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The Williamsburg Seamster

The Williamsburg Seamster Expert wedding dress tailoring, alterations, and styling for Los Angeles brides. Specialized bridal alterations and tailoring services in Los Angeles, California.

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“If Black Women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate th...
06/05/2020

“If Black Women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all of the systems of oppression.” - COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE Statement 1977

As a non-Black woman of color in the USA, I have benefitted in many ways from the same systems that oppress Black Americans. I commit myself to fighting anti-blackness and advancing anti-racist practices within my spheres of influence- in the white spaces I’ve been privileged to move through because of where I grew up and went to school, within the South Asian community, and within the ethical fashion community where I have been working as an advocate for labor rights. I take guidance from the many resources made available to us by, and the intelligence of, Black leaders and particularly Black Women.

I had planned to close shop at the end of May, but due to the pandemic and rescheduling of weddings, I will reopen soon for another year or so, once I feel I can safely conduct fittings, which is still not the case at my studio or given my personal health issues. So TWS is just me now, @nnayantaraa — the actions I take and statements I make are deeply personal. I am donating, signing, calling, tweeting, and having difficult conversations with friends and family. So I share this not for your approval or applause, but to take accountability on this platform I’ve created, even though I haven’t been active on it for some time. I am much more active on my personal account and you can join me there if you want more than before and after pics from me.

As I had been planning to depart the wedding industry and dig deeper into my work fighting for economic and social justice in the garment industry, particularly with a focus on the labor, often performed by women of color, I struggled with what I should do or say now from this wedding-related page. The wedding industry has never felt like home to me, so I hesitate to state that I will be taking actions to address racist and anti-black practices within this industry I do not particularly care to be a part of and am in the process of leaving. CONTINUED IN COMMENT 👇🏾

Last one for now, and it’s a slightly different version of a #twsbeforeandafter . I worked with this bride for her first...
03/18/2020

Last one for now, and it’s a slightly different version of a #twsbeforeandafter . I worked with this bride for her first wedding in Italy- the image on the left is actually the tailored and hemmed gown. She returned to me to add custom billowy organza sleeves so she could have a new look for her same dress at a 2nd ceremony back here in the states. Scroll through to see the details and final looks of one of my favorite projects from last year✨✨✨
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Yet another #twsbeforeandafter of a gown that needed to be shortened along the waist. In this case, all of the boning in...
03/18/2020

Yet another #twsbeforeandafter of a gown that needed to be shortened along the waist. In this case, all of the boning in this structured bodice also had to be shortened, so it would not dig in or buckle as you can see it doing in the before pic on the left. The beading also had to be shortened in order to maintain the belt-like effect it created along the waist. The straps were shortened slightly and I snuck in a few strategically placed “snug” stitches along the neckline to counter the gaping there. And finally, lots of length was removed from lots of layers to give it that perfect fringey flow towards the original train.
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#thewilliamsburgseamster #bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #beadedweddinggown @ The Williamsburg Seamster

I may be close to posting too many #twsbeforeandafter pics at once, but at a time like this, I think a little more joy, ...
03/18/2020

I may be close to posting too many #twsbeforeandafter pics at once, but at a time like this, I think a little more joy, a little extra sparkle, couldn’t hurt. So here’s a gorgeous voluminous gown with 3D floral details which was raised at the shoulder and along the waist, then fitted significantly along the ribcage, which helped provide bust support as well as definition. The bust was also pulled in with a shaped dart, which was then hidden by the grace of those 3D flowers. Multiple layers of the full skirt were shortened and tidied up to complete this perfect look! 💕🌸💞
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Of course this gown came from a castle- @clairepettibone ‘s castle boutique in LA that is. This sample gown was in prett...
03/18/2020

Of course this gown came from a castle- @clairepettibone ‘s castle boutique in LA that is. This sample gown was in pretty good shape, but you can swipe through this #twsbeforeandafter to see how it was fitted and contoured along the waist, bust, shoulders and sides, to become the perfect fit for this lovely bride. The brooch and button details are 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽 .
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#thewilliamsburgseamster #bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #clairepettibonebride #laceweddingdress @ The Williamsburg Seamster

I suppose there’s a theme to some of these #twsbeforeandafter posts today, because this lovely layered gown also needed ...
03/18/2020

