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The Seamstress

Winter Park

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Winter Park, US
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Jodie
Wedding:
5/7/2016
5.0/5.0
I dont care what anyone says, Judi is a fairy godmother! First off, I bought the wedding dress of my dreams. It was gorgeous with amazing intricate beading and many many layers. Sadly I ordered a dress that was 1 (maybe 2) sizes too small. I was so upset. I thought I was not going to be able to wear it. I took it to Judi and she was brutally honest with me (which is what I wanted and needed to hear). She told me that she CAN take some out but that her biggest suggestion was to try to loose a few pounds. Im not overweight by any means. I am 5'4" at 124lbs. I wanted to loose about 5 lbs and tone up for the wedding anyways. Judi did not offend me at all mostly because I brought up loosing weight first. She was super nice and made me feel so much better knowing we could make my dress work. I lost the weight and judi made the dress fit perfectly! She even added beautiful ruffling to the top to make it a litte more modest and it looked like it was suppose to be on the dress. I LOVED IT. If it wasnt for Judi, I would not have been the beautiful princess I was on my wedding day.
THANK YOU!!!!
I dont care what anyone says, Judi is a fairy godmother! First off, I bought the wedding dress of my dreams. It was Read more...
I dont care what anyone says, Judi is a fairy godmother! First off, I bought the wedding dress of my dreams. It was gorgeous with amazing intricate beading and many many layers. Sadly I ordered a dress that was 1 (maybe 2) sizes too small. I was so upset. I thought I was not going to be able to wear it. I took it to Judi and she was brutally honest with me (which is what I wanted and needed to hear). She told me that she CAN take some out but that her biggest suggestion was to try to loose a few pounds. Im not overweight by any means. I am 5'4" at 124lbs. I wanted to loose about 5 lbs and tone up for the wedding anyways. Judi did not offend me at all mostly because I brought up loosing weight first. She was super nice and made me feel so much better knowing we could make my dress work. I lost the weight and judi made the dress fit perfectly! She even added beautiful ruffling to the top to make it a litte more modest and it looked like it was suppose to be on the dress. I LOVED IT. If it wasnt for Judi, I would not have been the beautiful princess I was on my wedding day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.6/5.0
I unfortunately have to agree with the negative reviews. I took my dress here to see if she could take in the top a little and also make the underskirt a column style from an a-line. I was told wrong by the bridal salon that it was a quick fix to change the underskirt and unfortunately Judi couldn't do it without changing a lot of the under fabric.I understood that and was disappointed but was alright with that. But the way Judi spoke to me and handled the situation was terribly unprofessional and rude. She made snarky remarks which were uncalled for, especially when it's the first meeting you have with a client. One in particular just set me over the edge- "maybe this isn't your dress. A lot of people think the dress is pretty and just not the one." I left after five minutes of just a consultation with her and just broke into tears. I think someone should feel comfortable with the person who's going to be altering one's dress and Judi is not an inviting person. I don't doubt that she knows what she's doing and many brides probably have gotten beautiful things from her. But the level of unprofessionalism and poor service is a huge red flag even if it is a job well done.
I unfortunately have to agree with the negative reviews. I took my dress here to see if she could take in the top a little Read more...
I unfortunately have to agree with the negative reviews. I took my dress here to see if she could take in the top a little and also make the underskirt a column style from an a-line. I was told wrong by the bridal salon that it was a quick fix to change the underskirt and unfortunately Judi couldn't do it without changing a lot of the under fabric.I understood that and was disappointed but was alright with that. But the way Judi spoke to me and handled the situation was terribly unprofessional and rude. She made snarky remarks which were uncalled for, especially when it's the first meeting you have with a client. One in particular just set me over the edge- "maybe this isn't your dress. A lot of people think the dress is pretty and just not the one." I left after five minutes of just a consultation with her and just broke into tears. I think someone should feel comfortable with the person who's going to be altering one's dress and Judi is not an inviting person. I don't doubt that she knows what she's doing and many brides probably have gotten beautiful things from her. But the level of unprofessionalism and poor service is a huge red flag even if it is a job well done. Read less
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Thomas
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Judi is a pro! We took my dress here to fix what another alterations place around the corner had completely screwed up. My mom was so unhappy with the way the original place had done my bustle and insisted we take it to get another opinion. She found The Seamstress after a recommendation from my bridesmaid.

