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Mending clothes is an important part of extending garment's life and, well, sustainable fashion!
Check out the these five places for clothes alterations in Sydney that could help you mend, customise or even design a piece!
To start with, some dry cleaners also do everyday alterations. If you don't feel like venturing away from your neighbourhood, you could start by asking your local dry cleaner if they could help you mend clothes.
Best for: Convenient location, cheap option
Look Smart Alterations is a franchise with over 120 locations across Australia and New Zealand. In Sydney, they are strategically located at Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Chatswood, Brookvale, Bankstown, Rouse Hill and Liverpool.
The chain offers 24-hour turnaround on most services, so you can restyle, resize and repair your clothes easily. Check out their offers section for discounts — at the time of writing (April 2021), it’s $10 off for subscribers, 10% off corporate, 15% off seniors and 20% off school uniform works!
Best for: Convenient locations, quick turnaround
Jasmin and her team are professional seamstresses and tailors based in the Dymocks Building, Sydney CBD. The family-run business does everything from fixing the zip on your favourite jeans to transforming a wedding dress that you found from an op shop! They can also design and create custom garments that perfectly fits you and matches your style.
Best for: Complete alteration and design service
Reza and his team come highly recommended by Balmain locals. They specialise in made-to-measure men suits, shirts, pants, bridal gowns, formal dresses and casual wear. They cater to your own designs and give you ideas to get that perfect outfit.
Best for: Specialist design service
If you want a more personal touch, head to Airtasker to find local seamstress and alteration experts. Seamstresses are located anywhere from St James to Waterloo, North Strathfield and other suburbs in Greater Sydney. Depending on the complexity, alterations can cost anywhere between $25 to $250 — the average is $55 to $110. This is likely because most people have multiple items to mend (which is a good strategy to get a discount and reduce travel/shipping cost). You can post what you need and get competitive quotes, so you don’t have to worry about being ripped off!
Best for: Flexible pricing, personal touch