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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations

Ellicott City , MD
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5145 Morningside Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21043 US (map)

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443-765-5465

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I have been in business since 1992, and I am proud to provide customers with high-quality sewing services.

I want you to look your best on your special day. My bridal... Read more
I have been in business since 1992, and I am proud to provide customers with high-quality sewing services.

I want you to look your best on your special day. My bridal alterations and sewing services have been used by thousands of customers over the past 20 years. Located in Ellicott City, my shop is on the border of Columbia and is a few mintues from Elkridge and Catonsville; although, customers travel as far as Germany, New York, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach and Richmond for fittings and alterations.

Please google my first and last name, my reputation speaks for itself. I do not run an off-the-rack operation; but I can take an off-the-rack bridal dress and have you look like your wearing a custom-made dress. I get many requests for veils as well. My services are in high demand, so please book early. All work is completed in my shop, mostly by hand. There are many requests for multiple dresses for bridal parties both wedding and reception.

Did your Mom save her dress for you? Do you have plans to save your dress only for it to remain in a box and never used? If you don't re-sell but want a family heirloom, use the material the first baby's baptismal gown and bonnet. I'm proud to say I had joyful experiences with christening gowns as well.

Let's talk and I'll be happy to help you! My number one service is lowering the anxiety level of my brides (and sometimes the bride's Mom). I'll do my part to ensure you look your very best to enjoy the special day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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!
I bought a sample dress at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Shop and had it altered at the shop that they recommended- Dalinda's. Read more...
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! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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 did an amazing job with the dress I got from BHLDN! I went to her thinking I would need only the straps adjusted Read more...
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! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
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.
Isabel is an absolute gem when it comes to wedding dress alterations! I had an ombre gown that needed to have some length Read more...
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. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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!
I can't recommend Isabel enough -- she is a true professional with an incredible eye for detail. My lace dress was a Read more...
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! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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.
Can't say enough nice things about Isabel. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable and efficient. My dream dress was 3 sizes Read more...
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. Read less
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Aileen
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
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!
Isabel is hands down my favorite vendor from my wedding. She did an AMAZING job on my dress and even added in an extra Read more...
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! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
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!!
I can't say enough great things about Isabel! She saw me about a month before my actual wedding and did beautiful work on Read more...
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!! Read less
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RRRwedding
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
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 a genius!! She really truly knows her craft and works tirelessly to make sure your dress fits you exactly the Read more...
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!!! Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
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 amazing!! I wanted to remove the train from my dress so that it was easier to dance in because I hate the way Read more...
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! Read less
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Brigitte
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
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 is a very nice lady and skilled seamstress. She tailored my Marie Antoinette inspired wedding gown perfectly, as Read more...
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! Read less
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