Get the Best Alterations Around
Pratt Abbott’s alteration department consists of five talented tailors who work to care for our customers’ garments. In South Portland, we have Muriellyn and Nhung. Darlene and Julianna work at Forest Ave. And Linda works in Biddeford. Together, they mend or alter hundreds of garments per week.
Muriellyn, Nhung, Darlene, Julianna and Linda are some of the most respected tailors in the state. Our regular customers consistently recommend Pratt Abbott’s alterations services to their friends and family. Stores like Macy’s and Banana Republic send all of their customers’ alterations to us. And we are the choice of local military bases, scout troops, and sports teams that need uniforms altered, patched, or repaired. Get to know our seamstresses, and remember to reach out to us if you have any questions about alterations.
The Pratt Abbott Tailors
Muriellyn has been with Pratt Abbott for 25 years. She knows just about everything there is to know about sewing and alterations. Muriellyn makes sewing on a button look like a breeze—it takes her less than a minute! Her mother taught her how to sew, and she started by making doll clothes as a young girl. As an adult she raised four boys and made clothes for them. Muriellyn has been married for 54 years and has lived in the same house on Munjoy Hill for 50 years. She has a huge yard and loves to garden. She mows her own lawn and grows roses, lilacs, rhododendrons and peonies.
Muriellyn loves her job at Pratt Abbott, especially the regular customers. The one thing she doesn’t like to do is invisible zippers. She passes those on to Nhung, her partner at South Portland. Nhung is great at invisible zippers, and a fast and efficient sewer in general. She’s been sewing for at least 20 years, and has been with Pratt Abbott for more than 13 years. She often alters clothing for her family members.
Over at Forest Ave, Darlene has been sewing for Pratt Abbott for about 4 years. Her mom also taught her to sew. Darlene loves working on the Sea Dogs’ uniforms—adding patches and player names to the backs of the shirts. She loves to see who’s coming and going on the team, and especially loves it when the players move up to the Red Sox.
Julianna (a.k.a Julie) has been working for Pratt Abbott for 3 years, also at Forest Ave. She’s been sewing since she was a kid and used to make her own clothes. She’d still like to make clothes from scratch but says that fabric stores aren’t set up for that anymore. Material is expensive now, and it’s actually cheaper to buy clothes than to make them.
Linda is the sole tailor at our Biddeford location. Linda has been with Pratt Abbott / Maine Cleaners for 35 years! Linda learned to sew from her mother and she was also taught in school. The rest she picked up on her own. She has two children and used to make their clothes. She still alters her own clothing—she almost always needs to shorten new pants and skirts. Linda declined to have her picture taken, but check out the vintage Singer sewing machine she works on. It's the same machine she started on at Maine Cleaners—so it's over 35 years old! Linda says she'd never replace it with a younger model.
All our alterations services are priced on a case-by-case basis. We take into account the item's material, workmanship, and the job itself. Most alterations are extremely reasonable, and much cheaper than buying new clothes! Alterations are also a great way to get a custom, tailored fit that make you look better and your clothes look more expensive. Contact us with any questions!