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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations

Ellicott City , MD
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

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
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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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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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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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Wedding:
6/28/2014
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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Jazzmon
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Isabel is the SWEETEST person ever and also a miracle worker! I had my wedding dress custom made from overseas and as beautiful as it LOOKED there were A LOT of flaws within it. I found Isabel and met with her for a consultation and she came up with ideas I would have NEVER thought of to fix my dress. She turned it into my dream dress. It fit perfectly and was flawless. I even ended up bring my reception dress to her after she completed the work on my wedding dress. As it got closer to the wedding, I lost a few pounds and had to get my wedding dress altered again and she welcomed me with open arms! She was wonderful and very easy to work with. Worth EVERY penny!!
Isabel is the SWEETEST person ever and also a miracle worker! I had my wedding dress custom made from overseas and as Read more...
Isabel is the SWEETEST person ever and also a miracle worker! I had my wedding dress custom made from overseas and as beautiful as it LOOKED there were A LOT of flaws within it. I found Isabel and met with her for a consultation and she came up with ideas I would have NEVER thought of to fix my dress. She turned it into my dream dress. It fit perfectly and was flawless. I even ended up bring my reception dress to her after she completed the work on my wedding dress. As it got closer to the wedding, I lost a few pounds and had to get my wedding dress altered again and she welcomed me with open arms! She was wonderful and very easy to work with. Worth EVERY penny!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Isabel is an incredibly talented seamstress. I was lucky that she was local to me, although I know some ladies travel from other states just to see her. I had several fittings, and she gave me lots of personal time at each to enjoy being in the dress, take pictures, and try on my jewelry. Isabel is also incredibly personable and friendly. The dress was perfect, and I couldn't even tell that it had been altered. She takes a lot of pride in her work and never takes shortcuts. She also does veils - altered my cathedral veil to make the top tier shorter, which included cutting and re-sewing lace. Your dress could not be in better hands!
Isabel is an incredibly talented seamstress. I was lucky that she was local to me, although I know some ladies travel from Read more...
Isabel is an incredibly talented seamstress. I was lucky that she was local to me, although I know some ladies travel from other states just to see her. I had several fittings, and she gave me lots of personal time at each to enjoy being in the dress, take pictures, and try on my jewelry. Isabel is also incredibly personable and friendly. The dress was perfect, and I couldn't even tell that it had been altered. She takes a lot of pride in her work and never takes shortcuts. She also does veils - altered my cathedral veil to make the top tier shorter, which included cutting and re-sewing lace. Your dress could not be in better hands! Read less
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Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
LOVE HER! I was referred by MULTIPLE friends. She is amazing. Really knows what she is doing. Her work is amazing (she can pretty much do everything to a dress/gown!) She is very efficient with time and meeting any and all deadlines. While working on your dress she really takes the time to know you and your family (which I personally, loved!)
LOVE HER! I was referred by MULTIPLE friends. She is amazing. Really knows what she is doing. Her work is amazing (she can Read more...
LOVE HER! I was referred by MULTIPLE friends. She is amazing. Really knows what she is doing. Her work is amazing (she can pretty much do everything to a dress/gown!) She is very efficient with time and meeting any and all deadlines. While working on your dress she really takes the time to know you and your family (which I personally, loved!) Read less
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Hillary
Wedding:
4/27/2014
5.0/5.0
After reading a few horror stories about the alterations department at the salon where I bought my dress, I found Isabel via her glowing reviews on Wedding Wire and decided to book an appointment with her ASAP. From our first fitting, I knew I was in great hands. Isabel is so careful, patient, and professional; she took her time with me so that I never felt rushed or pressured, and for every suggestion she made, she also made sure that it was clear that I had the final say. Above all, Isabel went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable, confident, and beautiful in my dress. I got so many compliments on my dress on my wedding day, and I can't thank Isabel enough for doing such a wonderful job!
After reading a few horror stories about the alterations department at the salon where I bought my dress, I found Isabel Read more...
After reading a few horror stories about the alterations department at the salon where I bought my dress, I found Isabel via her glowing reviews on Wedding Wire and decided to book an appointment with her ASAP. From our first fitting, I knew I was in great hands. Isabel is so careful, patient, and professional; she took her time with me so that I never felt rushed or pressured, and for every suggestion she made, she also made sure that it was clear that I had the final say. Above all, Isabel went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable, confident, and beautiful in my dress. I got so many compliments on my dress on my wedding day, and I can't thank Isabel enough for doing such a wonderful job! Read less
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Marcy
Wedding:
4/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Go to Isabel! I decided to wear my mother's wedding dress and it was a perfect, form-fitting, dress that I loved...until I found out I was pregnant. I figured I wouldn't be able to use the dress because I would be over 6 months pregnant by the time of our wedding so I shopped around for other dresses. When I couldn't find anything that I liked, I decided to take my mother's wedding dress to Isabel and see if there was anything we could do. With less than 3 weeks until the wedding, Isabel pulled a miracle and made the dress look fabulous! I got so many compliments and I didn't even look pregnant in my wedding photos. I really thought the dress would be unusable but Isabel works wonders! My mother and I couldn't be happier with her.
Go to Isabel! I decided to wear my mother's wedding dress and it was a perfect, form-fitting, dress that I loved...until I Read more...
Go to Isabel! I decided to wear my mother's wedding dress and it was a perfect, form-fitting, dress that I loved...until I found out I was pregnant. I figured I wouldn't be able to use the dress because I would be over 6 months pregnant by the time of our wedding so I shopped around for other dresses. When I couldn't find anything that I liked, I decided to take my mother's wedding dress to Isabel and see if there was anything we could do. With less than 3 weeks until the wedding, Isabel pulled a miracle and made the dress look fabulous! I got so many compliments and I didn't even look pregnant in my wedding photos. I really thought the dress would be unusable but Isabel works wonders! My mother and I couldn't be happier with her. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
1/10/2014
5.0/5.0
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!
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 Read more...
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! Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
12/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Isabel is a blessing! I had so many dress issues and she was absolutely amazing throughout it all... even altering the dress three times!!! I can't say enough about the quality of her work and the fact that she is so reasonably priced! She is an absolute gem!
Isabel is a blessing! I had so many dress issues and she was absolutely amazing throughout it all... even altering the Read more...
Isabel is a blessing! I had so many dress issues and she was absolutely amazing throughout it all... even altering the dress three times!!! I can't say enough about the quality of her work and the fact that she is so reasonably priced! She is an absolute gem! Read less
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Laksman
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.7/5.0
Isabel Donnelly melted all my fears away by turning a nice sample sale wedding gown, waaay too big in the bust, into the wedding dress of my dreams. She is very expensive, and you have to be willing to pay a lot for her services. However, my mom covered the cost and had no problem paying for her quality work (I do not know that I could have afforded her if I had to pay myself.) I chose Isabel because her reviews were flawless, and I understand why. Her home sewing shop is clean and well-organized. She is gracious, friendly and kind. And she is willing to put in a lot of hours into making your dress fit right- she is a perfectionist. I was so worried that my sample sale dress would not fit well for my wedding, and debated buying another one, but when my bridesmaids saw me in the dress they thought I was just being crazy. Not so! Isabel fixed the dress, over three detailed fittings, bustled it beautifully and I could not have been more happy! My mom and husband, too :) I drove from Baltimore to Ellicott City for Isabel's alterations and I would do it all over again!
Isabel Donnelly melted all my fears away by turning a nice sample sale wedding gown, waaay too big in the bust, into the Read more...
Isabel Donnelly melted all my fears away by turning a nice sample sale wedding gown, waaay too big in the bust, into the wedding dress of my dreams. She is very expensive, and you have to be willing to pay a lot for her services. However, my mom covered the cost and had no problem paying for her quality work (I do not know that I could have afforded her if I had to pay myself.) I chose Isabel because her reviews were flawless, and I understand why. Her home sewing shop is clean and well-organized. She is gracious, friendly and kind. And she is willing to put in a lot of hours into making your dress fit right- she is a perfectionist. I was so worried that my sample sale dress would not fit well for my wedding, and debated buying another one, but when my bridesmaids saw me in the dress they thought I was just being crazy. Not so! Isabel fixed the dress, over three detailed fittings, bustled it beautifully and I could not have been more happy! My mom and husband, too :) I drove from Baltimore to Ellicott City for Isabel's alterations and I would do it all over again! Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
We decided to use Isabel after reading bad reviews about the alterations from the shop we bought my gown from. Isabel did a perfect job on reducing a size 10 sample dress to a size 0. The dress was a heavy satin with no way to hide any mistakes. She fixed every little thing that did not look perfect. When you are with Isabel it is very evident that she loves working with brides and their dresses. She is a very talented seamstress who also makes custom veils and other accessories. Her cost (which she gave us at the beginning) was more than the original quote from the bridal shop (I do not know what the final price would have been from them) but, we received custom work from Isabel and peace of mind. I would absolutely recommend Isabel to anyone who needs alterations. She is truly a pleasure to work with, and really has an eye for what will look good.
We decided to use Isabel after reading bad reviews about the alterations from the shop we bought my gown from. Isabel did Read more...
We decided to use Isabel after reading bad reviews about the alterations from the shop we bought my gown from. Isabel did a perfect job on reducing a size 10 sample dress to a size 0. The dress was a heavy satin with no way to hide any mistakes. She fixed every little thing that did not look perfect. When you are with Isabel it is very evident that she loves working with brides and their dresses. She is a very talented seamstress who also makes custom veils and other accessories. Her cost (which she gave us at the beginning) was more than the original quote from the bridal shop (I do not know what the final price would have been from them) but, we received custom work from Isabel and peace of mind. I would absolutely recommend Isabel to anyone who needs alterations. She is truly a pleasure to work with, and really has an eye for what will look good. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
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.
Simply put, Isabel is THE BEST. She took my dress, which was 3 sizes too large, 4 layers deep with double-embroidered Read more...
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. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
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.
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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. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
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!
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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! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.6/5.0
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.
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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. Read less
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ellie
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.8/5.0
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.
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, Read more...
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. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
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.
All the wonderful raves and reviews are completely true - if you want the perfect wedding dress for your special day, make Read more...
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. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
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 .
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 Read more...
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 . Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
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!
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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! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
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!!
Isabel is THE BEST! I cannot say enough great things about her and her fabulous work. I haven't had my wedding yet but Read more...
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!! Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
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.
Looking for a Seamstress who gives you confidence the moment you speak with her ? PLEASE see Isabel. She is absoultely Read more...
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. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
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 wonderful! I started working with Isabel in January for my wedding in May, and not only is she a very sweet Read more...
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! Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
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.
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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. Read less
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Dian
Wedding:
4/27/2013
4.9/5.0
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.
Isabel Donnelly is nothing short of a miracle worker. She is an EXPERT in wedding dress alterations. My daughter was so Read more...
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. Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
3/15/2013
5.0/5.0
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 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 Read more...
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. Read less
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Faith
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
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!!!
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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!!! Read less
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V
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
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 twisting–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 bombshell.
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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 twisting–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 bombshell. Read less
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Kendra
Wedding:
9/21/2012
5.0/5.0
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!
Isabel is an absolutely wonderful lady. Having to work with her was well worth it. I was able to drop off my dress and Read more...
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! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
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!
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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! Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
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!
I could not have been happier with the alterations that Isabel did to my wedding dress. She is very skilled and did a Read more...
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! Read less
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Cassidy
Wedding:
11/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Right after I purchased my wedding gown, I began the tireless search for a seamstress who would not only make my gown gorgeous, but who would treat my dress like it was her own. I did not trust the seamstress where I purchased my dress (I bought it from Alfred Angelo in Springfield, VA; when I first met their seamstress she reeked of cigarette smoke... I could smell her from across the store. I immediately thought, "NO FREAKING WAY.") So after much searching and reading countless reviews, I found Isabel's services. She is AMAZING! She works from her studio in her house. The studio is bright, clean, well-organized, and has a separate area for storing the dresses. Isabel keeps the dresses (hanging a good 3 feet off the floor) in an area that does not contain ANY water pipes to make sure dresses are never damaged. She also turns off the water anytime the house is left unattended and makes sure a family member checks on the house if she is away for an extended period of time (i.e. vacations). There is also a private changing room in her studio. After hearing this and meeting her, I knew I was going to leave my dress in the best hands.

