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Bridal Alterations by Ruth

Downers Grove , IL
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private residence near expressway 355 and Maple Ave. in Downers Grove
Downers Grove, IL 60515 US (map)

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630-960-1288
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ABOUT US

I am an Independent Bridal Alterationist with 37 years of experience in Bridal fittings and alterations. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I am... Read more
I am an Independent Bridal Alterationist with 37 years of experience in Bridal fittings and alterations. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I am extremely good at what I do, so you can entrust the alterations of your special dress to me with confidence! Over the years I have really enjoyed and taken great pride in making my clients look their very best on their memorable day. My average price range falls between $250-$450, with some that are less and some that are more. I do all the fittings and alterations myself in my home and ask that you only bring one person with you to your fittings. I generally do two fittings before completion. I am conveniently located one block from the #355 Maple Ave. Exit in Downers Grove. I have a selection of bra cups and slips for fullness in the skirt available for your convenience. It is wise to make an appointment with me well ahead of time to be six weeks before your wedding date. I am able to press most wedding gowns but others will need more advanced equipment to make them look their best. If this is the case, I refer my brides to a local professional who specializes in pressing and preserving wedding gowns. Read less
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Who do you provide services for?
Bride
Which of the following services do you provide??
Alterations, Appointments Only, Full Customization
Which of the following items do you offer?
Undergarments

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Jess
Wedding:
1/7/2017
4.9/5.0
Ruth was amazing!!! I had an issue where my original dress was defective and the store had to order a new one. New one was much smaller than what I had ordered. I was so scared I wouldn't be able to wear my gown. Ruth was a magician!! She made my dress fit like a glove and she had such attention to detail! My bustle was amazing and it stayed all night long. Never had to open up my emergency kit at the venue. Thank you Ruth!!!
Ruth was amazing!!! I had an issue where my original dress was defective and the store had to order a new one. New one was Read more...
Ruth was amazing!!! I had an issue where my original dress was defective and the store had to order a new one. New one was much smaller than what I had ordered. I was so scared I wouldn't be able to wear my gown. Ruth was a magician!! She made my dress fit like a glove and she had such attention to detail! My bustle was amazing and it stayed all night long. Never had to open up my emergency kit at the venue. Thank you Ruth!!! Read less
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Teresa
Wedding:
11/26/2016
5.0/5.0
I spent a good amount of time looking for the perfect dress with no success. I wound up ordering a $400 online with the intention of having major alterations. I contacted Ruth pretty early (around 10 months I think) since I knew I was asking for more than adjusting the hem. After a consultation, she assured me that I wasn't completely out of my mind and she was up to the task. Throughout the process, she was fast, knowledgable, and communicated well. In the end, she had completely changed the neckline, sleeves, changed the trim everywhere, let out the dress around 2", repositioned the zipper in the back, added faux buttons (which were supposed to be on the dress in the first place but were missing), and shortened a ridiculously long sash. She gave me the custom dress that I had been looking for and at a completely reasonable price. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
I spent a good amount of time looking for the perfect dress with no success. I wound up ordering a $400 online with the Read more...
I spent a good amount of time looking for the perfect dress with no success. I wound up ordering a $400 online with the intention of having major alterations. I contacted Ruth pretty early (around 10 months I think) since I knew I was asking for more than adjusting the hem. After a consultation, she assured me that I wasn't completely out of my mind and she was up to the task. Throughout the process, she was fast, knowledgable, and communicated well. In the end, she had completely changed the neckline, sleeves, changed the trim everywhere, let out the dress around 2", repositioned the zipper in the back, added faux buttons (which were supposed to be on the dress in the first place but were missing), and shortened a ridiculously long sash. She gave me the custom dress that I had been looking for and at a completely reasonable price. I would definitely recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
7/23/2016
4.7/5.0
Ruth was able to take my size 12 lace sample dress with one shoulder and turn it into a size 4 that fit me perfectly. And she did it for about $360, half of what a bridal shop was going to charge me. Even though she works out of her apartment, her place is easy enough to find from her directions. Inside, she has a room where she does the consultations and all of the sewing, and it's big enough to fit about three people, a love seat, a sewing table, TV, and some large wedding dresses. It's definitely more casual than a bridal shop, but again, you'll pay less as she doesn't have to put money toward renting a storefront.

