Truth: It takes a tailor to keep your off-the-rack outfit looking fab. Here's the lowdown on some of the best alteration stores in Singapore
If you’re constantly buying off-the-rack, you’d know this problem all too well: ill-fitted clothes. There’s nothing worse than bagging a coveted piece that’s far too long or baggy. The only solution? Get it taken in. It’s a secret that stylish celebs swear by, as a great fit flatters your frame and makes your outfit look subtly more expensive. If you’ve yet to find the right tailor for your fashion fix, we list 10 alteration stores in Singapore, based on recommendations and reviews.
Jenny & Me Dressmaking
With over three decades of experience under her belt, Jenny is a force to be reckoned with. Aside from her well-honed expertise at crafting dresses and shirts from scratch, she does meticulous alterations for all sorts of clothings, and won’t hesitate to dish our her professional advice on how best to get the right fit.
Jenny & Me Dressmaking, Holland Road Shopping Centre, #03-45, 211 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278967.
Editor’s Pick: Clancy Boutique Alteration Centre
Clancy Boutique takes clothing alteration seriously – seamstresses there see it as “part art, part science”. A firm favourite amongst brides-to-be, the store promises to have your off-the-rack pieces fitting you like a glove. The quality of their workmanship is unrivalled, so remember to book your appointments as early as you can to avoid any last-minute rush!
Clancy Boutique Alteration Centre, 14 Scotts Road #04-89 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213, p. 6738 6971. Open Mon-Fri 10am-830pm, Sat-Sun, 11am-730pm.
Unlike many other tailors, the attention to detail and fit of the clothes at Iris Tailor is impeccable. The couple who runs the store is known for their menswear, so you can tailor a brand new suit, alter store-bought jackets, taper your pants/jeans and more. Look for Nani, who has years of experience! Keep in mind that they do get very busy at times, so be prepared to wait for last-minute altering.
Iris Tailor, #01-102 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863, p. 9649 6047. Open Mon-Sat 1-9pm.
For a quick and no-fuss fix that’s easy on your wallet, this is your place. Michelle’s team of trained tailors can perform basic alterations in less than an hour. There’s also no extra charge for same-day services, so if you need a hem shortened, or a patch job, you now know where to go!
Michelle’s Alteration, #03-126 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213, p. 6737 8238. Open Mon-Fri 11am-830pm, Sun 12pm-7pm. Closed on Sat.
Scored yourself your dream jeans – only to find it baggy around your thighs, or far too long for your petite frame? For times like these, we turn to denim experts, Jeansfix, our denim saviour for ill-fitted waists, torn patches and ripped knees. These guys aren’t your ordinary tailors – their in-house technique of ThreadMatching ensures long-lasting repair, thanks to a thorough analysis, and precision in finding the best colour match for your jeans.
Jeansfix, 50 Market Street, #01-14, Golden Shoe, Singapore 048940, p. 6534 4843.
Meng Yee Express Alteration
This humble establishment is a family-run biz, and has chalked up a big fan bases of regulars who swear by the swift and thorough alteration services available here. Whatever your sartorial needs, you can expect reasonable prices here – these start from eight dollars for simple shortening of trousers and skirts.
Meng Yee Express Alteration, #04-104, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213, p. 6738 1764.
Haute Alteration Initiative
Two reasons to love Alteration Initiative: one, it strongly believes in respecting your clothes, so you’ll never experience shoddy alterations here and two, it’s an inclusive practice which employs women above 50 years old, people with disabilities as well as single mothers. Come here for a luxurious experience – equipment here is top-notch, and facilities include two luxury fitting areas as well as a massive wardrobe.
Located at six branches across Singapore, May Tailor has been dedicated to the business for a whopping 20 years. From measurement-taking to garment alteration, work here is done with utter precision and at affordable prices. Want your garments dropped off? The travel fee is free for spending over $200. Otherwise, a $50 fee will be charged.
May Tailor, Locations include Marina Square, Lucky Plaza, Raffles Plaza and ION Orchard.
Alteration of Unisex Clothing
Like its name suggests, this store covers all types of garments for both lads and ladies, including suits, wedding dresses and threads for kids. A recognised name amongst Bukit Batok residents, the store has fast gained popularity, so it’s best advised to call in advance.
Alteration of Unisex Clothing, Block 375, Bukit Batok Street 31, #01-144, Singapore 650375, p. 90371195.