Elaine is a stellar, creative seamstress. The Mother of the Bride gown she designed and made for me was the dress of my dreams! Elaine generously took time to understand my taste and ideas and was able to adapt them to the lines and details that best suited my body. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from and was therefore able to design a gorgeous, unique and elegant dress with ideal fit. Elaine is a master of alterations as well. I have 100% confidence in both her work and advice. It is a pleasure to be with her.
I first found Elaine about 15 years ago when I had grown frustrated with how badly off-the-rack garments fit me. I'd spend lots of money on designer clothes and still have to pay for expensive alterations so they would fit. Elaine first made several beautiful suits for me, and we then moved on to blouses, skirts and slacks. I trust Elaine to give me good advice and deliver well-crafted garments. What's more, she's fun and easy-going, which makes it a pleasure to work with her. If you appreciate designer-quality clothing and want to look your best, contact Elaine.
I just discovered Elaine's this summer and will be a frequent customer. Elaine's expertise, her professional
manner, and her timely work all make it easy to recommend her wholeheartedly.
Pros: good location, convenient hours
I came to Elaine's on plenty of great recommendations and I am glad to add mine to the list. I needed her to substantially alter my wedding dress based on a concept that I had, but which (because I know nothing about tailoring) I couldn't really describe. Even with my confusing description, Elaine managed to produce EXACTLY what I was looking for and my once-plain dress is now both unique and gorgeous. She asked for much less than I was expecting to pay, and even moved up the completion date when my circumstances changed and I needed the dress earlier. She is a busy woman and has tons of clients, which might be an issue for some people, but there's a reason that so many people rely on her. I will definitely be going back for any future needs.
Pros: Owner-operated, personal service, talented
I've had nothing but good experiences at Elaine's and that's why I keep going back to her. I first went to her with my grandma's 50 year old wedding gown to remake it for my wedding. The age and condition of the dress ultimately made me decide to purchase a gown, but Elaine did everything I asked her to do and more to try and make my grandmother's dress work for me. I've used her for alterations on two bridesmaid dresses and most recently, I took the wedding gown I purchased to her. The dress I bought was beautiful. When I took it to Elaine, she made the dress GORGEOUS by fitting it to me and altering it until it fit my body perfectly! I've recommended her to my maid of honor and now she'll be getting her dress altered by Elaine as well.
I STRONGLY suggest looking elsewhere for alteration services. When I tried to set an appointment to see examples of her work, she told me to refer to her website, which has NO photographs of her work. I eventually met with her to confer about alterations that I need done to one of my vintage pieces: she took one look at my dress, told me that it would take more effort to tailor the dress than to build it from scratch, and quoted me a price four times what she quoted me over email. I'm sorry, it never costs more to alter a dress than to make it from scratch, especially a vintage piece. Then she just ignored me until I left her studio. Well, it's good to know, I suppose, that she has so much business that she can afford to be that rude to potential clients.