About Me

In my native Germany, I completed the following training for my profession:

A Passion For Perfection

Growing up in Germany, and being told by boutique sales people that I didn’t have the “body type” for some of the fashions I loved and wanted, I decided to start designing and creating outfits for my sister and me.  As I made dresses, skirts and jackets for the two of us, I became more and more interested in making sure our outfits, either homemade or store-bought fit us perfectly and looked fabulous.  

During this time, I also completed my Bachelors degree in Women’s Custom Tailoring, as well as a one year dress making internship and a three year dress making apprenticeship.  

Over the years, this interest in perfecting the fit and appearance of our wardrobes turned into the full-blown passion that I bring to the work I do for my customers and their garments today.

Come visit us today and see the difference a passion for perfection can make!  

In my native Germany, I completed the following training for my profession:

Alterations By Sandra3 year Dressmaker Apprenticeship Damenschneiderei Hafner 66538 Neunkirchen Germany

Bachelors degree in women's custom tailoring, Skilled Crafts Chamber of Saarland in Saarbrucken Germany, (Handwerkskammer des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken Germany, Gesellenbrief fur Damenschneiderin)

1 year Dressmaker Internship Modehaus Ortel Neunkirchen 66538 Neunkirchen Germany

Check Out My Store in Downtown San Diego


Not sure what bothers you about your dress?

No problem, just come in and try it on. Alterations By Sandra will take a look at the fit of your dress and figure out the most flattering look and how to achieve it. I'll even tell you when I think it looks great and you don't need alterations. Yours of course is the final word.

Our Testimonials

I have been back several times and I have been highly satisfied with my alterations. Sandra and her team have done a great job. Prices are pretty good too!”

 - Diego H.  San Diego

Sandra was an amazing person to work with! She pays amazing attention to detail and her work is absolutely flawless! She is an extremely kind and passionate seamstress who loves what she does for work and it really shines through. I was so pleased with how my dress turned out, it fit like a glove in the end.

Sandra was also very kind with allowing people such as my MOH, mother, and adopted grandparents attend a fitting or two and be apart of the experience.

If I had to do the whole wedding over again, I would book Sandra in an instant!”

 - Caleigh M.   San Diego

“Friendly, helpful, professional staff that knew their stuff and took good care of me”

 - Bobby S.  San Diego

"Sandra is fantastic. Some tailors just make clothes tighter, but Sandra makes them truly fit and look better. Sandra takes the time to see how the alteration will affect the line of the garment and makes the adjustments necessary. She suggested a subtle change to the line of a dress that made it look so much better than it did before. Their turnaround takes a little longer than other shops but it's worth the wait."

 - Gillian V.  San Diego

Sandra renewed the life of my 25 year old North Beach Leather lambskin and fur reversible bomber jacket by replacing the elastic bands in the sleeve cuffs. The jacket still looks new but the cuffs were worn out. Now it looks and feels as good as new thanks to Sandra. It was very convenient to have her business located in East Village for those of us who live downtown. Thanks again Sandra.

-Rick J. San Diego

I had purchased a gown that was shipped to me a full size too big 1 week before a big event. When I brought it to Sandra, I knew all the fine beading and detailed sequence was going to be a challenge and a time crunch. Sandra not only  finished the gown on time, but also did an amazing job with all of the obstacles handed. Thanks again for doing an amazing job on my gown.

-Danielle K. Murrieta CA.


We're located at 660 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.  Look for us on 9th Avenue just south of G Street.

Service Hours

Call or text us at: 619-208-0236

Sun – Mon: Closed

(By appointment Only)

Tues – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

(By appointment Only)

Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm


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