I suppose there’s a theme to some of these #twsbeforeandafter posts today, because this lovely layered gown also needed to be shortened along the waist. To properly fit, it also had to be brought in significantly from the back along the zipper, because the sides were actually just illusion tulle panels. It involved removing and then reattaching a whole lot of buttons. You can see the bias cut of the skirt became more exaggerated as a result of this; thankfully I was careful with the material to make sure it didn’t stretch or otherwise interfere with the fit, and the draping worked well to balance out the new, proportionately shorter train. 💗🤍💗
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Hope you are enjoying all of these #twsbeforeandafter posts! Making this gown fit the way the bride had hoped it would i...
03/18/2020

Hope you are enjoying all of these #twsbeforeandafter posts! Making this gown fit the way the bride had hoped it would involved some creative problem solving. This happens a lot when a sample size gown has elements that may not remain the same once the dress comes in the brides actual size. This whole gown had to be “petite-ized”, so I started with taking it apart at the waist so I could shorten the bodice from the front and sides. To get it closer to the sample she liked, I turned the neckline under to open it up more along the collar bones. The shoulders were raised and I reset the very fitted sleeves in place with a new invisible underarm gusset (using excess dotted tulle from the hem), and of course shortened the rest of it, blending into the original train. I also built in support with cups and some well placed snaps. Love this silhouette and the way the density of the dots on the tulle changes throughout the design. 🤍🤍🤍 .
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What is not to love about the dress in this #twsbeforeandafter ?! To make it perfect, first the whole thing was taken ap...
03/17/2020

What is not to love about the dress in this #twsbeforeandafter ?! To make it perfect, first the whole thing was taken apart along the waist. The bodice was shortened to line up with the brides natural waist. The skirt was brought in along the back to cinch in the waist, and the lace peplum details were adjusted to coordinate as well. The shoulders were also brought up a pinch, which along with cups helped provide support in the bust. Finished it off with a wrist loop and bustle for future dance moves! 💖💖💖
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This #twsbeforeandafter only required minor fitting and basic adjustments to the length for this brides beach wedding, b...
03/17/2020

This #twsbeforeandafter only required minor fitting and basic adjustments to the length for this brides beach wedding, but the “one-skin-tone-fits-all-Nude” lining used in the bust and over the hips was particularly disappointing. To make this perfect, we removed the entire bodice and hip linings, replacing the exposed hip area with a stretchy material that better matched this brides skin tone, and left the top of the bodice unlined, but secured the bust with cups that were covered in the same fabric as the new hip area. It instantly made the dress appear more elegant, and allowed the lace detailing, especially along the midsection, to pop! 💞💞💞.
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Here’s a really fun #twsbeforeandafter from a New Years Eve wedding! We took a lightly embellished but simple @asos styl...
03/17/2020

Here’s a really fun #twsbeforeandafter from a New Years Eve wedding! We took a lightly embellished but simple @asos style and added yards and yards of feathers to make the skirt and sleeves more fun and full, swapped out the slip that came with it for a sewn in strapless silk lining, and tailored the whole thing to the right fit. Hope you enjoy this one! ✨ ✨✨✨
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Adjusting and adapting and waiting, so why not share some #twsbeforeandafter posts. Hope you will enjoy! For this one, y...
03/17/2020

Adjusting and adapting and waiting, so why not share some #twsbeforeandafter posts. Hope you will enjoy! For this one, you’ll notice I created full sleeves to attach to the tailored bodice, repurposing the lace that originally framed the bottom of the skirt, since the bride wanted a more flowing, modern look. 💕💞💕 .
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#bridetobe #bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #thewilliamsburgseamster #beforeandafter #laceweddingdress @ The Williamsburg Seamster

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me , but I’ve been busily working in here what was supposed to be my fi...
03/16/2020

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me , but I’ve been busily working in here what was supposed to be my final wedding season. Out of an abundance of precaution and concern for everybody’s health in addition to my own, I have made the difficult decision to cancel and reschedule all appointments through the rest of March. In order to ensure that I am able to accommodate the changing plans and wedding dates that couples are now navigating, I will likely extend my time and continue to offer services through June, perhaps later. It’s all about adapting and being flexible during this time. I have emailed all the brides I’ve already committed to (if you haven’t heard from me pls send me an email) and am working on a plan for how to recover from this time away from work. I have set up a temporary workspace at home, and thought it’s nothing like my spacious work room downtown, i will be doing my best to keep work in progress. I am so appreciative of the kindness, generosity, and support I have already received from my clients, even while they are struggling themselves. 💞Take care, everybody. We’re all in this together. 💕

Looking back on some of the most fun projects of 2019 and have to share this one first- a very customized heirloom weddi...
12/30/2019