Judi took a look at the bungled bustle and promised she would be able to fix it quickly (1 week before the wedding!) and cheaply. She was extremely helpful, understanding, and knew her stuff. I do think she has a very dry sense of humor, which some may mistake for curtness or rudeness, but if you banter back with her, you will soon realize she is actually very friendly and really, really funny!

She corrected the mistakes of my previous alterations place and it came out looking better than I could have imagined. I wish Wedding Wire would let me upload Before and After photos to show how much of an improvement Judi was able to make. Contact me if you want to see the photos. Her expertise, turnaround time, and price were all invaluable to me. I will certainly use her in the future, and I would recommend her to any bride without hesitation. Thank you, Judi!
Judi is a pro! We took my dress here to fix what another alterations place around the corner had completely screwed up. My Read more...
Judi is a pro! We took my dress here to fix what another alterations place around the corner had completely screwed up. My mom was so unhappy with the way the original place had done my bustle and insisted we take it to get another opinion. She found The Seamstress after a recommendation from my bridesmaid.

Judi took a look at the bungled bustle and promised she would be able to fix it quickly (1 week before the wedding!) and cheaply. She was extremely helpful, understanding, and knew her stuff. I do think she has a very dry sense of humor, which some may mistake for curtness or rudeness, but if you banter back with her, you will soon realize she is actually very friendly and really, really funny!

