A list of qualified dressmakers in New York, their areas of expertise, and contact information.
Business Name Contact Name Location Specialties Professional Credentials Contact Info
Cherie Bixler Cherie Bixler Endicott (studio), and NYC clients (accepts and will travel to meet in-person with clients when reasonable), NY Formal, prom, home decor, pattern making, draping, collaborative, custom and alterations for women and children. Long distance projects accepted. Author of fashion book and seminars, with 30 years experience in the industry. Pattern making, sewn samples and production are available. Knits and wovens. High quality, any quantity. Assistance with finding resources and consulting at no cost on all aspects of production. Email
Phone: 201-944-2885
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Drake & Ferris, Inc. Catherine Ferris Jordan, (Syracuse area)NY Formal, Bridal, Prom, Children, Home Decor, Custom, Alterations, and more... By appointment only. Offering alterations for business and formal attire. 30+ years sewing experience working in the garment industry and at Simplicity Pattern Company. In business 4 years. FIT graduate in fashion design. Designed and developed patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company. Design specialties include prom, bridal accessories, costumes, and lingerie. Custom sewing services include home decor. Phone: 315-414-7237
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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.
35 years as a theatrical costumer on Broadway, television and film. Currently, back on Broadway keeping "Mary Poppins" practically perfect in every way. Taught at Parsons School of Design for 6 years. Teaches privately and small groups. Designed and developed patterns for Simplicity, McCall's and Butterick Pattern Companies. Will travel beyond NYC for clients when appropriate.
Phone: 212-246-9662
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SEW MELODEE Susanne Smith New York (Brooklyn), 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. Will travel beyond NYC for clients when appropriate. Email
Phone: 347-683-2904

Need more options? 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: 18-August 2016
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