Looking back on some of the most fun projects of 2019 and have to share this one first- a very customized heirloom wedding dress update, which turned the original dress worn by this brides mother into three separate looks. I forgot to take a proper before picture in the studio but if you scroll to the end you can see it, and as you swipe through you’ll see the dress as worn with a new cape made from excess fabric from the sleeves along with a cotton voile which coordinated very well with the original pin tucked fabric, how the new bodice developed by inverting the panel from the top of the original dress, and the lengthened lower portion of the skirt, which I made detachable with a zipper and built in crinoline for extra ooomph for this silhouette. The most wonderful part of course was working with this awesome and open-minded client. They participated so well in this collaborative process, which ensures this dress was just what they wanted in the end. 💕💕💕
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#heirloomweddingdress #bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #vintagebride #weddingdressseamstress #twsbeforeandafter @ The Williamsburg Seamster

Tailored this delightful dress from @bhldn for a sweet friend of a friend’s wedding, and I really adore how it came out!...
11/21/2019

Tailored this delightful dress from @bhldn for a sweet friend of a friend’s wedding, and I really adore how it came out! Swipe through to see the different in fit achieved by bringing the dress in at the back, up at the shoulders, and shortening the sleeves to a more flattering length. We also added some well placed snaps/thread chains that allowed her to lock her bra straps in while keeping the wider neckline open, and created a custom sash using excess flower motifs from the old hem of the sleeve. ✂️ 💕✂️💕✂️
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#thewilliamsburgseamster #bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #sewing #bridaltailor #bhldnbride #bridetobe #losangelesbride #floralweddingdress #weddingdress @ The Williamsburg Seamster

From afar, the differences between these #twsbeforeandafter pics might seem subtle, but as you swipe through, you’ll see...
11/06/2019

From afar, the differences between these #twsbeforeandafter pics might seem subtle, but as you swipe through, you’ll see the ✨magic✨ of tailoring, transforming this from being a dress wearing the bride, into the bride wearing (... more like, absolutely shining in) the dress! The second pic shows how much was brought in from just one side alone on this stretchy, beaded bodice with chiffon (and heavy linings) skirt from @tinavalerdi_official gown , which we also tailored by creating concealed darts in the back, and hemming it to a perfect floor skimming length for this brides summer wedding. ✨☀️✨
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✨ I’ve put a lot of time and care into tailoring and altering hundreds if not thousands of wedding dresses over the last...
10/21/2019

✨ I’ve put a lot of time and care into tailoring and altering hundreds if not thousands of wedding dresses over the last dozen years, and as such, am taking extra care as I wind down this final year. As we are rapidly approaching the spring 2020 wedding season, the final season for which I’ll be offering my services, I have updated my site to reflect my remaining availability. Through the remainder of this year, I have some availability for a number of brides, but based on my current bookings, and plan for one bridal work order per calendar weekend, it seems I only have capacity for about 10 more brides for spring 2020. If we’ve already booked a consultation but have yet to meet, don’t worry, I’ve accounted for you. But for brides who were hoping to work together, please do visit the contact page on my website and let’s see what we can do. You can see availability as it is for now by swiping right and visiting the contact page any time, and as my availability changes or last minute opportunities open up, I will make announcements here on Instagram. As always, I so appreciate all of the support I’ve received here and all of the amazing opportunities I’ve had to help brides achieve their wedding outfit dreams over the years. I’m excited to wrap up this part of my career with tenderness and love for all of you and all your dresses. 💕✨ @ The Williamsburg Seamster

There are a few elements of this #twsbeforeandafter that might catch your eye, but if you’ll allow me, I’ll direct your ...
10/10/2019

There are a few elements of this #twsbeforeandafter that might catch your eye, but if you’ll allow me, I’ll direct your attention to my absolute fave detail, the inseam pockets! I’m a big fan of pockets in dresses if the silhouette allows, because frankly it’s just nice to have a place to keep a tissue or lip moisturizer, and always my awkward hands, (shout out to 💐 bouquets for occupying hands at least part of the time!) but pocket linings that are visible through the dress are a not my fave. For this gorgeous brides @anaisanette gown, we replaced the original pocket linings (made of the same fabric as the skirt and bodice, beautiful certainly, but too thick here) with new tulle pockets, only keeping a small edge as a facing so they still maintained that seamless flow where they attached. We also shortened the bodice all around, eliminating a lot of the excess buckling in the bodice, and shortened the skirt to a perfect flowing length. Scroll through to see the whole transformation as well as a detail of the pocket in action. ⚡️✨⚡️
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#bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #alternativebridal #sewing #losangelesbrides #bridaltailor #weddingdressalterations @ Downtown Los Angeles

