A list of qualified dressmakers, teachers and sewing professionals in the USA and abroad, their areas of expertise, and locations.
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Business Name Contact Name Location Specialties Professional Credentials Contact Info
Nicobar Isle Incorporated Lavanya Coodly Arlington, MA Formal, Bridal, Prom, Children, Draperies, Bedding, Pattern making, Collaborative designs and custom A designer based in Arlington, MA who has a team of talented and experienced pattern makers, tailors, and embroidery artists. Designs are sold worldwide and carried by more than 30 stockists. Her growing collection can be viewed on her website, www.lavanyacoodly.com. Member of National Organization of Professional Women. 2 years experience. She welcomes the opportunity to customize garments for you, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Website
Patterns from the Past Michelle Lee Chelmsford,MA Vintage Patterns website See website for more info! Website
Barbara Deckert Couture Barbara Deckert Elkridge,(near Baltimore) MD Plus sizes, bridal gowns and headpieces, evening, tailoring, custom drafting and design, sportswear, industrial/technical prototypes, menswear. Barbara Deckert has over 40 years of sewing experience, and has been in business for over 18 years. She is a charter member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers), and has served on its executive board as Vice Chair of Public Relations. Author of "Sewing for Plus Sizes" and "Sewing 911" (see books) Visit her website for more information. Email
Phone: 443- 413-2034
Celtic Stitches Debbie Freeman Lapeer (close to Port Huron, Lake Orion, Detroit, and Royal Oak),MI Competitive dance costumes (including Irish solo dresses), traditional bridal, alternative, vintage/historical, prom, children, christenings, communions, casual, collaborative, alterations, and more... By appointment only at her home studio/office, or distance projects, this dressmaker has 25 years custom sewing experience. Member of Professional Association of Custom Clothiers, American Sewing Guild, International Chamber of Commerce. Custom pattern making, including full sizes, sewing instructor with over 15 years experience teaching private and group lessons, plus size customized costumes that will flatter and accent your elegance, embroidery, home decor. Jobs both international and inter-state can be accommodated with appropriate measurements. Please allow 1-3 month time allowance on major project, depending on time of year. Email
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Phone: 810-441-5343
CeleJe Kendra Charity-Eason Macomb (Metro Detroit), MI Bridal, Formal, Prom, Children, Casual, Custom, Alterations Travelling to clients when appropriate, or meeting clients in her own studio, Kendra has been serving clients for 15 years. Email

Phone: 734-306-4547
P.O. Box 46142 Mount Clemens, MI 48046
Threads and Needles Teresa Nieswaag Coon Rapids, MN Formal, Costume, Everyday, Career wear, Embroidery, Custom aprons, Home decor, Accessories Member, Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers), Finalist in the 2004 Stitches Embroidery Challenge for "Best use of color". Sewing instructor for Viking at Joann's ETC and community education. Certified "Square in a Square" quilt instructor. Email
612- 710-7674
Michele Sansone Sansone Designs Odessa, MO Formal, Costume, Everyday, Accessories, Home Dec and more... Design, draping, and building of original pieces as well as stitching wedding/prom dresses, period costumes, outerwear, draperies and duvet covers, cloche style and crochet hats, dancewear, conceptual and fantasy costume pieces.
Note: Michele needs a three-month lead time on all builds to work them into her schedule. (This may be negotiable.) Each build is priced separately due to differences in fabric cost, number of pieces to be built and difficulty of the build. Design fees are separate. Contact her for more specifics or for a quote.

Need more options? When appropriate, projects can be done long distance (by mail), with the dressmaker's guidance regarding measurements and fabrics. Some dressmakers will work with you long distance, using email, phone, snail mail, photographs, Skype, Facetime, or similar services. They are listed here.

Last updated: 13-February-2021
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