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Alterations in Middletown NY

The Best Seamstress & Alteration Services

Art’s Drive-In Cleaners is proud to offer alterations services in addition to our award-winning dry cleaning and laundry service. Do you have a minor hole or hem tear that needs to be fixed? Art’s expert seamstresses can repair your clothing in no time. Do you have a favorite clothing item that just doesn’t fit quite right? We will give you the perfect fit that makes your clothing look like it was custom tailored specifically for you.

In fashion surveys, over and over again people emphasize one variable above all others when assessing someone’s outfit: fit. The number one factor in how people assess your fashion choices is how well your clothing fits you. Fortunately, we have decades of experience can make any garment fit you perfectly, whether it’s a formal gown or a lazy Sunday sweater.

Sir Isaac Newton on Dress Alterations

When an apple fell out of a tree and hit him on the head, Sir Isaac Newton – 17th century English physicist and mathematician – formed his theory of gravity. But his third law of motion states: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Alterations & Tailoring haven’t been the same since.

When Art’s professional seamstresses make adjustments to a dress – long or short – we understand that a pull in one location also creates a pull at another.

For example, shortening the straps at the top of the dress is going to affect the length of the hem at the bottom. And it may also make a difference in the waistline.

Online Perfect Fit 

Clothes you buy online often need alterations. Don’t Panic, it can be done in time for your special event.

Keep in mind when you buy clothes online that you’re not always getting a custom fit. For example, let’s say you’re purchasing a dress. The order form will ask for the three most important measurements: bust, waist and hips.

This can be tricky! Many people don’t know how to take these measurements correctly. There is a precise location on the body that each of these should be measured. Also, if the cup size is required, please be truthful!  Trust us; it can make a significant difference.

On top of that, here is the biggest problem. These dresses are often pre-made in standard sizes. So when you order them, the vendor will take the largest measurement and send a dress to fit that primary measurement.

Ladies, we know the rest of the garment may hang loosely or be too tight!

Women aren’t alone in this dilemma. This can happen to men too!  Often, men show up at Art’s with their online ordered pants. The waist and overall fit were fine yet; the legs were several inches too long.

Standard Fitting

One Alteration


Many alteration stores only do one fitting for the entire job. That’s fine if you are doing a simple job, like hemming the bottom of a dress.

Yet, when doing a top-to-bottom alteration, Art’s always suggests asking for a second fitting. This is important because we want our clients to be absolutely thrilled with the results. Their satisfaction is so important to us that the second fitting is not “extra,” it’s our standard. 

Suit Alterations

The Perfect Fit

Art’s Cleaners professional seamstresses suggest two fittings for one, very important reason. It’s your dress and it must be fitted to your satisfaction, not ours. We aren’t wearing it. You are! If you don’t love it, neither do we.

Lastly, Art’s Drive-In Cleaners always ask our client to try it on one more time when picking any garment up after alterations. That way we can make sure everything is functioning and positioned properly.

We hope you found this information useful.

Also, if you would like additional information on how Art’s handles all of your garments please share with us your first name and email and we’ll send you our Points of Perfection.

Shorten/Lengthen Hems

Many stores don’t offer tailoring or alteration services. Likewise, many stores don’t sell pants exactly your size. Whether you’re forced to buy pants you love, but are a little too short or too long, don’t worry. We can make the pants of your dreams finally fit like a dream by lengthening or shortening their hem.

Orignal Denim Hems

With original denim hems, an optional service we offer is to remove the amount of fabric needed from the bottom of your jeans and reattach your worn/distressed hem to the bottom of the new length.

Re-Sew Button/Clasp

Your pants, shirts or other garments aren’t finished when the clasp is! Bring us your most exhausted buttons or clasps to us for repair or replacement today.

Outerwear Zippers

A broken zipper often causes people to throw garments away entirely. Instead of throwing them away, let our experts take a look at the culprit first and determine if the zipper is salvageable or if it could be replaced.

Splitting the Waist

We can split the waist in your trousers to allow for expansion and movement without adding strain to you or your waistband.

Sides In/Out On Dresses

Have your favorite dress fit the exact contour of your body by having the sides taken in or out exactly where it needs to be.

Hem Skirt/Dress

Just as you want your pants to hang at the right spot, you want your skirts, dresses and gowns to do so, too.

Zipper Replacement

Useful alternative if a zipper cannot be repaired.

Seat In/Out

We can take the seat of your pants in or out.


Shorten or lengthen the cuffs of your snazziest shirts and coats so you always look sharp.


We can mend coat and jacket linings if they’ve become worn or ripped.