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Mary Catomy

Schiller Park , IL
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LOCATION

4246 Kolze
Schiller Park, IL US 60176 (map)

PHONE

847-678-7226
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Dress & Attire

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, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Veils

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Sonia
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot even begin to describe how great Mary is and how much I enjoyed working with her. I can be indecisive at times and with Mary's 30+ years of experience, she took care of me and my dress from the very first fitting. She transformed my dress so that it fit me perfectly. She also made my belt and my veil - both of which I loved. Prices for everything was very very reasonable. Call her early - she books by event date. Hope you get a chance to work with her!
I cannot even begin to describe how great Mary is and how much I enjoyed working with her. I can be indecisive at times Read more...
I cannot even begin to describe how great Mary is and how much I enjoyed working with her. I can be indecisive at times and with Mary's 30+ years of experience, she took care of me and my dress from the very first fitting. She transformed my dress so that it fit me perfectly. She also made my belt and my veil - both of which I loved. Prices for everything was very very reasonable. Call her early - she books by event date. Hope you get a chance to work with her! Read less
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Joscelyne
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary is AMAZING!! She has been sewing for decades and prides herself on perfection and that is definitely what your dress will be! Mary gives excellent, REAL, advice on what will look best for your body and dress. Her knowledge and level of quality she expects makes her work top notch.
Mary is AMAZING!! She has been sewing for decades and prides herself on perfection and that is definitely what your dress Read more...
Mary is AMAZING!! She has been sewing for decades and prides herself on perfection and that is definitely what your dress will be! Mary gives excellent, REAL, advice on what will look best for your body and dress. Her knowledge and level of quality she expects makes her work top notch. Read less
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elysion
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
I bought my wedding dress online and I am so glad that I found Mary to do my alterations. It was worth the 1hour+ drive from Northwest Indiana, I kid you not! I had three meetings with her; initial, a fitting, and then the final fitting/pick up, and each time Mary was just so sweet, helpful, and knowledgeable. I don't know how long she's done alterations but her work room is covered in pictures of happy brides who have sent her pictures, and throughout the whole process she was explaining what she was doing and why, and I loved hearing her anecdotes too! Her pricing was really good, although that is only based on horror stories I've heard from people who got alterations done at stores.

Everyone saying that she books up fast is NOT lying. Book as soon as you can; even before you've gotten your wedding dress, if you know that you want to use her. All she needs is your wedding date. I think I called up and booked 15 or 16 months in advance.
I bought my wedding dress online and I am so glad that I found Mary to do my alterations. It was worth the 1hour+ drive Read more...
I bought my wedding dress online and I am so glad that I found Mary to do my alterations. It was worth the 1hour+ drive from Northwest Indiana, I kid you not! I had three meetings with her; initial, a fitting, and then the final fitting/pick up, and each time Mary was just so sweet, helpful, and knowledgeable. I don't know how long she's done alterations but her work room is covered in pictures of happy brides who have sent her pictures, and throughout the whole process she was explaining what she was doing and why, and I loved hearing her anecdotes too! Her pricing was really good, although that is only based on horror stories I've heard from people who got alterations done at stores.

