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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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ABOUT US

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
Dress & Attire

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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom
What accessories do you provide?
Garters, Undergarments, Veils
Does a client need to schedule an appointment? How do the client appointments work?
Yes, please call months in advance before your wedding. Don't forget the bra and shoes are needed for the fittings!
What specialty dress and attire items, such as a Kimono or Sari, do you provide?
I have altered many types of wedding dresses or post ceremonial dresses from many different cultures. I will work with you.
What is the typical turn-around time for a dress?
I will hold a dress for months becuase my brides loose weight.
 The average fitting requires 3 visits. This is a win/win partnership!
Do you carry new or once worn gowns?
No, I don't sell - I recreate the off-the-rack dress to look custom made.
How often do you receive new dresses?
The dresses I alter are usually new, but I am happy to help you save money by altering the slightly used (1 day?) dress as well. Make sure the dress is the right size and consider previous alterations when buying a used dress. Talk to me! I'm happy to help.
Do you provide any guarantees/warrantees of any kind?
I usually book three fittings, please see the comments section for your guarantee.
Do you have a seamstress onsite?
I am the seamstress; however, this is not a sewing mill. Many of my brides come from stores unsatisfied with the work.
 Unfortunately, they end up paying twice. The store and then me.
In addition to wedding dresses, what other products do you sell?
Crinoline, veils, just ask. Weddings in Maryland are seasonal, so I peak during the spring and fall. During the winter and summer, my sewing skills sometimes turn to home decor. My passion is with altering women's dresses as the testimonials and reviews attest.

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Anonymous
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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
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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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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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Maura
Wedding:
8/1/2014
4.9/5.0
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!
Isabel was a pleasure to work with, and my dress turned out beautifully. We met several times, and she was extremely Read more...
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! Read less
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Shanna
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I have been to Isobel for dress alterations three times – 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 – 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!
I have been to Isobel for dress alterations three times – twice for bridesmaid dresses and finally for my own wedding Read more...
I have been to Isobel for dress alterations three times – 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 – 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! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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.
Isabel is not only the sweetest woman ever she does great work! I am a pregnant bride and came to Isabel late in the Read more...
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. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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!!
I truly cannot thank Isabel enough. She is WONDERFUL!!! If I could give her 100 stars, I would! Isabel was one of my Read more...
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!! Read less
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