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!
Simply put, Isabel is THE BEST. She took my dress, which was 3 sizes too large, 4 layers deep with double-embroidered lace, a short train and some awkward spots to fix, and made it perfect! She works magic. I think it's because she is wonderfully attentive, extremely flexible with scheduling (I drove in from Philadelphia just to have her services, and she even offered to bring the dress to me!), super kind, and most importantly- immensely talented. Isabel really cares about her work, and I was blown away with the results. She is an amazing seamstress, and a wonderful person on top of it all.
Isabel was literally like an angel to me!!!!!! I had a fairly good searching and purchasing process at Alfred Angelo in Glen Burnie. However when it came time to alterations (let's just say there was a breakdown in communication and complete lack of customer service) - I was faced with the fact that I had know idea who would be altering my gown 2 months away from the wedding! I called Isabel after a quick google search. Her reviews were amazing so I immediately contacted her with my story. She was consoling and understanding - fitting me in within 2 weeks of my call. She made me feel at ease with my situation, and made be feel so confident in my dress. She is a complete perfectionist - so immaculate with her alterations. I was able to bring my mother, sister, and 3 month old nephew to my fittings (she insisted on me bringing my nephew!). It felt like I was at a family member's house getting my dress altered. She even has numerous framed pictures of her clients around her walls. I can't believe how lucky I am to have found her. She made me feel like a beautiful bride. Some reviews report that her prices are high, but I do not think her prices are above what you would pay for the amazing quality she provides. If you want to pay less money, I wouldn't expect to receive the quality and professionalism you would get from Isabel. I would 100% recommend her services - she is someone you can trust with making you feel absolutely stunning on your big day.
I can not say enough good things about Isabel! She was skilled, as well as sweet! You can tell that she really loves weddings and wants her brides to have the best experience possible. Her prices are a little high, but her work is impeccable. She is a perfectionist, and will make changes to your dress over and over until she feels that it is the quality she wants. Her work is incredible!
Not happy. Very disappointed concidering all the positive review. Never thought I would feel so awful and disappointed about my wedding dress. I never write reviews but I was taken back by the service I received after high expectations from all the rave. Truly sad I now don't even want my dress anymore. I think making comments about how horribly made the dress you bought for your wedding day is, is beyond inconsiderate. I feel becuase of this she didn't feel the need to do her best work. I was shock at how awful the dress looked after the alteration. I'm left with a horribly made dress that I'm now aware of and a awful fit. Not meantion the price made no sense. I could have bought another dress for that amount. Sorry to leave this comment its not about bashing her work im sure its wonderful but evidently I did not receive that service.
Isabel did an AMAZING job on my dress. My dress had lots of layers and delicate lace, and had to come down about 2 sizes, have the fit style changed slightly, and have a sash added. When it was finished, you would have never known it was ever altered and it fit me like a glove. I could tell during the fittings that she was very detail oriented and she was helpful in helping me decide what fit would be most flattering (keeping the dress A-line, or making it more of a fit-and-flare, etc.)
I wish I could give her 5 stars in every category because I was extremely satisfied but I feel it's only fair for other brides to give 4/5 stars for value, since her alterations are quite pricey. However, she was very direct in our initial phone call about how much I could expect to pay so nothing came as a surprise. And I'm sure that many brides, like me, would be happy to pay a somewhat higher price to rest assured that their dress won't be altered poorly.
All the wonderful raves and reviews are completely true - if you want the perfect wedding dress for your special day, make sure you go to Isabel.
I did not think I wanted a wedding dress, in fact I had bought a more nontraditional one from a chain bridal store, however I was not happy and did not feel beautiful in it.
Through a Google search I randomly found a bridal boutique that had my dream dress. The thing was it was 6 sizes too big (sample size) and the train was not what I thought I wanted - in fact initially coming to Isabel I told her I wanted the train removed.
First of all the process with Isabel is so to speak "seamless" she is very upfront about the costs of everything - however they are WORTH IT. The detail and preciseness of her work is unparallelled to any other tailor I have ever seen.
She also TAKES THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE HAPPY. And makes you feel very special throughout the whole process.
With my dress she had to take in the sides and make darts, which with intricate beading proved to be a challenge however the end results was immaculate.
As mentioned I had also initially said I did not want a train, however Isabel advised me that I should keep the beautiful beading that was on it, and with her eye of expertise, found a way to only have a short train but keep the beading.
She makes suggestions - does not force you to do them - but the suggestions she makes adds to the beauty of the dress and it's integrity.