Everyone saying that she books up fast is NOT lying. Book as soon as you can; even before you've gotten your wedding dress, if you know that you want to use her. All she needs is your wedding date. I think I called up and booked 15 or 16 months in advance. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Just listen to Mary when it comes to altering dresses--and accessories! She is amazing. Mary altered my dress and made my mom's wedding dress, which was modern, stunning and beyond elegant. Mary knows how to make women look and feel beautiful in clothes. I 100% trusted everything she did with my dress. It fit me perfectly on the day of my wedding. She is the best!
Just listen to Mary when it comes to altering dresses--and accessories! She is amazing. Mary altered my dress and made my Read more...
Just listen to Mary when it comes to altering dresses--and accessories! She is amazing. Mary altered my dress and made my mom's wedding dress, which was modern, stunning and beyond elegant. Mary knows how to make women look and feel beautiful in clothes. I 100% trusted everything she did with my dress. It fit me perfectly on the day of my wedding. She is the best! Read less
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jennifer
Wedding:
4/27/2013
4.9/5.0
my dress fit beautifully ... she is amazing. She understands the worries of the bride and comes up with awesome solutions to fit them.
my dress fit beautifully ... she is amazing. She understands the worries of the bride and comes up with awesome solutions Read more...
my dress fit beautifully ... she is amazing. She understands the worries of the bride and comes up with awesome solutions to fit them. Read less
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Fay
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
When I tried on my grandmother's 60 year old wedding dress and it fit perfectly, I was still hesitant to wear it. I took it to Mary, and she turned it into the perfect dress for me. She took off the sleeves, beaded the delicate lace, fixed ripped tulle, and replaced the top layer of tulle. Everytime I went back in to Mary I loved the dress more and more. She is a great and professional seamstress. At my last fitting I danced around with the dress bustled and anywhere I told her that I was stepping on the dress she adjusted the bustle. Everyone complimented me on the dress at the wedding, and my mom, grandmother, and I were so happy that I got to wear it.
When I tried on my grandmother's 60 year old wedding dress and it fit perfectly, I was still hesitant to wear it. I took Read more...
When I tried on my grandmother's 60 year old wedding dress and it fit perfectly, I was still hesitant to wear it. I took it to Mary, and she turned it into the perfect dress for me. She took off the sleeves, beaded the delicate lace, fixed ripped tulle, and replaced the top layer of tulle. Everytime I went back in to Mary I loved the dress more and more. She is a great and professional seamstress. At my last fitting I danced around with the dress bustled and anywhere I told her that I was stepping on the dress she adjusted the bustle. Everyone complimented me on the dress at the wedding, and my mom, grandmother, and I were so happy that I got to wear it. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary is a gifted professional and boob fairy!
I was very nervous about entrusting her with my Silk Couture gown but she exceeded my expectations in every way. Her work comes at a VERY reasonable price and she includes any and all alterations including designing the bustle, and pressing. She's 1 stop shop after you purchase your dress. I can say enough good things about her work. My dress fit like a glove. Ihood not have a single issue with my dress and my bustle held all night!
Please note because she is so talented, her appointments book quickly. I made my appointment 8 months in advance and she was already stating to book up for my wedding month. Do not hesitate to make your appointment with her very early.
Mary is a gifted professional and boob fairy!
I was very nervous about entrusting her with my Silk Couture gown but Read more...
Mary is a gifted professional and boob fairy!
