Milwaukee-area tailors and shoe repair guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:29 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
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.
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Cobbler Shoe Service 827 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 747-1154- THIS IS THE BEST COBBLER! I love him & his wife. They are sweet & affordable. Support them!
I went to Hans Billerbeck once to get a shirt altered. If you mean by "old school" being rude to potential customers and having no AC in your shop when it's 90 degrees outside then he is truly old school. After that experience I went to Dad's Shop on Squire Ave. in Cudahy upon a friend's recommendation. Great guy, great work, great service.
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