As the holiday season gets in full swing, most of us will most likely find that our suits, slacks and dresses may be getting a little ... snug.
Sure, you can take advantage of deals at area stores, or you can save some money and get some simple alterations done. That expensive suit or dress can pay off for years if you have it tailored.
At the same time, a pair of good shoes or a well-crafted outfit is an investment. A torn sole or broken heel is no reason to discard a perfectly good set of footwear, so why not take it to a local cobbler for a quick and inexpensive repair?
Most large department stores and men's clothing shops offer in-house alterations with the purchase of a new suit, slacks or sport coat. In addition, some area dry cleaners – like London Cleaners, for example – also provide shoe repair and alteration services.
Here's a list of other area shops. And, as always, if you have your own go-to that isn't mentioned here, share it with others using the Talkback feature below:
Alterations and Fine Tailoring, LLC
183 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, (262) 720-3270
Tailors garments, including for special occasions, and makes repairs.
740 N. Grand Ave., Waukesha, (262) 547-6992
A full-service tailor known for its affordable prices.
Caron's Bridal Alterations
17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 373-1829
Specializes in bridal gowns and dresses for bridesmaids and prom.
CTS Custom Tailoring Services
18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 796-0434
Services include custom sewing and a wide array of alterations.
Dort’s Magic Needle
720 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago, (262) 363-5008
Alters and repairs garments of all kinds including wedding attire.
3610 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-2389
Specializes in alterations and tailoring.
1027 E. Brady St., (414) 272-7170
Provides tailoring, dry cleaning and laundry services.
Hans Billerbeck Tailor Shop
3118 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-6040
Tailoring services, dry-cleaning and laundry. Prides themselves on "old-school" service.
Hyde Park Tailors
6738 W. Wells St., (414) 258-3892
Services include tailoring, dry cleaning and leatherworking. Specializes in difficult-to-clean garments and boasts a quick turnaround time.
Joe's Tailor Shop
6014 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 541-8773
Provide tailoring services, alterations, hemming, re-styling, patching and zipper repair.
Joan's Sewing & Alterations
357 Western Ave., Waukesha, (262) 544-6517
Sews and alters all types of garments except wedding gowns.
Joe Vella's Custom Tailors
1810 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood, (414) 332-6200
Tailoring and alteration services.
John's Shoe Services & Tailoring
7506 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 259-0380
Alterations, leatherworking and shoe repair.
K's Bayside Tailor
8828 N. Port Washington Rd., Bayside, (414) 352-8322
Provides tailoring and alteration services.
Katherine's Custom Design & Alterations
W226 N8019 Longview Dr., Sussex, (262) 502-9202
Creates custom-designed styles and alters all types of garments.
Lena's Tailoring & Alterations
149 W. Broadway, Waukesha, (262) 547-8233
Does a wide variety of alterations for customers of all ages.
Lia's Tailors & Cleaners
12614 W. Hampton Ave., Butler, (262) 781-5154
Offers fine alterations services, as well as leather repair.
Lisbon Court Tailoring
9320 W. Lisbon Ave. #2, (414) 463-4520
Tailoring and laundry services.
M K Kreations
1936 Dixie Dr., Waukesha, (262) 521-1012
Performs services for brides, bridesmaids and moms, including alterations, pressing, bustling and veiling.
W186 N9521 Bancroft Dr., Menomonee Falls, (262) 253-6920
Will come to you for consultation and garment pickup.
Mani's Alteration & Gift Shop
717 W. Sumner St., Hartford, (262) 670-2583
Alters clothing, preserves wedding gowns and does custom leatherwork.
7509 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 541-5554
Natasha's Tailoring & Bridal Boutique
3803 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 906-0039
Specializing in bridal and formal garments.
Nick's Tailor Shop
5532 W. Burnham St., (414) 383-6484
Provides alterations and tailoring services.
2319 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee, (262) 574-4717
An alterations specialist is on site seven days a week.
Right Size Alterations
95 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 797-7800
Does all types of tailoring inside Brookfield Square Mall.
13625 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, (262) 784-9050
Works with all types of garments, but has specialized in bridal and leather for decades.
N128 W20025 Holy Hill Rd., Richfield, (262) 628-2560
Works on all varieties of bridal attire.
4026 N. Wilson Dr., Shorewood, (414) 332-1486
Specializes in custom-made garments, alterations, bridal and special occasion wear.
15445 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, (262) 784-0509
Repairs and alters all sorts of clothing items.
The London Cleaners
778 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 276-3010
Providing Milwaukee with tailoring, dry cleaning, shirt services, hat repair and more for than a century.
Bay Cobbler Shoe Repair
3959 S. Howell Ave., (414) 482-0076
Shoe repair services.
Cobbler Corner West Shoe Services
13475 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 784-7463
Has 50-plus years of shoe-repair experience.
Cobbler Shoe Service
827 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 747-1154
John's Shoe Shop
N87 W16459 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-1433
Repairs shoes, boots and zippers.
Jeff's Shoe Repair
3438 N. 84th St., (414) 444-6500
Shoe repair, cleaning services, leather goods.
1190 W. Sunset Drive, #102, Waukesha, (262) 446-3433
2110 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 547-3940
14335 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, (262) 781-0036
2806 Heritage Drive, Delafield, (262) 646-8405
N56 W15560 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls, (262) 373-0011
Offers shoe repair in addition to dry-cleaning services.
Olde Towne Comfort Shoes & Repair
806 N. 68th St., (414) 771-8190
Shoe repair and orthopedic shoe vendor.
Pro Clean Dry Cleaners
17800 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 782-2269
Provides shoe repair and alteration services.
7724 W. Burleigh St., (414) 871-7181
Shoe and boot repair.
Shorewood Shoe Repair Shop
3815 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 962-6060
Shoe dyeing and repair services.
The Cobbler’s Bench
818 W. St. Paul Ave., Waukesha, (262) 521-9300
Repairs shoes and does custom leatherwork, including belts.
Tommy's Shoe Repair
8828 N. Port Washington Rd., #6, Bayside, (414) 228-8181
Shoe repair, luggage and accessories.
Village Shoe Repair
3830 N. Holton St., (414) 962-6287
Shoe repair and dyeing services.