Isabel is a lovely person, it was a pleasure to just be in her company, and I wholeheartedly recommend her if you want your special day to be even more special.
She did a beautiful job on my dress, I was more then happy and felt very beautiful and special.
Isabel is the greatest. I am a seamstress myself, however, I did not want to do my own alterations on my dress that I am wearing to my son's wedding. Isabel is a true professional and does a wonderful job. My dress was to big across the shoulders and needed to be hemmed. It was not a lot of work, but you cannot even tell that anything was done to the dress. She fitted it beautifully. She is a very pleasant and takes a lot of pride in her work. It was a real pleasure to do business with her. I would highly recommend her .
I found the greatest dress, but wasn't sure it was the right one for me. I'm an older bride and was concerned it was too unstructured for me. Fortunately I found Isabel! She immediately decided the bodice needed to be fitted with more stays for greater support, and along with her other perfect alterations it became the dress of my dreams that I didn't even know I had!!! She's an exceptional designer and seamstress..., and an extremely nice person to boot. She's worth every penny she charges. I felt as beautiful as a bride should on her wedding day - largely thanks to Isabel!
Isabel is THE BEST! I cannot say enough great things about her and her fabulous work. I haven't had my wedding yet but have already completed my alterations so I am writing a review. I bought my dress on sample sale from Priscilla of Boston when they were closing the business in October of 2011. I needed to find somewhere else to get it altered b/c my wedding was still 1/5 years away. I was nervous to take such an expensive dress to someone but Isabel came so highly recommended online that I decided to use her. She is expensive but worth every penny! My dress was probably about 3 sizes too big, too long, and needed a few minor alterations to the overall look- Isabel was very meticulous in altering my dress and suggested many alterations that I would not even have thought of. She knows what she is talking about and does not shy away from adding more work to your alterations if she thinks it will make your dress look more perfect. I cannot wait to wear my gown on my big day! THANKS ISABEL!!
Looking for a Seamstress who gives you confidence the moment you speak with her ? PLEASE see Isabel. She is absoultely amazing !! We have heard so many horror stories with alterations so we checked out reviews. Isabel lived up to all the ratings and compliments we read about. My daughters gown was complicated..Lots of beading and crystals. She altered the gown to fit including boning, placed a corsett, added a bustle. Isabel worked her magic and we couldn't have asked for a more skilled professional. She was always on schedule and so patient. We actually invited her to the wedding because we felt such a close friendship with her. If you are looking for the best seamstress and a no stress experience..You MUST meet Isabel !! The sweetest and most talented seamstress you will ever meet!! I Promise.
Isabel is wonderful! I started working with Isabel in January for my wedding in May, and not only is she a very sweet person, but she her work is impeccable. My dress was too large all over, and I had major dress regret after I picked it up because it looked so ill fitting on me. Isabel was able to make it fit perfectly! It was tight in all the right places, and I felt comfortable in it dancing all night!
She works very patiently with you through the fittings, and you have her full attention for your entire appointment. Her studio is in the basement of her house, and is clean, private, and I felt very comfortable leaving my dress there for the 5 months before the wedding. She is not the cheapest option, but I would rather spend a little more to make sure I'm working with someone who I felt comfortable with and had the great reviews, then try to save a few dollars and end up stressing over a botched wedding dress. I highly recommend Isabel!
Isabel is a miracle worker with a heart of gold! I purchased my gorgeous, vintage-inspired Sue Wong dress from Bloomingdale's in NYC and they did a fine job with the hem, but they tried to add some support into the bodice (it has a sheer back), and they made a total mess of it--didn't fit the top half of me, straps were falling off...it was terrible. Between the bad alterations, rude employees, and inconsistency between whom I was talking to, I never wanted to go back. I was extremely upset, disheartened, and thought there was no way my dress would fit properly.
Then, my mom found some rave reviews of Isabel online, and I'm delighted to write another to say she is AMAZING. Isabel met with me March 9, and my wedding was April 27, which didn't leave her much time (I recommend talking to her further in advance if you can for her sake!), but she did the most amazing job I could have imagined.
At my first consultation, she spent two hours talking with me and considering various ideas for the best way to alter the dress that would make me the most comfortable. The best thing was to take it in, add some support (which she let me pick out instead of giving me some standard one-size-fits-all thing) stitch a seam in some of the netting in back, adjust straps, and take in the V-neck seam in front. TONS of work--especially because she had to remove and restitch some VERY intricate beading on the sides.
