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bpb compiles a list of 40 best tailors and new designers who specialize in sari blouses, replicas, originals, white wedding dresses, metallic embroidery, alterations, evening gowns, fitness wear and more. There are tailors who work on films, those who used to work at your favourite boutique and those who assisted big designers. All this, so you don’t have to look for the right needle in a haystack.

If they haven’t been tried and tested by us, these tailors and designers come recommended by fashion editors, stylists, actresses, and friends who were bribed into sharing what is possibly their most guarded secret.

Look out for contributor list at the end. For your sew-vidha!

Jeans King: To Alter Your Gucci & Prada
They alter, as well as stitch jeans from scratch but Nitin tailor at Jeans King is recommended for alterations of fancy designer dresses, skirts and tops. Parsons graduate Poonam Agarwal (who previously worked at Bergdorf Goodman NY and now runs Polka), sends all her Pradas and Guccis here if they require alteration.
Jeans King, shop no 5, opposite Juhu Church, Juhu, call 26253679.

Anwar Masterji: For Women’s Pant Suits
Red carpets are slick with suits for ladies and stylists recommend Master Anwar to make you a well-tailored one. His creations are thought up by others and come from a tiny store, but have appeared in several luxury ad campaigns including Shaze.
At Dr Ambedkar Road, opposite Hotel Executive Enclave, Bandra (W), call 9867127542.

Babita: For Metallic Embroidery
The tailor at Si Branche boutique thinks thread embroidery is too humdrum. Her embroidery involves pieces of flat metal, studs, rivets and crystals. Babita is also responsible for actress Kalki’s black crystal dress in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’s Batameez Dil song.
Si Branche, 10/11, Kenwood Apartments, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W), call26046722.

Hitesh Tailor: For Gowns
In a nondescript Hill Road workshop with a very questionable staircase sits Hitesh who makes delicious evening gowns. Reference patterns will help, says Sakshi Mehra, actress Sonakshi Sinha’s stylist. Be warned though, he isn't great with deadlines.
Chinchpokli Road, in the lane opposite Yoko’s, Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 9833239544.

Royal Tailors: For Cholis
Blue Frog owner Srila Chatterjee gets all her artsy choli tops done at Royal Tailors.
Next to Metro Motors, Sitaram Patkar Marg, Hughes Road, Grant Road.

Akanksha Gajria: For A Manish Malhotra Protégée
Akanksha, who worked with Manish Malhotra for six years now has her own label, one that can tailor anything “where fabric is involved”. While she’s done a bunch of glam dresses and Indian clothes for London’s high end store Aashni & Co, she’s also done resort wear for a store in Chennai.
View her Facebook page here.

Priyanka Duggal: For Fabric Sourcing
This designer made us a lovely floral lehenga with a cancan. She will source the right fabrics for you, plus ensure that your first trial is your last trial.
Operates out of Union Park, Khar (W), call 9820110492.

Rathore Masterji; Manish Jolly; Iftiyar; Shekhar Bhai; Sunila; Waghela Brothers: For Sari Blouses
Rathore masterji is great for sari blouses and works well under pressure, which makes him a favourite with stylists, including film stylist Karuna Laungani.
Next to Khar Station, Khar (W), call 26047620.

Make your own sample or choose from the many designs at this blouse-only tailor shop, which will yield a perfectly fitting blouse in one week. If you ask nicely, Mr Manish might make you a body-hugging petticoat as well.
Opposite Shalimar Hotel, in the lane next to Millionaire, Kemps Corner, call 23892144 or 9820840987, start at Rs 1,100 for a blouse.

Iftiyar operates out of Worli and comes over on appointment in South Bombay only.
Call 9869348779.

Recommend by Homeland (Season 4) and The Lunchbox actress Nimrit Kaur in a previous bpb story, Shekhar Bhai “makes the best salwar kameezes and saree blouses!”
Call 9820186626/ 26350209.

Sunila’s blouses are double the price of your regular masterji, but her fits are impeccable and her designs, quite sexy.
At Metropolitan, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), call 9819328955.

