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The Seamstress
from 14 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley D.
Verified review

I purchased a formal evening gown online, and when it arrived the bodice was too large - the "v" was too deep , and what was supposed to be an empire waist was closer to my natural waist. It obviously needed alterations to make it work well. I called The Seamstress on Tuesday to inquire about alterations, stating that I needed the gown completed in a week. Alina was able to book an appointment for that evening, and sent me her address by text message - easy for me to pop into the map app on my phone. I arrived a little early, but that did not appear to be a problem. Her workroom is in the lower level of her home. It was very neat and clean and well appointed. She first examined the gown, then we discussed what I thought I needed. She had me change into the gown, and within just a few minutes had pinned the gown so that it fit me correctly. After I changed back to normal clothes, she told me the cost would be $40 plus tax, and asked when I would need the gown. I suggested the following week, and she said she could have it ready the next day. Early the next morning, I received a text from her telling me the alterations were complete! 24 hours after dropping the gown off, I was back in the gown and the fit was perfect. The workmanship and attention to detail was amazing as well. Where she altered the shoulders, she took the time to put back into the dress the hanging loops. She also fixed a hook and eye that had come loose at the back. I could not be happier. I've already told three of my girlfriends about "The Seamstress" and I know I will be telling many more. Thank you Alina for the lovely work and quick service!

Nini's of Seattle
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kristen P.
Verified review

Adriene altered my wedding dress and it was absolutely beautiful. You could not even tell anything had been changed. It was a challenge because she had to change to shoulders without altering the look of the dress. I could not even tell the seams were different. She also returned the dress to me within a week of the fitting allowing me more than enough time before the wedding. I would not hesitate to ask her to do any alterations in the future.

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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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