Cedar Rapids seamstress shop burglarized, leaving girls without prom, wedding dresses

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — A burglary at an alteration shop, Seams Easy has left some without prom and wedding gowns just days before their big day and the owner, heartbroken.

Seams Easy on 3343 Southgate Court SW, was broken into sometime Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning. According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, two other business’ in the building were also broken into.

Seams Easy owner, Loiza Edginton said she found her door busted in, after someone got in through a neighboring businesses window.

Pictured is what Seams Easy looked like after a burglary

Edgington, a 20-year seamstress has been working hard, getting girls ready for their prom or wedding days. She takes pride in making her clients feel confident in the clothes they bring in for alterations.

“I cared for them deeply,” said Edgington.

Which is why Wednesday morning, she was crushed to find a burglar had stolen around 30 pieces of clothing.

“I saw my place and it was like torn apart, it was a mess, invoices all over…. and the first thing I thought was, like, wedding dresses,” said Edginton.

Prom and wedding dresses, suits, and shirt, all gone. Edginton and clients, like Hannah Strayley took to Facebook. They’re asking the community to be on the lookout for bridesmaid dresses, with her wedding only two weeks away.

The bride-to-be is looking for 2 green bridesmaid dresses

“We heard that someone else has had a dress stolen and it was turned into a Salvation Army. Just would hope that maybe they couldn’t get money out of the dresses and whoever stole them, would just get rid of them.” said Strayley.

Many of the dresses are considered irreplaceable. The news was devastating for all involved.

“I just cried and cried, and sat down on the floor in the hallway and just cried and cried. They’re gone. I know my rack was full and then I saw the wedding dresses here, were all gone,” said Edgington.

Edgington said it could be up to $10,000 in merchandise that was stolen.

“There is an emotional connection to that. It’s your own property. I felt violated,” said Edgington.

She’s been contacting all of her clients to give them the news. Edgington said it’s been devastating and emotional. However, she’s grateful to those who have been understanding, while she works to right someone else’s wrong.

Edginton said she has alerted local consignment stores, as well.

Cedar Rapids Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact the department at 319-286-5491.

Another dress stolen from Seams Easy
Another dress stolen from Seams Easy
Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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