She corrected the mistakes of my previous alterations place and it came out looking better than I could have imagined. I wish Wedding Wire would let me upload Before and After photos to show how much of an improvement Judi was able to make. Contact me if you want to see the photos. Her expertise, turnaround time, and price were all invaluable to me. I will certainly use her in the future, and I would recommend her to any bride without hesitation. Thank you, Judi! Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Upon arrival for my final appointment, I discovered that I needed the dress taken in 2 more inches! The seamstress was calm, and was able to make this alteration, as well as a few more THAT DAY! I would greatly recommend her work to anyone looking for wedding dress alterations in the Orlando area.
Upon arrival for my final appointment, I discovered that I needed the dress taken in 2 more inches! The seamstress was Read more...
Upon arrival for my final appointment, I discovered that I needed the dress taken in 2 more inches! The seamstress was calm, and was able to make this alteration, as well as a few more THAT DAY! I would greatly recommend her work to anyone looking for wedding dress alterations in the Orlando area. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/16/2015
1.7/5.0
Unfortunately, I had the same experience as several of the other reviewers. The owner is very rude and not friendly. The experience is anything but special. I should have taken my dress somewhere else after our first visit when she could not find my dress and my mom found it in their back room in the bag, balled up on the floor, but I went through with the fitting anyway. When I went to pick up my dress, the alterations were not complete and she did not make my hair piece as she was supposed to. She "ran out of time" and I am traveling now for work so I cannot have the additional work done. It is a shame to spend $5k on a wedding dressing and just have to "live" with it as is. It has just been the worst experience and I would never recommend any bride to have to deal with her.
Unfortunately, I had the same experience as several of the other reviewers. The owner is very rude and not friendly. The Read more...
Unfortunately, I had the same experience as several of the other reviewers. The owner is very rude and not friendly. The experience is anything but special. I should have taken my dress somewhere else after our first visit when she could not find my dress and my mom found it in their back room in the bag, balled up on the floor, but I went through with the fitting anyway. When I went to pick up my dress, the alterations were not complete and she did not make my hair piece as she was supposed to. She "ran out of time" and I am traveling now for work so I cannot have the additional work done. It is a shame to spend $5k on a wedding dressing and just have to "live" with it as is. It has just been the worst experience and I would never recommend any bride to have to deal with her. Read less
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contkos
Wedding:
5/3/2015
1.8/5.0
When I first took my dress to Judi, I felt like I was in great hands, especially considering she was recommended by the store where I purchased my wedding gown. Unfortunately, when I came back to pick up my dress, I thought it was too short. She assured me that I was wrong and it was altered exactly where it should me. She kind of make me feel like I was crazy so I went home and tried it on again, looked at pictures of other brides in my dress, and I was confident that she did not alter my dress correctly. She not only cut the dress too short, but practically redesigned the ruffle pattern on the skirt by stopping them a few inches short from the bottom of the dress. After going back to the store to compare my dress and the original, it was clear that she had made a mistake. We took the dress back to Judi in which she was rude, short, and refused to look at the pictures of the original dress design. She made me feel awful, like she did not care a bit about her customers. Although she "fixed" the length of the dress without charging more, she had me driving home in tears because I had NO confidence that she was going to take good care of the very expensive dress that I purchased for my wedding day. She is not personable unless you are telling her what she wants to hear, and charged way too much for her services. I also felt that the bodice of the dress was too large after losing some weight in which she responded that "nothing could be done about that and I would have to tape the dress to my body". Turns out that wasn't true because I took the dress to another seamstress who charged me only $45 to make the bodice smaller and it looked amazing. I think Judi is a very capable seamstress but her professionalism and people skills are lacking. If you want to feel taken care of and confident in your seamstress I would recommend going elsewhere.
When I first took my dress to Judi, I felt like I was in great hands, especially considering she was recommended by the Read more...
When I first took my dress to Judi, I felt like I was in great hands, especially considering she was recommended by the store where I purchased my wedding gown. Unfortunately, when I came back to pick up my dress, I thought it was too short. She assured me that I was wrong and it was altered exactly where it should me. She kind of make me feel like I was crazy so I went home and tried it on again, looked at pictures of other brides in my dress, and I was confident that she did not alter my dress correctly. She not only cut the dress too short, but practically redesigned the ruffle pattern on the skirt by stopping them a few inches short from the bottom of the dress. After going back to the store to compare my dress and the original, it was clear that she had made a mistake. We took the dress back to Judi in which she was rude, short, and refused to look at the pictures of the original dress design. She made me feel awful, like she did not care a bit about her customers. Although she "fixed" the length of the dress without charging more, she had me driving home in tears because I had NO confidence that she was going to take good care of the very expensive dress that I purchased for my wedding day. She is not personable unless you are telling her what she wants to hear, and charged way too much for her services. I also felt that the bodice of the dress was too large after losing some weight in which she responded that "nothing could be done about that and I would have to tape the dress to my body". Turns out that wasn't true because I took the dress to another seamstress who charged me only $45 to make the bodice smaller and it looked amazing. I think Judi is a very capable seamstress but her professionalism and people skills are lacking. If you want to feel taken care of and confident in your seamstress I would recommend going elsewhere. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.9/5.0
I've gone to Judy for a bridesmaid dress in the past and after being put off by the salon's seamstress where I got my wedding dress I decided to see if I could make an appointment to get my wedding dress altered, just 3 weeks before my wedding. She added an appliqué to the sash on my dress, sequins from my grandmother's dress and a 5 point bustle. My dress was ready in two weeks to pick up and looked fantastic.
I've gone to Judy for a bridesmaid dress in the past and after being put off by the salon's seamstress where I got my Read more...
I've gone to Judy for a bridesmaid dress in the past and after being put off by the salon's seamstress where I got my wedding dress I decided to see if I could make an appointment to get my wedding dress altered, just 3 weeks before my wedding. She added an appliqué to the sash on my dress, sequins from my grandmother's dress and a 5 point bustle. My dress was ready in two weeks to pick up and looked fantastic. Read less
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Mary Kate
Wedding:
4/11/2015
4.6/5.0
I felt compelled to write a review after seeing some of the negative reviews as I had a fantastic experience with Judy. I purchased a sample gown that needed to be cleaned, required 3 inches to be taken in, needed to be hemmed, and it needed a bustle. Judy and her team turned the over sized sample dress into my dream gown and I could not have been more happy with the fit and overall look. While Judy may not be super outgoing and friendly she knows what she is doing and at the end of the day having a perfectly altered dress is all that really matters.
I felt compelled to write a review after seeing some of the negative reviews as I had a fantastic experience with Judy. I Read more...
I felt compelled to write a review after seeing some of the negative reviews as I had a fantastic experience with Judy. I purchased a sample gown that needed to be cleaned, required 3 inches to be taken in, needed to be hemmed, and it needed a bustle. Judy and her team turned the over sized sample dress into my dream gown and I could not have been more happy with the fit and overall look. While Judy may not be super outgoing and friendly she knows what she is doing and at the end of the day having a perfectly altered dress is all that really matters. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
2/21/2015
2.2/5.0
I contemplated leaving a review but thought it might help a future bride! Judi was just not good to work with....at all. She seemed to be put out with any request and even when me and my bridesmaids tried to lighten up the mood and engage in conversation she was just not having it? My alterations were EXPENSIVE and I mean SERIOUSLY! For what she did I was taken back for sure! I brought my mom in with me one of the visits and Judi did not even speak a word to her?? If she hadn't already begun working on my dress I would have taken it some place else. It would really serve her well to focus on how she works with brides to be....because honestly there was nothing enjoyable about my visits with her....I felt like my dress was held hostage so I had to endure her but there is no way I would make a return visit! Hopefully she reads this and realizes with better prices and a much better attitude people will be a lot more likely to send business her way!
I contemplated leaving a review but thought it might help a future bride! Judi was just not good to work with....at all. Read more...
I contemplated leaving a review but thought it might help a future bride! Judi was just not good to work with....at all. She seemed to be put out with any request and even when me and my bridesmaids tried to lighten up the mood and engage in conversation she was just not having it? My alterations were EXPENSIVE and I mean SERIOUSLY! For what she did I was taken back for sure! I brought my mom in with me one of the visits and Judi did not even speak a word to her?? If she hadn't already begun working on my dress I would have taken it some place else. It would really serve her well to focus on how she works with brides to be....because honestly there was nothing enjoyable about my visits with her....I felt like my dress was held hostage so I had to endure her but there is no way I would make a return visit! Hopefully she reads this and realizes with better prices and a much better attitude people will be a lot more likely to send business her way! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/12/2014
2.0/5.0
I hate leaving negative reviews - in fact I am not sure I have ever done so - but just felt a bride on a budget should know to steer clear of this place or at the very least get a hard quote in writing prior to dropping off dress.

