important that leather alterations are always undertaken by professionals as leather alterations that are not performed correctly can ruin your garment and are nearly always irreversible. A tear or rip does not need to mean the end of a leather jacket or coat. Our skilled seamstresses have the ability to replace panels and use specialised techniques to restore your leather jacket or coat to its original condition.
Take in or Let out Leather Jacket sides
Narrow Leather Jacket shoulders
Shorten / Lengthen Leather Jacket sleeves
Shorten / Lengthen Leather Jacket
Repair Leather Tears
Replace Leather Jacket Zip
Narrow Leather Jacket sleeves
General Leather Jacket Repairs
Fur Coat Alterations and Fur Repairs
Let our skilled furrier give a new life to your old fur coat or jacket by restyling it to give it a more contemporary look. For example, we can change the look of your fur garment by remodelling the sleeves or collar or transform it into a new fur garment like a fur gilet, a hat, or a scarf. With our skills, experience and creativity there are more options for restyling a fur garment than you can imagine. Performing alterations and repairs to fur garments requires the expertise of a skilled furrier with the proper tools and training. Alteration and repairs to fur garments must be carried out using specialised equipment including special needles and thread type designed for the unique properties of fur. As even a simple remodelling job can be complicated, we recommend that you only trust specialists like our experienced furrier with altering your fur garments.
Take in or Let out Fur Coat sides
Narrow Fur Coat shoulders
Shorten / Lengthen Fur Coat sleeves
Shorten / Lengthen Fur Coat
Adjust Fur Coat collar shape
Restyle Fur Coat
Repair Fur Coat tears
Replace Fur Coat hooks
General Fur Coat repairs
Alterations Boutique Limited is a VAT registered company with a comprehensive insurance policy that covers your garment whilst it is in our possession. Unfortunately, there are individuals that have set up rogue businesses that do not pay tax, take cash only and do not have the correct insurance in place which means you and your garment have no protection. We are proud to be a British company that complies with all rules and regulations to provide peace of mind to our clients.
All of our team are qualified Dressmakers or Tailors by trade. Despite being already qualified, the team have to undergo a rigorous Alterations Boutique training programme to demonstrate they perform work to our high standards. In addition, there is ongoing regular training to help the team master their skills.
We believe in charging our customers fair and reasonable prices, therefore, we undertake regular research to ensure our rates are moderate. We appreciate that you would like to know in advance how much the costs are going to be but as garments can vary with regards to fabric, finishing, construction and detail we prefer that customers visit us so we can provide a free, accurate and no obligation quote. At your appointment, we will provide you with a breakdown of costs so you have a clear understanding of what you are being charged for and do our best to make sure we quote within your budget. Our Fair and Reasonable Price policy means that our customers receive the best possible service and outstanding quality workmanship, without having to pay premium prices.
Recent Events and Publications
Below is a dress that Alterations Boutique altered the award-winning British actress Helen McCrory who has appeared in 'Skyfall', 'Harry Potter', 'The Queen', 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'The Woman in Black'. Helen asked Alterations Boutique to restyle her beautiful Christian Dior dress for the Emmy Awards 2013 which she attended with her husband Damian Lewis ('Homeland' star).
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Alterations Boutique made the first replica of Kate Middleton's Wedding dress as commissioned by the Times in 5 hours! Watch Maria Blazquez, the founder of Alterations Boutique being interviewed on Sky News (CLICK ON LINK BELOW) and David Emanuel the designer of Diana's (Princess of Wales) wedding dress, praising our dress on ITV's Lorraine show on 02.05.11 (CLICK ON LINK BELOW). You can click on the link below to read the full story.