A good fit makes all the difference! Consult this helpful guide before you visit your local tailor.

By Claire Sulmers
Updated May 23, 2018

Clothing alterations are worth factoring into your budget, if at all possible—a good fit makes all the difference. For the very best (albeit costly) fit possible, buy your clothes a size larger and have them altered by a tailor. If that's not practical for your budget, consider using tailoring as a way to make sure the clothes you wear most often (say, your go-to sheath dress for work) fit beautifully.

Here, Ken Grippi, a technical consultant and a tailor for Dependable Cleaners, a New England-based chain, reveals the cost of some typical modifications. Just note that the cost of alterations may vary, depending on the difficulty of the service and the shop providing it.

  • Shorten sleeves on a dress shirt: $28.
  • Shorten sleeves on a jacket: $36 (without buttons) to $40 (with buttons).
  • Take in the body of a jacket: $46 (two seams) to $59 (three seams).
  • Take in a dress shirt: $20.
  • Adjust the shoulders of a jacket: $73.
  • Hem a skirt or a dress: $14.
  • Hem a pair of jeans or pants: $10.
  • Take in a sheath dress: $49.