Most of us have a closet that includes a few pieces of clothing that makes us feel beautiful. Dana of Dana’s Tailoring wants her customers to own a closet full of items that make them feel beautiful.
Dana, pronounced “Donna,” owns a tailoring shop in Sterling, Virginia tucked into a hidden shopping center that is right off of exit 8A on the Dulles Toll Road. The shopping center includes several great shops including Sweet Cakes Bakery, Consign Mine, and Michael Helene Salon.
She was immediately cheerful when I walked into her shop. I explained that I needed my blazers mended and she had me put on my large blazer so that she could pin it to fit me. Regarding the blazer missing a button she told me she could replace the button but that I needed to order an entire set so that all buttons on the coat would match. It was easy enough to do and I actually stepped up my style with that blazer because I selected buttons that I like quite a bit more.
A week later I returned to her shop with Sasha. We met Dana’s daughter Alexandra who she lives with in Aldie, Virginia. Both Dana and Alexandra had shared acquaintances with Sasha in the horse world in western Loudoun. As it turns out, we learned that Dana also repairs leather including riding and equestrian boots. I was also thrilled to hear that it is no trouble for Dana to replace a zipper on a garment. I’d previously believed that once a zipper was ruined, an item of clothing is done for.
Here Dana is sewing a seam onto custom curtains for a client.
Her shop is bright and spacious including a variety of machines used to create and repair different items of clothing and household goods, including leather pieces.
Reams of colorful threads line the walls of Dana’s shop.
Dana checks her work at my final fitting for my coat.
photos and editorial by Jessica Monte
If you own items that you love but don’t wear because they do not fit you properly, you may simply need to mend the item and have it tailored for your body. Dana can definitely help you with that, and that means you are one step closer to having a closet full of clothing that makes you feel fabulous.
23520 Overland Dr #136, Sterling, VA 20166 https://www.dana1tailoring.com