A list of qualified dressmakers in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, their areas of expertise, and contact information.
Business Name Contact Name Location Specialties Professional Credentials Contact Info
SFY Designs Adrena Johnson Greensboro, NC Formal, Costume, every day clothing and accessories Certified JSM Pants Designer. Sewing lessons from beginner to advanced couture techniques. Alterations for both every day and special occasion garments. Member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers). By appointment only. Email
Phone: 336-314-3985
Bonnybrook Bridal Couture Robbin Douglas Claremore, OK (near Tulsa) Custom Sewing With more than 35 years of dressmaking experience, Robbin specializes in unique and unusual bridal designs. Victorian, Renaissance, Vintage, Romantic or Modern. Lovingly created with your special wedding day in mind. Call to schedule your consultation. Email
Phone: (918) 230-0786
As You Wish Mimi Jackson New York (will travel to clients within reasonable commuting distance from Queens), NY Design and sewing for special needs, garment redesigns, complex alterations, and modified copies of existing garments (no exact duplicates). Will accept long distance, consulting, and design prototype projects. Mimi began her career after studying aparel design at Fashion Institute of Technology, creating costumes for Washington University's theater productions, and working for a variety of New York City fashion companies. She has now been working with private clients, designers, and theatrical projects for fourteen years. Email
Phone: 800-514-5251
SEW MELODEE Susanne Smith New York (Brooklyn), NY Formal, bridal, Indian attire, Childrens' Wear, Costume, Everyday, Home Dec, and more... Fashion Design Instructor offering private leassons for beginners and advanced students. Has been sewing for more than 25 years. Also teaches a fashion design class to high school students. Email
Phone: 347-683-2904
Cindy Chock Cindy Chock New York (Manhattan), NY Formal, Career, Costume, Fine Alterations, Patternmaking Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE, Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers), Empire State founding member and New Jersey member, Home Sewing Association TSI, Palmer Pletch CSI, Unique Patterns CUE and scan tech, Sewing Educators Alliance Member. 35 years as a theatrical costumer on Broadway, television and film. Currently, back on Broadway keeping "Mary Poppins" practically perfect in every way. Taught at Parsons School of Design for 6 years. Teaches privately and small groups. Designed and developed patterns for Simplicity, McCall's and Butterick Pattern Companies. Phone: 212-246-9662
*Midtown location
The Sewing Barn Denise Snodgrass Racine, OH Children Small factory of 3, presently working outsource for Etsy stores, specializing in baby and chilren's clothing. Fast, experienced, expert. Email
Lavender's Green Kay Demlow Hillsboro, OR 19th Century Dressmaking, Reenactor's garb, seminars, consulting, fashion talks, and training Established in 1991 with the same mission they still pursue today: to bring the romance and beauty of the past to modern people through authentic reproduction clothing. Over the years they have made garments for historic plays and pageants, Oregon Trail Wagon Train travelers, television productions, theaters, and weddings, but one of their favorite challenges is to make affordable, one-of-a-kind reproduction garments for the everyday folks who love history. Their clothes have been worn for living history demonstrations at historic sites throughout America, as well as for school groups, Civil War reenactments, and tours at historic houses, ranches and farms. Email
Phone: 503-640-6936

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: 1-March-2024
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