I bought a sample dress at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Shop and had it altered at the shop that they recommended- Dalinda's. My dress only needed cups and the straps taken in and Dalinda's did a very bad job (don't go there). Two weeks before my wedding with my straps falling down and my cups showing, in tears, I scoured the internet to try to come up with a solution. I came across reviews like this one, and sent Isabel an email. She responded right away and scheduled me in. Her work is amazing! It's worth every penny and she is such a pleasure to work with. Isabel literally saved my wedding dress and gave me the dress that I thought I was buying the first day at Betsy Robinson's. She has amazing ideas about how to work out solutions- like sewing in a bit of elastic to keep the straps on your shoulders. She's the best! I would absolutely and whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Isabel did an amazing job with the dress I got from BHLDN! I went to her thinking I would need only the straps adjusted and the length hemmed, and I came out with a dress that fit my perfectly from head to toe. I highly recommend her!
Isabel is an absolute gem when it comes to wedding dress alterations! I had an ombre gown that needed to have some length removed, and I was nervous about losing the color with the length, but my fears were calmed at the 2nd appointment. She somehow worked her magic, and you couldn't tell at all that there had been any work done, with the color flowing as perfectly as it originally had. The whole time working with her, she was confident in her abilities and was a perfectionist, and all of those qualities showed through in the final product. She even held my gown between my last fitting and the week before my wedding so I would have a safe place to store it until it was time to be worn (and, honestly, I was happy to have another reason to come back and see her and thank her again for her great work). I drove from Baltimore to Ellicott City to make my multiple appointments, and would do it all over again. I would definitely recommend her to others! Whether the gown is simple or complex - Isabel can handle it all.
I can't recommend Isabel enough -- she is a true professional with an incredible eye for detail. My lace dress was a little too long and would have been a hassle and an expense to hem with its detailed lace trim, so Isabel worked with me to come up with other creative ways to make the dress stay off the ground. She works out of her basement and was accommodating with my schedule -- I had most of my appointments with her at 6 or 7 PM on weeknights after work. Isabel is upfront with her pricing and gave me additional quotes for work I was considering but unsure of, like adding buttons. As many reviewers mention, she is not cheap, but you get what you pay for when it comes to bridal alterations. My perfect-fitting dress was worth it!
Can't say enough nice things about Isabel. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable and efficient. My dream dress was 3 sizes too big, extensive beading and I was panicked the alterations would be a night mare. Isabel immediately eased my fears, tackled the dress with everything she had and it looks like my dress was custom made for my body exactly. Highly Highly recommend.
Isabel is hands down my favorite vendor from my wedding. She did an AMAZING job on my dress and even added in an extra fitting to make sure everything was completely perfect. I loved going to her house for the fittings, she was so sweet and so talented. I have cats at home, so she let me leave my dress at her house until the day before my wedding where I picked it up on my way to our rehearsal dinner. She kept my dress and my veil ready and steamed - safe from my cats nails and fur. When my mom and I went to pick it up, she let me take a video of her bustling the dress and then had my mom give it a try as well - I would HIGHLY recommend taking a video for anyone with a bustle - it saved us when it was reception time.
My sisters' both had issues with their dresses fittings and ultimately had to get someone else to fix their dresses last minute for more than one Isabel charges. It is pricey, but it was worth it to have peace of mind and quality work done correctly the first time. I had several fittings with her since my dress was a gigantic tulle ballgown and needed to be shortened and brought in - each time I was there she had a call from another frantic bride asking if she could help fix their dress woes just days before their weddings. Each time when I came in, she would fill me in on how she was able to fix their dresses and save the day! She is very talented, so here is my advice if you are debating using Isabel - do it!! And come to her first, don't go somewhere else and need to call her frantically days before - she will be able to fix it but just avoid the stress. Plus you will want to spend more time with Isabel, she is awesome!
