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Sammamish Seamstresses

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The Seamstress
from 14 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Beth R.
Verified review

Alina did a fabulous job with the alterations on my bridesmaids dress. And I'm not talking little, easy alterations. I'm talking total dress reconstruction, here. See, the bride wants what the bride wants, and my sister only wanted dresses from J. Crew that didn't come in my size. I ordered the largest size they had and began the hunt for a good seamstress. Even though she's in Bellevue and I'm in West Seattle, I chose Alina because she had five star reviews on every site I checked and had done a lot of work with formal and wedding attire. I didn't want to risk my dress on someone who had less than stellar reviews. We talked about what needed to be done, Alina took a look at the dress, gave me a price that was right around where I figured it would be (quite frankly, she should have charged me more), and she got started. She was great about texting me pictures of the dress at different stages--including when it was completely cut in half-- and worked with me through three dress fittings until I had a dress that not only fit, but looked like it had, in fact, come in my size in the first place. On the day of the wedding, you couldn't tell it had been massively altered. My husband also had her alter his suit (pants and jacket), and she did a great job on that too. I can't recommend Alina enough. She made a scary alterations situation very painless and I will definitely use her again. I have been and will continue to tell everyone I know how fantastic she is!

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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