I was very nervous about entrusting her with my Silk Couture gown but she exceeded my expectations in every way. Her work comes at a VERY reasonable price and she includes any and all alterations including designing the bustle, and pressing. She's 1 stop shop after you purchase your dress. I can say enough good things about her work. My dress fit like a glove. Ihood not have a single issue with my dress and my bustle held all night!
Please note because she is so talented, her appointments book quickly. I made my appointment 8 months in advance and she was already stating to book up for my wedding month. Do not hesitate to make your appointment with her very early. Read less
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Arien
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then (eek!) dry cleaned. The first time I tried it on, I ripped both sleeves. Mary worked a miracle on that poor old dress. She repaired and reinforced all the seams and the buttons in the back, redid any missing beading in the front, but in a bustle and taught my maid of honor how to bustle the cathedral train, embroidered in the 3 wedding couples and dates, and probably a million other things I didn't notice but that nevertheless made the dress not only wearable but my absolute dream dress. Every time I visited for a fitting, she made me feel like a princess. And that was how I felt on my wedding day, and that 70 year old dress took me from trip down the aisle to last dance!
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then Read more...
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then (eek!) dry cleaned. The first time I tried it on, I ripped both sleeves. Mary worked a miracle on that poor old dress. She repaired and reinforced all the seams and the buttons in the back, redid any missing beading in the front, but in a bustle and taught my maid of honor how to bustle the cathedral train, embroidered in the 3 wedding couples and dates, and probably a million other things I didn't notice but that nevertheless made the dress not only wearable but my absolute dream dress. Every time I visited for a fitting, she made me feel like a princess. And that was how I felt on my wedding day, and that 70 year old dress took me from trip down the aisle to last dance! Read less
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Arien
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then (eek!) dry cleaned. The first time I tried it on, I ripped both sleeves. Mary worked a miracle on that poor old dress. She repaired and reinforced all the seams and the buttons in the back, redid any missing beading in the front, but in a bustle and taught my maid of honor how to bustle the cathedral train, embroidered in the 3 wedding couples and dates, and probably a million other things I didn't notice but that nevertheless made the dress not only wearable but my absolute dream dress. Every time I visited for a fitting, she made me feel like a princess. And that was how I felt on my wedding day, and that 70 year old dress took me from trip down the aisle to last dance!
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then Read more...
Mary was amazing! I brought her a 70 year old wedding dress that had been worn by my grandmother and mother and then (eek!) dry cleaned. The first time I tried it on, I ripped both sleeves. Mary worked a miracle on that poor old dress. She repaired and reinforced all the seams and the buttons in the back, redid any missing beading in the front, but in a bustle and taught my maid of honor how to bustle the cathedral train, embroidered in the 3 wedding couples and dates, and probably a million other things I didn't notice but that nevertheless made the dress not only wearable but my absolute dream dress. Every time I visited for a fitting, she made me feel like a princess. And that was how I felt on my wedding day, and that 70 year old dress took me from trip down the aisle to last dance! Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.6/5.0
I used Mary for alterations for my May 2012 wedding. I couldn't be more pleased -- she did an excellent job and did it for $400 cheaper than the bridal salon had quoted.

