Did you know that Swish Apparel offers alterations for full priced items free of charge?
Our local seamstress partner, Susan, has been doing alterations for Swish since Lynn Ujvary owned the store and has been sewing since she was five years old! Susan has known Lynn since their kids were little and started with Swish doing piece-work.
At the time when Susan started, Lynn did most of the alternations herself and had a workshop underneath Swish. Then, after Jeff took over ownership, Susan started doing more alterations, but she doesn’t have a huge amount because the Swish staff are really good at finding the right size for people, instead of clothes that are too snug and are kept to fit in “one day”. She also highlighted that the Swish staff are very good at turning the conversation around when self-talk becomes negative in the fitting room and that it is a very positive experience and environment, both as a customer and partner of Swish.
Susan describes Swish as very much a place where people lift eachother up, instead of tearing eachother down and pointed out the use of Inclusive Language at Swish, such as “Extra Lovely” instead of “Extra Large”. Susan said that this use of language largely had to do with Lynn’s vision for the store that has carried on many years after Lynn left with Jeff as the new owner. Lynn always said “clothes are just a starting place…let’s make them fit YOU”. Susan describes Jeff as a “generous, kind, and respectful” man who takes her sewing machines into the city for fixes when needed - free of charge.
For straight-forward alterations, the Swish staff will send your item to Susan and for more complicated alterations, they will send you straight to Susan. Susan prioritizes these pieces and said that she returns them in no more than a couple of days.
We don’t carry “petite” sizes because your clothes can and should fit your body, whatever your shape or height. Everyone is different and we love that here at Swish. A simple, tweak, dart or hem can make all the difference to how a garment lays/fits on you.
At Swish Apparel, we want to help you find what makes YOU feel beautiful and confident, no matter what size you are. The Swishified experience is our passion and making others feel empowered is our joy.