As a seamstress, Isabel is the BEST! My dress had a lot of bead work on the train and she created the most beautiful bustle that showed off the design. She was very flexible with appointments and very accommodating. She makes you feel like you are the only bride whose gown she is altering. She makes great suggestions, but is very good about listening to what brides want their dress to look like. She has lots of pictures of her work around her studio; all of the gowns turned out beautifully!

If you are searching for a bargain on alterations, this is not for you. Isabel's pricing is moderate and reasonable. Think about it, would you want a seamstress who is cheap, but who might do a less than stellar job, or worse, could irreversibly damage your gown? With Isabel, you are getting EXACTLY what you are paying for: putting your special gown in the hands of a professional who is going to put 100% of her time and effort into your gown. The quality of her work is impeccable. I personally had to go in for 4 fittings and every time, Isabel had my dress ready for me on time. I also had her press my gown before my wedding, and it turned out lovely.

To all the brides-to-be, congratulations! If you choose Isabel as your seamstress, you will be in good hands.
Right after I purchased my wedding gown, I began the tireless search for a seamstress who would not only make my gown Read more...
Right after I purchased my wedding gown, I began the tireless search for a seamstress who would not only make my gown gorgeous, but who would treat my dress like it was her own. I did not trust the seamstress where I purchased my dress (I bought it from Alfred Angelo in Springfield, VA; when I first met their seamstress she reeked of cigarette smoke... I could smell her from across the store. I immediately thought, "NO FREAKING WAY.") So after much searching and reading countless reviews, I found Isabel's services. She is AMAZING! She works from her studio in her house. The studio is bright, clean, well-organized, and has a separate area for storing the dresses. Isabel keeps the dresses (hanging a good 3 feet off the floor) in an area that does not contain ANY water pipes to make sure dresses are never damaged. She also turns off the water anytime the house is left unattended and makes sure a family member checks on the house if she is away for an extended period of time (i.e. vacations). There is also a private changing room in her studio. After hearing this and meeting her, I knew I was going to leave my dress in the best hands.

As a seamstress, Isabel is the BEST! My dress had a lot of bead work on the train and she created the most beautiful bustle that showed off the design. She was very flexible with appointments and very accommodating. She makes you feel like you are the only bride whose gown she is altering. She makes great suggestions, but is very good about listening to what brides want their dress to look like. She has lots of pictures of her work around her studio; all of the gowns turned out beautifully!

If you are searching for a bargain on alterations, this is not for you. Isabel's pricing is moderate and reasonable. Think about it, would you want a seamstress who is cheap, but who might do a less than stellar job, or worse, could irreversibly damage your gown? With Isabel, you are getting EXACTLY what you are paying for: putting your special gown in the hands of a professional who is going to put 100% of her time and effort into your gown. The quality of her work is impeccable. I personally had to go in for 4 fittings and every time, Isabel had my dress ready for me on time. I also had her press my gown before my wedding, and it turned out lovely.

