Welcome to Splendid Stitches, London’s only dedicated specialist vintage
clothes alterations and repairs service, with a specific focus on clothes
from the 1920s to 1980s, along with vintage reproduction.
What We Do
Our expertise spans alterations such as shortening hems and re-sizings, over repairs such as changing broken zips and 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.
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.
Kindly note we do not dye or dry clean garments, or work on fur, suede and leather, but recommend drycleaners and furriers in our ‘Services’ section.
How We Work
Our central London studio is in Hastings Street in Bloomsbury, moments from Kings Cross St. Pancras stations and the British Library.
We offer a range of appointment options: In person fittings , online video call consultations and a postal service where we first assess the item via photos and you then send the item to us.
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.
Our mailing list subscribers get priority for fittings. You can sign up to our newsletter here.
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. We have experience of the construction methods and fabrics used in vintage, and understand 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 we can help with styling this correctly, and will speak your language.
About Our Founder
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.
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