At Waghela Brothers, Kishore will be your bosom buddy, stitching sari blouses from scratch in a week. The soft spoken masterji does neat, perfectly fitted blouses. 
12, Anju Shopping Centre, Tilak Road, Santacruz (W), call 65716579, starts at Rs 750 for a blouse. 

Ajay Tailor: For Home Drops & Pick Ups
We’ve personally used Ajay for all kinds of tailoring, really – last minute sari blouses, alterations, and petticoats with cancans. He comes over for measurements and drops off the finished piece when he’s done.
Call 9702668547.

Michele Boutique & Sagar Tailors: For Replicas
If you're in need of a replica of your favorite dress that's now frayed, burned or worn out, Michele Boutique in Colaba is Grazia junior fashion editor Pasham Alwani’s and ex-Elle India editor Nonita Kalra's recommendation. While they're amazing at cooking up their own designs, you can also attempt (your own amateur) sketches at the store. Carry your own fabric or sift through the hundreds of rolls on their second floor. Shop no 21, Shah House, Mandlik Road, Colaba, call 22885312.

With a loyal following in Bandra, Sagar Tailors also does copies of Indian and Western wear.
Next to Elco Market, Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 9821277217.

Voli Mohammed: For Wardrobe Staples
A friend had to be bribed with many drinks to reveal this Colaba tailor - the secret to her daily wardrobe. Think pants, skirts, tops based on samples.
Behind Charagh Din, Wodehouse Road, Colaba, call 9820865627.

Sattar Tailor: For Attic Alumni
Sattar Bhai used to be one of the tailors for Attic, the now shuttered Bandra and Colaba fashion/lifestyle boutique. He transitions quite easily between Indian and Western wear, pleasing aunties and their daughters with his fit and finish.
Call 9029388010.

Kanhaiya Tailor: For This & That
Kanhaiya or Kani wears a cap all the time, a fashion statement that started even before the advent of Himmesh Reshammiya. Underneath it, he works diligently to get you your dress or Indian outfit on time.
Next to Sarvodaya DVD library, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W).

Sharnita Nandwana; Pamela Wadia: For White Wedding Dresses
On her way to launching her debut collection of pretty, sparkly dresses, Sharnita also did a lovely white dress for a church wedding we recently went to where the bride looked lovely. Hi N!
Operates out of Worli Naka, email for an appointment. 

Pamela, who works out of her home in Kalina, has been designing float-y gowns and poufy bridesmaid dresses for generations of Catholic families in Santracuz for the last 17 years. She’ll go fabric shopping with you and also suggest what sequins, buttons, stones and lace you can add. Bridesmaids who looks like a pumpkin, speak now or forever hold your centre piece.
To make an appointment call 9322277790.

Parmar Tailors: For Family Business
This family-run business has fixed the neighbourhood’s hemlines, and even sewn on the shiny buttons on the shirts of a few Bollywood bigwigs. While the daughters are known to be very neat with alterations, patriarchs Hemant and Kishore are better at creating outfits from scratch. Prepare to argue over deadlines.
67/A, Dr Ambedkar Road, Khar (W), call 9969843960.

Andrea Michelle: For Fitness Wear
If you’re looking to go beyond the usual branded gym wear, get yoga teacher Andrea Michele to make you a pair of awesome dual coloured tights or a sexy tank top, which she does under her new label Love From Bombay.
Email to order, see designs on Instagram @love_from_bombay.

If they haven’t been tried and tested by us, these tailors and designers come recommended by fashion editors, stylists, actresses, and friends who were bribed into sharing what is possibly their most guarded secret.

Inchitape: To Book Appointments Online 
Inchitape sends over a ladies tailor to your apartment, and even does bulk stitching orders (over 50 units) for salwar kurtas, uniforms, sari blouse and more. We’re thinking of that party of gazillion that is making its way from the US for your wedding.

Jannat Tailors: For Short Notice Stitching
Always useful and on everyone’s speed dial during the wedding season is this super quick sari blouse and Indian wear tailor.
Opposite Executive Enclave, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W), call 9833552998

Sheeba Husain: For Designer Indian Wear 
Jewellery Designer Shaheen Abbas swears by Sheeba Husain’s fabulous Indian tailoring.
Call 9867410082.

