Post # 1
So, its all in the title.
DC brides, where are you having/did you have your alterations done? Would you reccomend it? And, if you don’t mind me asking, how much did you end up paying for what?
My alterations may be fairly complicated, so I want to make sure I hand my dress over to someone competent. I’m sort of at a loss for finding someone though. I read some reviews of Mr. Lee on Capitol Hill, but if he charces about $200 to fix a blazer, I can’t really imagine what his bridal charges would be. Have any of you used him? Did you think it was worth it?
I have a pretty solid command of sewing (my skills aren’t great, but I understand the specifics of what has to be done) but I really just don’t have time to do it before the wedding.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
If you have a car, you want Angie Cavallero in Fairfax. She is amazing… if you do some searches for old threads, you will see that pretty much everyone recommends Angie or Este in Maryland. I used Angie, so I can’t speak to Este, but Angie was well worth the drive. Her max charge, I believe, is $200. It took about 2 months, but could have been faster if I had pushed (I did not because I had plenty of time).
Angie’s number is 703-830-0634
Post # 4
@septcabride: Thanks, I’ll definitely look into her! I haven’t lived in DC very long (a little under a year) so its hard to figure some of this stuff out.
I don’t have a car, but maybe I could borrow one from a friend…
Post # 5
I live in Arlington, VA and got my alterations done by Mrs. Kim at Fashion Dream. It’s in Arlington on Wilson Boulevard, nearest to theCourt House metro stop (very easy access by Metro or bus). I paid $270 for a hem (I’m a shorty so it was a serious job to remove about two feet of fabric! 🙂 ), a bustle (three-point overbustle that laid flat against my slightly dropped-waist dress), and a number of repairs (I bought the dress as a sample, and it had some tears in the lining and loose hems, missing buttons, etc.)
I would absolutely recommend her–she does general tailoring too for regular clothes. She also added snaps to keep my bra strap in place, and cleaned, steamed and stuffed the dress with a dress form to keep its shape on the plane trip I took it on.
Fashion Dream (Mrs. Kim)
2525 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (703) 243-8877
Post # 6
I used Estee and she was awesome–$170 for bustle, hem and taking in the shoulder and lowering the arm opening. Def need a car to get to her though…
Post # 7
Diana’s Couture and Bridal in Georgetown/Annandale (multiple locations) is also very good, she does everything herself and also custom makes wedding dresses, so she has the skills 🙂 Here’s her webpage: http://thegowndoctor.com/index.html
Post # 8
Ive heard very good things about Estee. I actually talked to her on the phone but ended up using someone else. I went to Nicole’s in Olney, MD. It is somewhat of a hike but she is awesome. They totally re-made my dress. For changing the neckline, hem, adding cups, taking it in several sizes, removing a large flower on the side and adding a bustle it was about $375.
Post # 9
When I worked on the Hill I got some alterations done by Mr. Lee in Cap Hill was happy with his work.
I also go to Luis in Old Town Alexandria – he does a great job, and charges a very reasonable price, but make sure you give him LOTS of time to get the job done. http://www.yelp.com/biz/luis-tailoring-alexandria
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
I second Estee, she was great and my alterations (which included quite a lot) were only $185 – I had about 4 fittings with her too!
Post # 11
Angie in VA was amazing! Her prices were very reasonable and she listened to me at each fitting and made the alterations exactly what I wanted. Call her early because I think she books up fast.
Post # 11
Bumping this thread because I need some help finding a good seamstress! Angie is all booked up and I’m waiting to hear back from Estee, so in the meantime, I’d love more suggestions!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library
I used Green and Blue in Dupont Circle. They have a $475 minimum for bridal alterations but that covered absolutely everything I needed (hemming lace, added extra boning, added snaps for my removable straps, probably some other stuff I forgot, they even removed the sewn-in belt and made a completely new one which was GORGEOUS.)