The Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio, LLC
Wedding Dresses / Accessories
Maryland, DC, Virginia
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From the moment you walk in the door at The Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio, you'll feel like you're the only bride they're working with. The Studio prides themselves on providing a caring, nurturing atmosphere, where each staff member takes a special interest in your project—from start to finish.
The Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio, LLC provides high-end service for brides, grooms, attendants, and parents of the couple. Whether you're looking to redesign your mother's wedding gown or veil, add a completely custom matching jacket to your look, or simply need pocket squares for the groomsmen, Marilyn and her team have the technical skill and experience to make it happen.
One bride comments on her experience designing a completely custom dress with Marilyn: "I found Marilyn to be very receptive. She listened to what I wanted and helped me figure out how it could be accomplished. When I didn't like something, there was no exasperation—just alternatives. I thought she was creative in her approaches to how things could be accomplished, and clearly very knowledgeable. They understood what I wanted and did all they could to make it happen. I was extremely pleased not only with the process, but also the final product."
- Custom bridal gowns and other wedding garments and accessories
- Alterations for bridal attire and some menswear
- Restorations, renovations, and redesigns of vintage clothing and veils
- Rentals of garments and accessories
To get started, simply call or email the Studio to schedule a consultation with Marilyn.
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"Marilyn and her team are very sincere. They won't rush you out the door just to get the next client in. They do their best to give you exactly what you want. They want you to have the dress that you dreamed of without breaking the bank."
"The designers were fantastic; true visionaries. They listened to my needs and then made it happen."
"Marilyn and her team are very meticulous and would double and triple check the changes they would make to my dress before pinning it for alterations."
"They worked very well with me and how I wanted to be modest on my wedding day. They were understanding and listened attentively when I spoke. They were honest about what they thought would look best and helped me design the perfect jacket for my dress."
"Marilyn's prices were very reasonable and within my budget. I had originally been quoted for alterations at a big chain bridal salon, and Marilyn easily beat their prices by almost half. Not only does she and her team do great work, but I also appreciated the one-on-one attention I got while in their studio."
"I really enjoyed the transparency of the process, Marilyn helped me understand where costs were coming from and how to adjust the alterations to meet the budget."
"Marilyn provided alterations and design for my daughter's wedding gown and updated a veil from my 1980's hat with veil. There were holes from moths in the veil and she and her staff came up with wonderful solutions to make it complete and beautiful."
"I thought the services were fantastic. I really liked Marilyn. She had the perfect temperament -- incredibly confident in her skills and realistic about what could and could not be done. She would listen to what I wanted, look at the dress, and say either 'Yes, and here's how I'm going to do it.' or 'No, here is why, and here's what I suggest instead.' It was really valuable for me because I had no idea about any of this stuff."
"I was also ecstatic they were willing to design and make this crazy high collar shawl I wanted. It was a work of art."
"She clearly loves what she does, as do the girls that work there."
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Questions and AnswersRead More Show Less
What 3 words best describe your work?I think the 3 words would be: Elegant. Subtle. Eclectic.
Why should someone hire you?My studio has years of experience in creating custom gowns, restoring or redesigning vintage gowns, and performing complex alterations. I take the time to explain each step of the creation or alteration process so the Bride/BM/MOB/MOG/Groom/Groomsmen understand what can and can't be done—and why. I also give instructions to each about how to move in the gown, encourage an entourage for the final fitting to go over bustle instructions, and provide any other advice or encouragement needed.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?I have a motto here at my Studio that applies to everything we do: "Countless unseen details are often the only difference between the mundane and the magnificent.
What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?Sometimes in spite of the most careful planning and best intentions, something will go "wrong." Whatever it is, either no one but you will notice it or it will be the fond memory of your wedding for your guests. Enjoy the day, the family and friends who have come to celebrate with you and make wonderful memories to last a lifetime; that's what it's all about.
What are some common misconceptions about your services?The most common misconception is the level of skill required to create or alter a gown.
If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead?I think if I wasn't designing and sewing and creating I would be an archeologist specializing in textiles and the history of clothing. I would love to "discover" the woman (it had to be a woman) who created the first sewing needle! And then the first loom!
About This CompanyIf you've seen Poe, the Baltimore Ravens' Mascot, you've seen Marilyn Johnson's work. She started The Marilyn Johnson Sewing X Design Studio in her basement. Now, it's grown into a 3600 sq. ft. commercial location in Laurel, MD. Marilyn creates custom garments for clients, dresses the casts of local theater and movies, creates or rents costumes for cosplay and re-enactors, teaches sewing and develops her own designs.
The Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio, LLC Covers These Areas:
- Annapolis / Suburban Maryland
- Eastern Shore Maryland
- Western Maryland
- Chesapeake Bay
- Northern Virginia
- Washington, DC
- And other areas by special arrangement.
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