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Dressmaker/seamstress

I've found a dress I like except for one thing--it only comes in ivory. I'm considering having someone recreate it. I've found people on Etsy who can do this, but I'd rather work with someone local.

Any suggestions for a dressmaker? I've tried searching Yelp, Craigslist, and a couple of wedding boards with no luck. I've found one person in Walnut Creek that I might try, but that's getting kind of far (I'm in the south bay).

Re: Dressmaker/seamstress

  • vb0000vb0000 member
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    edited December 2011
    Here is the link for "Sewing & Alterations" people in the Oakland area according to Yelp.  The only one I've had any contact with is Anne Ventresco.  She works out of her house high in the Oakland Hills.  I was very impressed with her knowledge and easy going nature.  She offered several suggestions for altering my dress at a very reasonable cost.  (I had bought it as a sample and then decided to drastically change it) She had several other bride's dresses there in her shop and they all looked great.  I'm sure she would have done a great job on my alterations but ultimately I decided to get a totally new dress.  

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  • GJones27GJones27 member
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    edited December 2011

    Julie Ireland is supposed to be very good.  I almost hired her when I was thinking about redesigning my mom's dress, but I decided to buy my own.  She'll usually do major alterations for under $500.  But you have to book her well in advance.

  • leia1979leia1979 member
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks ladies. I looked on Yelp, but I don't have a dress to be altered. I need someone who can make a dress from scratch. I'm worried that someone who may be excellent at alterations may not be experienced in creating a new dress.

    Julie does seem to make her own dresses, so I'll check her out!
  • edited December 2011
    I haven't used, but have heard great things about Kirsten Tucker Designs.   I am planning to use her for alterations on my dress, but she specializes in creating dresses.

    http://www.kirstentuckerdesigns.com/
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  • edited December 2011
    My girlfriend used Black Rattle Designs for her themed wedding and was very happy. She's in Canada, but has an online service that is very good. check it out http://www.blackrattle.com

  • jena.n.rossjena.n.ross member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_california-bay-area_dressmakerseamstress?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:602Discussion:e0c820e2-a7c1-475a-b46a-2bbe78aedfdaPost:3dbdab9c-08f6-47d7-9d16-89d613f44469">Re: Dressmaker/seamstress</a>:
    [QUOTE]My girlfriend used Black Rattle Designs for her themed wedding and was very happy. She's in Canada, but has an online service that is very good. check it out http://<strong>(no free advertising for you)</strong>
    Posted by Taurus17[/QUOTE]

    <div>Sorry to butt in ladies.</div><div>
    </div><div>Taurus17, vendors are not allowed on TK.  It was in the TOS when you signed up for this account.  Reported.</div>


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