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Top 10 seamstresses near you

Clients agree: these vendors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Bouaze Pierre Bespoke Llc

Bouaze Pierre Bespoke Llc

New on Fash
13+ years in business
Detailed services
Best In Beauty

Best In Beauty

New on Fash
We cater to hair by not just doing hair but giving education in several ways to care for the hair and maintaining a business
Judith's Boutique And Alteration LLC

Judith's Boutique And Alteration LLC

Deryn P. says, "Judith was very attentive to all of the details. She also altered my veil and I had a specific request that I did not want it longer than the hem of my dress. Great job and my dress fit beautifully! " Read more


2+ years in business
Olufunmi O. says, "Let me tell you, Otisbeaute is a real designer that is yet to be discovered by many! She represents among the highest levels of customer service I have experienced. All the dresses she has ever made for me were all like designer made them. She is very fantastic! The service is smooth and straightforward. Great service, efficient communication. I will definitely recommend Otisbeaute to anyone 100x" Read more
Quad Creations Events

Quad Creations Events

New on Fash
Offers online services
25+ years in business
Create Signature Events, event design & coordinator, logistics specialist. Fashion/beauty focused events, grand openings, fashion shows & more; 100+ variety of events in 20+ years EP industry experience.

Your seamstress questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much do seamstresses charge?

Seamstress rates are $20 to $50 per hour, on average, depending on their experience and the type of garment and fabric they are working with. Some charge by the piece, with a set range of fees for designing, sewing, alterations, and mending. Most charge a fitting fee every time you come in for a fitting and a separate pressing fee when the garment is finished.

Designing and creating a dress from scratch is more costly than having a dress hemmed or altered. Formal dresses like ball gowns or wedding dresses have added costs for specialized detailed work. Leather and lace are more difficult to hide stitching and require more time, increasing costs. Seamstresses charge by the hour or by the panel for curtains, with higher rates for thick or stretchy fabrics that are more difficult to work with.

Should you tip a seamstress?

Tipping your seamstress or seamster is not a standard practice. If they go above and beyond by squeezing you in when you were late for a fitting or rushing the alterations without charging a rush fee, then offering a gratuity of 15% to 20% is a good way to acknowledge their efforts.

What's the difference between a seamstress and a tailor?

A seamstress or seamster is a sewing professional who primarily makes clothes using a design or pattern. They also repair garments and make alterations to clothing. A seamstress works on all types of garments including men's and women's clothing and non-clothing items like curtains and pillows.

A tailor is a professional who primarily alters clothing for a customer. They hem and mend garments but can sometimes make clothes using a design or pattern. A tailor tends to work more with men's suits and coats but may also work on women's pieces including fancy dresses and ball gowns.

Both seamstresses, seamsters, and tailors work in dry cleaners, alteration establishments, and high-end fashion stores. In a bridal boutique, you are likely to work with a seamstress. In a men's suit store, you are more likely to work with a tailor.

Can any clothing be altered?

Most clothing can be altered by a skilled sewer. The easier the alteration, the less it will cost. Some easy alterations include shortening sleeves, replacing cuffs or collars, shortening hems, and taking in the waist.

Some more difficult and costly alterations include adjusting arm holes, removing pleats, and lengthening pants. Some alterations are so nearly impossible to make that they aren't worth the cost including expanding shoulder width, lengthening sleeves, or altering jacket lengths and lapels.

Can a seamstress make a dress bigger?

Yes, in most cases a seamstress can add one or more sizes to a dress by adding a fringe fabric on each side. The design may have to be altered to make the different fabrics work together, but a skilled sewer can usually come up with a creative solution.

Making a dress smaller is easier and cheaper since the fabric is already there. There is a limit to how many sizes a sewer can take off a garment without losing the entire shape. A skilled seamstress will discuss options for redesigning the garment to make it work when taking off more than a few sizes. 

How early should I book a seamstress?

Don't wait until the last minute to book a seamstress. During busy periods it could be several days before a seamstress can get you in for a consultation and fitting appointment. Then, a few more days before they can make the alterations. Rush orders tend to result in high surcharges.

For bridal gowns, it is recommended to schedule your first appointment with the seamstress 3 to 4 months before the wedding. Most wedding dresses require two or three fittings, depending on how complicated or custom the alterations are.

How do I choose a seamstress near me?

Choosing a seamstress doesn't have to be intimidating. There are plenty of experienced seamstresses and seamsters to choose from on Here are some guidelines to help you narrow down your choices:

  • Search and read reviews on Fash and Google.
  • Select a minimum of two or more and make appointments with each to discuss your sewing needs.
  • Go with the shop that is the most professional seamstress that can work within your budget and timeframe.
  • Review all contract terms before signing and make the final payment when you are completely satisfied with the work.

What questions should I ask when hiring a seamstress?

A professional seamstress or seamster is knowledgeable about their craft and should be willing and able to answer all of your questions. When choosing a seamstress, be sure to ask these important questions:

  • How many years have you been designing, sewing, or altering dresses or suits?
  • Can you give me an estimate in advance without a fitting charge?
  • Do you charge a flat fee for alterations or charge individually for each service?
  • Do you have a photo gallery of finished pieces I can see or a list of references I can contact?
  • How many fitting appointments will I need?
  • How long will it take to finish the garment?
  • What should I bring to my first appointment?
  • Do you press my garment before I pick it up?

Reviews for Ashburn seamstresses

Recent success stories from people in the Ashburn area.
J. B.
Judith has keen attention to detail and proportion. Careful and exacting seamstress!
Judith's Boutique and Alteration LLC
Debbie is very professional and passionate about what she does.
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