My alterations ended up being more than half of what I paid for my dress (close to $500!) and I burst into tears when I got into the parking lot...who has that kind of money lying around the week before their wedding after all vendors paid? =(

She added cups and took in 6 inches, as well as brought up the hem a few inches. Maybe I am very ignorant in want others pay for this type of thing but I just wish she called to update me on price before I picked it up so I wasn't in such drastic sticker shock.

I guess I also sort of thought that since it was in Winter Park, a very nice area, maybe the level of service would be great. Or at least the high price would make me less nauseous if they had made me feel like a bride...but I felt that the lady was mad at me and my friends and couldn't wait for us to get out of there (when we dropped it off and then again when we picked it up)/ My friends were devastated with how the lady was talking to me, I was embarrassed but I didn't want to make a scene so I gave them a look to just get out of there. However, I didn't want another bride to have to deal with that stress when it comes to alterations. Please feel free to hit me up if you have ANY other questions or want more specifics. There are a lot more kind, affordable and honest / upfront / transparent alteration vendors in town, including who my fiance used for his suit. "M alterations by Soon" in altamonte, Le's aterations, etc.
I hate leaving negative reviews - in fact I am not sure I have ever done so - but just felt a bride on a budget should Read more...
I hate leaving negative reviews - in fact I am not sure I have ever done so - but just felt a bride on a budget should know to steer clear of this place or at the very least get a hard quote in writing prior to dropping off dress.

My alterations ended up being more than half of what I paid for my dress (close to $500!) and I burst into tears when I got into the parking lot...who has that kind of money lying around the week before their wedding after all vendors paid? =(

She added cups and took in 6 inches, as well as brought up the hem a few inches. Maybe I am very ignorant in want others pay for this type of thing but I just wish she called to update me on price before I picked it up so I wasn't in such drastic sticker shock.

I guess I also sort of thought that since it was in Winter Park, a very nice area, maybe the level of service would be great. Or at least the high price would make me less nauseous if they had made me feel like a bride...but I felt that the lady was mad at me and my friends and couldn't wait for us to get out of there (when we dropped it off and then again when we picked it up)/ My friends were devastated with how the lady was talking to me, I was embarrassed but I didn't want to make a scene so I gave them a look to just get out of there. However, I didn't want another bride to have to deal with that stress when it comes to alterations. Please feel free to hit me up if you have ANY other questions or want more specifics. There are a lot more kind, affordable and honest / upfront / transparent alteration vendors in town, including who my fiance used for his suit. "M alterations by Soon" in altamonte, Le's aterations, etc. Read less
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