Thread of family tradition leads to tailoring business

Courtesy photo of Rose Fine Alterations owner Audrey Clark in front of the business location at 201 South Street in Southbridge.

Rose Fine Alterations to open March 2 in Southbridge

SOUTHBRIDGE — The tradition of tailoring in Southbridge continues with the opening of Rose Fine Alterations at 201 South Street. Beginning March 2, customers will no longer have to look outside of town for quality alterations. Owner Audrey Clark plans to work on “everything from your favorite pair of jeans to your wedding gown.”

Clark fell in love with sewing when she was 12 years old, and hasn’t stopped since. After completing an apprenticeship focusing on formal and bridal alterations, she decided to open up on her own shop with the help of some business experts like Andy Defrancesco.

“I love what I do, and I when I saw there was a need for it in Southbridge, I thought I would just jump in,” she said.

Sewing and alterations is a time honored tradition in the Clark family.

“I named my business after my great-great-grandmother Rose who sewed all her life. Her daughter Lorraine was also a lifelong seamstress,” Clark explained. “My other great-great-grandmother Abina worked sewing costumes for the Metropolitan Opera House in the 1920’s. I was inspired by their work and I like carrying on the tradition.”

With the opening date less than a month away, Rose Fine Alterations is already booking. Appointments can be made on their website,, or by calling 508-868-0613. Frequent updates on the business are found on their Facebook and Instagram pages: @rosefinealterations.


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