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The Best Seamstress in Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / July 26, 2013

Seamstress TorontoThe best seamstress in Toronto is hard to find without a little help, and there's no way in hell you'd willingly approach a dressmaker, hoping to change the neckline of your grandmother's bridal number, without a little research. Thanks to some readers suggestions, we've zeroed in on eight women with the magic touch, none of whom are found in the back room of your local dry cleaner.

So, whether you're in a panicked frenzy over an ill-fitting dress a week before your big day or you're looking to bring your dream prom garb to life (multi-coloured sequins and all), these home studios and storefronts are tried, tested, and true.

Here is where you can find the best seamstress in Toronto.

SEE ALSO:

The best bespoke tailors in Toronto
The best dry cleaners in Toronto

Cherie's Dressmaking
600 Markham St., 2nd Floor, 416.531.3351
Every day, women walk into Cherie's Dressmaking in Mirvish Village by the dozen and walk away worry-free, clutching a newly altered dress that fits like a glove. It's no wonder so many trust Cherie like they do - she's worked miracles on many a bridesmaid emergency and is as quick as a wink about it. She's also a whiz at original pieces a.k.a. there's nothing Cherie can't do.

Labl by Elizabeth Oliveira
52 Seaforth Avenue, 416.504.1504
Though her Queen West Style Lab closed over a year ago, Elizabeth Oliveira still offers her custom made, repair, and alteration services by appointment only in Parkdale. Eager to fill the void left by off-the-rack average sizing, Elizabeth studied design in Portugal before diving headfirst into her passion for well-fitting garments. With past clients like Shania Twain and Ron Sexsmith, it's clear she's good at what she does.

Perfect Fit For You
172 Sherwood Avenue, 647.519.6542
Specializing in complex alterations, Nina of Perfect Fit For You doesn't fall short of her business' name. She's a hot shot at changing lapels, redesigning necklines, tailoring blazers (with lining!), and more. Her website's even got a price list, so there's no surprises come appointment day.

Needle & Thread
4 Keewatin Ave., 416.485.6107
Boasting speed and excellent customer service, Needle & Thread can get your gown alterations done in a jiffy, keeping your inner bridezilla in check. They can also alter other men's and women's garments to suit your liking, and are conveniently open for long hours six days a week.

Jean Wu
17 St. Patricks Square, 416.596.6956
Working from home, Jean Wu can alter anything at a low cost and an ultra quick turnaround time. By anything I mean she can hem five pairs of pants in a matter of hours or totally disassemble a large winter coat and downsize it to a small. If that's not impressive, I don't know what is.

Elie's Alterations
2 Cumberland St, 2nd Floor, Suit No.2, 416.967.1845
I don't know about you, but I think vintage leather jackets are the most badass of all leather jackets. Still, it's nearly impossible to find a 50's silhouette that doesn't scream, "I am a meathead." Luckily, Elie's Alterations specializes in leather and suede amongst other materials, so you can get the worn-in look without the billowing bodice and oversized armholes.

Professional Sew & Fit
780 St. Clair Avenue West, 416.657.1170
In addition to offering any type of alteration, Professional Sew & Fit can create a custom dress from scratch, working with as little as a sketch you whipped up on the TTC. Prom dresses, flower girl dresses, suits, coats, you name it - they can make it. Call 'em what you want; Professional Sew & Fit sounds like a fairy dressmother to me.

Fashions by Pearl
63 Duxbury Dr., 416.298.7899
If you're closer to the east end, Pearl Seto in Scarborough can construct a pleat-peppered, tulle-ridden, beaded masterpiece just for you. With Alfred Sung on her resume and more than 25 years of formalwear experience, Pearl's become the instant go-to for prom girls and blushing brides alike.

Discussion

55 Comments

p / July 26, 2013 at 08:37 am
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.. you forgot the Tailoress at Roncesvalles and Grenadier
Isabelle / July 26, 2013 at 09:56 am
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What? No place in the east end? I was hoping to learn about a good place on the Danforth.
Maeve / July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am
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Pearl is fabulous - she did my sister's and my cousin's wedding dress and they were both floored by her excellent work and service.

That said, I can't believe you didn't include Penny from Stitchin Tyme in uptown: http://www.yelp.com/biz/stychin-tyme-toronto.
Jennifer Baird / July 26, 2013 at 10:15 am
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I go to Stitch It in the Manulife Center or the TD Center. They can alter anything and often have it done really quickly. I am surprised they didn't make it onto the list!
shooezzzz / July 26, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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How about best cobblers ?
Anne / July 26, 2013 at 01:34 pm
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Yulia from As You Like It, in Yorkville.
Meg / July 27, 2013 at 08:53 am
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Silhouette Tailoring on Queen E in Riverside does alterations as part of their business, and the owner has been lovely from the couple of times I've been in. He's a man, so I guess that makes him more tailor less seamstress, but someone asked about the east end. There's also a place on Pape down from Danforth, JB Cleaners or something, they're dry cleaners who I've had do alterations and replace zippers.
kristy replying to a comment from Isabelle / July 27, 2013 at 10:53 am
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I've had great experiences at The Perfect Fit by Emerald, on Pape just north of Mortimer.

http://www.theperfectfitbyemerald.com/ Emerald is a really cute old Greek lady. She did a great job, turnaround time was perfectly acceptable and her prices are fair.
v / July 29, 2013 at 07:54 am
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pearl seto is amazing! so lucky i live 5 minutes away from her. she's a miracle worker
chris / July 29, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Why the gender bias? Nasir at Silhouette Tailoring in Riverside is amazing and got an excellent review here on BlogTO last year.
nicki replying to a comment from Isabelle / July 31, 2013 at 06:56 pm
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JB Cleaner & Tailor! a little chinese lady on Pape just south of Danforth. everyone in the area goes to her, she's great!
Saira / August 26, 2013 at 11:54 am
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Anyone know a good place to get slipcovers made?
Nick Tharrenos replying to a comment from kristy / August 27, 2013 at 03:50 pm
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Kristy,

Thank you for your kind words. We also like to think we deserve to be on "The Best Seamstress in Toronto" list :-).

