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phoenix designs

Washington , DC

LOCATION

4702 14th Street N.W.
Washington, DC US 20011 (map)
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ABOUT US

Specialty bridal boutique
Phoenix Bridal and Formals is the brainchild of Joan Sealey, seamstress and clothing designer. Her love of design began at a very early age. The daughter... Read more
Specialty bridal boutique
Phoenix Bridal and Formals is the brainchild of Joan Sealey, seamstress and clothing designer. Her love of design began at a very early age. The daughter of a seamstress she learned how to sew at an early age and has spent a lifetime perfecting her sewing and designing skills.
Since arriving in the U.S. from her native South America in the 70s she worked for Woodward Lothrop and Saks Jandel at the Watergate before starting her own fabric store and custom design business. The biggest part of her business is designing or re-designing a garment from a client's sketch or picture. Over the years she developed a feel for a garment needs to look construction takes a special skill and understanding the client's point of view is key. Most people come to her with an idea of the design that they like and she works with them to create that special look. In her showroom in Georgetown Park, one-of-a-kind originals are her specialy, but she also provides restyling, and expert alterations along with other lines of bridal gowns, prom dresses, pageants, mother of the bride.
Phoenix bridal design boutique provides a unique experience in shopping for a bridal gown or formal attire, by providing insight, creativity and special service. Read less
Dress & Attire

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/22/2011
3.8/5.0
The store front is not the most glamorous, and the dress selection was small, but the alterations were great! I already purchased my gown from a shop in LA, then moved to DC for a new job. I used Joan for my alterations, and she was fantastic. I couldn't believe what some other shops were charging for alterations, and she gave me a reasonable price. I had a straight neckline on my strapless dress that was scalloped lace, and I wanted a sweetheart neckline. She worked some magic and made the sweetheart neckline look like it was original with perfect scallops. I ordered my veil form her, and it was wrong at first, but she re-ordered and the correct one came in just a few days. They are also not very good at picking up the phone or returning calls- it makes a bride a little nervous, but it was all fine in the end. In all- she's not great at customer service, but she is a great seamstress. She did best what I hired her for- to make my dress look great, and she did!
Word to the wise: be careful when you sit on your bustled dress! I sat on mine, and broke the hook! Luckily we had a sewing kit and my mom could fix it on-the-spot. I don't think it was Joan's fault, I probably should have been more careful.
The store front is not the most glamorous, and the dress selection was small, but the alterations were great! I already Read more...
The store front is not the most glamorous, and the dress selection was small, but the alterations were great! I already purchased my gown from a shop in LA, then moved to DC for a new job. I used Joan for my alterations, and she was fantastic. I couldn't believe what some other shops were charging for alterations, and she gave me a reasonable price. I had a straight neckline on my strapless dress that was scalloped lace, and I wanted a sweetheart neckline. She worked some magic and made the sweetheart neckline look like it was original with perfect scallops. I ordered my veil form her, and it was wrong at first, but she re-ordered and the correct one came in just a few days. They are also not very good at picking up the phone or returning calls- it makes a bride a little nervous, but it was all fine in the end. In all- she's not great at customer service, but she is a great seamstress. She did best what I hired her for- to make my dress look great, and she did!
Word to the wise: be careful when you sit on your bustled dress! I sat on mine, and broke the hook! Luckily we had a sewing kit and my mom could fix it on-the-spot. I don't think it was Joan's fault, I probably should have been more careful. Read less
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skiflu
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.2/5.0
She made my dress beautiful. We had a few timing issues on my bridesmaid dresses, but overall was good.
She made my dress beautiful. We had a few timing issues on my bridesmaid dresses, but overall was good.
She made my dress beautiful. We had a few timing issues on my bridesmaid dresses, but overall was good. Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire

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