Mary was thorough and paid attention to every detail. She made sure my dress and cathedral-length veil looked perfect when I picked them up.

As others have mentioned, she books early. I had booked in August of 2011 and was one of her last 2012 brides.
I used Mary for alterations for my May 2012 wedding. I couldn't be more pleased -- she did an excellent job and did it for Read more...
I used Mary for alterations for my May 2012 wedding. I couldn't be more pleased -- she did an excellent job and did it for $400 cheaper than the bridal salon had quoted.

Mary was thorough and paid attention to every detail. She made sure my dress and cathedral-length veil looked perfect when I picked them up.

As others have mentioned, she books early. I had booked in August of 2011 and was one of her last 2012 brides. Read less
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Kjt2012
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary was AMAZING! Mary altered my wedding gown, made my mothers dress, junior bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. All I did was verbally tell Mary what I wanted and gave her a picture similar and ta-da she created the perfect dress! The fabric/color was identical to my bridesmaids dresses and the flower girl dresses were the exact pink that i wanted. For my wedding gown it seemed like we were making changes to it every week and in the end it was beautiful. Mary listens and gives great advise. If I didn't listen to Mary most of my wedding pictures would have been me pulling my dress up. So happy i added cap sleeves!! Thanks, Mary!!!!
Mary was AMAZING! Mary altered my wedding gown, made my mothers dress, junior bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. Read more...
Mary was AMAZING! Mary altered my wedding gown, made my mothers dress, junior bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. All I did was verbally tell Mary what I wanted and gave her a picture similar and ta-da she created the perfect dress! The fabric/color was identical to my bridesmaids dresses and the flower girl dresses were the exact pink that i wanted. For my wedding gown it seemed like we were making changes to it every week and in the end it was beautiful. Mary listens and gives great advise. If I didn't listen to Mary most of my wedding pictures would have been me pulling my dress up. So happy i added cap sleeves!! Thanks, Mary!!!! Read less
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Jocelyn
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Goodness, I have to thank God and google for helping me to find Mary!!! She was seriously a Godsent. I had some service issues with the bridal salon where I purchased my dress, and I knew that I did NOT want them to alter my gown. We were quoted probably close to triple what we ended up paying for Mary. She literally took my dress in 4 sizes (bridal salon ordered the dress WAAAAYYYY too big), hemmed it, bustled it, added crystals to the delicate lace siding, altered my mom’s dress, my rehearsal dinner dress and my mom’s rehearsal dinner dress and all for hundreds of dollars less than what Macy’s quoted just to take the dress in!!!! She was the most amazing vendor in the world!! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. P.S. Ladies, Mary is a super busy lady. I seriously booked her services before I ordered my gown. I suggest you do the same!!!
Goodness, I have to thank God and google for helping me to find Mary!!! She was seriously a Godsent. I had some service Read more...
Goodness, I have to thank God and google for helping me to find Mary!!! She was seriously a Godsent. I had some service issues with the bridal salon where I purchased my dress, and I knew that I did NOT want them to alter my gown. We were quoted probably close to triple what we ended up paying for Mary. She literally took my dress in 4 sizes (bridal salon ordered the dress WAAAAYYYY too big), hemmed it, bustled it, added crystals to the delicate lace siding, altered my mom’s dress, my rehearsal dinner dress and my mom’s rehearsal dinner dress and all for hundreds of dollars less than what Macy’s quoted just to take the dress in!!!! She was the most amazing vendor in the world!! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. P.S. Ladies, Mary is a super busy lady. I seriously booked her services before I ordered my gown. I suggest you do the same!!! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
A solid 5 stars for Mary! Get in touch with her ASAP since she books up quickly. She was well worth every penny for her attentiveness, patience, and hard work. She miraculously was able to use fabric from one part of the dress for another, and gave me realistic advice about sizing, dieting, and ensuring the dress would fit like a glove for the wedding.
A solid 5 stars for Mary! Get in touch with her ASAP since she books up quickly. She was well worth every penny for her Read more...
A solid 5 stars for Mary! Get in touch with her ASAP since she books up quickly. She was well worth every penny for her attentiveness, patience, and hard work. She miraculously was able to use fabric from one part of the dress for another, and gave me realistic advice about sizing, dieting, and ensuring the dress would fit like a glove for the wedding. Read less
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artgirl
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary is AWESOME!! I loved the work she did, and her prices are so reasonable. She completely fixed the back of the dress, adding in more loops so the corset back would stay closed properly, as well as a modesty panel. Otherwise I would have been hanging out all over the place! Plus she added boob cups (a nice addition), hemmed it to the right length, and her work on the bustle was fantastic. The back had lovely beadwork and she bustled it so that everything would be visible and properly aligned. Just gorgeous. All of this for less than $200. But you have to get an appointment at least a year in advance -- she books up early! I called in late July 2010 for my July 2011 wedding and was the last bride she took for that month. But she's worth it!
Mary is AWESOME!! I loved the work she did, and her prices are so reasonable. She completely fixed the back of the dress, Read more...
Mary is AWESOME!! I loved the work she did, and her prices are so reasonable. She completely fixed the back of the dress, adding in more loops so the corset back would stay closed properly, as well as a modesty panel. Otherwise I would have been hanging out all over the place! Plus she added boob cups (a nice addition), hemmed it to the right length, and her work on the bustle was fantastic. The back had lovely beadwork and she bustled it so that everything would be visible and properly aligned. Just gorgeous. All of this for less than $200. But you have to get an appointment at least a year in advance -- she books up early! I called in late July 2010 for my July 2011 wedding and was the last bride she took for that month. But she's worth it! Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary is a true angel! She completely redesigned my wedding dress to make it my dream dress. After waiting the 8 months it took for for my dress to come in to the shop I purchased it from, I didn't like it. Thank God I went to Mary! She saved the day!

She is an amazing, kind hearted person. Yet, she also knows how to get down to business!

TIP to all you future brides --- she books waaaaay in advance! So call as soon as you get engaged ;) I booked her Jan 2010 for my July 2011 wedding.
Mary is a true angel! She completely redesigned my wedding dress to make it my dream dress. After waiting the 8 months it Read more...
Mary is a true angel! She completely redesigned my wedding dress to make it my dream dress. After waiting the 8 months it took for for my dress to come in to the shop I purchased it from, I didn't like it. Thank God I went to Mary! She saved the day!

She is an amazing, kind hearted person. Yet, she also knows how to get down to business!

