Here are some testimonials from our clients:
I walked in without an appointment because I had a tear in the netting overlay with sequins on a long white gown I had gotten at a sample sale. She took it immediately and within minutes had sewn it up. When I asked how much I owed her she said nothing! I was so surprised and happy! Nicest thing someone in NYC has ever done for me probably in my 18 years of being here. Maybe that's sad and I need to get out more ;-) But thank you again so much I TRULY appreciated your generosity!”
Posted By: Rayna A.
I can't say enough good things about Selene! My wedding dress was super fitted and delicate, and when I picked it up from the store I was devastated that it was almost 2 sizes too big. I read all of the great reviews about Selene and made an appointment asap. She reassured me that she could make it fit, but I never thought it would turn out as perfect as it did! She worked her magic and it ended up fitting me like a glove, and it didn't look like there had been any alterations done at all. She also took in the waist of my velvet rehearsal dinner dress, and again it exceeded my expectations. I'll be returning with any dresses I need to have altered in the future! Brides - you are in good hands here.
Posted By: Shannon D.
Let me start out by saying Selene, you are amazing!! I bought my dream wedding dress at RK Bridal. Unfortunately, RK has been known for sizing up so that they can charge more for alterations so when I went to try on my dress, it was too big. Due to the delicate nature of my dress (lots of lace, mesh and boning) multiple seamstresses and alteration shops told me they couldn't help me. Then I found Selene on yelp! From my very first visit she eased my fears and told me she'd do everything she could and that my dress would be just fine. I was no longer worried that my dream dress was going to be butchered by inexperienced hands! I did three fittings with her and on my final fitting my dress was PERFECTION. Everyone was floored. Selene is the best around! You really can't go wrong with her!
Posted By: Lexi M.
I am so glad I found Selene!! I found a beautiful, delicate Louis Vuitton silk/wool bustier from the Fall 2010 collection (the last collection Marc Jacobs designed), in a vintage shop. Problem was, I'm a small and the top was an XL. I held on to the top for three years, untouched, because I was so afraid to hand it over to anyone and risk damage to the pastel watercolor silk wool fabric or to lose the architectural detail of the piece. So it sat in my closet, unwearable, but deeply loved.
Selene was able not only to take the top in, but to preserve the integrity of the boning structure, while taking the top down four sizes. The top truly looks like it was made on me.
Even better, she was collaborative, fun, and insightful. I will be bringing all of my pieces to her.
Posted By: Kay R.
Selene, Selene, Selene. What would I do without you?
My sister got her dress altered by Selene last year for her destination wedding, and she couldn't stop singing her praises. I remember my sister's dress looked great and I asked her where she got it altered and she recommended Selene; this was last April. Lo and behold (and quite out of the blue) I got engaged in August, and one of the first things I bought was my dress. The place where I got my dress actually had pretty bad reviews regarding their alterations department, so without wanting to take that chance I called Selene right up. From the very beginning she was so sweet and accommodating, and I was confident that I was in good hands each time I went for a fitting. Selene knew exactly where my dress needed some work, and always did everything with a smile on her face.
I received a lot of compliments on my dress, and despite the many take-ins it needed, Selene made it work and I was totally happy with the final outcome! Please go to Selene to have your dress altered, you will not be disappointed! She's sweet, Greek, and just plain fabulous :-)
Posted By: Sarah A.
Selene is AMAZING. She did a fantastic job on my wedding dress. My dress was 2 pieces (high waist skirt and corset) and she walked me through all the options of connecting it or not connecting and the bustle. I can be very indecisive and wasn't educated on bustles and wedding alterations and she was an expert in the fit and what needed to be done. She guided me through the process and was patient with me as I was nervous about making some decisions.
I was also looking for a tailor who would charge reasonable based on what the dress actually needed (not the overpriced flat rate fees from most bridal alterations in NYC). She's so friendly and pleasant to work with and did and impeccable job. I have very high standards and neurotic about things being done well and she exceeded my expectations. HIGHLY recommend. I'm already planning to go back to have her alter a dress for another wedding I'm attending.
Posted By: Katie L.
Had a gown hemmed that was over 6inches too long and she did a fantastic job and very timely. Overall great experience. I will be back.
Posted By: Melissa A.
Armed with a heavily beaded Jenny Packham beauty, I was on the hunt for a capable seamstress to alter the gown to fit my 5'1 frame. Went to a few places before I arrived at Selene's Alteration. The price was right and they had experience with JP gowns, which was important to me. I paid $450 for hemming (inner silk sheath and outer beaded layer) as well as pulling up the outer layer from the shoulders.
Selene's did a great job, especially with the shoulders. They were able to pull it up by creating a slight flutter sleeve, which I loved. When I compare photos of the dress on me prior and post alterations, it was seriously made to fit me perfectly.
The only reason they lost a star is because I think they've actually gotten TOO popular/busy. When I picked up my dress at my 2nd fitting, they actually forgot to finish the hemming. I insisted I would wait and try on the dress again after they hemmed to be sure, and they seemed a little surprised that I would want to. The bride who had an appointment before mine actually came in and told me they forgot ALL about her dress - aka the complete alterations! They sent the poor girl to grab a bite of food while they finished it in an hour. If this is my wedding gown, I sure as heck would not want my alterations to be rush finished! I left before that bride got her gown but as I was leaving, 2-3 more brides started showing up for their appointments. Mind you, the space is pretty intimate but it felt crowded, fast!
Selene's does a great job, but perhaps they should be a little more selective with their alterations so they don't leave any brides hanging! Overall, I am happy with how my alterations panned out!
Posted By: Valerie C.
Selene is the best spot in the East Village for alterations and home to my go-to seamstress for over two years! Her customer service is impeccable, she is super focused on making sure I feel confident and comfortable. From bridesmaid dresses to cocktail dresses, I always leave the shop knowing I will look my best at my next event. Thank you!!! See you soon. :)
Posted By: Rachel P.
I purchased my dress off the rack from the Bridal Garden. I loved the 1920's style and it was in keeping with my garden wedding theme. I knew that the dress needed to be altered Bc there was a lot of bunching in the hip area. I found Selene through Yelp and scheduled an consultation. Selene had me try on the dress and explained to me what it was going to take to make the dress fit. I won't bore you with the details but I felt confident in her abilities to make the dress look like I imagined. On my wedding day I looked amazing and everyone loved my dress. Selene made the dress fit my body and added some elements to make me comfortable for that day. I wouldn't have looked as nice as I did if I'd went somewhere else. Thank you for everything!!!
Posted By: Melinda M.