Handcrafted Pencil Skirts and Dresses That Fit Perfectly

Meet the Crafty Duo Behind Eel & Ermine

eel & ermine boutique!

We see a stack of phone books on our doorstep and grumble about paper waste.

Evelyne Aikman and Elinor JD Diamond use the yellow pages to make flower garlands, one of many gems you’ll find at Eel & Ermine, their new Presidio Heights boutique.

The insanely crafty duo makes surprisingly affordable bustier dresses, pencil skirts, and high-waist shorts right in the shop, where they also carry jewelry from local designer Claudia Berman, select hats and headpieces from Kitty Andrews Millinery, and vintage tees they adorn with strips of tulle.

If the dress you adore doesn’t fit like a glove, Aikman and Diamond will alter it for free while you hang out with tea and ginger cookies. Custom wedding dresses (starting at $700) can be whipped up in just weeks, as can bridesmaid frocks and coordinating ties — always a good call.

Eel & Ermine, 514 Presidio Avenue, at California Street (415-345-0006 or eelandermine.blogspot.com).

Photo: Jaclyn Binder

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514 Presidio Ave
@ California St
San Francisco, CA 94118