Seyam: For Western Wear
Film Stylist Priyanjali Lahiri has been going to the “dependable” Seyam’s workshop for the last eleven years. Since western wear tailors are so hard to find, we’d book mark this one.
Near Jain Mandir, Hill Road, Bandra, call 9833205560.

Raju Tailor: For Alterations & Inspiration
Great for Indian wear, small adjustments and pattern copies, Raju can copy any design as long as you give him a physical piece for reference. He’s based in Juhu but give him a call and he will come to where you are.
Juhu Barfiwala Lane( Juhu Galli), call 9892424677.

Chandrashekhar Master: The Bollywood Tailor
The tailor to some of Bollywood’s leading ladies, Chandrashekhar Master specialises in Indian outfits, and has a clientele that includes Sonakshi Sinha and Aditi Rao Hydari. Stylists say he is an expert at short notice stitching and knows how to stitch for the screen.
Call 9820186626.

Afzaa Mir: For Fun Design Inputs
A tried and tested bpb favourite, Afzaa is based in Byculla, but can come over to your home if she’s in the neighbourhood. With a fun design sensibility and lots of ideas, Afzaa even goes border and material shopping with clients. The end result? Pretty outfits and blouses that require none to little alterations.
Call 9223572735.

Comet Tailors: For Zara And H&M-Like Dresses
Every Bandra bride’s little secret, Comet Tailors does great copies of Zara and H&M dresses.
Shop no 2, D`monte Street, Bandra (W), opposite Bori Masjid, call 9819481101.

Chandubhai: For Cheap Indianwear
Always helpful, but unfortunately not too imaginative, Chandubhai will come over and can ace a pattern if you give him a sample for reference. Ideal for when you’re running around and just need something simple, fast!
Call 9833565383.

Nataraj Tailors: For the Indecisive
Bunty and his Masterji is super patient, even if you change your mind a bunch of times. While he does have a book of patterns for you to browse through, he’s open to imitating designs as well.
86- E, Kamdhenu Shopping Centre, Lokhandwala Market, Andheri W, call 26360268.

Saniya Dhamija: For Designer Bridal Wear
Designer Saniya Dhamija has 'mastered her craft', according to Ateev Anand of AKA Bespoke, and specialises in tailored fits for women. Perfect for this time of the year, her expertise lies in bridal wear.
Call 9821348528.

Mihir Parulekar: For Contemporary Women's Wear
Mihir has a signature contemporary aesthetic and works to ensure the designs and outfits are executed on time.
Call 8691936663.

Naveen Master: For Ensembles + Matching Bags
Go to Naveen for nips, tucks and cuts to make your favourite outfits work across seasons, in between bouts of weight loss and gain. He also does small embroidery work and can stitch pouches and bags to go with your ensemble too!
Call 9224195125.

Pooja Vaswani: For Designer Indian Wear
Pooja can source any kind of fabric you need for your Indian ensemble and turn it into a fabulous outfit!
Call 98212812233.

Calcutta Caps & MaiMai: For Custom Stitched Headgear
Here’s a hat tip for you. Choose from Calcutta Cap’s wide range of headgear- berets, beanies, top hats, sola topis and more - but be willing to make a trip to Dongri.
Store 277, Ruby building, next to Shalimar Restaurant, SVP Road, Dongri, call 23456921.

Maiti Shahani makes dreamy head gear (think flowers and Frida Kahlo) often spotted in magazine fashion shoots and recently did a D&G inspired red and gold flower piece for us this Diwali!
Call Maiti on 9930296363, view her Facebook page here.

Recommendations by:
Anamara Baig, Ateev Anand, bpb staffers, Dhruvi Shah, Geeta Parab, Karuna Laungani, Mohan Neelakantan, Neysa Mendes, Nimrat Kaur, Pasham Alwani, Poonam Agarwal, Priyanjali Lahiri, Reyna Jagtiani, Sakshi Bhatt, Sakshi Mehra, Samidha Wangnoo, Sarah Jane Dias, Shaheen Abbas, Sharon Pinto, Srila Chatterjee, Shweta Sharma, Shyamli Arora, Suprita Mitter, Uma Poddar.

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