A list of qualified dressmakers in the five boroughs of New York City, their areas of expertise, and contact information.
Business Name Contact Name Location Specialties Professional Credentials Contact Info
As You Wish Mimi Jackson New York (will travel to clients within reasonable commuting distance in NYC and Long Island), NY *The owner of this site, Mimi Jackson, is also the owner of the Shop the Garment District website, and leader of the tours and author of the maps offered by that site. After taking a creative sabattical, she is now serving a small number of new clients, long distance clients, existing clients, former clients, and select corporate clients. Her schedule is often quite full, but she will happily accommodate you when/if appropriate for her work schedule and your timeframe.

Design and sewing for special needs, garment redesigns/complex alterations, party and formal garments, and appropriate modified copies of existing garments (no exact duplicates). Will accept long distance, consulting, and design prototype projects. Custom formal garments require a deadline of no less than 6 months.
Mimi began her career after studying aparel design at Fashion Institute of Technology, creating costumes as an undergraduate for Washington University's theater productions, and working for a variety of New York City fashion companies. She has been working with private clients for nineteen years, and also owns and manages www.findadressmaker.com, as well as www.shopthegarmentdistrictnyc.com. Email
La Nellee Nelly Agron New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn), NY Formal, bridal, home decor, alterations for men/women/children. Long distance projects accepted. LaNellee is a custom fashion, alteration, accessory, and wardrobe design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. The owner, Nelly Agron is a practitioner of French couture trained at Maison Sapho School of Dressmaking and Design and FIT in New York City. She has over 30 years' experience in fashion design, including stints at The Julliard School and Broadway. She works with designers and private clients. In addition, she assists Parsons, FIT and Pratt Institute students with their projects. Her specialties include remodeling and sophisticated alterations on garments and home decor (curtains, pillows, covers and more). Nelly also teaches sewing to adults and children. Email
Phone: 718-745-4125
Tru Purpose Designs Denise Tarrant New York, NY Home Decor, children, casual, alterations, custom With 15 years' experience, Denise Tarrant will create or alter the garments you desire. By appointment only at studio office/home. Also teaches beginner-level sewing. Contact via email.
Custom Sewing Services Maureen Pierre New York (Brooklyn - Park Slope), NY Bridal, Prom, Formal, Children, Casual, Patternmaking, Draping, Custom Garments and Alterations By appointment only. Custom Sewing Services has over 30 years' experience in the garment industry, specializing in mens and womens' sportswear and casual wear including custom made jeans and jackets. They will also provide samples, patterns and small productions. Email
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Phone: 718-314-2041 or 347-785-2958
Lovely Things Esquisite Collection
Sheila Murrell New York (Brooklyn), NY Accepting custom work, under appropriate conditions for the current pandemic. Call directly to discuss any inquiries. An industry professional with more than 40 years experience in the fashion industry, Sheila has created one-of-a-kind bridal and/or personalized fashion for clients, and now offers quality, ready-made gaments on her e-commerce site, which will expand as her business continues to evolve. Experience with petite, missy and plus sizes. Graduate of FIT and Pratt Institute, former professor of design at Pratt Institute. Email
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Phone: 347-742-2241
Cindy Chock Cindy Chock New York (Manhattan), NY Formal, Career, Costume, Fine Alterations, Patternmaking Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE, Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly Professional Association of Custom Clothiers), Empire State founding member and New Jersey member, Home Sewing Association TSI, Palmer Pletch CSI, Unique Patterns CUE and scan tech, Sewing Educators Alliance Member. As a theatrical costumer, draper and pattern-maker, Cindy Chock has worked in stage, film and television for over 40 years. Her wide range of experience includes creating one of a kind fashions for The Muppets, dance costumes for The Mark Morris Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, and countless Broadway productions. Her pattern-making designs have been featured in the collections of the Simplicity, McCall and Butterick Pattern Companies. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she began her teaching career in 1987 at The Parson’s School of Design. Since that time she has gone on to teach at every level from Pre-K to college master classes. Currently, Cindy teaches sewing classes for the Theatrical Wardrobe Union in NYC and operates a successful dressmaking business creating one-of-a-kind garments for her clients. Phone: 212-246-9662
*Midtown location
SEW MELODEE Susanne Smith New York (Brooklyn - Park Slope), NY Formal, bridal, Indian regalia, Childrens' Wear, Costume, Everyday, Home Dec, and more... Fashion Design Instructor offering private leassons for beginners and advanced students. Has been sewing for more than 25 years. Also teaches a fashion design class to high school students. Email
Phone: 347-683-2904

Need more options? Mood Fabrics has a great link to MANY more dressmakers. While you may find the number of choices overwhelming, there are more people you can contact! When appropriate, projects can be done long distance (by mail), with the dressmaker's guidance regarding measurements and fabrics. Some dressmakers will work with you long distance, using email, phone, snail mail, photographs, Skype, Facetime, or similar services. They are listed here.

Last updated: 15-March-2021
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