Welcome to Splendid Stitches, London’s only dedicated specialist vintage

clothes alterations and repairs service, with a specific focus on clothes

from the 1920’s to 1970’s, along with vintage reproduction.

What We Do

vintage clothes for repair and alterations at Splendid StitchesOur specific focus on vintage means we have unrivalled experience in dealing with the often tricky and unusual alterations and repairs required for clothes several decades old, and our expertise spans classic alterations such as re-sizings and shortening hems over repairs such as changing broken zips, fixing rips and patches, to replacing old linings, or refashioning something new out of something old, for example turning a dress into a skirt and top.

We also offer extensive vintage wedding dress alterations and repairs, and after-the-wedding wedding dress restoration.

Kindly note we do not dry clean, dye or clean garments but can recommend drycleaners. We do not work on leather or fur either as these materials require specialist equipment, but for vintage fur restoration we can recommend furriers. Please see the ‘services’ section for details of those.

We pride ourselves on excellent workmanship and a personal service which is specifically tailored to each particular project, whether restoring a delicate 1930s silk gown, resizing a WWII wool suit, or replacing zips in 1960s mod dresses.

How We Work

Our central London studio is in Hastings Street in Bloomsbury, moments from Kings Cross St. Pancras stations and the British Library.

Due to the current Covid-19 epidemic, we primarily offer a postal service and initially offer online consultations for all pieces. We do have a limited amount of personal fitting appointments available in the studio after 2nd December. At present these cannot be booked online but are by invitation only following email assessment of your items. Our mailing list subscribers get priority for fittings. You can sign up to our newsletter here.

All fittings take place in our shared workspace in Atelier Tammam’s beautiful and luxurious premises, which allows for a relaxed environment for consultations and fittings.

Please use the contact form in the ‘Contact Us‘ section to let us know about your garment for alterations or repairs. We will assess it from the information you provide and can advice on next steps, and whether an online or personal fitting is required. 

Why Use A Vintage Specialist?

As we only deal with vintage, we know and understand that each item is unique and possibly rather delicate, and we treat each garment with utmost care and respect – as vintage clothes lovers ourselves, we know how important each individual piece of clothing is. 

Clothes construction, finishes and fabrics have changed immensely over the years, and is very different to modern, mass-produced clothing. Especially pre-1970s clothes were often made-to-measure, or at least made to be altered to fit. 

It therefore makes sense to use someone with experience of the construction methods and fabrics used in vintage, and – most importantly – someone who understands how your garment may have changed over time. About half of the items we see have been altered in the past, which will need careful undoing or redoing.

We stock original vintage haberdashery including deadstock zips, buttons, threads and trimmings, and will use these for further authenticity if suitable. We also understand the changing vintage silhouettes from 1920s flappers over 1940s landgirls, to 1960s mods and beyond, and the terminology associated with vintage, so if you are trying to achieve a certain look, from steampunk to rockabilly and beyond, we can help with styling this correctly, and will speak your language. 

About Our Founder

Splendid Stitches is the brainchild of Nanna Sandom, a lifelong lover and wearer of vintage who learned to sew and alter clothes in her native Denmark.

Having run Splendid Stitches for a decade, she estimates she has personally altered or repaired over 3000 vintage garments in this time.

Splendid Stitches works with a number of prestigious London vintage boutiques and have loyal clients all over the UK spanning clothes collectors, celebrities and families wanting to restore their heirlooms. 

Nanna champions vintage as the ultimate sustainable choice when it comes to clothing and is driven by strong ethical views. The studio embraces body-positivity and welcomes all genders.

Nanna often shares her knowledge of vintage clothes and offers tips and advice on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so please join us there, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.

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