The result was stunning. My dress fit perfectly. Isabel made it fit like a glove, and she re-stitched all the beading flawlessly. It looked like it was made for me, and in a way it was, thanks to Isabel! All that amazing work, and she was friendly, smiling, and so sweet every step of the way. The alterations cost a fair amount, but it was worth every single penny. I felt beautiful and comfortable on my big day, and I would recommend Isabel to any bride who wants a good alterations experience and high quality work.
Isabel Donnelly is nothing short of a miracle worker. She is an EXPERT in wedding dress alterations. My daughter was so worried about her dress after the store where she bought it did a terrible job with alterations. We didn't see how it could ever fit properly, but Isabel made it happen. She REALLY knows her craft, worked to align beading I thought impossible to achieve, but she did it. She is a delightful person, and provides on-time delivery. Her service is worth its high price because she is the BEST. You get what you pay for. We are forever grateful that she made my daughter's wedding dress fit to perfection! She has my unqualified recommendation.
I purchased a gown from David's Bridal. My gown is mermaid/fit-to-flare. Isabel took the gown that was a bit large in the top and made it to fit perfectly. :-) The gown looked amazing when she was done. She made sure I had more than enough scheduled fittings and she even threw in the bustle at no extra charge! She is nice and friendly to talk with. She sat as I described how I wanted my dress to ultimately fit, and sure enough, when she was done, it looked like a gown from the runways of Paris. She does amazing work! I hope our paths cross again for furture business.
I bought a dress from David's Bridal and I had a vision for it. The dress cost me nothing and Isabel made it into a couture masterpiece. Seriously, it fit perfectly, and all night people kept asking me where I got it. She took her time with me, and I never felt rushed! I could not recommend her more!!!
I wore a tight, Nicole Miller ruched silk dress with a train that needed to fit like a glove for my wedding. When I got it in the mail, it was 14" too long for me, way too wide, and the bodice sagged. Isabel could see that there was a beautiful dress in all that fabric and she made it fit me perfectly! She was very professional, listened to all of my concerns, and even sewed loops into the front of the dress so that I could button the dress into my bra. Throughout the many hours of dancing, I never once worried about the dress gaping in the front or twistingâ€“it was as if it had been made for me.
She took a dress that would fit an Amazon woman and made it perfect for my curvaceous but petite 5'3" body. I got longing stares from perfect strangers on the way to my wedding and thank Isabel for transforming the garment from a sack of silk into a dress that made me look like a Hollywood...
Isabel is an absolutely wonderful lady. Having to work with her was well worth it. I was able to drop off my dress and know it was in good hands. She is very friendly and gave the best information on what she was going to do with my dress and how it would look. She is absolutely magical with making changes. She is very patient and so sweet,I would recommend her to anyone. Pay her a visit and I promise she will turn your dress into what you want and will be worth it! I was very comfortable in my dress! I loved the way she did the bustle, the dress went inside and under rather then out and creating a huge bump in the back. Several people asked if I detached the train but when I showed them, they were surprised. The dress was 2 sizes big but she brought it in at a great fit. She fitted the dress perfectly I didn't need anything underneath, well except my underwear but I didn't need a bra either. I was very comfortable the whole night and I was able to eat/drink and dance without feeling like a statue. She is absolutely Adorable!
I am positive that I can not say enough wonderful things about Isabel in this tiny review box. She was not only my alterationist, but she became a great friend to me. I came to Isabel wary of wedding dress vendors. I had been treated poorly by a bridal salon, and did not trust the business. Upon entering Isabel's home, I instantly felt relaxed. Her smile, bubbly personality, and positivity made me trust again. My dress needed a lot of alterations. It was form fitting, had lace, and was designed with very little support for a busty bride. Let me assure you, there is nothing Isabel can not do. She is a master with a wedding dress. My dress fit my body like a glove. I had guests complementing me all night. My husband was in awe. Do not hesitate in using Isabel. I've recommended her to my soon-to-be sister in law, and everyone has raved about their results. She is the absolute best!
I could not have been happier with the alterations that Isabel did to my wedding dress. She is very skilled and did a beautiful job on my dress, which was lace with some beading. Not to mention she is a pleasure to work with all around! Despite her busy schedule, I never felt rushed during an appointment and she had great suggestions for other wedding details such as hair, jewelry, etc too. I know several people personally who have had dresses altered by Isabel and everyone speaks very highly of her and her work. I highly recommend Isabel for any alterations!