LOCAL FOCUS: Sara’s Fabric

Sara Hampton has been outfitting pretty girls in pretty dresses for more than 32 years. She also sells and rents tuxedos and formal wear for men at Sara's Fabric at 467 E. Madison in Houston. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

Sara Hampton has been outfitting pretty girls in pretty dresses for more than 32 years. She also sells and rents tuxedos and formal wear for men at Sara’s Fabric at 467 E. Madison in Houston.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

She is known as Miss Sara and nothing gives her more joy than putting pretty girls in pretty dresses.

Sara Hampton has been making, selling and renting gowns and dresses in at Sara’s Fabric in Houston for the past 32 years.

“I used to make dresses but we’ve gotten away from that,” said Hampton. “I have girls come in here now who tell me I made their grandmother’s and their mother’s dresses. That means a lot to me.”

Hampton said measuring a woman for her wedding dress and making things look just right can be a lot of fun and she works hard to help take the stress out of getting fitted.

“We can work with any budget and just urge people to come in early and take the time to get it right,” said Hampton. “It doesn’t matter how big or small your wedding is we can help you with ideas.”

Hampton said having a store full of bride’s maids and a bride is her idea of fun. She said getting the groom and groomsmen together for a fitting is always interesting, too.

Sara’s also sells and rents pageant dresses and prom gowns.

“Once we get the right style and fashion picked we alter that dress or gown to fit the individual,” said Hampton. “That’s where the magic comes in.”

Hampton said styles and fashions change and she can help girls pick the dress that shows them at their best.

Hampton said she started sewing as a young girl and later went to work for a local factory sewing.

Sara’s Fabric also sells cloth, sewing supplies and accessories.

“I started making dresses for the girls in our shop and the business just grew and grew,” said Hampton. “I still have long-time customers who sew and make clothes, but most of what I do is alterations.”

Hampton said when a bride steps into one of her dresses, looks in the mirror and smiles, she is satisfied.

“I’ve been making dresses for more than 50 years and I have always worked hard to be proud of every dress I do,” said Hampton. “Houston has been good to me and I would never want to live or work anywhere else.”

 

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