I did have a few issues (I got jabbed with a pin and it wasn't immediately removed; she forgot which type of bustle I had decided on and had to call me after I left), but overall, I'm really happy I went with her. In the end, my dress looked beautiful, and I wasn't charged 10 million dollars to get it to where it needed to be.
Ruth was able to take my size 12 lace sample dress with one shoulder and turn it into a size 4 that fit me perfectly. And Read more...
Ruth was able to take my size 12 lace sample dress with one shoulder and turn it into a size 4 that fit me perfectly. And she did it for about $360, half of what a bridal shop was going to charge me. Even though she works out of her apartment, her place is easy enough to find from her directions. Inside, she has a room where she does the consultations and all of the sewing, and it's big enough to fit about three people, a love seat, a sewing table, TV, and some large wedding dresses. It's definitely more casual than a bridal shop, but again, you'll pay less as she doesn't have to put money toward renting a storefront.

I did have a few issues (I got jabbed with a pin and it wasn't immediately removed; she forgot which type of bustle I had decided on and had to call me after I left), but overall, I'm really happy I went with her. In the end, my dress looked beautiful, and I wasn't charged 10 million dollars to get it to where it needed to be. Read less
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Bridgette
Wedding:
5/29/2016
4.4/5.0
Ruth took me in on short notice. She was such an expert, knew exactly what needed to be done. When she started pinning I could already tell she was the right choice. Total perfectionist, went to see her a few times until it was %100! Sweet lady and really appreciated her doing such a great job, really made feel feel at ease leaving my dress with her. Thank you Ruth!
Ruth took me in on short notice. She was such an expert, knew exactly what needed to be done. When she started pinning I Read more...
Ruth took me in on short notice. She was such an expert, knew exactly what needed to be done. When she started pinning I could already tell she was the right choice. Total perfectionist, went to see her a few times until it was %100! Sweet lady and really appreciated her doing such a great job, really made feel feel at ease leaving my dress with her. Thank you Ruth! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
11/7/2015
4.7/5.0
Ruth is a life saver! I had a very bad experience with another 'seamstress' who worked on my dress for weeks but had barely done any real alterations. My dress was a mess and I was only two weeks from my wedding day. I called Ruth late on a Saturday night and within an hour she had called me back and agreed to meet me the next day! After only one day of consultation and pinning she was able to alter my dress to fit me perfectly! I came back a week later to a perfect gown that looked like it was made for me. It was only 2 more days for her to add a bustle and make a final few adjustments before I picked up. Ruth is very skilled and amazing at her craft. I was more than pleased with the work. My only small gripe was the cost. It was more than I expected but I know it was a lot of alterations in a short amount of time. Overall extremely pleased and highly recommend!
Ruth is a life saver! I had a very bad experience with another 'seamstress' who worked on my dress for weeks but had Read more...
Ruth is a life saver! I had a very bad experience with another 'seamstress' who worked on my dress for weeks but had barely done any real alterations. My dress was a mess and I was only two weeks from my wedding day. I called Ruth late on a Saturday night and within an hour she had called me back and agreed to meet me the next day! After only one day of consultation and pinning she was able to alter my dress to fit me perfectly! I came back a week later to a perfect gown that looked like it was made for me. It was only 2 more days for her to add a bustle and make a final few adjustments before I picked up. Ruth is very skilled and amazing at her craft. I was more than pleased with the work. My only small gripe was the cost. It was more than I expected but I know it was a lot of alterations in a short amount of time. Overall extremely pleased and highly recommend! Read less
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Kristy
Wedding:
9/19/2015
4.9/5.0
Ruth is an amazing seamstress! I had two consultations to decide who would do my dress, one from a store front and one from Ruth, and could tell almost immediately how much more knowledge and experience Ruth had (who cares about a store front, that doesn't matter on your big day). I had my dress shortened, the bust taken in, the waist moved up, a train put in, hoop skirt added, dress pressed, just a lot of different things my dress needed as I bought a sample dress, all of which I was very satisfied with her work. The dress fit perfect. I wasn't a huge fan of bustled trains in general so she made one that almost didn't look like I had a bustle, truly amazing, and the bustle held all night (do take her advice on having someone come to last visit to learn how to bustle as it's more complicated than I thought, so glad I listened to her). The hoop skirt I didn't even know I wanted until I saw it on, per her suggestion, and it totally changed the overall appearance for the better (I had a ball gown and the hoop made it look just like the catalog for the dress itself). When I found anything I didn't like, she was quick to change or alter anything I wanted, patient with me when I nitpicked minor details, and really took the extra time to make sure everything was exactly how I wanted. I did accidentally step on the hoop and rip part of it off some time in the evening, but I believe that was more user error and we quickly fixed with a needle thread. I WOULDN'T CHANGE A SINGLE THING about how my dress looked on my wedding day. So happy. Learn the system, call before hand when you arrive at her place, don't talk in the hall, pay cash, at the end of the day you will have an AMAZING dress.
