Recs for Alterations in DC?

posted 7 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 5
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011


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 # 7
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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:

Good luck!

Post # 8
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

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.

Post # 10
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
413 posts
Helper bee
  • 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.)

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