One cannot understate the importance of having clothes that fit--not just off-the-rack fit, but the kind of fit that gently hugs each curve (ladies) or crisply broadens each shoulder (gentlemen) in the most flattering way. Thank goodness for this tiny Lyn-Lake shop. Proprietor Irina Boiarskaia is ready to put her skilled, tender hands to work on anything from the simple (shortening a new pair of slacks) to the complicated (altering the lining in that lacy bridesmaid's gown). Prices are reasonable (hemming a pair of pants ranges from $5 to $10; taking in a straight skirt with a lining and back slit would cost about $18), the work is done fast (if Irina's very busy, alterations might take a week), and the hours are accommodating (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday--and Irina will tell you she can stay later if necessary). Take a look around while you're there; you might be lucky enough to glimpse one of Irina's own creations behind the counter. See that stunning red ball gown trimmed with delicate flowers? This is a tailor who understands clothing.


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