Many seamstresses are talented, but not all are trained specifically for bridal and formal alterations. Our 30+ years of working in the bridal market sets us apart!

Meet the seamstress


Emily Szarka, Owner of European Custom Tailoring, continues Katalin's legacy of quality European workmanship.

With its roots in Europe, our business is founded upon the highest standards of precision and skill. Our handiwork leaves a legacy of quality.

where it all began

 A young Katalin Szarka attends and  graduates the trade school sewing program in Baja, Hungary. She and her classmates worked to complete this rigorous program, mastering hand-stitching techniques, garment construction, pattern making, sewing machine mechanics, and clothing manufacturing.


As your local Colorado Springs seamstress, I am here to serve your sewing needs. No matter how big or small the job,  my priority is your highest satisfaction. Allow me the pleasure of sewing for you and your expectations will be far surpassed!

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Katalin's graduating class, 1969.

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1984 - 1988

Katalin moves to the United States. As the bridal market booms in the 80's, she discovers her talent in this niche market and refines her skills in the world of formal alterations.

1967 - 1969

Emily Szarka  owner & head Seamstress

With years of training and experience as its foundation, European Custom Tailoring becomes an official trade name.

Katalin with her trade school classmates, 1968.