Ruth is an amazing seamstress! I had two consultations to decide who would do my dress, one from a store front and one Read more...
Ruth is an amazing seamstress! I had two consultations to decide who would do my dress, one from a store front and one from Ruth, and could tell almost immediately how much more knowledge and experience Ruth had (who cares about a store front, that doesn't matter on your big day). I had my dress shortened, the bust taken in, the waist moved up, a train put in, hoop skirt added, dress pressed, just a lot of different things my dress needed as I bought a sample dress, all of which I was very satisfied with her work. The dress fit perfect. I wasn't a huge fan of bustled trains in general so she made one that almost didn't look like I had a bustle, truly amazing, and the bustle held all night (do take her advice on having someone come to last visit to learn how to bustle as it's more complicated than I thought, so glad I listened to her). The hoop skirt I didn't even know I wanted until I saw it on, per her suggestion, and it totally changed the overall appearance for the better (I had a ball gown and the hoop made it look just like the catalog for the dress itself). When I found anything I didn't like, she was quick to change or alter anything I wanted, patient with me when I nitpicked minor details, and really took the extra time to make sure everything was exactly how I wanted. I did accidentally step on the hoop and rip part of it off some time in the evening, but I believe that was more user error and we quickly fixed with a needle thread. I WOULDN'T CHANGE A SINGLE THING about how my dress looked on my wedding day. So happy. Learn the system, call before hand when you arrive at her place, don't talk in the hall, pay cash, at the end of the day you will have an AMAZING dress. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/12/2015
4.2/5.0
I used Ruth to alter my wedding dress. She did an EXCELLENT job with the alterations. The dress fit me perfect and she is very good at what she does. She was very flexible in meeting which was an important thing for me. Other alterations places only took appointments during the week, which is difficult with my work schedule. After my first fitting, I knew that she was going to pay attention to every detail. That being said, if I had a different idea of how the dress looked/felt, she was quick to defend what she did. Also the cost ended up being much more than I expected. There were a lot of layers in my dress, it needed to be taken in, I had a belt extended and tacked to the dress, and also 12 buttons for my bustle, so all the things added up. It was just kind of a shock when she called a few days before I was supposed to get the dress with the final figure - it would have been nice if the cost of all the changes was discussed earlier.
I used Ruth to alter my wedding dress. She did an EXCELLENT job with the alterations. The dress fit me perfect and she is Read more...
I used Ruth to alter my wedding dress. She did an EXCELLENT job with the alterations. The dress fit me perfect and she is very good at what she does. She was very flexible in meeting which was an important thing for me. Other alterations places only took appointments during the week, which is difficult with my work schedule. After my first fitting, I knew that she was going to pay attention to every detail. That being said, if I had a different idea of how the dress looked/felt, she was quick to defend what she did. Also the cost ended up being much more than I expected. There were a lot of layers in my dress, it needed to be taken in, I had a belt extended and tacked to the dress, and also 12 buttons for my bustle, so all the things added up. It was just kind of a shock when she called a few days before I was supposed to get the dress with the final figure - it would have been nice if the cost of all the changes was discussed earlier. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/25/2014
4.8/5.0
I went to a few bridal shops in the Chicagoland area but was mostly disappointed because I didn't fit into most of the sample size dresses. It was hard to imagine myself as a beautiful bride when what I really felt like was a total sausage stuffed and clipped inside tiny dresses. Through a lot of searching, I found a shop that only carries larger size sample dresses. I could actually see what the dress would look like when it was on! I highly recommend the shop (Miss Pamela's) but it was about a 3 hour drive to get there. This brought me to Ruth.

I purchased my dress and brought it to Ruth for alterations. I can't rave enough about Ruth. She is fantastic at what she does. I had purchased a dress I loved but it was a-symmetrical and had a weird bunching on the side that I had dress regret over. I voiced my concern to Ruth and she started releasing stitches to remove the bunching. She fixed it and I was so happy she did! I loved the dress so much more after that minor change!

