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Janet Kirkman Bridal Alterations

Scottsdale , AZ
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The House For Brides, 3002 North 67th Place
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 US (map)

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602-330-4745

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Redesign your gown into your dream dress. You can add/remove sleeves, add/remove beads, add/remove petticoats, add/remove the train, add/remove skirt layers, add/remove front and back... Read more
Redesign your gown into your dream dress. You can add/remove sleeves, add/remove beads, add/remove petticoats, add/remove the train, add/remove skirt layers, add/remove front and back yokes, make train removable, add color to your gown. . . so much can be done with redesigning your purchased gown.

Also, Alterations done to the PERFECT fit. I design wedding gowns so I understand how to fit gowns perfectly to any body type.

Accessories custom-made and ready-made at my studio include: Custom Veils, Beaded Purses, Custom Garters, Sports Garters, Beaded Wraps, Custom Wraps, Jewelry, Hair pieces.

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LeeAnna
Wedding:
3/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for everything you have done to make my wedding day something from a movie set. When I stepped into my dress on Saturday, I felt like Cinderella and the glass slipper. You made this entire process fun, exciting, and stress free. At first I want sure if what I saw in my mind was possible to make a reality but it was absolute perfection that far exceeded my expectations! You're talent is phenomenal and I can't thank you enough!
Thank you so much for everything you have done to make my wedding day something from a movie set. When I stepped into my Read more...
Thank you so much for everything you have done to make my wedding day something from a movie set. When I stepped into my dress on Saturday, I felt like Cinderella and the glass slipper. You made this entire process fun, exciting, and stress free. At first I want sure if what I saw in my mind was possible to make a reality but it was absolute perfection that far exceeded my expectations! You're talent is phenomenal and I can't thank you enough! Read less
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Kristy
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I bought my gown at a bridal shop that sells dresses that are discontinued or were floor samples. Needless to say my dress needed some work besides the normal alterations. My dress has a heavily beaded bodice with beading on the bottom as well. There was loose beads, missing beads and my dress was dirty on the bottom too. Janet made my dress look like it was just sent from the manufacturer and was made just for me. She fixed all the beading issues and hand washed my dress. The dress fit like a glove!! I would highly recommend Janet to any bride looking for quality work!!!!
I bought my gown at a bridal shop that sells dresses that are discontinued or were floor samples. Needless to say my dress Read more...
I bought my gown at a bridal shop that sells dresses that are discontinued or were floor samples. Needless to say my dress needed some work besides the normal alterations. My dress has a heavily beaded bodice with beading on the bottom as well. There was loose beads, missing beads and my dress was dirty on the bottom too. Janet made my dress look like it was just sent from the manufacturer and was made just for me. She fixed all the beading issues and hand washed my dress. The dress fit like a glove!! I would highly recommend Janet to any bride looking for quality work!!!! Read less
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Judy
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Fantastic! One of my brides maids flew in on Tuesday for the Saturday wedding and still had not gotten her dress altered. Janet was working on my gown and was able to do alterations on the other dress in basically 3 days and the fit was amazing!
Fantastic! One of my brides maids flew in on Tuesday for the Saturday wedding and still had not gotten her dress altered. Read more...
Fantastic! One of my brides maids flew in on Tuesday for the Saturday wedding and still had not gotten her dress altered. Janet was working on my gown and was able to do alterations on the other dress in basically 3 days and the fit was amazing! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Janet was a breeze to work with, especially with my difficult dress. I had one dress that could be transformed into 2 different dresses (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). Janet knew exactly how to alter the dress and gave me a generous discount because she was essentially altering 2 different dresses. She would give me multiple ideas for each type of alteration and would let me pick which one went best with my style. She was upfront and honest. She even stored my wedding dress (free of charge) up until the wedding day and had it nicely pressed upon my arrival. I'm baffled by some of the previous reviews given on here about her services...Janet did not try to push me towards anything I did not feel comfortable with and the end results were superb!
Janet was a breeze to work with, especially with my difficult dress. I had one dress that could be transformed into 2 Read more...
Janet was a breeze to work with, especially with my difficult dress. I had one dress that could be transformed into 2 different dresses (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). Janet knew exactly how to alter the dress and gave me a generous discount because she was essentially altering 2 different dresses. She would give me multiple ideas for each type of alteration and would let me pick which one went best with my style. She was upfront and honest. She even stored my wedding dress (free of charge) up until the wedding day and had it nicely pressed upon my arrival. I'm baffled by some of the previous reviews given on here about her services...Janet did not try to push me towards anything I did not feel comfortable with and the end results were superb! Read less
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courtney
