You go to the mall, spot that dress you’ve been eyeing since forever (it’s the last piece), and as a bonus, you find out it’s on sale! But there’s a slight hitch: it’s not your size. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? We do! And it happens a lot, from fashion dilemmas to fashion emergencies, we can think of a hundred more scenarios where an alteration shop can save your life. Ladies and gents, this is a list you need to bookmark, stat!
Before you check out our top seven tailoring shops, here are you few things you should remember:
- Consider the location. Make sure to go over a list of all the branches of a store before checking one out. Location is key because trust us, once you experience that perfect fit, you wouldn’t settle for anything less. What you can save on gas you can spend for more custom-made pieces.
- Befriend the seamstress. Once you’re impressed, take hold of the situation and don’t ever let him or her go. Be nice to them, talk to them, and even leave a tip for a job well done. Doing this will result in them taking extra care of your clothes and it will also serve as your ticket to anything and everything customized!
- Be reasonable. Look up the meaning of alteration in the dictionary. Guys, a bit of cutting, snipping here, and tightening there are all a quick-fix shop can do. Don’t expect them to make miracles for you. This also leads us to tip number 4.
- Be specific with what you want to happen. Converse with your seamstress; tell them exactly what you're expecting so that you won't end up sad and disappointed.
A bunch of brands and department stores already offer in-house alterations, so lucky you if that's the case, but if all else fails, there are always these shops to go to.
One of the biggest alteration chains, Alterations Plus can do more than just alterations. Found in more than 15 branches all over the metro, this store gets our seal of approval. Aside from your basic alteration needs, they also offer other services such as dry cleaning, stain removal, and even made-to-order wedding gowns.
Call: (632) 893-4507
Go: Check out alterations-plus.ph for a complete list of branches.
Living in the mid area (White Plains, Corinthian Hills, Valle Verde, Greenhills) of the metro? Then Sewing Room is your shop. It is nestled in a small complex that houses your usual quick-errand-stops (cafe, supermarket, deli shop, etc.), making it quite convenient to go to.
Call: (632) 637-3540
Go: Unit 101-A, The Clubhouse, Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, Brgy. Ugong Pasig City
TOPPERS GENT'S HAUTE COUTURE
Toppers is really more of a tailoring shop known for suits, but to be honest, wouldn’t you want your simple dilemma to be handled by an expert? Located just across Ateneo, it may not look much on the outside, but we’re telling you, these people know sewing. The next time you need something altered, you might want to bring in some fabric as well because they can make you a well-fitting pair of trousers, a skirt or that dress you've been lusting after but couldn't seem to get your hands on, all for a reasonable price.
Call: (632) 436-7938 (Katipunan Branch); (632) 943-4745 (Marikina Branch)
One of the more popular tailoring shops in the country, Exclusively His has come a long way since their humble beginnings in Tarlac back in 1965. While they offer a wide selection of fine fabrics for suits, barongs, and polos, they can also accommodate your ill-fitting pieces of clothing (bought from other stores) for alterations.
Go: Check out exclusivelyhistailoring.com for a complete list of their branches.
If you live in the Makati area, Alter-Nation in Glorietta can be your best-kept secret. Quick-fixes are their forte so you can expect your finished product to be ready by the time you’re done dining and shopping.
Call: (632) 818-3119
Go: Basement Parking Entrance, Glorietta 3, Makati City
ALTER TO FIT
This is perhaps one of the more accessible alterations shops as it can be found in several SM branches. Found in over 15 branches (even in Cebu), Alter to Fit promises to redefine clothing alteration.
Go: Check altertofit.com for a complete list of branches.
HEEL SEW QUIK
The name of the store already says it all. From simple shoe repairs to basic clothing fixes, expect them to be ready after you watch your movie.
Call: (632) 633-1897
Go: Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
When you have great needs and little budget, it’s time you set foot at the popular Kamuning Market. From an array of affordable materials to well-trained and talented sewmakers, all you need to do is search for your sewmate.
Go: Kamuning Public Market, Quezon City