TIP to all you future brides --- she books waaaaay in advance! So call as soon as you get engaged ;) I booked her Jan 2010 for my July 2011 wedding. Read less
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MKA5884
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary is simply the best. She is an expert at what she does, and she is also incredibly affordable. The only problem is you have to book her very far in advance, so I’d recommend calling her as soon as you buy your dress, and she will put you on her calendar. If you wait until your dress comes in, she might be completely booked – she is that good!
Mary is simply the best. She is an expert at what she does, and she is also incredibly affordable. The only problem is you Read more...
Mary is simply the best. She is an expert at what she does, and she is also incredibly affordable. The only problem is you have to book her very far in advance, so I’d recommend calling her as soon as you buy your dress, and she will put you on her calendar. If you wait until your dress comes in, she might be completely booked – she is that good! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
If you are interested in hiring Mary Catomy to be your wedding dress seamstress, look no further and contact her immediately! Mary is so talented and sweet, her prices don't even seem fair! It was so nice to have a relationship with the person (not shop!) altering the dress you've waited your entire female existance to wear. There is a reason this woman does not need to advertise - Highly recommend!
If you are interested in hiring Mary Catomy to be your wedding dress seamstress, look no further and contact her Read more...
If you are interested in hiring Mary Catomy to be your wedding dress seamstress, look no further and contact her immediately! Mary is so talented and sweet, her prices don't even seem fair! It was so nice to have a relationship with the person (not shop!) altering the dress you've waited your entire female existance to wear. There is a reason this woman does not need to advertise - Highly recommend! Read less
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wailin
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
I love Mary! Her card actually says she is the "Boob Fairy." I definitely needed boobs too. I am Asian and although I am almost thirty, I only fit training bras. My dress looked wonderful, and Mary made me look shapely despite my stick-figure.

Her pricing is better than any bridal shop or seamstress, and her work is excellent. Not only is Mary a good deal for her awesome quality of work, she is also a pleasure to work with. She is fun and funny. She made me feel more relaxed about the big day and even provided me with an emergency sewing kit.

I wish I had also taken my bridesmaids dresses to her for alterations. I had assumed she only did wedding gowns.
I love Mary! Her card actually says she is the "Boob Fairy." I definitely needed boobs too. I am Asian and although I am Read more...
I love Mary! Her card actually says she is the "Boob Fairy." I definitely needed boobs too. I am Asian and although I am almost thirty, I only fit training bras. My dress looked wonderful, and Mary made me look shapely despite my stick-figure.

Her pricing is better than any bridal shop or seamstress, and her work is excellent. Not only is Mary a good deal for her awesome quality of work, she is also a pleasure to work with. She is fun and funny. She made me feel more relaxed about the big day and even provided me with an emergency sewing kit.

I wish I had also taken my bridesmaids dresses to her for alterations. I had assumed she only did wedding gowns. Read less
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LawBride
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
I needed a number of alterations done on my dress (due to some bad advice regarding size when ordering the dress) and Mary did a fantastic job. Walking into her shop, you can see how well-regarded she is in her area. She has a shop in her basement and the walls are lined with happy brides and stuffed full of garment bags full of dresses. Mary was very professional in her work and finished all of the alterations on time and impeccably. She even attached a blue ribbon as one of my bustle ribbons to ensure that I had my something blue. My dress had a satin lining with a netting overlay that had lace appliques that needed to be removed to be altered - all the alterations had to be done on both the lining and the overlay. The dress was hemmed, taken in a size, bra cups sewn in, the halter strap shortened, and given a 6 point bustle. Total cost $225. I definitely recommend her.
I needed a number of alterations done on my dress (due to some bad advice regarding size when ordering the dress) and Mary Read more...
I needed a number of alterations done on my dress (due to some bad advice regarding size when ordering the dress) and Mary did a fantastic job. Walking into her shop, you can see how well-regarded she is in her area. She has a shop in her basement and the walls are lined with happy brides and stuffed full of garment bags full of dresses. Mary was very professional in her work and finished all of the alterations on time and impeccably. She even attached a blue ribbon as one of my bustle ribbons to ensure that I had my something blue. My dress had a satin lining with a netting overlay that had lace appliques that needed to be removed to be altered - all the alterations had to be done on both the lining and the overlay. The dress was hemmed, taken in a size, bra cups sewn in, the halter strap shortened, and given a 6 point bustle. Total cost $225. I definitely recommend her. Read less
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sara
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary was amazing to work with - she is efficient, skilled, professional, friendly, and I felt like I could trust her expertise completely. Mary knows wedding dresses and how to make them fit beautifully. She is patient during fittings and truly makes sure that the bride is comfortable with the changes-big or small-that she is making.

