Give your clothes a perfect fit at Sue’s Repairs and Alterations
Now that Easter has passed it’s time to prepare our winter wardrobe. Remember that ski jacket that had the tricky zipper or that small tear in your puffer jacket not to mention those new pants that were starting to feel a little tight? Well if your favourite clothes are in need of a small repair or a little widening at the seams then it’s time you called in to Sue’s Repairs and Alterations in Terrace End.
The team at Sue’s Repairs can fix and alter virtually any piece of clothing, says manager Emma Stout.
‘‘At this time of the year we do get a large number of jackets with zipper problems and generally it’s only the slider so the repair is relatively simple. Replacing the entire zip can be more costly but there’s nothing more annoying than a perfectly good warm jacket with a broken zip.’’
Tears in puffer jackets are a little trickier and Emma says they can actually use the material from the jacket’s carry bag to create a patch, which is then discretely sewn into place.
During the school holidays Emma says they get asked to repair or alter quite few uniforms in preparation for the winter term.
‘‘The most frequent request is to lengthen dresses as their daughter has grown a few inches from last year. With most dresses this is just a matter of adjusting the waist band and lowering the hem. If they have grown quite a bit we can add a false hem and we can also do this for boy’s trousers.
‘‘But please don’t leave it to the last day of the holidays!’’
Another request from customers at this time of year is to alter vintage coats.
‘‘Many are lovely coats made from good quality fabrics that are hard to find nowadays. They often just need a bit of modernising by taking out the shoulder pads and reducing the shoulders and maybe tightening the back seams to add a bit more shape.’’
Ball season is not far away and girls will be looking online for that perfect gown. Sue’s Repairs and Alterations are often asked to carry out major alterations to ball gowns.
‘‘These days many gowns are being purchased online, either new or pre-loved and, while this can be a cheaper option, sometimes the gowns bought online don’t quite fit as well as they should,’’ Emma says.
‘‘Generally it’s just a matter of adjusting the seams and hems to get that perfect fit.
‘‘However if a gown is too fitting we can take out the zipper and replace it with an attractive lace-up back.
‘‘We can also add panels that will either match the existing dress or provide a vibrant contrast.’’
So if you have a favourite item of clothing that is in need of some tender loving care or requires some major remodelling, bring it into Sue’s Repairs and Alterations in Terrace End for guaranteed quality results, or for appointments give the friendly team a call on (06) 357 7333.
The friendly and professional team at Sue’s Repairs and Alterations are Gina, Gaye and Emma.