Find a alteration service in Arlington, VA

Find alteration services in Arlington, VA

Find alteration services in Arlington, VA

Share a few details and we'll show you the best alteration services in your area.
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Find alteration services in Arlington, VA

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Top 10 alteration services in Arlington, VA

Clients agree: these vendors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Design Group

Design Group

New on Fash
Serves Glenarden, MD
Awesome customer service; we specialize in all wedding dress making and alterations including decor; we off 911 service and we come to you!
KandM Kindred Crafters

KandM Kindred Crafters

5.0(1)
1 hire on Fash
Serves Hillcrest Heights, MD
Regina H. says, "Beautiful sewing craftsmanship. They can see just about anything. " Read more
CC’s Alteration

CC’s Alteration

New on Fash
Offers online services
Serves Alexandria, VA
Bridal's alteration. Veils, Evening dresses. Specialty in Lace, beads works.
Penelope Thread Room

Penelope Thread Room

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
Serves West Springfield, VA
I love sewing, fashion
NewCouture,Inc.

NewCouture,Inc.

New on Fash
Offers online services
Serves Washington, DC
We are a custom clothing design company specializing in Bridal, Morher of Bride/Groom,Special Occasion, tailoring and alterations. Creating individual style to reflect the character of each client.
Linens And Apparel

Linens And Apparel

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
Serves Olney, MD
On time Neat and professional deliverence meeting the expectations of the customer
Sunday Best

Sunday Best

New on Fash
Serves Bowie, MD
I am a full service sewing business. I can provide fashion design, illustration of your look, create the pattern then sewing the design to your measurements and specification. I also perform alteration services or sewing to redesign your look. Besides sewing, I also embroider and upholster chairs. I love being able to provide expert customer service and to be able to see customers wearing my designs. I have been sewing since 1972 and count it a blessing to continue be current with fashion design and sewing expertise....
Best Fit Tailoring DC

Best Fit Tailoring DC

New on Fash
Serves Washington, DC
bestfittailor.com
New Attitude Hair Gallery

New Attitude Hair Gallery

5.0(1)
1 hire on Fash
Serves Chambersburg, PA
Lisa R. says, "Sylvia pays attention to details and genuinely cares about your hair! " Read more

Your Alterations, Tailoring, and Clothing Design questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

Alterations vary in price depending on the type of fabric and the changes needed. Simple alterations like hemming and adjusting waistlines $20 to $50, depending on the experience and specialty of the seamstress. More complex alterations like taking in the shoulders of a jacket usually start at around $50 and go up from there.

Altering formal gowns is more costly since they have more layers, linings, and fabric to deal with.

Simple alterations usually take a few days to a week to complete while more complex alterations take longer, especially if the shop is busy. Some alteration services offer same-day service for simple alterations like adjusting a hem or replacing shirt buttons.

Seamstresses and tailors all do alterations on clothing, but seamstresses also tend to alter other non-clothing items such as draperies. A tailor tends to work more on men's suits and coats but also works on women's pieces such as fancy dresses and ball gowns.

Both seamstresses and tailors work in dry cleaners, alteration services, and even higher-end fashion stores. Seamstresses also commonly work in bridal stores altering wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and ball gowns. Tailors often work in men's suit stores where they alter shirts, suits, and trousers.

Clothing alterations are typically minor changes that adjust the way an article of clothing fits. Major changes to the way the garment looks are not considered alterations, but typically refer to tailoring. For example, shortening a dress is considered an alteration, while changing the neckline and style of the dress is considered tailoring.

The most common alteration services include:

  • Shortening sleeves
  • Adjusting hem lengths
  • Adjusting waistlines
  • Tapering

Minor fixes to a damaged garment like replacing zippers and buttons or repairing holes can also be considered alteration services.

Being prepared for your clothing alterations can make your appointment go smoother and your alterations turn out better. Always bring in clean clothes and wash and dry new items to ensure they won't shrink after an alteration, especially for cheaper clothes.

Other tips include:

  • Always bring the shoes you are likely to wear with the pants or a long dress to ensure a proper hem length.
  • Speak up when the garment is pinned, once the garment is sewn it is too late to point out a complaint about the fit.
  • Ask about the price before you leave the shop, don't wait until you return to pick up your altered garment only to find you spent more than you planned on the alteration service.

Alteration services are a great way to use those quality pieces of clothing that just don't fit anymore. Here are some guidelines to help you choose a clothing alteration service:

  • Search online for a local seamstress with years of experience altering clothing garments.
  • Read their reviews on Fash and Google
  • Select a shop that is the most professional, and skilled that works within your budget and timeframe.
  • Ask about the price and terms before leaving your garment in the shop.

When choosing a clothing alteration service, be sure to pick a professional service that meets your budget and timeframe. To help you make the right choice, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • How many years of experience do you have with clothing alterations?
  • How much will the alterations cost?
  • What alteration services do you offer?
  • How long will the alterations take?
  • What should I bring to my alteration appointment?
  • Will you press my garment after making the alterations?

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