Thanks in advance!
Alterations tailor in Oxford, UK
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I give everything to Ede & Ravenscroft; they've done plenty of alterations work for me on items that aren't theirs. I'm pretty confident that they offer this alterations service to anyone, not just existing clients, but I must admit that I'm not 100% certain of that. You could just give them a call to save you a wasted journey if I'm wrong. They're probably a few quid more expensive than a pure alterations tailor but I know where I am with them, and am happy with that, so I haven't been motivated to shop around. Oh, one other thing: they send the majority of alteration work away to be done elsewhere so it's about a fortnight's turnaround on items, generally.
Good luck in your search!
PS. nice boots you have for sale and in approximately my size too... pity I'm not in the market for such a pair right now.
Well, I've only used Ede, but there's an alterations place on the High St just opposite the Exam Schools and next to Olives deli (IIRC from walking past, it's called Simply Sewing) and a couple of dry cleaners that also offer alterations on New Inn Hall St and Park End Street (sorry, can't remember the names of them, but an internet search should pull them up). I think there is/used an alterations tailor on Broad Street, next to the Oxfam shop. Can't comment on quality/service/cost of any of these (I've never used them) but I suppose they're worth sounding out if you don't want to use Ede.
Edit to add: the one on New Inn Hall St is the same one next to Coffee Republic mentioned by loiclac, so from his experience it sounds like you should avoid it.
Personally, for dry cleaning, I've had good experiences with the Johnsons branch in Headington. Provided you're clear in advance, they've managed a 3-2 roll and even more remarkably, have managed to softly pressed a linen jacket's lapels so that it retains its roll. They say that everything is hand-pressed, so I suppose that's why specific explanations make a difference. However, that recommendation is of no use to Theo upthread if he doesn't have a car.
BTW, I saw someone dressed in a rather funky Victorian - almost Sherlockian or perhaps steampunky - outfit going into the big Tesco's just off the ring road in Cowley today. I think I've seen him in that outfit once or twice before. Ballsy thing to wear; if you're on this board and reading this, my metaphorical hat's off to you.
Edited by Holdfast - 2/27/13 at 6:31am
You're right: I've used them for alterations and am certainly not a bespoke customer! They're very friendly, too.
I then stopped by David Clarke above the Cafe Creme shop on Broad St. He quoted me £55 to shorten sleeves and £85 to do a fairly routine slimming of the back. This was way more pricey than I had anticipated (though I admit that I'm used to North American prices for tailoring). I would expect to pay about $40 for a sleeve shortening and maybe $60-80 for a back tailoring at some pretty quality tailors back home.
I then went to Simply Sewing on High St. and spoke to Ham. He was very nice and seemed quite knowledgeable. He originally looked to charge me £110 together, but I spoke him down a little bit to £100.
I haven't seen the result, but in the end, I probably regret somewhat spending so much to alter a jacket I don't intend to keep for too long (this was a cheap-po polyestor/viscose black tie from Debenhams that I anticipate I'll use at most twice a year for 3-4 years). I would definitely try and have anything routine like shortened sleeves done at a dry cleaner (hopefully for £20ish).
I have to say: having stuff tailored for affordable prices in Oxford is really asking for trouble.