To all the brides-to-be, congratulations! If you choose Isabel as your seamstress, you will be in good hands. Read less
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krystal303
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.9/5.0
Isabel was an absolute PLEASURE to work with! She is not cheap but was worth every penny! I am so happy that I found her!! I felt like she truly enjoyed working on my dress and she completely put me at ease. Isabel also added beads to the flowers and made it one of a kind! I panicked when I realized there was a funny smell on my dress from being shipped to the US, but Isabel took the time to make and hang bags of baking soda around the dress and made sure that the smell was gone before the wedding. I got so many compliments on my wedding dress and everyone loved the added touches on the flowers! I would recommend Isabel to EVERYONE!
Isabel was an absolute PLEASURE to work with! She is not cheap but was worth every penny! I am so happy that I found her!! Read more...
Isabel was an absolute PLEASURE to work with! She is not cheap but was worth every penny! I am so happy that I found her!! I felt like she truly enjoyed working on my dress and she completely put me at ease. Isabel also added beads to the flowers and made it one of a kind! I panicked when I realized there was a funny smell on my dress from being shipped to the US, but Isabel took the time to make and hang bags of baking soda around the dress and made sure that the smell was gone before the wedding. I got so many compliments on my wedding dress and everyone loved the added touches on the flowers! I would recommend Isabel to EVERYONE! Read less
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Allison & Doug
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I am actually a little late in getting my review in... I was married 9-10-11!!!!!! But I have remembered finally to leave a review. Isabel did a wonderful job with my dress. I had purchased the dress a couple sizes larger due to my breast measurements, and while waiting for the dress from the vendor I lost several inches around my middle. Once we finally got it, the dress was huge! But Isabel was about to fix it. Bringing in the sides, have to reset the side hems and cutting out a lot of material. It came together a perfect dress, which fit me perfectly. I got tons of comments about the dress, and still do when seen in pictures. She really helped put my fears at ease. And she was very understanding and patient with my mother, who is a perfectionist and wanted things to be just right for me. I would absolutely recommend working with her, and I have already passed her name along. Thanks again Isabel!!!!
I am actually a little late in getting my review in... I was married 9-10-11!!!!!! But I have remembered finally to leave Read more...
I am actually a little late in getting my review in... I was married 9-10-11!!!!!! But I have remembered finally to leave a review. Isabel did a wonderful job with my dress. I had purchased the dress a couple sizes larger due to my breast measurements, and while waiting for the dress from the vendor I lost several inches around my middle. Once we finally got it, the dress was huge! But Isabel was about to fix it. Bringing in the sides, have to reset the side hems and cutting out a lot of material. It came together a perfect dress, which fit me perfectly. I got tons of comments about the dress, and still do when seen in pictures. She really helped put my fears at ease. And she was very understanding and patient with my mother, who is a perfectionist and wanted things to be just right for me. I would absolutely recommend working with her, and I have already passed her name along. Thanks again Isabel!!!! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Don't go to anyone else- Isabel is the best!
Don't go to anyone else- Isabel is the best!
Don't go to anyone else- Isabel is the best! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
FANTASTIC!! my dress was 4 sizes too big and she made it FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. the dress was a complicated task, as it was a mermaid fit, satin with lace overlay and lace appliques. she hand sewed the lace appliques back together and had to take it in to my exact measurements. I didn't think I could look as amazing as I did, thanks to Isabel!! She was a pleasure to work with- so sweet and helpful! I would NEVER go to ANYONE else! :)
FANTASTIC!! my dress was 4 sizes too big and she made it FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. the dress was a complicated task, as it was Read more...
FANTASTIC!! my dress was 4 sizes too big and she made it FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. the dress was a complicated task, as it was a mermaid fit, satin with lace overlay and lace appliques. she hand sewed the lace appliques back together and had to take it in to my exact measurements. I didn't think I could look as amazing as I did, thanks to Isabel!! She was a pleasure to work with- so sweet and helpful! I would NEVER go to ANYONE else! :) Read less
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Sandi
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
I had a dress handmade and when it was sent to me the quality on the skirt was horrible and not what I asked for. Isabel was wonderful to work with and my final dress product was beautiful! Make sure to make your appointment far ahead of time and she'll block off enough time for you.
I had a dress handmade and when it was sent to me the quality on the skirt was horrible and not what I asked for. Isabel Read more...
I had a dress handmade and when it was sent to me the quality on the skirt was horrible and not what I asked for. Isabel was wonderful to work with and my final dress product was beautiful! Make sure to make your appointment far ahead of time and she'll block off enough time for you. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Isabel Donnelly is the best! I looked forward to my dress fittings because she not only made me feel so beautiful as she transformed my dress, but she is so sweet and fun to talk with. She is such a talented seamstress, I trusted her to make my dress perfect--and she did! She is worth every penny, and I think when completing alterations, you get what you pay for. We highly recommend Isabel Donnelly to all brides!
Isabel Donnelly is the best! I looked forward to my dress fittings because she not only made me feel so beautiful as she Read more...
Isabel Donnelly is the best! I looked forward to my dress fittings because she not only made me feel so beautiful as she transformed my dress, but she is so sweet and fun to talk with. She is such a talented seamstress, I trusted her to make my dress perfect--and she did! She is worth every penny, and I think when completing alterations, you get what you pay for. We highly recommend Isabel Donnelly to all brides! Read less
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becky
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.8/5.0
I bought a sample dress, and it had more damage than I saw. It also needed a lot of alteration and was of a complex design. Isabel did an amazing job, and she continued modifying the dress all through my bridal weight loss. I'm no model, but the dress looked like it was made for me. She also did a lot of reinforcing to ensure nothing would break while bridesmaids got me in and out of it and improved on some of the dressmaker's original work. On her attitude, she loves brides and weddings and it shows. She gives you enough time and attention to make sure everything is exactly as you want it. While I don't recommend doing this to her, I was even very late for my final fitting, and she handled it with kindness even though it was her busiest season.

Her work is not cheap,and she charges a nominal fee for the advice and time she spends on an estimate if you don't select her for the job; however, you get everything you pay for. She gives you a price early on and doesn't yank you around afterward. She and my photographer were the best vendor selections I made.
I bought a sample dress, and it had more damage than I saw. It also needed a lot of alteration and was of a complex Read more...
I bought a sample dress, and it had more damage than I saw. It also needed a lot of alteration and was of a complex design. Isabel did an amazing job, and she continued modifying the dress all through my bridal weight loss. I'm no model, but the dress looked like it was made for me. She also did a lot of reinforcing to ensure nothing would break while bridesmaids got me in and out of it and improved on some of the dressmaker's original work. On her attitude, she loves brides and weddings and it shows. She gives you enough time and attention to make sure everything is exactly as you want it. While I don't recommend doing this to her, I was even very late for my final fitting, and she handled it with kindness even though it was her busiest season.

