Post # 1
I’ll be posting this in the SB and LA
threads, since … well … there are two different boards for those areas!
I need recommendations for a great seamstress in the SB/LA area. I live in NorCal, but my wedding is in Camarillo. All of my FIL’s are in Ojai or Ventura, so I don’t mind driving in either direction, but I WILL be keeping my dress at my MOH’s house for the duration of our engagement.
Bees – do you have any recommendations for me? I will also be googling and yelping and fb-ing for info, but I know I can trust the hive to point me in the right direction!
Thanks in advance
Post # 3
Yes! My seamstress is awesome! Her name is Renee, (pronounced ree-nee). She had great suggestions for my dress and great prices. At the same time she didn’t try to sell me on anything that wasn’t necessary. She even threw in some things for free. She’s even making my veil for way cheaper than similar veil I’ve found on line.
Here is the link to her yelp review which has her number. http://www.yelp.com/biz/in-stitches-woodland-hills
Post # 4
@Meowkers: Awesome, thank you! Her reviews make me like her already 🙂
Post # 5
I actually grew up in Ojai and I now live in Camarillo. What exactly are you looking for? Some one to make a dress or do alterations?
There is a great place in Oxnard that made my bridesmaid dress (and the dresses for 2 other weddings I was in). The language spoken there is primarily Spanish; however, I have usually been able to get by with very limited Spanish.
Palacios De Novias
544 South a Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
There is also a woman in Thousand Oaks. She did alterations on my husband’s tux. She comes highly recommended from a few different sources. The dress shop where I bought my dress outsources some of their work to her when they are over loaded. Here is her website http://www.carmenalterations.com
Good luck! Let me know if you have any more questions.
Post # 6
@MzMarzipan: Hi! My Fiance actually grew up in Ojai, too, and our wedding will be in Camarillo. Small world!!
I ordered my dress in FL, and just got it a few weeks ago. I haven’t had a chance to try her on yet, but I’m tiny and will probably need alterations. Thanks for the references, I’ll have to check them out!
PS – Congrats on your first anniversary 🙂
Post # 7
Ventura here 😉
I need a seamstress as well!
Post # 8
@Sn2bMrs.B: FH and I lived in Ventura together for a few years before moving up here!!! I wonder if we know each other?!
I haven’t had a chance to meet with the suggestions PPs gave, but feel free to try them out! I don’t know if I’ll be down for a wedding-related trip until January, and that’s probably cutting it too close for you 😉
Post # 9
@WineAndCupcakes: I was born and rasied in Ventura, Living in Channel Islands now lol. I went to blanche reynolds, cabrillo and VHS (c/o 93).
Jan will be hectic but I’m always around 🙂
Post # 10
If in SB – try Mercedes Trump. She does incredible work and is fun to boot!
Post # 11
I used Elizabeth at Just Lovely Fashion Alteration in Ventura (and got married in Camarillo!) and she did a great job on my lace appliqué dress. She also did some alterations for a couple of my bridesmaids. She’s pretty affordable and really sweet. Definitely recommend!
Post # 12
@laaiinn: & @laaiinn: Thanks for the suggestions!! I plan on making a wedding related trip to Ventura/Camarillo in either Jan or Feb to find a seamstress so thanks again for all of the great options 😀
Post # 13
@Meowkers: My fiance and I went to Ventura this past weekend to do a bunch of wedding stuff, and I went to Renee for my dress fitting!!! I had booked another appointment with Mercedes in SB, but after leavingRenee’s, I called to cancel. I love her, and am so excited she’s doing my alterations! 😀
To all the ladies that gave me suggestions – thank you SO MUCH for your help. It was hard to narrow it down, especially with the seamstresses that had such great Yelp reviews. Again, thank you for helping me out!
Post # 14
I just have to come back and promote Renee (pronounced ree-nee) some more. She is absolutely FanTasTic!
This is a list of everything I’ve had done through her:
altered (shortened) veil
added hoop to veil for hanging
added bustle (maybe 10?)
altered top and bottom of hoop
removed flowers from dress
put half of the flowers on a safety pin (removable for when dress is bustled)
put other half of the flowers on a hair clip (for after my veil comes off)
sewed cups into my dress
will be steaming my dress
ALL OF THAT for $310! And she’s super nice, but will tell you like it is when you need to hear it. I want to wrap her up and take her home haha 🙂