Alteration fit into two general categories- alterations made to fit the individual, and alterations made for stylistic reasons.


Alterations for fit are fairly common. They were more common a few generations ago when cheap clothing wasn’t so readily available. Today it is too easy to find and buy something that already fits. And if a cheap item doesn’t fit it seems odd to pay money to have it altered; the alteration cost might be comparable to the cost of the cheap clothing.


Alterations are made for clothing items that are well worth having. Celebrities can afford to have their every item custom fitted or altered, even their strategically worn-out jeans. The rest of us have to either spend good money and find the exact right item off the shelf, or else have a few good garments adjusted to our size.


The first criteria for clothes is finding your colour. If this isn’t right you have an uphill battle, and though you can dye clothing it usually isn’t a cost effective way to go. Get the colour right.


One you have the right colour you should look at the style. Don’t be analytical here; go with what intuitively feels right. If it doesn’t fit, it can be altered.


If clothes are cheaply made any alterations are usually not worth it. Buy inexpensive clothes to wear around the house, but anything that requires a social appearance of a photo qualifies for some better looking garments. This doesn’t mean formal, but it means something that just seems to look correct on your body.


Altering the clothes is something of an art, akin to optical illusions. By making sleeves shorter, legs thinner, or changing the waist of a jacket it is possible to give the illusion that the person is thinner, taller or better proportioned. An obese person can never look skinny, but they can neat and attractive with wide shoulders on the right garments. When done well any alterations look natural, both as part of the clothing and in the way they fit the person


Alterations possible include:

Shorten sleeves or leggings

Lengthen (take down hem by adding similar or contrasting fabric)

Making the legs slimmer

Narrowing the sides

Broadening shoulders, possibly with pads.

Take in or let out the waist)

Tack down pleats

Add hooks, Velcro or snaps to wrap-style dresses

Take in sleeves on dresses

Add sleeves (in same or contrasting fabric)

Take up dress at shoulder to make less low-cut


If garments are chosen so that the widest part of our build is accommodated the rest can usually be altered to fit us well.


Alteration Sydney

Talk to you alteration specialist to see what is possible.




Socks Online

Unlike many clothing items that require an exact fit a pair of socks can be satisfactorily ordered with information give online. If you know the right size it’s just a matter of finding the right type of sock.

Dress Socks

Actually the type of sock you wear most often, the casual and dress sock are virtually synonymous. These are usually neutral or darker in colour and have either straightforward patterns or no pattern at all. They are usually low cut, designed to keep the foot comfortable, and last reasonably well. Most of the time they are hidden under trousers, but even when unseen it is considered good form to match their colour to the suit or clothing worn.

Business socks or casual socks are basically the same as dress socks.

 Sports socks

As the name implies these sock are worn at the Gym, while hiking, or while playing sports. As a sport is about sweat, exertion and endurance the socks are designed to be fairly rugged and make the wearer reasonably comfortable. Part of this comfit is the thicker padding; part is the soaking up of sweet. Posts socks come in long and short varieties.

Protective socks

These are similar to sports socks, but more extreme. Imagine a pair of socks that stand up to several days hiking. Though not used often these socks are great under certain circumstances.

No socks/low cut socks

A latter development, these small socks just cover the area inside the shoe. You have the benefit of a comfortable sock, but the look of no socks.

Compression Socks

Designed to help blood flow problems in the feet. Doctors recommend them for some circulation conditions, but many people use them on long flights.

Order socks online for an economical buy.

Dry Cleaning Chatswood

How do we know if something requires dry cleaning? Sometime a garment is labelled dry clean only; sometime there is no obvious label and individuals must decipher symbols.
DRY CLEAN ONLY is fairly self-explanatory. Washing by convention methods, even once, will damage the fabric, often beyond repair.

DRY CLEAN is sometimes the preferred method. An item labelled this way can probably be cleaned by conventional methods, but we don’t guarantee it. Dry cleaning may mean the garment will last much longer. If the item is expensive we strongly recommend dry cleaning.

If there is no label, possibly because it has been removed, then the type of fabric should be a good indication of what method to use. Silk, satin, and velvet are almost always better kept with dry cleaning. Cotton, nylon and polyester are fine for conventional machine washing with detergent. Wool varies; loose fitting cardigans and pullovers can be washed with water that isn’t too hot; any heat will cause shrinkage, so hot dryers cannot be used. Any wool that is part of a shaped garment, like a suit, should be dry cleaned, especially if it is mixed with another material. Dry cleaning will allow the suit to keep its shape; conventional cleaning will cause the garment to age prematurely.

Items that are of a mixed fabric type are sometime subject to problem shrinkage. This is most noticeable when the different materials shrink at different rates, causing the garment to loose shape.

Any suits or dresses with linings, embroidery, glued items or delicate trimmings should be dry cleaned, unless there are a manufacturer’s instructions that say otherwise.

A circle around a letter on the label means dry clean only. The letter, usually P, F, or A indicates the type or dry cleaning required.

A cross put through a circle means DO NOT dry clean. This is relatively rare.

If in doubt about any item ask dry cleaning, Chatswood.

Alterations to consider

Taking in Shoulders. Alterations to the shoulders can be quite difficult. Shoulders tend to stay stable when an individual is fully grown, so this is a onetime alteration. Fine is you have a particular jacket that you simply have to adapt to your frame, but most people but the cloths to suit the shoulders and other unchanging parts of their frame and adapt the other features.

Altering Sides. If you don’t but to fit your shoulders you are probably buying to fit your widest point. If a top garment otherwise fits but is snug or very loose at some point in the middle you can usually alter it about one size up or down, This is useful for those who want to keep a wardrobe after gaining of losing weight.

Altering Sleeve Length. A fairly common procedure. Not unusual for an otherwise ideal garment to fit well except for the sleeves. Given the low cost of a sleeve shortening one should not hesitate to buy and modify something that is otherwise well suited.

Altering Pants legs. If you buy to accommodate the width of your thighs the pants are generally modifiable in terms of leg length and waist. It is easy to take in the waist, and probably flattering, but difficult to modify the middle of the leg.

Skirt Hem lines. An easy undertaking, but totally up to personal taste and build. Women can set the length to make their legs look longer. A bit of experimentation with something to hold the hemline in place can give a good idea of what works best.

The extent that a piece of clothing can be modified is set by the amount of available material. More expensive clothes tend to accommodate change better than bargain buys, but sometime an inexpensive item can work.

Buy so that hardest to alter part of the garment fits well. For jackets this means the shoulders; for pants this is the width of the thigh.

While it is possible to reduce a garment in all dimensions it is ill advised. Not only is it expensive (and cheaper to buy in a different size) but proportions tend to be lost as a garment shrinks. Large pockets on a smaller suit look disproportionate.