Her work is not cheap,and she charges a nominal fee for the advice and time she spends on an estimate if you don't select her for the job; however, you get everything you pay for. She gives you a price early on and doesn't yank you around afterward. She and my photographer were the best vendor selections I made. Read less
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Sabrina
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Isabel was a dream to work with. I was a little hesitant at first, because I knew it was going to be pretty expensive, but after reading horror story reviews about the local david's bridal alterations department, I stumbled upon reviews about Isabel. It's no coincidence that she has so many reviews and still has a 5 star rating. She's just amazing to work with, and she does amazing work. I thought I liked my dress... but by the time she'd finished it, I loved it more than I thought possible. I'm not exactly a confident person, but I felt like I looked stunning,and I owe that all to Isabel. Go to her, she's worth every cent = )
Isabel was a dream to work with. I was a little hesitant at first, because I knew it was going to be pretty expensive, but Read more...
Isabel was a dream to work with. I was a little hesitant at first, because I knew it was going to be pretty expensive, but after reading horror story reviews about the local david's bridal alterations department, I stumbled upon reviews about Isabel. It's no coincidence that she has so many reviews and still has a 5 star rating. She's just amazing to work with, and she does amazing work. I thought I liked my dress... but by the time she'd finished it, I loved it more than I thought possible. I'm not exactly a confident person, but I felt like I looked stunning,and I owe that all to Isabel. Go to her, she's worth every cent = ) Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
AMAZING!!
When I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm dress that was FAR out of my budget I was so happy to find someone in Colorado that would sell me the bridal sample gown from her store for 1/4 of the price. I quickly bought the gown, however when it arrived it was a size 12 (probably a street size 8-10), and I am a street size 2-4. To make things more complicated, the entire top of the gown was complicated delicate lace, and it was a trumpet fit--so it was supposed to be TIGHT! I was very nervous about setting up alterations, as I HAD to wear this dress--I didn't have room in my budget to buy another dress!!
When I came for my first fitting, Isabel didn't even bat an eyelash at the amount of work I KNEW was going to need to be done with my gown. She simply began pinning and saying "this we can cut and line up with this here, and this can go there" etc.... I was blown away by her take charge attitude, and left feeling so confident.
It is no exaggeration to say that Isabel COMPLETELY REMADE MY GOWN. The gown was breath taking, fit perfectly, and I received SO many compliments on the intricate details of the lace work. Isabel made my dream dress come true for me, and there is no way I could have worn the dress without her skill and work.
I would most DEFINITELY recommend Isabel for ANY type of alterations, and I know I will be using her for everything as long as I am in the area!!
Feel free to email me for pictures of the dress!
mandastar2003@yahoo.com
AMAZING!!
When I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm dress that was FAR out of my budget I was so happy to find someone in Read more...
AMAZING!!
When I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm dress that was FAR out of my budget I was so happy to find someone in Colorado that would sell me the bridal sample gown from her store for 1/4 of the price. I quickly bought the gown, however when it arrived it was a size 12 (probably a street size 8-10), and I am a street size 2-4. To make things more complicated, the entire top of the gown was complicated delicate lace, and it was a trumpet fit--so it was supposed to be TIGHT! I was very nervous about setting up alterations, as I HAD to wear this dress--I didn't have room in my budget to buy another dress!!
When I came for my first fitting, Isabel didn't even bat an eyelash at the amount of work I KNEW was going to need to be done with my gown. She simply began pinning and saying "this we can cut and line up with this here, and this can go there" etc.... I was blown away by her take charge attitude, and left feeling so confident.
It is no exaggeration to say that Isabel COMPLETELY REMADE MY GOWN. The gown was breath taking, fit perfectly, and I received SO many compliments on the intricate details of the lace work. Isabel made my dream dress come true for me, and there is no way I could have worn the dress without her skill and work.
I would most DEFINITELY recommend Isabel for ANY type of alterations, and I know I will be using her for everything as long as I am in the area!!
Feel free to email me for pictures of the dress!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
LOVE LOVE LOVE Isabel! She is such a sweetie and did an AMAZING job on my wedding gown. It was a big job. She essentially rebuilt my dress to fit my body, repaired some beading and details, as well hemmed my lace overlay along with all the dress layers underneath. I couldn't believe how good it looked in the end! Her prices are a bit high, but she's worth every penney. I don't know anyone else that can alter like she does. I bought my dress in PA, then had Isabel do the alterations. She's way better then the alterations departments in any bridal store. Plus she's very responsive. She's such a perfectionist with her alterations that you don't have to worry about her giving you anything that's sub par. You only get one time to wear a wedding dress, so it's worth investing in someone that you trust and who can make you look stellar in your dress.
LOVE LOVE LOVE Isabel! She is such a sweetie and did an AMAZING job on my wedding gown. It was a big job. She essentially Read more...
LOVE LOVE LOVE Isabel! She is such a sweetie and did an AMAZING job on my wedding gown. It was a big job. She essentially rebuilt my dress to fit my body, repaired some beading and details, as well hemmed my lace overlay along with all the dress layers underneath. I couldn't believe how good it looked in the end! Her prices are a bit high, but she's worth every penney. I don't know anyone else that can alter like she does. I bought my dress in PA, then had Isabel do the alterations. She's way better then the alterations departments in any bridal store. Plus she's very responsive. She's such a perfectionist with her alterations that you don't have to worry about her giving you anything that's sub par. You only get one time to wear a wedding dress, so it's worth investing in someone that you trust and who can make you look stellar in your dress. Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
4/16/2011
4.9/5.0
Isabel helped to make my wedding dress look beautiful! I was very scared when I first bought my dress because I purchased it as a sample. I loved the dress itself but the fit was not right at all. Originally I had my first appointment with Isabel scheduled in December 2010 but I was so upset over the fit of the dress I wanted to bring it to her sooner to be sure she could make the necessary alterations (if not it was back to the drawing board...) I called Isabel and she was able to fit me in towards the end of October. I felt better already! When I went in for my first appointment Isabel helped to show me that the fit of the dress was all wrong but it could be fixed. She took her time with me and looked over every part of the dress to be sure there were no problems that she was missing. The cost for her services was more than I would have liked to spend but she was well worth every penny! Isabel also altered my mother-in-law's dress and it looked great as well after Isabel worked her magic.
Isabel helped to make my wedding dress look beautiful! I was very scared when I first bought my dress because I purchased Read more...
Isabel helped to make my wedding dress look beautiful! I was very scared when I first bought my dress because I purchased it as a sample. I loved the dress itself but the fit was not right at all. Originally I had my first appointment with Isabel scheduled in December 2010 but I was so upset over the fit of the dress I wanted to bring it to her sooner to be sure she could make the necessary alterations (if not it was back to the drawing board...) I called Isabel and she was able to fit me in towards the end of October. I felt better already! When I went in for my first appointment Isabel helped to show me that the fit of the dress was all wrong but it could be fixed. She took her time with me and looked over every part of the dress to be sure there were no problems that she was missing. The cost for her services was more than I would have liked to spend but she was well worth every penny! Isabel also altered my mother-in-law's dress and it looked great as well after Isabel worked her magic. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Isabel was amazing! She altered my wedding gown, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and one of my bridesmaid's dress. In addition to being just as sweet and easy to work with as anyone could want, she is so talented and creative. She found a way to address any little thing that either she, my mother, or myself didn't find perfect. I think her standards were even higher than ours!
Isabel was amazing! She altered my wedding gown, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and one of my bridesmaid's Read more...
Isabel was amazing! She altered my wedding gown, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and one of my bridesmaid's dress. In addition to being just as sweet and easy to work with as anyone could want, she is so talented and creative. She found a way to address any little thing that either she, my mother, or myself didn't find perfect. I think her standards were even higher than ours! Read less
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Mrs.Bogard
Wedding:
2/18/2011
5.0/5.0
I love Isabel! She altered my wedding dress, which was not an easy task. I bought my dress off the rack as a sample, and it was 3 dress sizes too big. It was a body skimming mermaid cut dress with lots of extra material on the bottom because of the bigger size. She altered it perfectly and by the third fitting (she allowed me to keep coming back after losing weight) the dress fit like a glove. She also repaired my mothers veil by hand and altered all five of my bridesmaid dresses in a shortperiod of time. She is very flexible and accomodating. I highly recommend her!
I love Isabel! She altered my wedding dress, which was not an easy task. I bought my dress off the rack as a sample, and Read more...
I love Isabel! She altered my wedding dress, which was not an easy task. I bought my dress off the rack as a sample, and it was 3 dress sizes too big. It was a body skimming mermaid cut dress with lots of extra material on the bottom because of the bigger size. She altered it perfectly and by the third fitting (she allowed me to keep coming back after losing weight) the dress fit like a glove. She also repaired my mothers veil by hand and altered all five of my bridesmaid dresses in a shortperiod of time. She is very flexible and accomodating. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Clarita
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel is a bridal gown artist! She is truly gifted. It made me feel so comfortable knowing that Isabel was more concerned about having my gown perfect than I was. She takes great pride in her artistic ability to visualize how best to alter the gown for the bride. Who knew there were so many different ways to bustle a gown? My dance instructor even told me to make sure my bustle didn't come apart during my first dance number with my husband. My instructor said he had witnessed about half of the ladies having to fix their bustles with safety pins. When I told Isabel about my instructor's apprehension, she replied, "Tell him that I have never had a bustle fall apart." Whew, I felt rellieved. She was right. After twirling and dancing, the dress was perfectly aligned and remained intact.

