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Hartford Seamstresses

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Zaxwear
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Karen M.
Verified review

I was using a Web search looking for an antique wedding dress designer when I came across Andrea Zax on Thumb Tack. I wanted to wear my mother's antique dress from 1969. I needed someone who could take it apart, add material from the train to fit my body type, and modernize it. I also wanted someone who could take my sister's wedding dress and design a veil that would accent the dress. Andrea was welcoming, kind, and respectful. She is a skilled seamstress and did an amazing job. Within just a few fittings she had the dress and veil complete and they are absolutely both beautiful! I would highly recommend her. Karen Carter 203-565-8938

Monika Plaza
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Truc D.
Verified review

5 stars service! Monika is an exceptionally talented dress maker and seamstress. I am extremely picky because I am also an artist who is VERY detailed-oriented and I have nothing to complain about my wedding dresses that Monika altered for me. The work was meticulous and perfect. She even made my 3rd dress for me, just as I envisioned it!!! It was PERFECT. I am so happy to have found Monika!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

Seamstress Unlimited

New To Thumbtack

  • 18 years in business
About

I sew every and anything. I specialize in baby items and puppy clothes. The children's clothes I make are comfortable, and the puppy clothes are made to fit. The puppies love to show off their new clothes and make you proud, and some of my customers have me make a bed for their pups; these puppy clothes come in all sizes.

Q & A

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What do seamstresses do?

Seamstresses provide tailoring, alteration and custom sewing for clothing or costumes. Seamstresses can reshape clothing that is too big or too small so that it fits properly — for example, hemming pants that are too long or bringing in the waistband of pants or a skirt that is too large. Seamstresses can also provide more complex alterations such as adding tucks to shape a dress or bringing in the body of a shirt. More time and expertise will be required for challenging fabric such as silk or clothing with lining, like a blazer or lined slacks. Seamstresses are also skilled in altering wedding dresses and other formal wear. The time and skill required for these types of alterations is greater than for basic tasks like hemming, so be sure to find an experienced seamstress to handle your special items.

Many seamstresses can also custom-make clothing for you. To come up with the design, you can bring in a pattern you like or an item of clothing you want the seamstress to replicate, or ask the seamstress to create a pattern for you. You can bring your own unique design to life with the help of a seamstress. There is no formal job training required to be a seamstress; many learn to sew and design from practical experience. For larger projects, like tailoring a suit, always be sure to review portfolios of work and read about the seamstress’s experience before committing.

How much do seamstresses charge?

The price for seamstress services will vary depending on the type of work you have done. The national average rate for a seamstress or tailor is $150-$280. Simple projects like repairing holes and hemming jeans usually have flat rates; larger projects, such as sewing custom creations, altering suits or altering wedding dresses, are typically priced based on the specifics of the fabric and pattern and the amount of work time needed. Here are a few examples of tailor and seamstress average costs:

  • Shorten sleeves of a dress shirt: $19.
  • Shorten jacket sleeves: $23 (without buttons) to $28 (with buttons).
  • Take in the body of a jacket: $40 (two seams) to $52 (three seams).
  • Take in a dress shirt: $20.
  • Adjust the shoulders of a jacket: $35.
  • Hem a skirt or dress: $10-$14.
  • Take in or let out a skirt or pair of pants: $15 (unlined) to $20 (lined) or $25 (with a zipper).
  • Shorten top-stitched pants: $10.
  • Shorten cuffed pants: $14.
  • Shorten lined pants: $14.
  • Shorten lined and cuffed pants: $18.
  • Take in a sheath dress: $45.
  • Restitch a fraying seam: $5.
  • Replace buttons: 50 cents each.
  • Move a button: $2.
  • Add a hook and eye: 50 cents per set.

Are you supposed to tip a seamstress?

Tipping seamstresses is not standard protocol. That said, anytime a talented seamstress goes above and beyond, offering a gratuity is a thoughtful gesture. A gratuity might be appropriate if the seamstress accepted a large project for you at the last minute — for example, hemming new suit pants the night before your work trip or taking in your party dress the day before your birthday. A gratuity may also be appropriate as recognition for the long hours of skilled stitching that your seamstress has put in altering your wedding dress, which often requires multiple fittings and precise fixes to make your dress perfect. If you do decide to offer a gratuity, first ask if the seamstress accepts gratuities; if they do, offer them an additional 15 percent to 20 percent of the total bill.  

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