We encourage BlogTO to come by our shop and see what we are all about.

Cheers,
Nick & Emerald
Nick Tharrenos replying to a comment from kristy / August 27, 2013 at 04:05 pm
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The Perfect Fit by Emerald
932 Pape Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 3V2
416-429-2845

ThePerfectFitbyEmerald.com
Twitter.com/SeamstressTO
Facebook.com/ThePerfectFitbyEmerald
Rosie / August 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm
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Mona, the seamstress at QueensRoyal cleaners on the Queensway just east of Royal York, is an excellent and affordable seamstress. She can do anything. I am so happy I found her.
Celebrity / August 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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I VOTE Labl by Elizabeth Oliveira
Nina / September 10, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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Hello Bianca,

Thank you so much for including me in your list of the best seamstresses in Toronto. There are less and less dressmakers around, so this list will be very handy for ladies and gents who needs complex alterations.

Many ladies with amazing feminine curves or non-standard figures cannot find anything that fits well in the store. Making them happy and seeing their eyes lit up when they see themselves in the mirror is one of the blessings of our profession.

Thanks once again,
Nina
Victoria / September 15, 2013 at 05:18 pm
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The Perfect Fit by Emerald on Pape and Mortimer, is by far the best place to go when you need something altered. She is very trustworthy, caring, and very accommodating. I have had everything done there from my wedding dress to my everyday clothing. I have not had such a positive experience at any other place in the area, she so deserves to be on this list!
catherine / September 20, 2013 at 02:34 am
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Needle & thread is by far the best place i have gone too. The lady there is Just really nice and the shops really beautiful, And everything is always done on time. Such a hard working lady there!
Laura / September 29, 2013 at 09:33 pm
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You should remove Cherie’s from the list.

Picked up my dress yesterday - Cherie adjusted my dress to be way too small (despite my having lost a few pounds), she threw out the extra fabric she cut out of it, and she told me that she doesn't have time to fix it before my wedding. She also made me pay for the alterations that ruined my dress.

I leave for my wedding in less than 2 weeks and don’t have a dress.

She gave no apology and showed absolutely NO remorse whatsoever. Zero, zip, nada.
The Perfect Fit by Emerald replying to a comment from Victoria / October 2, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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Victoria,

Thank you for your support. We always strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We look forward to seeing you at the shop again very soon! :)

Best,
Nick & Emerald
http://www.theperfectfitbyemerald.com/
saema / October 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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Please be aware that Professional sew and fit is a good seamstress and not a tailor. I ended up wearing a hand me down by a friend for my daughters wedding. She completely ruined my dress. I was in shock with panic attacks. I was troubled throughout the wedding and was left with no choice.She had no sympathy for what she had done. I do not want anyone to go thru this again. When I took the dress to another tailor to see if she could save it. No way!!! The way she had cut and ruined it there was no way of rescuing it. I will never forget this!!!
thread / November 1, 2013 at 01:44 pm
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word of mouth is the best advertising a shop can get
Jee / November 13, 2013 at 04:57 pm
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Magic tailor me and my wife goin there many years it's on 211 younge street cross eaton centre they makin quality work so quick. Try helps
lmodbridal / February 4, 2014 at 07:00 am
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Thanks for Posting! Gown Alterations. Wedding Dress Alterations

dan / February 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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i see reviews are being deleted here so i guess this is all just paid advertising . In other words reviews posted are all fake . I am glad because i can inform people about scam blogs like this one. Not in my daily job but i will make sure that the net will know about it. Good job Bianca Venerayan i will name you and your blog in every forum you'll become famous
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jen / March 12, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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I'm looking for a good seamstress north of the
city. I'm in King City can you help me
Thanks jen
Sophie / May 11, 2014 at 06:39 pm
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I want to Elie's Alteration on cumberland with my leather jacket and fur coat last winter. The most amazing part was my vintage fur coat. She did awesome job!! I love it!! Before I met grace(Elie’s owner), I had to go over several different alteration shops for my special care clothes. I highly recommend this store for fashion people in Toronto!
TK / June 3, 2014 at 10:07 am
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Any recommendations for West End area?
Marisa / June 25, 2014 at 08:31 pm
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The best bridal gown and party seamstress I know is private. She's fast and reasonably priced. Anyone needs the info its Carmela Lauretta 647-990-0459. Really nice Italian lady located in Scarborough, ON.
Bianca / August 26, 2014 at 05:26 pm
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HEADS UP

Fashion's by Pearl - Pearl Seto does not do custom made dresses anymore. I called to inquire and no go.

Just letting you other brides and bridesmaids know :)

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