Isabel is fantastic!
Isabel is a bridal gown artist! She is truly gifted. It made me feel so comfortable knowing that Isabel was more concerned Read more...
Isabel is a bridal gown artist! She is truly gifted. It made me feel so comfortable knowing that Isabel was more concerned about having my gown perfect than I was. She takes great pride in her artistic ability to visualize how best to alter the gown for the bride. Who knew there were so many different ways to bustle a gown? My dance instructor even told me to make sure my bustle didn't come apart during my first dance number with my husband. My instructor said he had witnessed about half of the ladies having to fix their bustles with safety pins. When I told Isabel about my instructor's apprehension, she replied, "Tell him that I have never had a bustle fall apart." Whew, I felt rellieved. She was right. After twirling and dancing, the dress was perfectly aligned and remained intact.

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tinkaluv
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I had the chance of using Ms. Isabel after Alfred Angelo ordered the wrong size gown for me. When I first brought her my gown, it was huge. After she worked her magic it fit perfectly. She is a really sweet lady with reasonable prices. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my dress except for her. I called months before my wedding to make sure she wouldn't be booked and I'm glad I did. She was able to fit me in and if I would have waited any longer she would have been booked. She took 2 inches off each side of my gown, made it shorter since I'm so short, added boning to make it stay up, added a bustle for my train, and steamed it. She is wonderful!
I had the chance of using Ms. Isabel after Alfred Angelo ordered the wrong size gown for me. When I first brought her my Read more...
I had the chance of using Ms. Isabel after Alfred Angelo ordered the wrong size gown for me. When I first brought her my gown, it was huge. After she worked her magic it fit perfectly. She is a really sweet lady with reasonable prices. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my dress except for her. I called months before my wedding to make sure she wouldn't be booked and I'm glad I did. She was able to fit me in and if I would have waited any longer she would have been booked. She took 2 inches off each side of my gown, made it shorter since I'm so short, added boning to make it stay up, added a bustle for my train, and steamed it. She is wonderful! Read less
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morninglorie
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel is a dream come true. I thought my dress looked great on me until Isabal got ahold of it, and good greif she made me look like a supermodel! She's always open to your opinions, but believe me, listen to her and you won't regret it. She is so funny and sweet, you feel so at ease with her; no rushing around and rude people like some places (ahem, Columbia Bridal Boutique, ahem). I plan on going back to her for ALL my alterations of dresses for any occasion from here on out! Thanks so much Isabel!
Isabel is a dream come true. I thought my dress looked great on me until Isabal got ahold of it, and good greif she made Read more...
Isabel is a dream come true. I thought my dress looked great on me until Isabal got ahold of it, and good greif she made me look like a supermodel! She's always open to your opinions, but believe me, listen to her and you won't regret it. She is so funny and sweet, you feel so at ease with her; no rushing around and rude people like some places (ahem, Columbia Bridal Boutique, ahem). I plan on going back to her for ALL my alterations of dresses for any occasion from here on out! Thanks so much Isabel! Read less
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SarahClip
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I am going to try to keep this short and sweet, but believe me when I say I could write a book about Isabel and her sweetness and her incredible talent! My wedding dress was a complicated, delicate, lace ensemble that was approx. 2 sizes too big! She made the dress fit me like a glove and at a reasonable price. She is unbelievably sweet and has such a reassuring personality..the second you walk into her "studio" (in her home's basement) you feel comfortable. I had extensive work done to my dress and you couldn't tell at all that she had to take the dress in about 4 inches around the waist, bust and hem. Absolutely flawless job!

I should also mention that the night before we had to leave for our wedding weekend, my sister's zipper broke on her dress at 8PM. I called Isabel almost in tears simply hoping that she might at least know of someone who could help. She immediately told me not to worry and to come right over. We took the dress over, she looked at it and told us to come back in 2 hours (10PM!) and she would have it finished. She actually finished installing a whole new zipper within an hour and a half and it looked perfect. You would never know it wasn't the same zipper the dress came with.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Isabel. You can trust her to be honest with you, to help you in a pinch and just generally make the fitting process pleasant.
I am going to try to keep this short and sweet, but believe me when I say I could write a book about Isabel and her Read more...
I am going to try to keep this short and sweet, but believe me when I say I could write a book about Isabel and her sweetness and her incredible talent! My wedding dress was a complicated, delicate, lace ensemble that was approx. 2 sizes too big! She made the dress fit me like a glove and at a reasonable price. She is unbelievably sweet and has such a reassuring personality..the second you walk into her "studio" (in her home's basement) you feel comfortable. I had extensive work done to my dress and you couldn't tell at all that she had to take the dress in about 4 inches around the waist, bust and hem. Absolutely flawless job!

I should also mention that the night before we had to leave for our wedding weekend, my sister's zipper broke on her dress at 8PM. I called Isabel almost in tears simply hoping that she might at least know of someone who could help. She immediately told me not to worry and to come right over. We took the dress over, she looked at it and told us to come back in 2 hours (10PM!) and she would have it finished. She actually finished installing a whole new zipper within an hour and a half and it looked perfect. You would never know it wasn't the same zipper the dress came with.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Isabel. You can trust her to be honest with you, to help you in a pinch and just generally make the fitting process pleasant. Read less
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jen0225
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
My mom wanted me to use the alterations department at the place where we bought my dress. Due to its location and complaints I heard from other brides, I decided to find someone else and it couldn't have worked out better. Isabel shortened all of the layers of tulle under my skirt and shortened the lace and beaded skirt. She also slimmed the hips which was one of my biggest concerns because of the rouching. After the first fitting, she made my dress fit perfectly. The dress was exactly the right length. I scheduled my first fitting just 6 weeks prior to the wedding but Isabel managed to squeeze 3 fittings in with a week to spare before my wedding. I would recommend her to anyone looking for dress alterations without any headaches.
My mom wanted me to use the alterations department at the place where we bought my dress. Due to its location and Read more...
My mom wanted me to use the alterations department at the place where we bought my dress. Due to its location and complaints I heard from other brides, I decided to find someone else and it couldn't have worked out better. Isabel shortened all of the layers of tulle under my skirt and shortened the lace and beaded skirt. She also slimmed the hips which was one of my biggest concerns because of the rouching. After the first fitting, she made my dress fit perfectly. The dress was exactly the right length. I scheduled my first fitting just 6 weeks prior to the wedding but Isabel managed to squeeze 3 fittings in with a week to spare before my wedding. I would recommend her to anyone looking for dress alterations without any headaches. Read less
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Amandacrow
Wedding:
7/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel is a miracle worker!!! After taking my dress and running from the bridal boutique that I bought it, I found Isabel's name on the internet- after reading all her glowing reviews, I knew I needed to call her. Isabel turned my beautiful dress into the PERFECT dress for me- it fit like a glove when she was done with it! She is an absolute GEM to work with, fun loving, knowledgable, gracious, and amazing quality for the cost. I will use Isabel for years to come and recommend her hands down to any bride looking for a fun and stress-free alterations experience!
Isabel is a miracle worker!!! After taking my dress and running from the bridal boutique that I bought it, I found Read more...
Isabel is a miracle worker!!! After taking my dress and running from the bridal boutique that I bought it, I found Isabel's name on the internet- after reading all her glowing reviews, I knew I needed to call her. Isabel turned my beautiful dress into the PERFECT dress for me- it fit like a glove when she was done with it! She is an absolute GEM to work with, fun loving, knowledgable, gracious, and amazing quality for the cost. I will use Isabel for years to come and recommend her hands down to any bride looking for a fun and stress-free alterations experience! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel not only altered my dress but the dress I wore for my bridal shower. She was diligent and did an amazing job making sure that we maximized the beauty of both dresses. It took several fittings but she was determined to make everything perfect. I will continue to use her for all my alteration needs. I also purchased my veil from her, which was exactly what I wanted.
Isabel not only altered my dress but the dress I wore for my bridal shower. She was diligent and did an amazing job making Read more...
Isabel not only altered my dress but the dress I wore for my bridal shower. She was diligent and did an amazing job making sure that we maximized the beauty of both dresses. It took several fittings but she was determined to make everything perfect. I will continue to use her for all my alteration needs. I also purchased my veil from her, which was exactly what I wanted. Read less
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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

Melissa,

Thanks for the kind words, it was pleasure to work with you.

