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Design and Alter – Tailoring, Alterations, Made-to-Measure, Designer Alterations London

We are one of London’s leading tailoring and alterations services. Established for over 20 years and with over 25 tailors and designers on our premises in Battersea, London. Our team of experienced consultants, tailors, craftsmen and women carry out:-

  • made-to-measure/bespoke tailoring
  • restyling
  • dress alterations
  • suit alterations
  • trouser alterations
  • jacket alterations
  • shirt alterations
  • garment alterations
  • alterations to suede and leather

No job is too complicated which is why the world’s leading fashion houses trust us with their designer alterations for their clients.

Altering Clothes

Our experienced, skilled and highly-qualified tailors and seamstresses will ensure that your clothes alterations, ladies’ garments or menswear, will be looked after and amended in the most professional manner. We will shape the garment and achieve the perfect fit for your body type. Whether it is the shortening of a hem, taking in a waist or providing additional room in the garment, this is the craft we specialise in. Clothing alterations are quite different to tailoring and the skill of the alteration lies in the expert fitting, attention to detail and the perfection of the execution.

Dress, Suit and Shirt Alterations

D&A is well known for excellence and experience in all formal clothes alterations. One of the most common alterations is the professional shortening of the arm and leg length. To preserve proportions and the integrity of the design, this often requires the alteration of other dimensions and finishes, moving buttons, buckles or even a change of length in the sleeve cap of a garment. We regularly alter waistlines, collars, cuffs, pockets, in-seam pockets, shoulders and re-new jacket and coat linings.

Jeans Shortening and Alteration

Differences in jeans styles and the shortening alterations are tremendous – some might think it is an easy alteration, and the cheap ones are. However, to effect the ultimate jeans shortening, it should not be noticeable and wholly integral to the overall look of your particular brand, both in colour and stitching. Design & Alter offers an extensive range of visual samples for jeans shortening – classic and original finish – alteration styles for you to choose and to make your alteration look perfect. The aim is to make your favourite jeans look like they were ‘made’ for you, in every sense – in fact to make them look ‘unaltered’ but only you know they are customised! This can include distressing and maintaining distressed jean brands.

Dress Re-Styling, Replicating and Restoring

Due to ever-changing fashion or maybe a change of your body shape, favourite garments occasionally need updating by re-styling or the adjustment of details. It often doesn’t take much in terms of alteration to update, renew or revamp the look and the life span of your garment. This can include the lifting of a waistline, readjustment of shoulders or shortening hemlines. In order to evaluate the possibilities and costs, an expert opinion is usually needed. D&A recommends examining your favourite clothes items by getting in touch with us before kicking any much-loved or expensive designer items out. If your favourite garment is falling to pieces, we can replicate it in any chosen fabric or new colour.

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