I had also decided that I wanted to wear heels during the ceremony but change to flat sandals for the reception. Ruth constructed a bustle in the back to match the height of my flat sandals and then engineered a bustle in the front that pulled the front of the dress up so I wasn't stepping on it when I changed to flat shoes. It was amazing! I didn't think we'd be able to find a solution and Ruth pulled it off!

The labeled bustle strings was very helpful when my mother and maid of honor were bustling my dress. And, the bustle (front & back) held strong all night with NO problems. I will be the first to tell you that I was very rough on my dress - we danced all night and I was on and off carousel horses for a bit of time.

Ruth provided a breakdown of everything I was paying for - she fixed the boning on the sides of my dress, added cups (highly recommended!), hemmed the dress and created a back and front bustle! I highly recommend Ruth.
I went to a few bridal shops in the Chicagoland area but was mostly disappointed because I didn't fit into most of the Read more...
I went to a few bridal shops in the Chicagoland area but was mostly disappointed because I didn't fit into most of the sample size dresses. It was hard to imagine myself as a beautiful bride when what I really felt like was a total sausage stuffed and clipped inside tiny dresses. Through a lot of searching, I found a shop that only carries larger size sample dresses. I could actually see what the dress would look like when it was on! I highly recommend the shop (Miss Pamela's) but it was about a 3 hour drive to get there. This brought me to Ruth.

I purchased my dress and brought it to Ruth for alterations. I can't rave enough about Ruth. She is fantastic at what she does. I had purchased a dress I loved but it was a-symmetrical and had a weird bunching on the side that I had dress regret over. I voiced my concern to Ruth and she started releasing stitches to remove the bunching. She fixed it and I was so happy she did! I loved the dress so much more after that minor change!

I had also decided that I wanted to wear heels during the ceremony but change to flat sandals for the reception. Ruth constructed a bustle in the back to match the height of my flat sandals and then engineered a bustle in the front that pulled the front of the dress up so I wasn't stepping on it when I changed to flat shoes. It was amazing! I didn't think we'd be able to find a solution and Ruth pulled it off!

The labeled bustle strings was very helpful when my mother and maid of honor were bustling my dress. And, the bustle (front & back) held strong all night with NO problems. I will be the first to tell you that I was very rough on my dress - we danced all night and I was on and off carousel horses for a bit of time.

Ruth provided a breakdown of everything I was paying for - she fixed the boning on the sides of my dress, added cups (highly recommended!), hemmed the dress and created a back and front bustle! I highly recommend Ruth. Read less
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Mrs. Julie
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Ruth did an amazing job on my wedding dress and it was a pleasure to work with her. You can tell that Ruth is dedicated to her work and she will make sure your dress is exactly how you imagined it. I was nervous about having a strapless dress but the fitting result put me at ease. The entire dress fit me perfectly. The bustle she created was beautiful and it held up the entire night of dancing. I was impressed by how she was able to create the bustle too since my dress has a lot of elaborate beading. As for the price, it was fair and a lot less than what other places charged. Overall, I'm very happy with my experience and would highly recommend her services.

As for any negative and inappropriate comments that you might see below, remember that there are always some of those personality types out there. Grammar errors can be a dead giveaway.
Ruth did an amazing job on my wedding dress and it was a pleasure to work with her. You can tell that Ruth is dedicated to Read more...
Ruth did an amazing job on my wedding dress and it was a pleasure to work with her. You can tell that Ruth is dedicated to her work and she will make sure your dress is exactly how you imagined it. I was nervous about having a strapless dress but the fitting result put me at ease. The entire dress fit me perfectly. The bustle she created was beautiful and it held up the entire night of dancing. I was impressed by how she was able to create the bustle too since my dress has a lot of elaborate beading. As for the price, it was fair and a lot less than what other places charged. Overall, I'm very happy with my experience and would highly recommend her services.

As for any negative and inappropriate comments that you might see below, remember that there are always some of those personality types out there. Grammar errors can be a dead giveaway. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
She was amazing her place is hard is not hard to find if you listen to her directions. She tailored my dress to perfection. I went with her suggestions since she has been tailoring dresses this a while. I was also able to get in very quick!
She was amazing her place is hard is not hard to find if you listen to her directions. She tailored my dress to Read more...
She was amazing her place is hard is not hard to find if you listen to her directions. She tailored my dress to perfection. I went with her suggestions since she has been tailoring dresses this a while. I was also able to get in very quick! Read less
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