From broken zip replacements and burst seams to full reworks or re-linings of garments we offer a comprehensive range of repairs and alterations to vintage pieces.

  • Kindly note we specialise in pre-1990s vintage. We can only take on non-vintage in exceptional circumstances, and only as part of a multiple order where more than 50% of the items are pre-1990s vintage. Non-vintage works carry a 25% surcharge. 
  • We refuse to work on fast fashion pieces for ethical and operational reasons.
  • Our minimum charge for a single piece is £25, reduced to £20 if part of a multiple order.

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



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. 


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


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. 

Customisation & Restyles


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.


We can re-line completely or partly, or repair existing linings. We can also add linings where none was before eg in skirts or jackets, whether for comfort or preservation.

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 brides restoring family heirloom wedding dresses or vintage dresses bought online, obtaining the perfect fit or undertaking crucial repairs before the big day.

Please see the ‘Vintage Bridal’ section for more details on this service.

Our partnership with Atelier Tammam, means they can create bespoke veils and accessories for you, and they also stock wide range of vintage bridal accessories.

Bridal consultations are charged at £150, which will be offset against any work we undertake for you.

Vintage Fur alterations, restoration and cleaning

We do not work on fur as it requires both specialist equipment and in-depth knowledge of pelts in order to carry out proper alterations or repairs.

We recommend furrier Rebecca Bradley who can offer alterations, restyling, re-linings, restoration and cleaning of vintage furs. See

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.

Styling and garment dating

We can help you date your garment and choose appropriate accessories. For repairs and customisations we can advice on suitable options according to what look and style you want to achieve. This is especially useful for wedding dresses or special events.

Vintage as a sustainable wardrobe choice: Our personal styling sessions range from simple analysis of the best vintage silhouettes and key pieces for you, to wardrobe analysis and using what you have already to full image consultancy, wardrobe analysis, advice on suitable retailers, accessories and personal shopping. We can even re-sell unwanted items for a full 360 degree approach.

As we are independent we offer recommendations purely on what we think works for you, but we do prefer recommending small, independent businesses which share our ethos.

For more information about our styling services, please email us on


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 

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.

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).