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Janet was so helpful. My fiancé and I sort of got pregnant five months before our wedding date. This sort of posed a problem for me wedding dress wise. Janet was so helpful and was more than willing to wait until two weeks before my wedding to make my alterations. The alterations were perfect. My dress looked beautiful. Janet was so nice and personable too. Thanks Janet for helping make my wedding day so memorable!
Janet was so helpful. My fiancé and I sort of got pregnant five months before our wedding date. This sort of posed a Read more...
Janet was so helpful. My fiancé and I sort of got pregnant five months before our wedding date. This sort of posed a problem for me wedding dress wise. Janet was so helpful and was more than willing to wait until two weeks before my wedding to make my alterations. The alterations were perfect. My dress looked beautiful. Janet was so nice and personable too. Thanks Janet for helping make my wedding day so memorable! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Janet did such a great job on my wedding dress! My dress was about 6 sizes too big for me. She made it absolutely perfect! Took it in, made the back lower and made a beautiful bustle. I am so happy I chose her. She is such a sweet person and so easy to work with. I will continue to take clothes to her. :)
Janet did such a great job on my wedding dress! My dress was about 6 sizes too big for me. She made it absolutely perfect! Read more...
Janet did such a great job on my wedding dress! My dress was about 6 sizes too big for me. She made it absolutely perfect! Took it in, made the back lower and made a beautiful bustle. I am so happy I chose her. She is such a sweet person and so easy to work with. I will continue to take clothes to her. :) Read less
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K.COYAN
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I am sooooo happy I found Janet. She is seriously amazing. My dress needed to be completely changed in the bust line and have a lot taken off around the bottom and she made it wonderful. She doesn't stop until you are completely satisfied. She also added a bustle and it looked so great. So happy. I ordered my dress custom made from Australia (based off of a drawing I made) It turned out great but for sure needed some alterations....She completely changed the neckline for me to make it more comfortable and flattering and it turned out PERFECT. so so happy
I am sooooo happy I found Janet. She is seriously amazing. My dress needed to be completely changed in the bust line and Read more...
I am sooooo happy I found Janet. She is seriously amazing. My dress needed to be completely changed in the bust line and have a lot taken off around the bottom and she made it wonderful. She doesn't stop until you are completely satisfied. She also added a bustle and it looked so great. So happy. I ordered my dress custom made from Australia (based off of a drawing I made) It turned out great but for sure needed some alterations....She completely changed the neckline for me to make it more comfortable and flattering and it turned out PERFECT. so so happy Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.5/5.0
At first, my experience at Janet Kirkman's seemed like it was going to be great…but not for long. I quickly noticed Janet lacks attention to detail, which is kind of a big deal for someone who is altering $2,000+ bridal gowns. As long as you agree with all of her changes you're great, but if not, you are quickly met with a cold, arrogant tone. She also lacks vision. Be prepared to provide photographs for all of the alterations you want to have made because she can only copy, not create. I would not say she is outwardly rude and she did not destroy my dress, but I can confidently say there are infinitely better seamstresses out there. She has excuses for EVERYTHING too. If the alterations are unsatisfactory, she will blame it on everything (material, designer, etc.) but herself. I would say she is efficient, with a two week turnaround, but that is deceiving. I had to go back 4 or 5 times before my dress was complete. Among other mistakes, the hem had to be completely redone because it looked like it had been sewn by a small child, quite amateur looking for someone with so much experience. In the end, the front of my dress was shorter than I wanted, a portion was never sewn completely back into the dress, there were stick pins left in places where there was supposed to be tacts, the bustle did not stay up for more than five minutes at a time, and it never seemed pressed. Janet's skills are overpriced and overrated.
At first, my experience at Janet Kirkman's seemed like it was going to be great…but not for long. I quickly noticed Janet Read more...
At first, my experience at Janet Kirkman's seemed like it was going to be great…but not for long. I quickly noticed Janet lacks attention to detail, which is kind of a big deal for someone who is altering $2,000+ bridal gowns. As long as you agree with all of her changes you're great, but if not, you are quickly met with a cold, arrogant tone. She also lacks vision. Be prepared to provide photographs for all of the alterations you want to have made because she can only copy, not create. I would not say she is outwardly rude and she did not destroy my dress, but I can confidently say there are infinitely better seamstresses out there. She has excuses for EVERYTHING too. If the alterations are unsatisfactory, she will blame it on everything (material, designer, etc.) but herself. I would say she is efficient, with a two week turnaround, but that is deceiving. I had to go back 4 or 5 times before my dress was complete. Among other mistakes, the hem had to be completely redone because it looked like it had been sewn by a small child, quite amateur looking for someone with so much experience. In the end, the front of my dress was shorter than I wanted, a portion was never sewn completely back into the dress, there were stick pins left in places where there was supposed to be tacts, the bustle did not stay up for more than five minutes at a time, and it never seemed pressed. Janet's skills are overpriced and overrated. Read less
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Janet Kirkman Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