Best,

Isabel
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teenybug2000
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
I had lost some weight since buying my dress and it needed quite a few alterations. After reading some not so great reviews of the alterations department where I bought my dress, I decided to get the alterations done somewhere else. Isabel did a PHENOMENAL job, I was so happy with the result. She made my 3K Jim Helm dress fit like a dream. It had to be taken in on the sides (twice!) and under the bust area, cups added, straps adjusted, boning taken out and added elsewhere, the skirt slimmed down from an a-line to more of a fit to flare, detachable lace on the hem removed and hand sewn on, 2 bustles, and a lot more. Her pricing is comparable, and it was totally worth it. My husband cried when I walked down the aisle, thank you Isabel!
I had lost some weight since buying my dress and it needed quite a few alterations. After reading some not so great Read more...
I had lost some weight since buying my dress and it needed quite a few alterations. After reading some not so great reviews of the alterations department where I bought my dress, I decided to get the alterations done somewhere else. Isabel did a PHENOMENAL job, I was so happy with the result. She made my 3K Jim Helm dress fit like a dream. It had to be taken in on the sides (twice!) and under the bust area, cups added, straps adjusted, boning taken out and added elsewhere, the skirt slimmed down from an a-line to more of a fit to flare, detachable lace on the hem removed and hand sewn on, 2 bustles, and a lot more. Her pricing is comparable, and it was totally worth it. My husband cried when I walked down the aisle, thank you Isabel! Read less
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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

C,

It was a pleasure to work with you. I knew that we hit a homerun at the final fitting. It makes me very happy knowing the beautiful dress with the perfect fit made such profound impression on your husband, such a lovely way to begin your new life together.

Sincerely,

Isabel
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel was the most fabulous wedding gown seamstress I could have ever asked for!! She is a very good listener but will also give her opinions at times. Her work was very timely and of exceptional quality; her home office is very professional and it is a joy to work with someone who truly loves bridal gowns and weddings :) I loved my gown twice as much after she did her magic, and it fit like a glove on my wedding day!
Isabel was the most fabulous wedding gown seamstress I could have ever asked for!! She is a very good listener but will Read more...
Isabel was the most fabulous wedding gown seamstress I could have ever asked for!! She is a very good listener but will also give her opinions at times. Her work was very timely and of exceptional quality; her home office is very professional and it is a joy to work with someone who truly loves bridal gowns and weddings :) I loved my gown twice as much after she did her magic, and it fit like a glove on my wedding day! Read less
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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

Thanks Elizabeth! It's not really magic, just open communication and two people working towards the same goal. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to work with you!

Best,

Isabel
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I was lucky to find a dress at The Running of the Brides and took it to Isabel for alterations after reading her reviews on Wedding Wire. I was anxious to find someone who specialized in wedding gowns after hearing some horror stories from friends. Isabel's sewing skills are outstanding and my dress fit like a glove on my wedding day. The bustle stayed put all day and survived hours of dancing/being stepped on! Isabel was super flexible with appointments (time and number), even letting me come in just to try on my dress the week of the wedding... and as everyone else has mentioned, she is the nicest person ever! Her prices are quite reasonable and the value of cost is great. I'd highly recommend Isabel to anyone looking for high quality alterations!
I was lucky to find a dress at The Running of the Brides and took it to Isabel for alterations after reading her reviews Read more...
I was lucky to find a dress at The Running of the Brides and took it to Isabel for alterations after reading her reviews on Wedding Wire. I was anxious to find someone who specialized in wedding gowns after hearing some horror stories from friends. Isabel's sewing skills are outstanding and my dress fit like a glove on my wedding day. The bustle stayed put all day and survived hours of dancing/being stepped on! Isabel was super flexible with appointments (time and number), even letting me come in just to try on my dress the week of the wedding... and as everyone else has mentioned, she is the nicest person ever! Her prices are quite reasonable and the value of cost is great. I'd highly recommend Isabel to anyone looking for high quality alterations! Read less
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Isabel Donnelly Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

Juliane,

Thank you for your kind words and I'm so happy that I could be of service.
If you have a wedding picture to share, I would love that!

