130x130 sq 1457040219 7421f4954c9b00fb 1978 ruth irene thereasa wolski

Bridal Alterations by Ruth

Downers Grove , IL
CONTACT US
CONTACT US

LOCATION

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

PHONE

630-960-1288
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.

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
Dress & Attire

INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

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

REVIEWS

4.7
out of 5.0
4.8/5.0
4.9/5.0
4.7/5.0
4.6/5.0
4.8/5.0
Sort by
Default vendor profile pic
Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Bg5
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
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
Sarah
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Ruth did an amazing job with my dress! I'm so glad I found her. She did everything that I needed plus more. She is very experienced and knows shat she is doing. She seamlessly moved a jeweled piece on my dress. I'm plus size so she helped make the dress work for me including sturdy seams. I would highly recommend her!
Ruth did an amazing job with my dress! I'm so glad I found her. She did everything that I needed plus more. She is very Read more...
Ruth did an amazing job with my dress! I'm so glad I found her. She did everything that I needed plus more. She is very experienced and knows shat she is doing. She seamlessly moved a jeweled piece on my dress. I'm plus size so she helped make the dress work for me including sturdy seams. I would highly recommend her! Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Default vendor profile pic
Andrea
Wedding:
7/11/2014
3.4/5.0
I used this vendor because of the good reviews on Yelp but was ultimately disappointed. The bustle on my dress that Ruth had created broke very early in the evening and I had to spend most of my time on the dance floor gathering up my train. Also, the alterations cost much more than I had anticipated - over $100 more than I had been quoted at a traditional bridal shop. I had hoped to save money by using Ruth but she doesn't give quotes, so I didn't know until the alterations were complete how much they would be.
I used this vendor because of the good reviews on Yelp but was ultimately disappointed. The bustle on my dress that Ruth Read more...
I used this vendor because of the good reviews on Yelp but was ultimately disappointed. The bustle on my dress that Ruth had created broke very early in the evening and I had to spend most of my time on the dance floor gathering up my train. Also, the alterations cost much more than I had anticipated - over $100 more than I had been quoted at a traditional bridal shop. I had hoped to save money by using Ruth but she doesn't give quotes, so I didn't know until the alterations were complete how much they would be. Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Wwnetwork 128
Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.6/5.0
I read good reviews and decided to go there! I regret it! she was giving me direction on the phone instead of giving me her address- it would have been much easier. She talked to me like I am stupid or something. When i arrived at her apartment building, I had to wait for her husband to let me in and she said" do not say a work while in the hallway, until you come in my apartment" . She was sarcastic with me and I almost left. She was rude and snobby like she owns the world. She talked like she is the best ever! She said she does not give a quote because she is too busy to be playing around and she started ripping my dress-pretty much you have no chance if you go there. I wanted to have my dress shortened and wanted to have her opinion first but she started opening seams and stuff. She is old and over weight so she could not move around too much but would made me turn every direction. She wrote down what needed to be done and she said" I can't tell you how much it would cost you" What?#@#!???
How come? She just wrote down what needs to be done and she did not know how much would that cost me?????? To make the story short- she charged me $300 for taking in the dress about 1 inch; fixing the boning in my dress and for adding a bustle!!!!! I thought it was waaaaaaay to much for what she did but I had no option. I paid and I left with bad taste in my mouth! Overall, the experince wasnt nice and I do not reccomend her! On top of that, she send me to these cleaners who did not clean my dress and argued with me, so I had to call the POLICE! So if you decide to go to her, DO NOT take the business card of the cleaners she would recommend! They are probably friends or relatives! Trust me! DO NOT!
I read good reviews and decided to go there! I regret it! she was giving me direction on the phone instead of giving me Read more...
I read good reviews and decided to go there! I regret it! she was giving me direction on the phone instead of giving me her address- it would have been much easier. She talked to me like I am stupid or something. When i arrived at her apartment building, I had to wait for her husband to let me in and she said" do not say a work while in the hallway, until you come in my apartment" . She was sarcastic with me and I almost left. She was rude and snobby like she owns the world. She talked like she is the best ever! She said she does not give a quote because she is too busy to be playing around and she started ripping my dress-pretty much you have no chance if you go there. I wanted to have my dress shortened and wanted to have her opinion first but she started opening seams and stuff. She is old and over weight so she could not move around too much but would made me turn every direction. She wrote down what needed to be done and she said" I can't tell you how much it would cost you" What?#@#!???
How come? She just wrote down what needs to be done and she did not know how much would that cost me?????? To make the story short- she charged me $300 for taking in the dress about 1 inch; fixing the boning in my dress and for adding a bustle!!!!! I thought it was waaaaaaay to much for what she did but I had no option. I paid and I left with bad taste in my mouth! Overall, the experince wasnt nice and I do not reccomend her! On top of that, she send me to these cleaners who did not clean my dress and argued with me, so I had to call the POLICE! So if you decide to go to her, DO NOT take the business card of the cleaners she would recommend! They are probably friends or relatives! Trust me! DO NOT! Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire
Bridal Alterations by Ruth responded with the following comments:

