NOTE: There is a current backlog of 4-6 weeks on alterations orders and dressmaking is booked out 6 months in advance. Please call me *BEFORE* booking your next fitting to check that I will be able to help in time for your event, to avoid disappointment.
A Little Bit About Me
Hi, my name is Ali & I am an alterations tailor & dressmaker. I have certificates III & IV in Clothing Production from The WA Institute of Fashion & Textiles (WAIFT), a certificate II in Printing Textiles, and have over 10 years experience in commercial sewing & customer service.
I first realised I wanted to pursue clothing production as a career when I was 16, when my design made it to the state finals of the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards. This achievement sparked my excitement & I started pursuing my dream, getting a job at the local Bridal Hire store and helping with alterations and making small custom pieces for clients, as well as making costumes for the local costume shop. I graduated high school as the top student in both my sewing and art & design class, as well as picking up the Business Women of the Future Award.
While studying in Perth I worked for several years at multiple branches of a major alterations franchise, managing one branch briefly before moving back down south to be closer to family. I found my home away from home working at Promote You in Bunbury from 2009, doing a variety of tasks including industrial machine embroidery, heat transfer application, art proof development & sales. This time working with the art proofs and designs for commercial promotional products helped develop an eye for detail. I will always have a soft spot for Promote You and all of the wonderful ladies I’ve had the honour of working with there.
I started Gator Made4u in March of 2017. It started as just a few custom baby headbands and an odd lot of alterations; and it has continued to evolve, with the alterations becoming the forefront of my services and the introduction of the custom designed vinyl shirt transfers in early 2018.
In March 2019 I received a WOW award for Customer Service Excellence, and I was a finalist in the 2019 South West Business Excellence Awards, in the Home Based Business category, and the Environmental and Sustainability category.
I absolutely LOVE to create new things so please contact me to discuss what I can create and refit for you! I look forward to hearing from you.