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 our fave alteration stores in Singapore…
In need of a quick alteration after a retail therapy session at Orchard Road? Look no further than the cosy alteration store within Lucky Plaza. If you’re really particular about sending your designer threads for a quick fix, you need not worry with these guys as the folks at Gee Creation are really meticulous with the measurements.
Gee’s Creation, #03-53, Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863
Loyal customers swear by this heartland tailor for fast alterations and super reliable service. Besides creating custom clothes, Ginz Collection is ace at altering all sorts of materials from denim to cotton, and will even add a touch of detail such as pom-poms or sequins if you want to!
Ginz Collection, #01-446, Blk 503, Bishan St 11, Singapore 570503
With 30 years of experience in the bag, you know the pros from Alt-to-fit are the ones to go to for quality tailoring and alteration services. Its team of seamstresses are there to guide you through the alteration process, helping you to bring your fashion vision to life by repairing, resizing and refashioning! No doubt, you’ll walk out with the perfect fit.
Alt-to-fit, #01-268, Blk 433, Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 12043
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 clothing, 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.
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, #04-89, 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
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
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
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,#B1-06, 1 Raffles Link, City Link Mall, Singapore 039393
Meng Yee Express Alteration
This humble establishment is a family-run biz, and has chalked up a big fanbase 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
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.
Haute Alteration Initiative, Mandarin Gallery, #03-30, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
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, available at multiple locations including 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