Suggestions for a good seamstress?

sewing machine closeupMeg emails:

I need to have some tricky alterations made to a bridesmaid dress. I saw your posts on shirt and suit tailors in the area, and am hoping you and your readers can hook me up with a talented seamstress. Any ideas?

We wonder if maybe there are seamstresses (or tailors) who specialize in dresses. We know next to nothing about sewing, but we suspect that altering a dress is more complicated (and perhaps more of an art) than hemming a pair of pants.

Anyone have suggestions or experiences to share with Meg?

Earlier on AOA: Where to find suit tailoring?

Elsewhere: Kristi recently got a question about where to get pants hemmed.

photo: Flickr user d3b...*


The folks at Erika's on Albany Shaker Road did a nice job hemming one vintage dress for me and taking in the other. I'm waiting for Albany Jane to weigh in here too as I know she had her wedding dress altered locally - I think it was at Hong Kong Tailors but hopefully she will chime in here.

Ernesto, Central Avenue.

i would definitely recommend the seamstress at quality cleaners in the price chopper plaza (right near wings over albany, moe's weight watchers, etc). i needed to get a bridesmaids dress basically reconstructed and when she was finished with it, it looked like i'd bought it right off the rack. (i initially went there after hearing a similar story from someone else who'd had great results).

@ 1704 Western Avenue

Anyone know of a local low cost exceptional place where they can replace a zipper on a winter coat?

Natalie's on North Allen, behind Kem Cleaners, she's excellent, cash only.

Margarita's tailor shop on Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush is excellent. I brought in a bridesmaid dress that was a size 14 and Margarita altered it to a size 4 for me, it came out perfect! I also get all my pants hemmed there.

I use Colonial Cleaner's on North Allen. I haven't tried anywhere else, since they're where I used to take my uniform when I needed to get that altered (and mom didn't feel like doing it--she is ultimate seamstress, but you know!). I took a bunch of vintage there to get it taken in, up, out, and they did a lovely job.

Tony's Tailors, Route 7 in Latham. Great work, great service.

The seamstress at Circles in Stuyvesant Plaza is amazing. I watched her take a dress in 3 sizes and itlooked perfect. the girl was a recent mom of triplets and had lost a tremendous amount of weight. She also took in my recent bridesmaids dress. she keeps the integrity of the garment! So pleased and reasonably priced.

Natalies behind Best Cleaners on Madison Ave.Excellent

There's a shoe guy- super grumpy next to the Gastropub. He has odd hours

Both of them are cash only.

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