Jill Andrews Gowns opened its doors in 2009 with the intent and inspiration to bring a new concept in dressmaking to the Baltimore/DC area. Jill Andrews and Sara Mathes have partnered to bring to life an atelier focused on excellence in design, craft and customer service. Each gown is custom made on the premises to reflect the wearer’s personality and preferences.
Both Jill and Sara have a shared appreciation for the history of fashion, the craft of dressmaking and the art of design. Jill began working in the bridal industry in London after graduating from FIT in 1989. Since then, she has created gowns for clients ranging from British royalty to soap opera characters. She has been in Baltimore for over 20 years splitting her time between being the master Draper at Center Stage and designing custom gowns. Now focused on the custom industry, Jill finds inspiration creating timeless pieces that pay homage to the rich traditions of the past and reflect the personality of the women who wear them.
Sara began working as a seamstress with Jill in 2007 after returning to Baltimore from San Diego. While in California, Sara defected from the ranks of the banking industry, graduated from Mesa College with a degree in Fashion Design and completed an internship with British designer Zandra Rhodes. Sara and Jill quickly forged a collaborative working relationship and a friendship from which Jill Andrews Gowns was born.
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We also feature the work of several talented local artists and are committed to promoting those who inspire us! On your visit, browse through our studio and find inspired gifts for your attendants, loved ones or yourself!
Browse a selection of specialty items created in our studio. We are always working on something new, so check back often. If you have something specific in mind, give us a call to discuss a custom order.
Sloane Brown Designs
Find beautiful handcrafted pieces designed by Baltimore’s own Sloane Brown. Her designs are known for their movement and their light weight (even when they´re 3" or longer). Each pair is handcrafted to the highest standards, using semi-precious gemstones and/or Swarovski crystals. http://www.sloanebrowndesigns.com
There are hats, and then there are HATS! Local designer, costumer and professor Wil Crowther creates breathtaking one of a kind pieces for film and stage and now for Jill Andrews Gowns. View our selection or have Wil design your custom crown.
Throughout the studio you will find furniture built by Ed Myers, some of which is available for purchase. Ed uses found and repurposed materials to make creative and refined pieces that are sure to become heirlooms.
Master tailor Ed Dawson is our go-to man for all things tailoring. He can make anything from a modern tuxedo to an 18th century cutaway coat. Ed’s work is 100% custom and will be the perfect compliment to your beautiful gown!