Tailoring & Alterations:

Our artful "Alterationist", drawing on hand skills she learned as a child in her native Greece, enhanced by a mature lifetime in a fitting craft.   Experience: 30 years

Born in Karpenisi, Greece, a mountain village in the land of goats and sheep, Voula, her mother and siblings lived a quiet country existence while her papa plied his trade as a partner in a taxicab business in bustling Athens. But in 1947, civil war raged through the villages and the family moved to the safety of the big city where Voula attended school until she was thirteen.

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Stravroula (VOULA) Doulaveris

Then she began to sew and, yes the rest is history... and very interesting history. After three years of formal sewing training, the sixteen year old's first paying job was as a clothing saleswomen in an Athens department store.At home she was the family's clothing maker; a family which included aunts, uncles and cousins and her mother, who, Voula says, could not even sew on a button.

At age 22 Voula set out alone for the new world arriving in Canada and landing a job in men's clothing alterations in a Montreal department store. On a visit to Washington, D.C. she met Bill, her husband-to-be, whom she married in the presence of her family in Greece. They returned to live in the D.C. area and have a family of two sons and two daughters. Voula and Bill are now enjoying being grandparents, too.

When the kids were old enough, Voula applied her sewing skills to her first part time alterations job in a drycleaners and has been with Prestige since 1984.

All who know Voula enjoy her superb alteration and repair talents and garment construction knowledge, and her sparkling personality and empathy. Few things in life are more personal than our favorite clothing and this personable women provides TLC with each fitting moment and stitch in time she provides.


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