We operate a strict By Appointment Only service in order to provide you and your garments the attention and care we pride ourselves on. Appointments can be booked via this website, by sending us an email with more details on your piece via the ‘Contact Us’ section, or by calling the studio on 020 7388 5924. 

The list below is just examples of what we offer. Please also see our ‘Gallery’ section for pictures of our work.

It is always worth getting in touch via our contact form with your enquiry. We aim to respond within two working days. 

Repairs

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Repairs on 1920s dress to mend armholes

No matter how hopeless your precious vintage piece seems, fret not: We will do our very best to get it wearable again.

Examples of repairs include:

  • Broken zip replacements in dresses and skirts 
  • Mending rips and tears 
  • Patching frail fabric or where parts are missing 
  • Sewing on or replacing buttons 
  • Adding hook/eyes or snap fasteners so garments do up
  • Changing loose or broken elastic

We also offer our unique seam-reinforcement service checks over your garment and reinforces fragile and/or split seams at all stress points. We use genuine vintage parts when requested, such as metal zips and vintage buttons. Our minimum charge for repairs is £15. 

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Alteration to 1960s dress with a chunk of skirt missing to become a mini dress

Alterations

Vintage clothes fit can differ greatly from what we are used to today, making an otherwise great item feel a little awkward – which is where our vintage alterations expertise really makes a difference.

Our alterations services include a personal fitting and discussion with you, so we can use the best method to achieve the best fit for you. We aim to ‘do things properly’ such as by measuring hem lines from the floor up and shortening coats by doing the alterations on the inside rather than just folding up the hem. We always aim to make your item look ‘not altered’ and use a wide range of methods to achieve the perfect fit. 

Dress/skirt hems and trousers start at £20, but resizes vary considerably according to original design and what is required, so please contact us for a full quote.

Customisation & Restyles

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Removed ripped collar on 1940s dress for an easier-to-wear dress

Love the dress but hate the sleeves? Neckline too high? Or maybe you want to transform a dress into a skirt or a jumpsuit into a pair of trousers? We have done it all and more besides.

More comprehensive than alterations, customisations and restyles are a more radical approach; for example if your vintage garment is beyond repair on the top or bottom, but there may be a way to reincarnate a dress into a top or skirt.

Speak to us about what can be done to make your garment perfect for your style and preferences. We always endeavour to stay as true to the spirit of the original piece as possible, but wearable too.

Linings

Whether a replacement of an old lining, repairs of the existing lining or adding a lining where none was before, we can help: jackets, capes, coats, skirts and dresses can all be given a new lease of life. We also undertake pocket re-linings. A new lining starts from £40 (plus fabric) for skirts and £70 for jackets/coats, but naturally varies according to the style of the garment. Contact us for a full quote.

Vintage Bridal

Splendid Stitches have helped many a vintage bride obtaining the perfect fit or undertaking crucial repairs before the big day. From shortening of hems over restyles of sleeves to adding linings or replacing zips, we offer a comprehensive service for vintage bridal alterations and repairs, and have the privilege of undertaking fittings in the luxurious Atelier Tammam, which also stocks a wide range of vintage bridal accessories and can create bespoke veils and sashes.
Please see the ‘Vintage Bridal’ section for more details on this service.

Vintage Fur alterations, restoration and cleaning

Fur, and especially vintage fur, requires both specialist equipment and in-depth knowledge of pelts in order to carry out proper alterations or repairs. We have teamed up with brilliant furrier Rebecca Bradley who can offer alterations, restyling, re-linings, restoration and cleaning of vintage furs. See www.rebeccabradleylondon.com

Dry Cleaning

For specialist cleaning of vintage garments, we recommend Upstage Theatrical Drycleaners, the market leader for vintage and theatrical drycleaning in the UK. Based in Bounds Green, North London, just off the North Circular, they can be contacted on 0207 609 9119.

Splendid Stitches are only able to manage the dry cleaning process for bridal gowns which are being altered by us.

Prices

For an accurate estimate, please fill in the contact form in the ‘Contact’ section, adding a photo if possible. Alternatively, drop us a line on info@splendidstitches.co.uk 

By the very nature of vintage each piece of clothing is different, and the price of repairs or alterations depend on many factors: style, level of detailing, and of course what works need doing to ensure the best fit. The easiest thing is for you to drop us a line, preferably with a  photo, and short description of what you need – eg. replace zip, shorten hem or taking in sides.

Bridal consultations are charged at £50, which will be offset against any work we undertake for you.

We are open one weekend per month. Weekend fittings are charged a non-refundable £20 and must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

If you miss a booked fitting or collection, we charge £5 (if less than 24 hours notice given). This will be added to the final bill.

Our standard turnaround time is 1 week for 1 garment. Quicker turnaround is sometimes available, and carries a surcharge of 25% for 3 days and 50% for 1 day (this service is not available at weekends).