Clothing Alterations & Mending
About the Clothing Alterations and Mending heading in Yellow Pages®
Clothing alterations and mending refers to service providers who undertake repairs to clothing which is damaged, as well as alterations to usable items. A person providing clothing alterations or mending is also known as a dressmaker, tailor or seamstress.
Mending clothing includes hem and seam repair, replacement of buttons, hooks or zippers, and restoring frayed buttonholes and torn linings. A range of techniques is used when repairing clothing, from darning, ravelling and patching, to hand sewing delicate beading. Elbow patches are used to mend jackets and jumpers which are worn out at the elbow, but otherwise still able to be used. Clothing mending is done both by hand and by machine.
Dressmakers providing clothing alterations shorten and lengthen sleeves and hems, adjust shoulder pads and dress shields, and restyle and resize business and casual clothing. Customers model the clothing item requiring alteration while the dressmaker takes measurements and gathers fabric to the required size or length. Some dressmakers specialise in the fitting of formal wear including wedding attire, formal gowns and christening outfits. Others work in particular fabrics such as leather, which requires specialist repair techniques, or on a type of clothing such as suits. Search with Yellow Pages® to find a number of clothing alterations and mending services in all states in Australia.