I can't say enough great things about Isabel! She saw me about a month before my actual wedding and did beautiful work on my dress. She gave me so many suggestions on what I could do with it - she never made me feel like I wasn't in control. She is pricey, but you get what you pay for. She altered the bodice of my dress to fit and had to rebead it in certain places. She also helped to build me a fuller crinoline when the bridal store I bought mine from sold me something they claimed was "super full" when it was not. I had about 4 appointments with her. She steamed my dress and everything was perfect and ready to go. I can not INSIST you see her enough. She is amazing at what she does!!
Isabel is a genius!! She really truly knows her craft and works tirelessly to make sure your dress fits you exactly the way you want it to. She is worth every penny!! Isabel built beautiful straps into my gown - you would never know they weren't originally part of the dress! Plus she is soooo sweet and put me at ease from the first time we met. THANK YOU ISABEL!!!
Isabel is amazing!! I wanted to remove the train from my dress so that it was easier to dance in because I hate the way that bustles look. The dress turned out amazing and no one could believe that there used to be a train, it looked perfect. I was sick during my initial fitting and got light-headed, she gave me juice and was soooo patient with me. I would highly recommend her, she is a lovely lady who truly cares about the work she does!
Isabel is a very nice lady and skilled seamstress. She tailored my Marie Antoinette inspired wedding gown perfectly, as well as a second burlesque style gown. I highly recommend her!
Isabel was a pleasure to work with, and my dress turned out beautifully. We met several times, and she was extremely thorough throughout all of the fittings. It was obvious that she had years of experience, and the alterations she performed were detailed and precise. As several of the other reviewers have mentioned, her expertise does come at a price, but it was absolutely worth it. I had total confidence in Isabel and her work, and while she yielded fantastic results, she was also so friendly and easy to talk to. She is warm and engaging, and she absolutely strives to make her customers satisfied in every way. She even helped me pick out my jewelry when I couldn't decide! I am so happy that I chose to work with her because I had no doubt at all that my dress was in great hands. I would absolutely recommend her to other brides without reservation!
I have been to Isobel for dress alterations three times â€“ twice for bridesmaid dresses and finally for my own wedding dress. Isobel is so sweet and friendly and she works miracles! One of the bridesmaid dresses I got was way too small (their sizes make no sense!), so Isobel had to alter it so drastically, but she made it look amazing on me!
When I contacted her about getting my wedding dress altered, she remembered me and was so excited I had returned to get my own wedding dress altered! Isobel knew just what to do to make sure the dress looked stunning on me. Everyone said the dress was absolutely beautiful and it fit my body and personality so well â€“ and Isobel had so much to do with that! I absolutely recommend her to everyone and if I ever have another bridesmaid dress to be altered, I will be back to see her!
Isabel is not only the sweetest woman ever she does great work! I am a pregnant bride and came to Isabel late in the process - only two weeks before my wedding. Not only did she reassure me she could make my dress work she did it quickly and beautifully, and it wasn't an easy feat to squeeze a pregnant lady into a non-maternity dress. I'd recommend her to anyone in need of alterations.
I truly cannot thank Isabel enough. She is WONDERFUL!!! If I could give her 100 stars, I would! Isabel was one of my absolutely favorite vendors to work with. I feel like she saved my wedding!
I purchased my dress from a local store and loved it. After it came in, the store had me come in for my fitting/pick up and brought out their seamstress. I figured I would just have my alterations done there - why not? When I came back a few weeks later (with two weeks to spare before my wedding), I discovered why I should have gone elsewhere! My dress would not stay up and any alterations they did were poorly done. I took my dress home, sad and worried, and hoped that doublestick fashion tape would make my dress work out. But then in a panic, I called Isabel - mainly just to see if we could add some tulle to my skirt (I wanted it to be fuller). Isabel was so helpful and accommodating, and when she saw how my dress fit (falling off!) she immediately offered to fix it. I also ended up having her fix the bustle because the store where I purchased the dress did the bustle unevenly.