Warm regards,

Isabel
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Rachel
Wedding:
4/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Isabel was so great to work with! My wedding was out of state and I was running behind on getting my alterations done so I was nervous about my timeline, but Isabel made sure everything was taken care of. Her prices may seem a little high, but she is totally worth it. I loved what she did with my dress and the bustle.
Isabel was so great to work with! My wedding was out of state and I was running behind on getting my alterations done so I Read more...
Isabel was so great to work with! My wedding was out of state and I was running behind on getting my alterations done so I was nervous about my timeline, but Isabel made sure everything was taken care of. Her prices may seem a little high, but she is totally worth it. I loved what she did with my dress and the bustle. Read less
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Ash11481
Wedding:
12/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel is the best!!! She altered my wedding dress, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and all of my bridesmaids' dresses. Everything looked and fit amazingly, and her prices were completely reasonable. To top it all off, she is the sweetest woman. I will not hesitate to take any other alterations I need to her. -- Ashley Daniels Schall, 12.18.09
Isabel is the best!!! She altered my wedding dress, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and all of my Read more...
Isabel is the best!!! She altered my wedding dress, my mother's dress, my mother-in-law's dress, and all of my bridesmaids' dresses. Everything looked and fit amazingly, and her prices were completely reasonable. To top it all off, she is the sweetest woman. I will not hesitate to take any other alterations I need to her. -- Ashley Daniels Schall, 12.18.09 Read less
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marzyb
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel did a great job! I called her when I was feeling very depressed about my dress not fitting and asked her to a job that other people had told me was impossible. She not only did it but she made the dress fit like a glove. I felt so beautiful the day of my wedding! She also did the work for a great price!! I highly reccomend her for anyone that is looking for alterations and I plan on calling her if I need something else done in the future!
Isabel did a great job! I called her when I was feeling very depressed about my dress not fitting and asked her to a job Read more...
Isabel did a great job! I called her when I was feeling very depressed about my dress not fitting and asked her to a job that other people had told me was impossible. She not only did it but she made the dress fit like a glove. I felt so beautiful the day of my wedding! She also did the work for a great price!! I highly reccomend her for anyone that is looking for alterations and I plan on calling her if I need something else done in the future! Read less
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nurseheather30
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel is absolutely incredible to work with. I purchased a sample dress that was way too big and she made my gown fit like a glove. Her work is absolute perfection, you can't gp wrong with choosing her! A++++++++++++++++++
Isabel is absolutely incredible to work with. I purchased a sample dress that was way too big and she made my gown fit Read more...
Isabel is absolutely incredible to work with. I purchased a sample dress that was way too big and she made my gown fit like a glove. Her work is absolute perfection, you can't gp wrong with choosing her! A++++++++++++++++++ Read less
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courtb10411
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough nice things about Isabel. I had gotten my dress from the Columbia Bridal Boutique and they were really unaccommodating with scheduling dress fitting, but I was lucky enough to find Isabel. My dress turned out absolutely perfect. Isabel put such a fantastic personal touch on everything. Some may think she is a little expensive, but for the quality of the work, and Isabel's amazing personality, it was well worth it.
I cannot say enough nice things about Isabel. I had gotten my dress from the Columbia Bridal Boutique and they were really Read more...
I cannot say enough nice things about Isabel. I had gotten my dress from the Columbia Bridal Boutique and they were really unaccommodating with scheduling dress fitting, but I was lucky enough to find Isabel. My dress turned out absolutely perfect. Isabel put such a fantastic personal touch on everything. Some may think she is a little expensive, but for the quality of the work, and Isabel's amazing personality, it was well worth it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I have too many good things to say about Isabel, so I will start with the bottom line--Isabel is awesome! And just so you realize I'm not just a dizzy, gushing bride, I used to make clothing, and sewed my first wedding dress myself, so I know what it takes to do a good job. This time I bought my dress, and I loved it when I tried it on, but when it came in I was discouraged and dismayed, it fit so poorly it didn't feel like "The One" any more. Well, after my first fitting with Isabel Donnelly I loved my dress again! She didn't just make it fit me better, she worked with me to turn it into the dress I really wanted, for example we removed the train so the dress was just floor-length, and moved the straps to a better place. At each fitting we refined it a little bit more, and by my wedding day it fit me perfectly, and made me feel beautiful and special! I am so thankful I found Isabel. She really knows what she is doing, and she anticipates things you may not know that you need, for example she took the initiative to add elastic to the underside of the straps to make sure they would stay put (which they did!). I wouldn't have thought to ask for her to address those kinds of details, but I am so thankful she thought of them for me! She will also be honest with you about what will and won't work with the dress, design and undergarment-wise, and her advice is spot-on. Unfortunately many brides don?t seem to realize that even what may seem like a "simple" alteration to a wedding dress may cost hundreds of dollars. The truth is that details like extra layers of fabric, trains, beading, embroidery etc. mean that even a little change will require many hours of work and a great attention to detail. Isabel's prices are competitive, but she does such great work that even if she charged more I would recommend her in a heartbeat. Plus she is also so sweet, I felt more like I was hanging out with a friend and chatting rather than standing there for hours during the fitting, which I found quite refreshing while in the throes of stressful wedding planning!
I have too many good things to say about Isabel, so I will start with the bottom line--Isabel is awesome! And just so you Read more...
I have too many good things to say about Isabel, so I will start with the bottom line--Isabel is awesome! And just so you realize I'm not just a dizzy, gushing bride, I used to make clothing, and sewed my first wedding dress myself, so I know what it takes to do a good job. This time I bought my dress, and I loved it when I tried it on, but when it came in I was discouraged and dismayed, it fit so poorly it didn't feel like "The One" any more. Well, after my first fitting with Isabel Donnelly I loved my dress again! She didn't just make it fit me better, she worked with me to turn it into the dress I really wanted, for example we removed the train so the dress was just floor-length, and moved the straps to a better place. At each fitting we refined it a little bit more, and by my wedding day it fit me perfectly, and made me feel beautiful and special! I am so thankful I found Isabel. She really knows what she is doing, and she anticipates things you may not know that you need, for example she took the initiative to add elastic to the underside of the straps to make sure they would stay put (which they did!). I wouldn't have thought to ask for her to address those kinds of details, but I am so thankful she thought of them for me! She will also be honest with you about what will and won't work with the dress, design and undergarment-wise, and her advice is spot-on. Unfortunately many brides don?t seem to realize that even what may seem like a "simple" alteration to a wedding dress may cost hundreds of dollars. The truth is that details like extra layers of fabric, trains, beading, embroidery etc. mean that even a little change will require many hours of work and a great attention to detail. Isabel's prices are competitive, but she does such great work that even if she charged more I would recommend her in a heartbeat. Plus she is also so sweet, I felt more like I was hanging out with a friend and chatting rather than standing there for hours during the fitting, which I found quite refreshing while in the throes of stressful wedding planning! Read less
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KaseyMengel
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel was wonderful! My wedding dress had a lot of intricate beadwork in the halter and so I had to make sure that I went to a person who knew what they were doing. I met with Isabel and immediately felt comfortable and confident in her abilities. Her basement workshop was impeccably organized and clutter free...a good sign of a professional and perfectionist.

After the initial fitting Isabel set three future appointments with me to ensure that we would have the dress in perfect condition as close tot he wedding dat as possible. And wow does she work fast! it only took a little over 1 full month of her having my dress before it was completed. I had my first appointment August 8th and my last on September 19th and it was PERFECT!

The beadwork she adjusted was perfectly aligned as though it had never been touched. The Reem Acra dress, while beautiful on the hanger, came to fit me like a glove with Isabels finishing touches. I cannot thank her enough and would recommend wholeheartedly that any bride in need of alternations, big or small, contact Isabel Donnelly. I will certainly be keeping her number handy for future alterations!

Thank you Isabel!
Isabel was wonderful! My wedding dress had a lot of intricate beadwork in the halter and so I had to make sure that I went Read more...
Isabel was wonderful! My wedding dress had a lot of intricate beadwork in the halter and so I had to make sure that I went to a person who knew what they were doing. I met with Isabel and immediately felt comfortable and confident in her abilities. Her basement workshop was impeccably organized and clutter free...a good sign of a professional and perfectionist.

After the initial fitting Isabel set three future appointments with me to ensure that we would have the dress in perfect condition as close tot he wedding dat as possible. And wow does she work fast! it only took a little over 1 full month of her having my dress before it was completed. I had my first appointment August 8th and my last on September 19th and it was PERFECT!

The beadwork she adjusted was perfectly aligned as though it had never been touched. The Reem Acra dress, while beautiful on the hanger, came to fit me like a glove with Isabels finishing touches. I cannot thank her enough and would recommend wholeheartedly that any bride in need of alternations, big or small, contact Isabel Donnelly. I will certainly be keeping her number handy for future alterations!

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Justine
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel is AMAZING at what she does!! Worth every penny. She helped give me the dress of my dreams. I had ordered my dress through David's Bridal, and although I loved it in theory, when it arrived, it was defective. We ended up ordering in four versions of the same dress over the course of a few months, and each one came back with another significant problem! (This was not just me being a perfectionist about it - the dresses clearly had defects, which were acknowledged by the management, though it wasn't their fault.) Finally, we picked the "best" of the bunch, but it was just adequate. I was dismayed and no longer excited about my wedding dress.

With only a month or so until my wedding, my mother found Isabel on this website. We contacted her and she was able to fit me in, even during peak prom and wedding season. As soon as my mother and I met with her, we became optimistic again. She was so kind to us, and clearly understood what we wanted to do. She never made us feel like we were asking too much or being unreasonable, she saw our concerns and was happy to improve it as needed. We could see that we were now in good hands and trusted her completely. Isabel's expertise made my wedding gown go from "okay" to "stunning"! She was meticulous and worked on every last detail of the dress that needed attention, and was not satisfied with less than perfection. She even had to contend with some elaborate beaded appliques. Isabel invited me back for several fittings (and worked to accommodate our schedule) to make sure it was just right, and assured us it would be ready on time no matter what. She has amazing skill, and transformed my dress within a few short weeks. I could not have asked for anything more; it simply would not have been the same dress without her. My mother and I are absolutely in awe of the work she did to make this dress become so gorgeous, and I got so many compliments at my wedding. The bustle worked perfectly, too! I feel incredibly lucky to have found Isabel, and strongly recommend her to you.
Isabel is AMAZING at what she does!! Worth every penny. She helped give me the dress of my dreams. I had ordered my dress Read more...
Isabel is AMAZING at what she does!! Worth every penny. She helped give me the dress of my dreams. I had ordered my dress through David's Bridal, and although I loved it in theory, when it arrived, it was defective. We ended up ordering in four versions of the same dress over the course of a few months, and each one came back with another significant problem! (This was not just me being a perfectionist about it - the dresses clearly had defects, which were acknowledged by the management, though it wasn't their fault.) Finally, we picked the "best" of the bunch, but it was just adequate. I was dismayed and no longer excited about my wedding dress.