She was able to transform my A-line dress into the mermaid gown that I had dreamed of. On my wedding day, my dress fit perfectly. I would recommend her to anyone!!
Mary was amazing to work with - she is efficient, skilled, professional, friendly, and I felt like I could trust her Read more...
Mary was amazing to work with - she is efficient, skilled, professional, friendly, and I felt like I could trust her expertise completely. Mary knows wedding dresses and how to make them fit beautifully. She is patient during fittings and truly makes sure that the bride is comfortable with the changes-big or small-that she is making.

She was able to transform my A-line dress into the mermaid gown that I had dreamed of. On my wedding day, my dress fit perfectly. I would recommend her to anyone!! Read less
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Carla
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Mary! She is so helpful, honest, and fantastic at her job! I dropped a whole dress size between my 2 & 3rd fitting as she told me I would and she fixed it right there for me two days before the wedding! The dress fit comfortable and perfect to me! She was definately worth double what she charged me for. Very reasonably priced. My mother, grandma, and bridesmaids went to her and she only charged them about $30! She is amazing and everything she recommended and told me was dead on! Listen to her and appreciate her opinion and honesty!
I highly recommend Mary! She is so helpful, honest, and fantastic at her job! I dropped a whole dress size between my 2 & Read more...
I highly recommend Mary! She is so helpful, honest, and fantastic at her job! I dropped a whole dress size between my 2 & 3rd fitting as she told me I would and she fixed it right there for me two days before the wedding! The dress fit comfortable and perfect to me! She was definately worth double what she charged me for. Very reasonably priced. My mother, grandma, and bridesmaids went to her and she only charged them about $30! She is amazing and everything she recommended and told me was dead on! Listen to her and appreciate her opinion and honesty! Read less
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tag1315
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Mary Mary! You did such a great job on my wedding dress!
I'm SO thankful Freyda referred me to you! You have such a talent that blew me away! You are so detailed and thoughtful!
Mary did my alterations for my wedding dress! I was very particular of course. She had to take it in three different times! My made it fit me like a glove!
I can't tell you what she did so I don't spoil the surprise but she has something that she does as her signature! Brides, you will love it!
I will tell you this:
BOOK EARLY! Like 4-7 months in ADVANCE! She is SOOOO good that she books too fast!
She literally does it out of her own home.
She is very smart as you will see her accessories! Ladies if you don't have them yet, MARY does! :)
She is so honest! She will tell you what looks good and why you should wear it a certain way, without stepping on your toes of course.
My wedding dress had a corset back and she knew how to tie it properly. She told me about girls that don't put it on right and you get the back fat as a result. Mary is soooo good!
I don't have enough nice things to say about her!
She has everything ready as promised. Don't be late, since she is so busy everything is back to back.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Her prices are VERY reasonable too! She basically tore my dress apart and put it back together!
On one of my vists she made a christening dress for someone that used her mother in laws old wedding dress. Again she is very talented!
BOOK EARLY, you will be such a HAPPY BRIDE/person!
Thank you again MARY!
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Mary Mary Mary! You did such a great job on my wedding dress!
I'm SO thankful Freyda referred me to you! You have such Read more...
Mary Mary Mary! You did such a great job on my wedding dress!
I'm SO thankful Freyda referred me to you! You have such a talent that blew me away! You are so detailed and thoughtful!
Mary did my alterations for my wedding dress! I was very particular of course. She had to take it in three different times! My made it fit me like a glove!
I can't tell you what she did so I don't spoil the surprise but she has something that she does as her signature! Brides, you will love it!
I will tell you this:
BOOK EARLY! Like 4-7 months in ADVANCE! She is SOOOO good that she books too fast!
She literally does it out of her own home.
She is very smart as you will see her accessories! Ladies if you don't have them yet, MARY does! :)
She is so honest! She will tell you what looks good and why you should wear it a certain way, without stepping on your toes of course.
My wedding dress had a corset back and she knew how to tie it properly. She told me about girls that don't put it on right and you get the back fat as a result. Mary is soooo good!
I don't have enough nice things to say about her!
She has everything ready as promised. Don't be late, since she is so busy everything is back to back.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Her prices are VERY reasonable too! She basically tore my dress apart and put it back together!
On one of my vists she made a christening dress for someone that used her mother in laws old wedding dress. Again she is very talented!
BOOK EARLY, you will be such a HAPPY BRIDE/person!
Thank you again MARY!
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missj
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary is a GREAT! She made my dress look perfect at a reasonable price, I bought a sample gown so she had to take out a little bit and hem it for me. I also bought a sash that I wanted built in to the dress and she did a great job. She also did the alterations for 3 of my bridesmaids and she was very reasonable in pricing. Do no get alterations at the bridal salons as they overcharged. I'm glad I found Mary, she was on the recommendation list provide by Wedding Belles where i bought my dress and she also has wonderful reviews on all weddingboards. She also custom makes veils, and she sells wonderful jewelry. Thanks Mary for everything.
Mary is a GREAT! She made my dress look perfect at a reasonable price, I bought a sample gown so she had to take out a Read more...
Mary is a GREAT! She made my dress look perfect at a reasonable price, I bought a sample gown so she had to take out a little bit and hem it for me. I also bought a sash that I wanted built in to the dress and she did a great job. She also did the alterations for 3 of my bridesmaids and she was very reasonable in pricing. Do no get alterations at the bridal salons as they overcharged. I'm glad I found Mary, she was on the recommendation list provide by Wedding Belles where i bought my dress and she also has wonderful reviews on all weddingboards. She also custom makes veils, and she sells wonderful jewelry. Thanks Mary for everything. Read less
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schultzdegraff410
Wedding:
4/10/2010
4.8/5.0
If you've perused theknot.com Chicago wedding boards at all, you've undoubtedly seen recommendations for Mary Catomy. She does professional alterations out of her home at very reasonable prices. She's located in Schiller Park (near the O'Hare). I didn't need too many alterations done to my dress (which I ordered online), so I really didn't want to pay the high prices quoted by many bridal stores.

