Reviews

“The best tailoring experience I’ve ever had was with The Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio.  They saved my life.  I was 48 hours from the wedding of my daughter and my dress did not fit. They did major alternations to the dress within 24 hours.  It was an extremely professional job and the dress looked like new and fit like a glove.  I will be forever grateful for them saving the day!  They not only did a great job but they were also were kind and understanding of my situation! They are A number 1 in my book!” – Ann, Glennwood


“The best design studio I’ve ever worked with. Top-notch work done quickly and with fantastic customer service. Looking forward to the next time I need a costume or wardrobe work done so I can use the Design Studio again!” – David P., Hyattsville


“Talented professional seamstresses are hard to find these days, but Marilyn and her team are the best in the area.  Her studio offers private and group lessons, and I have been using her services to instruct me on how to make a custom vest for cosplay purposes.  She is extremely knowledgeable in the business, and the hands-on experience is teaching me everything from pattern design to fabric grain to using a four-thread serging machine! Highly recommended!!” – Kevin S., Elkridge


“Marilyn Johnson Sewing & Design is amazing and a great find!  Last fall, I had a formal dress altered for a wedding and the results were amazing.  Not only did I look and feel beautiful, everyone at the wedding loved the dress- thanks for the great fit.  Recently, I have had professional clothes altered.  Again, the results were spectacular and the entire office has noticed.  The staff is friendly, the attention is detail is a “lost art.”  I have referred many people to this business and highly recommend them.” – Alicia S., Severn


“Marilyn Johnson and her staff were awesome!  Very professional, patient, and helpful!  They were so accommodating in fitting my daughter on their schedule; we came to them late and it was during the busy wedding and prom season.  Her dress needed hemming but also was too low in the front and we requested a modesty panel which they made with the saved fabric.  They took up the shoulders of the beaded bodice which required a lot of work, created thicker straps, and put in a modesty panel in the back. The dress looked fabulous!   My daughter received lots of compliments on her dress!  They also hand stitched a strapless bra into her dance costume and pinned back the straps so the bra could be used again.  I am so pleased with the wonderful job they did and all their helpful suggestions!” – Ruth R., Laurel


“Met Marilyn at Brides Against Breast Cancer event where I purchase a BEAUTIFUL dress that needed significant alteration (hemming, realigning of skirt and train, Lots of bead work). Marilyn made my dress fit perfectly and it was stunning on the big day! Can’t thank her enough and have since recommended to several friends!” – Jessica C., Pasadena


“I was surprised to find a place of such great quality so locally! Marylin does her very best to make sure you’re happy with the end result. She altered my wedding dress, which every bride knows can be a stressful time! But she made me feel beautiful by the end. I’d recommend her to anyone!” – Amanda L., Laurel


“I came to Marilyn for alterations to a dress I had bought online. She was very knowledgeable working with the material, and made alterations that added to and improved on the design of the dress. I would recommend her services, especially if you’re in the area looking for a high quality seamstress for your wedding gown.” – Tricia C., Greenbelt


“Marilyn and her staff did perfect work hemming my multiple-layered bridesmaid dress (tulle, slip, crinoline) from floor-length to tea-length, and shortened the shoulder straps. After I wasn’t happy with the job another alterations shop did on my dress (see before picture), I only had a few days to get my bridesmaid dress fixed before the wedding. To top it off, it was memorial day. I called Marilyn Johnson Design Studios and lucky for me Marilyn was there even on a holiday; by chance she was meeting with another client who was in town for a dress fitting. She told me to come right over, and then examined the dress. It was immediately evident that Marilyn is a true seamstress. She meticulously measured every inch of the uneven him and pinned it to exactly the right length. She knew exactly what to do with the complexities of a multiple layered, complex dress. Her measurements showed that the previous alterations job left the hem at varying lengths of +/- several inches in places. She and her staff were able to turn the dress around in 48 hours (including some holiday hours) and produced a beautiful and perfect result. The dress was perfectly tea length and the bride (and me) were very happy. Also my mother is a seamstress who made the bride’s wedding dress– her opinion counts most for me, and she loved the work Marilyn and her shop did on my dress. I will not hesitate to go to Marilyn Johnson Design Studio for all my future sewing and design needs.”  – Allison F., Silver Spring


“Did a great job on repairing my pillow to my couch.  Item was ready for pickup much earlier than expected.  Would do future business here!” – Chris R., Gainesville