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Alterations Service In Bournemouth & Dorset

We are all different shapes and sizes and that means quite often an outfit or dress will need some sort of adjustment to make it the perfect fit.

Fab Frocks is pleased to provide details of seamstresses who have been carrying out alterations for our customers for some time or whose details have been provided by our customers.

Dress alterations, Tailors & Seamstress in Bournemouth

Dress alterations, Tailors & Seamstress in Poole

Dress alterations, Tailors & Seamstress in Shaftesbury


Bournemouth & Poole

Sewing House

18 Westbourne Arcade, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 9AY

07427 685302


H. Baldwin & Son Limited

13 Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2HN

01202 679996

Wedding Dress To Be


07771 780 623


Zip Yard

342 Wimborne Road, Winton Bournemouth BH9 2HH

01202 528400


Sublime Design

40 Alumchine Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 8DX

01202 762747

Sublime Design



White Orchid

7 Dairy Close Corfe Mullen Wimborne BH21 3UX

01202 886001




Rags To Stitches

73C Leigh Road Wimborne Dorset BH21 2AA

01202 889657


Amazing Emily's

1 Westlake Close, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5PE

07892 799135



North Dorset

The Little Pincushion

Greenfields The Street, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9PF

01747 897261

www.thelittlepincushion.co.uk - clothing and dress alterations in Shaftesbury

Anna's Alterations

1 Old Sarum House, The Plocks, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AA

07857 274477

More Details - Dress Alterations in Blandford

All work is carried out by contract between you (the customer) and the seamstress or tailor. Fab Frocks will not be responsibile for any work carried out by using the above services.

I love it but it doesn't quite fit

It’s ok we are here to help. We’d love to be standing next to you right now offering the same great advice you’d get in our boutique but instead we thought we'd send you this.

Designer occasion-wear is not like high-street clothes in the way it’s sized. There is no standard size chart as it comes from all over the world so it’s likely that the outfit you have chosen will need altering in some way to fit your individual body shape perfectly.

As women we are really not used to getting clothes altered that we buy on the high street. Because of what we sell we sell it’s our experience that about 80% of customers who visit us in the boutique need some adjusting by a seamstress.



  • Lifting on the shoulders
  • Taking in on the hips
  • Shortening the length
  • Taking in around the bust area


  • Taking in at the back
  • Shortening the sleeves

It’s those simple tweaks like lifting the straps or shortening the length that can make a big difference to the fit and how you feel about a dress or outfit. Remember it’s always better to have an outfit taken in rather than try to let a tighter outfit out.

What to do next

So you love the outfit but it doesn’t quite fit. If you were in the boutique, we'd arrange for a seamstress to take a look and tell you what they can do to make it a perfect fit.

As you're at home we suggest either contacting a local bridal boutique or searching Google for details of your nearest seamstress. Most bridal shops will have seamstresses who will also do freelance work for other customers – They should be happy to pass on a telephone number or email address.

There are also nationwide alteration businesses such as The Zip Yard which have outlets across the country – visit www.thezipyard.co.uk to find the nearest to you.

Stitches is a northern-based alteration service with outlets in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool www.stitchesuk.co.uk

This will depend entirely on the amount of work that needs doing. Most seamstresses will be happy to see you with no obligation and offer a quote for the work. Always be sure to get a quote before the work starts.

We hope this alteration advice helps and if we can offer any more advice, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01202 765352 and ask for Tracie.

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