Busy as a bee of course, but here’s a little honey for you #twsbeforeandafter fans, of a lovely @alexandragrecco dress w...
09/21/2019

Busy as a bee of course, but here’s a little honey for you #twsbeforeandafter fans, of a lovely @alexandragrecco dress which needed to be let out along the skirt in order to accommodate this marathon-running brides strong legs, and tailored and contoured along the bust and waist. I added triangular panels between the original side seams, one for each of the three layers including the tulle, opening up the circumference around the seat and thighs, which are barely visible, but made all the difference in allowing this bride to walk and sit in this dress, and of course hemmed it as well. I love the 3D flowers which pop over the bodice, especially once it’s been fitted well. ☀️ 🐝 🌼
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#bridalalterations #bridalalterationsspecialist #sewing #seamstress #losangelesbrides #alexandragreccobridal #3dlace #floral #laceweddingdress @ Downtown Los Angeles

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Shortening your short skirts. Hemming jeans proper so they don't look hemmed. Making wide leg pants skinny. Making skinny pants even skinnier. Basically, making all your clothes fit the way you want them to. email: [email protected] to set up a fitting! also available for custom work, photoshoots, wardrobe consultations, or whatevs. . .

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Absolutely thrilled to see our little sister's beautiful wedding up on Ceremony Magazine! Total dream team Photography: Lauren Spinelli Florals and paper design: Tropic of Flowers Video: Lovelit Films HMU: Elwynn + Cass Planning: Heartthrob Weddings and Events Bridal salon: Love and Lace Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals La Tavola Fine Linen Collective Rentals Baker Party Rentals Tailor: The Williamsburg Seamster Venue: Five Crowns Dessert: Nicole Redd-McIntosh https://www.ceremonymagazine.com/olivia-matts-moody-hued-affair/
We are thrilled to see Olivia and Matt's "Moody-Hued" wedding at Five Crowns being featured in Ceremony Magazine's blog! #TeamACE || Photography: lauren spinelli photographyhoto | Location: Five Crownst | Coordination: Heartthrob Weddings and Eventss | Floral Design: Tropic of Flowers | Gown Designer: Tara Lauren | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor | Hair: Elwynn + Cass | Makeup: #GoldenGlowBeauty Tailor: The Williamsburg Seamster ||
"When they discovered that their tried and true date night spot could accommodate weddings, it was a no brainer."..and a "Moody-Hued Affair" it was! Thank you to Ceremony Magazine for highlighting Olivia and Matt’s beautiful Five Crowns wedding. See the full feature: http://bit.ly/2ZyzyRe . . . . . . . . Venue: Five Crowns Planning: Heartthrob Weddings and Events Photography: lauren spinelli photography Video: Lovelit Films Floral/paper/event design: Tropic of Flowers Hair and makeup: Elwynn + Cass Golden Glow Beauty Gown: Tara Lauren Bridal salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor Seamster: The Williamsburg Seamster Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals Collective Rentals La Tavola Fine Linen Baker Party Rentals Dessert: Nicole Bakes Cakes Rings: Anna Sheffield
Things that deserve celebration- finding love, endless happiness and when your wedding party looks THIS good. Interested in booking Five Crowns for your next event? See all that we have to offer: http://bit.ly/2UmRtYl . . . . Venue: Five Crowns Planning: Heartthrob Weddings and Events Photography: lauren spinelli photography Video: Lovelit Films Floral/paper/event design: Tropic of Flowers Hair and makeup: Elwynn + Cass, Golden Glow Beauty Gown: Tara Lauren Bridal salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor Seamster: The Williamsburg Seamster Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals, Collective Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen, Baker Party Rentals Dessert: Nicole Bakes Cakes Rings: Anna Sheffield
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Gourmet S’more Station. Always a guest favorite! #smores #dessertstation #desserttable #desserts #nomnom #weddingfood #catering #weddingvenue #weddingstyle #vscofood #forkyeah #buzzfeast #foodphotography #foodstyling Venue: Hangar 21 Catering & Bar: Jay's Catering Company Planner: @fawnevents.candace Photographer: Alivia Latimer Florist: @rogueandfox MUA: Girl Meets Bongga Dress: BHLDN tailored by The Williamsburg Seamster Tux: Suitsupply Photo bus: The Booth & Bus Co. DJ: VOX DJs