Thank you SO much for this review. I have received so much positive response to my "don't pay until you are satisfied: money back guarantee" policy, that I am thankful for your review. Plus, I am so proud of the fact that customers can come in for as many fittings as they like without an extra fee. I am glad you highlighted this in your review. I will not stop working on a dress until the customer is satisfied, no matter how difficult the customer. As a customer, I would view this as a positive feature of my seamstress. Thank you for pointing this out. I do try really hard to answer all questions of a customer. These can be viewed as excuses or answers, depending on the attitude of the recipient. One question I just can't answer and this is my fault, how can a person tell you one thing in your studio then write something completely different in a review? The points she mentions are very curious since my policy is "you don't pay if you are not happy." AND I AM VERY ADAMANT ABOUT THIS POLICY!!! If this is a legitimate customer, come in for a full refund. Thank you for the points you highlighted about my service. 602-330-4745. Located in THE HOUSE FOR BRIDES- 3002 North 67th Place, Scottsdale, (one location with several top-rated wedding vendors) my studio specializes in couture and beaded gowns. Quotes, interviews and alteration details are available free. 602-330-4745.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
I want to take this opportunity to warn other potential customers, especially brides, about my experience with Janet Kirkman. I met with Janet several times between March and May 2013, paid for the alterations, and arranged to pick up the dress in June, one week before my wedding. However, after picking up the dress and taking it home, I realized to that when looking at the dress in natural light (as opposed to the fluorescent lights of her studio), the scalloped lace trim was a drastically different color (diamond white) than the dress (ivory). I never asked her to make the trim a different color than the dress. I frantically called her and left a message explaining the problem. I expected that a professional such as herself would have known that fabrics look different under different lighting conditions. I mentioned on several occasions that the wedding was going to be outdoors. She returned my call that day but said that in order to fix the dress, she would require me to sign a liability waiver stating that she would not be responsible for anything that happened to the dress. During this phone conversation, she became very rude and combative. We were shocked by her behavior and felt even more uncomfortable leaving the dress with her. We found another tailor who was able to rush order matching lace trim and fix the dress in the five days before the wedding. This showed to me that Janet could have offered to do the same in order to fix the problem, but she did not. After the wedding, I wrote a letter to her, outlining my complaint and asking her to refund the cost of fixing her mistakes. To her credit, she did refund me the cost of employing the other tailor, but she included a very rude letter accusing me of being greedy. The level of unprofessionalism, unreasonableness, and rudeness I encountered in Ms. Kirkman was shocking. This caused a huge amount of stress and anxiety right before my wedding and I would hate to see another bride go through this.
I want to take this opportunity to warn other potential customers, especially brides, about my experience with Janet Read more...
I want to take this opportunity to warn other potential customers, especially brides, about my experience with Janet Kirkman. I met with Janet several times between March and May 2013, paid for the alterations, and arranged to pick up the dress in June, one week before my wedding. However, after picking up the dress and taking it home, I realized to that when looking at the dress in natural light (as opposed to the fluorescent lights of her studio), the scalloped lace trim was a drastically different color (diamond white) than the dress (ivory). I never asked her to make the trim a different color than the dress. I frantically called her and left a message explaining the problem. I expected that a professional such as herself would have known that fabrics look different under different lighting conditions. I mentioned on several occasions that the wedding was going to be outdoors. She returned my call that day but said that in order to fix the dress, she would require me to sign a liability waiver stating that she would not be responsible for anything that happened to the dress. During this phone conversation, she became very rude and combative. We were shocked by her behavior and felt even more uncomfortable leaving the dress with her. We found another tailor who was able to rush order matching lace trim and fix the dress in the five days before the wedding. This showed to me that Janet could have offered to do the same in order to fix the problem, but she did not. After the wedding, I wrote a letter to her, outlining my complaint and asking her to refund the cost of fixing her mistakes. To her credit, she did refund me the cost of employing the other tailor, but she included a very rude letter accusing me of being greedy. The level of unprofessionalism, unreasonableness, and rudeness I encountered in Ms. Kirkman was shocking. This caused a huge amount of stress and anxiety right before my wedding and I would hate to see another bride go through this. Read less
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Janet Kirkman Bridal Alterations responded with the following comments:

-Thank you so much for this review. I am so sorry you were not happy with your lace or service. I thought you did like your dress, having visited my studio four times to try on your dress. No changes requested of the dress, just to try it on, something for which other studios will charge a customer. And I am so sorry we could not work together to fix the issue once you brought it to my attention, after the dress left my studio. Some people are just set on suing other people when they are unhappy with anything. I can try, but I can't always make people like this happy. The normal alterations process is to go to another seamstress if you are unhappy with one seamstress's service, techniques, etc. I don't understand people who have to threaten law suit for something that other people do without complaint. THE HOUSE FOR BRIDES located at 3002 North 67th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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Private User
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Janet did an incredible job on my dress. I bought two inexpensive dresses from BHLDN and Janet worked with me to use all that fabric to create my dream dress. She gives prudent advice and considers the limitations of the fabric, so she'll be honest with you about what you can and cannot do. That said, she found a creative solution to every roadblock we ran into and my dress turned out exactly as I had pictured it. I got tons of compliments and it was so versatile and comfortable the whole night! After all the hours that Janet put in and the multiple consultations, the final bill was VERY affordable.
Janet did an incredible job on my dress. I bought two inexpensive dresses from BHLDN and Janet worked with me to use all Read more...
Janet did an incredible job on my dress. I bought two inexpensive dresses from BHLDN and Janet worked with me to use all that fabric to create my dream dress. She gives prudent advice and considers the limitations of the fabric, so she'll be honest with you about what you can and cannot do. That said, she found a creative solution to every roadblock we ran into and my dress turned out exactly as I had pictured it. I got tons of compliments and it was so versatile and comfortable the whole night! After all the hours that Janet put in and the multiple consultations, the final bill was VERY affordable. Read less
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