Isabel was SO friendly, sweet, and wonderful to talk with, and she filled me with ONE HUNDRED PERFECT confidence. I left my dress with her with no worries at all... and when I came back - she had truly worked magic! My dress fit BEAUTIFULLY. Truly it fit better than I ever thought it could. Isabel worked her magic on my dress, plus she created a beautiful bustle that looked tremendously better than the one I had before. Isabel is truly the greatest seamstress I have ever met, and she is so wonderful to talk to and easygoing. Working with her was honestly one of the absolute best experiences of my wedding planning and preparation, and I am so grateful that she took the time to help me. Truly, she could be charging more than she does! She is very reasonably priced and truly so talented. I wish I had gone to her right away. THANK YOU, ISABEL! You're the best!!
Isabel is the SWEETEST person ever and also a miracle worker! I had my wedding dress custom made from overseas and as beautiful as it LOOKED there were A LOT of flaws within it. I found Isabel and met with her for a consultation and she came up with ideas I would have NEVER thought of to fix my dress. She turned it into my dream dress. It fit perfectly and was flawless. I even ended up bring my reception dress to her after she completed the work on my wedding dress. As it got closer to the wedding, I lost a few pounds and had to get my wedding dress altered again and she welcomed me with open arms! She was wonderful and very easy to work with. Worth EVERY penny!!
Isabel is an incredibly talented seamstress. I was lucky that she was local to me, although I know some ladies travel from other states just to see her. I had several fittings, and she gave me lots of personal time at each to enjoy being in the dress, take pictures, and try on my jewelry. Isabel is also incredibly personable and friendly. The dress was perfect, and I couldn't even tell that it had been altered. She takes a lot of pride in her work and never takes shortcuts. She also does veils - altered my cathedral veil to make the top tier shorter, which included cutting and re-sewing lace. Your dress could not be in better hands!
LOVE HER! I was referred by MULTIPLE friends. She is amazing. Really knows what she is doing. Her work is amazing (she can pretty much do everything to a dress/gown!) She is very efficient with time and meeting any and all deadlines. While working on your dress she really takes the time to know you and your family (which I personally, loved!)
After reading a few horror stories about the alterations department at the salon where I bought my dress, I found Isabel via her glowing reviews on Wedding Wire and decided to book an appointment with her ASAP. From our first fitting, I knew I was in great hands. Isabel is so careful, patient, and professional; she took her time with me so that I never felt rushed or pressured, and for every suggestion she made, she also made sure that it was clear that I had the final say. Above all, Isabel went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable, confident, and beautiful in my dress. I got so many compliments on my dress on my wedding day, and I can't thank Isabel enough for doing such a wonderful job!
Go to Isabel! I decided to wear my mother's wedding dress and it was a perfect, form-fitting, dress that I loved...until I found out I was pregnant. I figured I wouldn't be able to use the dress because I would be over 6 months pregnant by the time of our wedding so I shopped around for other dresses. When I couldn't find anything that I liked, I decided to take my mother's wedding dress to Isabel and see if there was anything we could do. With less than 3 weeks until the wedding, Isabel pulled a miracle and made the dress look fabulous! I got so many compliments and I didn't even look pregnant in my wedding photos. I really thought the dress would be unusable but Isabel works wonders! My mother and I couldn't be happier with her.
Isabel is the BEST! From the first time I talked to her and told her what needed to be done, she reassured and set me at ease. I bought my dress from another bride so I missed out on the magical moment of "saying yes to the dress". But when I went into Isabel's little shop and put on my dress she made me feel so special and lovely! The dress I bought was made for someone who is 5'1 and I am 5'5 so the challenge was with lengthening the dress. Isabel is a real pro and knew what needed to be done. After she walked us (My mom and I) through all our options, I felt no pressure from her. She was very upfront about the price and exactly what I could expect. After we figured out all of the alterations, I was able to try on several of the sashes and vales she makes. With the sash, she customized it exactly to what I wanted and then fitted it to my dress. It was so refreshing to be able to purchase everything I needed without going into a bridal boutique and being pressured. Isabel is so sweet and great at customizing items to your liking. She treated me like a daughter and I would highly recommend her! Her shop is in her house so if you are looking for high-end treatment this might not be the right fit. If you are looking for someone who is talented, knowledgeable and fair - go to Isabel!