Many of my brides have had problems finding my address using their GPS or map quest directions. It is easy if they follow my directions and that is why I give them when my brides make their appointments. I tell them I work from my home as well. When they arrive at my condo, they call me from their car and my husband lets them in the side door closest to our unit, so they do not have to walk all the way from the main entrance. I ask my brides not to talk in the hallways out of consideration for my neighbors. If my brides ask me for a quote on the phone, I tell them my average range is from $300 to $450, with some being less and some more than the range. I only charge for what I do. Bridal alterations are much more involved than they used to be. The styles, fabrics and construction of the dresses are more complex, as well as the number of layers. For this reason it is very difficult to give a quote rather than a range because you do not know how much time it will take . There are many additional things that are done to alter wedding dresses to get the best fit other than the usual. These processes are also time consuming and are often overlooked by the bride. When a dress has to be taken in, I remove the boning in the sides of the dress before the fitting starts so I can accurately pin the seams in. This was the "ripping" mentioned in the review. As for the hem issue, I was able to save this bride the cost of a hem by selling her a small hoop, which brought the dress up to the correct length. Of the $300 charge that was mentioned, $35 was charged for repairs and extra handwork and $60 for the hoop. I called the cleaners and was told the dispute was over a small red mark that was two layers inside the dress that could not be seen on the outside. She did not want to pay for the cleaning or pressing. She called the police and they came and agreed with the cleaners that she had to pay! I am 60 years old and my physical status has never affected my work.
Default vendor profile pic
Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I used Ruth for my wedding dress and it was one of the best decisions I made in my entire wedding planning process. Ruth certainly had her work cut out for her: I'm 5' 1"/street size 10/ DDD bust. As a result, I bought a size 14 Maggie Sottero Ascher gown and it had to be taken in most everywhere.

Unfortunately, I started a new birth control just weeks before the wedding date and by my second fitting, my body's natural adjusting process was roaring it's ugly head. I was bloated in both my stomach and bust. While most bridal salons lead you to believe that your alterations should be complete at least a month before the wedding, Ruth was able to artfully rework the fit just a week before the big day. Essentially, she pins the dress at the first fitting to allow for adjustments at the second fitting. I was panicking that the dress no longer seemed to fit in a flattering manner but she was able to work her magic.

Some are surprised at what quality alterations can cost. However, Ruth's prices are extremely reasonable given her extensive experience and the care and time she takes with each piece. For example, to adjust length from my lace over satin dress, the seamstress has to painstakingly remove the lace, trim the satin, and then carefully reapply the lace. Otherwise, the dress loses detail.

Ruth will provide her expert opinion on what she feels is your best course of action given her many years in the industry. Ultimately, though, she will respect whatever design decisions you make and ensures you are making an informed decision.
I used Ruth for my wedding dress and it was one of the best decisions I made in my entire wedding planning process. Ruth Read more...
I used Ruth for my wedding dress and it was one of the best decisions I made in my entire wedding planning process. Ruth certainly had her work cut out for her: I'm 5' 1"/street size 10/ DDD bust. As a result, I bought a size 14 Maggie Sottero Ascher gown and it had to be taken in most everywhere.

Unfortunately, I started a new birth control just weeks before the wedding date and by my second fitting, my body's natural adjusting process was roaring it's ugly head. I was bloated in both my stomach and bust. While most bridal salons lead you to believe that your alterations should be complete at least a month before the wedding, Ruth was able to artfully rework the fit just a week before the big day. Essentially, she pins the dress at the first fitting to allow for adjustments at the second fitting. I was panicking that the dress no longer seemed to fit in a flattering manner but she was able to work her magic.

Some are surprised at what quality alterations can cost. However, Ruth's prices are extremely reasonable given her extensive experience and the care and time she takes with each piece. For example, to adjust length from my lace over satin dress, the seamstress has to painstakingly remove the lace, trim the satin, and then carefully reapply the lace. Otherwise, the dress loses detail.

Ruth will provide her expert opinion on what she feels is your best course of action given her many years in the industry. Ultimately, though, she will respect whatever design decisions you make and ensures you are making an informed decision. Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire

MAP

 
private residence near expressway 355 and Maple Ave. in Downers Grove, Downers Grove, IL 60515 See On Map
Thanks for visiting the vendor listing for Bridal Alterations by Ruth
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.
Ww logo
220x220 1457040219 7421f4954c9b00fb 1978 ruth irene thereasa wolski