Get the right fashion fix with this handy guide to tailors in Singapore.
FOR YOUR DESIGNER CLOTHES
Clancy Boutique Alteration Centre
Location: 14 Scotts Road #04-89 Far East Plaza S228213
Tel: 6738 6971
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 8.30pm, Sunday and Public Holidays: 11am to 7pm
Estimated Rate: Prices range from $10 for hemming of jeans to $20 for downsizing of dresses and jackets. Clothes made of leather will cost slightly more.
Waiting time: From same day collection to 3 days. If you wish to opt for the same day service, we suggest coming in early to beat the queue (kiasu Singaporean coming through).
Famous for: Designer clothing alterations.
Clancy Boutique has been around for quite a while and owners Wendy and Cindy Ler (we have no idea how they came up with the name Clancy) have built a strong reputation amongst fashionistas. The quality of their workmanship is undeniable and it’s no wonder why some of their loyal customers will only trust them with their Pradas and Chanels.
FOR A QUICK FIX
Location: Blk 270, Queen Street #03-35, Albert Centre Singapore 180270
Tel: 6338 3978/81435225 (Ask for May)
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm – 7pm
Estimated Rate: $4 to hem jeans, $8 to hem dresses/skirts, from $12 to take in tops/dresses/waistbands
Waiting Time: If the tailor has time, jeans can be hemmed in 20 – 30 minutes. More complicated items take about 1 – 2 weeks, depending on how busy the tailor is.
Famous for: Good workmanship.
If you’re usually in the Bugis area, you’ll want to check out Tang Cottage at Albert Centre (the red building across Bugis Street). Seasoned tailor May Tang does quick fixes for cheap – hemming jeans only costs $4 (take that, overpriced Far East Plaza tailors!). If she’s not too busy, she can even do the job in about 20 minutes, so you can pop by before lunch and pick up your jeans after you’re done eating (try the famous Ma Bo Lor Mee at the hawker centre on the first floor of Albert Centre…worth the calories, and the line moves really quickly).
Location: 14 Scotts Road #03-126 Far East Plaza S228213
Tel: 6737 8238
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday & Sunday: 11:00 – 20:30. Closed on Saturday.
Estimated Rate: From $5 to $12 for shortening or hemming of jeans/dresses and $12 to $15 for waist or jacket alterations. Leather items start at $30 and she accepts clothes of all kinds of material, including knit and denim.
Waiting Time: From 30 minutes to a few days. No extra charge for same day service.
Famous for: Rush jobs within the day.
Michelle’s Alteration prides itself in being one of the cheapest alteration places in town. It’s the perfect place for rush jobs because her team of trained tailors can perform basic alterations in less than an hour.
FOR RELIABLE SERVICE
Ivan’s Express Alteration
Location: 14 Scotts Road 04-40 Far East Plaza S228213
Tel: 6738 9982/9848 9182
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11am to 8.30pm
Estimated Rate: Standard rate of $5 for basic alterations of jeans. Dresses with inner linings range from $6 to $8 depending on length and material. $8 for waist alterations and $12 to $15 for jackets.
Waiting Time: Same day collection at no additional charge. For clothes that require more work, the wait could go up to 3 or 4 days.
Famous for: Great customer service and alterations of reliable quality.
Word on the street is that Ivan’s clientele includes some local celebrities. Having been around for over 20 years, Ivan’s experience in the business is vast and his skills are inferior to none. Many customers have sung praises for this modest little shop and the man behind it.
Meng Yee Express Alteration
Location: 14 Scotts Road 04-104 Far East Plaza S228213
Tel: 6738 1764
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 9pm, Sunday & Public Holidays: 2pm – 6pm
Estimated Rate: $8 to hem jeans/skirts, $10 – $20 to take in a dress or skirt.
Waiting Time: About a week or so.
Famous for: Reliable service and reasonable prices.
If Clancy Boutique is a bit too expensive for you, try Meng Yee Tailoring which is right across from them. The owner David Chan has over 45 years of experience in the tailoring industry, and his skills are top-notch. He’s also pretty accommodating if you need a rush job. Hey, even Kumar goes to him for his tailoring needs.
FOR A WARDROBE OVERHAUL
Locations: Chevron House 02-30/31 and Mandarin Gallery 03-20
Tel: 8228 0883 (Chevron House)/8228 0020 (Mandarin Gallery)
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm, closed on Sunday and Public Holiday (Chevron House)/ Monday to Sunday: 11am to 8pm (Mandarin Gallery)
Estimated Rate: From $12 for dresses and straight-cut jeans to $18 for flared or boot-cut jeans/pants. Waist alterations for dresses start at $24 and jackets at $36. Replication of dresses start from $240 to $320 for made-to-wear dresses. Restyling of a dress to a skirt begins at $64 while reparation of zippers or tear at $6.
Waiting Time: Standard waiting time is about 14 days. An SMS will be sent to you once your clothes are ready for collection. Express service is also available at an additional charge starting from $6.
Famous for: Restyling of old clothes and replication of pieces.
Alteration Initiative helps disadvantaged women by hiring them as seamstresses and providing them with a source of income. Their services encompass resizing, restyling, reparation and replication. Bring your old clothes to them together with a sample of the clothing you’d like them to replicate and ta-da! you’ve got yourself a unique, one-off piece. Prices may be a little steep but nothing beats that feel-good feeling of contributing to a good cause.