With only a month or so until my wedding, my mother found Isabel on this website. We contacted her and she was able to fit me in, even during peak prom and wedding season. As soon as my mother and I met with her, we became optimistic again. She was so kind to us, and clearly understood what we wanted to do. She never made us feel like we were asking too much or being unreasonable, she saw our concerns and was happy to improve it as needed. We could see that we were now in good hands and trusted her completely. Isabel's expertise made my wedding gown go from "okay" to "stunning"! She was meticulous and worked on every last detail of the dress that needed attention, and was not satisfied with less than perfection. She even had to contend with some elaborate beaded appliques. Isabel invited me back for several fittings (and worked to accommodate our schedule) to make sure it was just right, and assured us it would be ready on time no matter what. She has amazing skill, and transformed my dress within a few short weeks. I could not have asked for anything more; it simply would not have been the same dress without her. My mother and I are absolutely in awe of the work she did to make this dress become so gorgeous, and I got so many compliments at my wedding. The bustle worked perfectly, too! I feel incredibly lucky to have found Isabel, and strongly recommend her to you. Read less
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reids
Wedding:
5/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Isabel fit me in during peak prom season. She altered my wedding and party dress in a weeks time and did absolutely stunning work. I think her prices were reasonable and she worked around my schedule. I would highly recommend her to any Baltimore/Columbia area bride.
Isabel fit me in during peak prom season. She altered my wedding and party dress in a weeks time and did absolutely Read more...
Isabel fit me in during peak prom season. She altered my wedding and party dress in a weeks time and did absolutely stunning work. I think her prices were reasonable and she worked around my schedule. I would highly recommend her to any Baltimore/Columbia area bride. Read less
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winde16
Wedding:
11/9/2008
5.0/5.0
Isabel made my dress fit me perfectly, I kept hearing compliments about it throughout the wedding. She is so easy to work with, and gave her suggestions as to what would make it work best. Her prices are very reasonable, and the turnaround time was very quick. Plus she is so sweet! I am so glad I found her!
Isabel made my dress fit me perfectly, I kept hearing compliments about it throughout the wedding. She is so easy to work Read more...
Isabel made my dress fit me perfectly, I kept hearing compliments about it throughout the wedding. She is so easy to work with, and gave her suggestions as to what would make it work best. Her prices are very reasonable, and the turnaround time was very quick. Plus she is so sweet! I am so glad I found her! Read less
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Lo-Fi Laura
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
Isabel is an angel! She is honest, talented, and lovely to work with. She altered and performed minor repairs to my vintage wedding dress, and I couldn't be happier with the result! I highly recommend her for dress alterations.
Isabel is an angel! She is honest, talented, and lovely to work with. She altered and performed minor repairs to my Read more...
Isabel is an angel! She is honest, talented, and lovely to work with. She altered and performed minor repairs to my vintage wedding dress, and I couldn't be happier with the result! I highly recommend her for dress alterations. Read less
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wlow
Wedding:
3/21/2008
5.0/5.0
Isabel is WONDEFUL! I am one of these people who never writes reviews, but I was so impressed with Isabel that I wanted to spread the word. She is extremely skillful, prompt and kind. And her prices are reasonable. You cannot go wrong by having your wedding dress altered by Isabel.
Isabel is WONDEFUL! I am one of these people who never writes reviews, but I was so impressed with Isabel that I wanted to Read more...
Isabel is WONDEFUL! I am one of these people who never writes reviews, but I was so impressed with Isabel that I wanted to spread the word. She is extremely skillful, prompt and kind. And her prices are reasonable. You cannot go wrong by having your wedding dress altered by Isabel. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/23/2007
5.0/5.0
Perfect! She did my dress, my mom’s, and one of my bridesmaid’s (Who got pregnant so hers needed a little more work so she could fit into it). My dress was perfect when it was all done and Isabel even came back from her son’s swim practice on the day of my wedding so we could pick up all the dresses. I didn’t want to try to transport it home so we just left them at her house. She is also so nice!
Perfect! She did my dress, my moms, and one of my bridesmaids (Who got pregnant so hers needed a little more work so she Read more...
Perfect! She did my dress, my mom’s, and one of my bridesmaid’s (Who got pregnant so hers needed a little more work so she could fit into it). My dress was perfect when it was all done and Isabel even came back from her son’s swim practice on the day of my wedding so we could pick up all the dresses. I didn’t want to try to transport it home so we just left them at her house. She is also so nice! Read less
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eunkoh
Wedding:
3/31/2007
5.0/5.0
I was looking to refer Isabel to someone who's getting married and I had to write a review (3 years later!).

She altered my dress and 3 bridesmaids dresses. She has her work space in her home and she's very welcoming, friendly and accomodating. I had a dress I got from Filene's Basement with a bunch of beading on the top and way too long but she altered my dress and made it look great for my wedding day!! I would highly recommend her!
I was looking to refer Isabel to someone who's getting married and I had to write a review (3 years later!).

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I was looking to refer Isabel to someone who's getting married and I had to write a review (3 years later!).

She altered my dress and 3 bridesmaids dresses. She has her work space in her home and she's very welcoming, friendly and accomodating. I had a dress I got from Filene's Basement with a bunch of beading on the top and way too long but she altered my dress and made it look great for my wedding day!! I would highly recommend her! Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
10/15/2006
5.0/5.0
Located conveniently in Ellicott City and working out of her home, Isabel Donnelly may be the best seamstress I've ever used for any article of clothing. She regularly alters dresses for a bridal shop, but also takes work on the side. She was recommended to me via the lady (Christine) who made my veil. Isabel is very honest and will help you decide what looks best. She also is a perfectionist and made FLAWLESS alterations to my dress. In my case, I had MAJOR alterations. I actually had her add sleeves and re-bead my entire bodice in addition to the typical alterations that brides do. She did an amazing job. You can't even tell the dress was ever any different. I have received endless comments on how well that dress fit me, as will you. DEFINITELY consider Isabel for your alterations. She is friendly, timely and talented. What more do you need?
Located conveniently in Ellicott City and working out of her home, Isabel Donnelly may be the best seamstress I've ever Read more...
Located conveniently in Ellicott City and working out of her home, Isabel Donnelly may be the best seamstress I've ever used for any article of clothing. She regularly alters dresses for a bridal shop, but also takes work on the side. She was recommended to me via the lady (Christine) who made my veil. Isabel is very honest and will help you decide what looks best. She also is a perfectionist and made FLAWLESS alterations to my dress. In my case, I had MAJOR alterations. I actually had her add sleeves and re-bead my entire bodice in addition to the typical alterations that brides do. She did an amazing job. You can't even tell the dress was ever any different. I have received endless comments on how well that dress fit me, as will you. DEFINITELY consider Isabel for your alterations. She is friendly, timely and talented. What more do you need? Read less
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bbkf
Wedding:
5/6/2006
5.0/5.0
I really cannot recomment Isabel highly enough. She is extremely talented, a perfectionist, and friendly to boot. I came to her with a simple dress and drawings of the major alterations I'd like to have done to it, and we worked together to create my dream gown. She also tailored my rehersal dinner dress flawlessly.
I really cannot recomment Isabel highly enough. She is extremely talented, a perfectionist, and friendly to boot. I came Read more...
I really cannot recomment Isabel highly enough. She is extremely talented, a perfectionist, and friendly to boot. I came to her with a simple dress and drawings of the major alterations I'd like to have done to it, and we worked together to create my dream gown. She also tailored my rehersal dinner dress flawlessly. Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire

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