(Closed) Seattle seamstress/alterations recommendations?

posted 10 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I haven’t had any alterations done by them personally, but Jen and Elizabeth are custom dress makers in Seattle and they do great work. I had a great experience while I was in there looking for a holiday dress. Jen had some great suggestions on how it could be altered.

I’ve also read some great recommendations for Darcy Martin in Lynnwood, but I haven’t had anything done by her.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Trish Jens of PA Jens Custom Sewing is amazing.  She specializes in shorter women and curvy women.  I had a really hard time finding a dress that I liked at a store so I’m actually having my dress custom made by her.  It has been a really great experience and I’ve seen some of the dresses she’s done alterations on and they look fabulous.  Her website is: http://www.pajenscustomsewing.com/.  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Oh duh…I forgot to add that Elizabeth and Jen are at Cicada Bridal.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2018

For $500, you can find a better seamstress! I wouldn’t even pay 25 cents for Trish’s work!

I bought my wedding dress at Belltown Bride and was referred by the owner to have my dress altered here.  I trusted the owner and that was a HUGE mistake. 

It was such a horrifying experience!  I ended up driving to Trish’s home at least a dozen times, even though Trish initially said it would only be 3 fittings.

In one fitting, Trish pricked herself from one of the needles.  Her finger was bleeding.  I asked her if she wanted to go get a bandaid.  She said no.  Then a few moments later, she used her BLOODY finger to grab my dress and she picked the prettiest part of my dress.  I shrieked when she did that.  How can someone be so careless?   She will also step on it with her shoes.   

She will be dishonest and say that any flaws you catch are “normal” and that the dress looks fine.  This is just to avoid doing additional work on her part.  But in the same conversation, she told me how to work out.

I went to another seamstress (who works at Nordstrom) and that seamstress said the dress was cut two (!!) inches too much and to fit in it, I would probably need to lose 20 pounds.  Ladies, if I lost 20 pounds, I would be an anorexic.  I’m a street size 2.  The fact that Trish wanted me to work out in order to fit the dress was so unbelieveable.  Her excuse was that she’s also a trainer!!!  YIKES!  I’m paying her to alter my dress, not give me work out advice.  She didn’t even want to try to fix it.  She said most brides will lose weight so she took the wait and see approach.  She said to come a week before the wedding.  In my mind and most others, a tailor is hired to tailor the clothes to your body, not cut too much fabric then hope for the bride to lose the weight!   I didn’t trust her, so I made several appointments in the last month.  But that wasn’t enough.  Up until the last week, I was over at her house for a few hours each night so that the dress could be worked on.  She has no clue what she is doing.  I’m glad I didn’t trust her.  I would have been incredibly stressed the last week of my wedding because of her.

I was told my dress would be pressed and spot cleaned and ready the Thurdsay before the Saturday wedding.  When I came by to pick it up that Thursday, she said the dress still had not been fully spot cleaned. (!!) So, I said I would pick it up the next day.  I came by during the day, and there was more light in the house and could see that stitches were falling apart  and the dress looked like it was taken from the clearance rack.  I pointed out the unraveling stitches to her and of course she was upset because good gracious she would have to work on it some more!  She basically shoved me out her door.  She’s not only dishonest, but very rude.

My dress had to be delivered the day of my wedding at 2 p.m. (!!) and it still had stiches falling apart.  At that point, I could not do anything.   I ended up getting 2 really long chafed marks from the dress because Trish screwed up and still couldn’t get my dress to fit right. These marks ached whenever I took a shower for the next few days after my wedding.  3 weeks later and I still have these marks on my back.

Do you really want a personal trainer to be working on the most important dress of your life??!  Please ladies, don’t give her any of your business.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

Try Sew & Sew in Edmonds.  I know it’s a drive but they altered my wedding dress (actually 2 dresses) for $20!!!  I went to a couple other places and each asked $50-100 for alterations.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Though this thread is over a year old, I can’t help but put in a plug for Darcy Martin at “A Fragile Fit”.  She went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure my dress fit when I was dropping weight like crazy.  Can’t say enough good things about her!

(425) 918-1310

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Bump!

Anyone have any more recent recommendations for alterations in the Seattle area?

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Darcy is still the best!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

was also looking for a seamstress and looks like ill be going to fragile fit aka darcy! many of good reviews for her on yelp and project weddings.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ohh exciting I just made an appointment with Darcy after hearing good things from my bridal shop! So glad to hear some more positive reviews for her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

august7thbride let us know how the appointment goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m going to see Darcy in two weeks for my fitting- I will post up what I think afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

great! thanks Miss Root looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just got home from my fitting with Darcy at Fragile Fit- she is amazing.  SO nice and sweet, and I am fully confidant that my dress is going to be perfect for my wedding day.  I think her prices are totally reasonable too- she’s taking it in a ton on the sides, hemming it, and adding a bustle and it was only a little over $300.  I highly recommend that you give her a call!

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