Mary was able to fit me in her schedule and did an amazing job bustling and taking in my gown. She also steamed it so it hung beautifully on the big day. And on top of that, she was able to make me the short, simple veil I was looking for. One-stop shop!
If you've perused theknot.com Chicago wedding boards at all, you've undoubtedly seen recommendations for Mary Catomy. She Read more...
If you've perused theknot.com Chicago wedding boards at all, you've undoubtedly seen recommendations for Mary Catomy. She does professional alterations out of her home at very reasonable prices. She's located in Schiller Park (near the O'Hare). I didn't need too many alterations done to my dress (which I ordered online), so I really didn't want to pay the high prices quoted by many bridal stores.

Mary was able to fit me in her schedule and did an amazing job bustling and taking in my gown. She also steamed it so it hung beautifully on the big day. And on top of that, she was able to make me the short, simple veil I was looking for. One-stop shop! Read less
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ejon9
Wedding:
12/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary was so wonderful - her many years of experience made this such an easy breezy process. Get into the dress, have her assess, come back at the next appt and try it out - perfect!

Mary's prices were extremely reasonable and she did such a wonderful job altering the dress and making my veil. She is extremely popular so please call in advance to get on her calendar!
Mary was so wonderful - her many years of experience made this such an easy breezy process. Get into the dress, have her Read more...
Mary was so wonderful - her many years of experience made this such an easy breezy process. Get into the dress, have her assess, come back at the next appt and try it out - perfect!

Mary's prices were extremely reasonable and she did such a wonderful job altering the dress and making my veil. She is extremely popular so please call in advance to get on her calendar! Read less
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LaraSuzanne
Wedding:
9/6/2009
4.8/5.0
Mary is GREAT and my dress was perfect! She books up quickly though so make sure you call her as early as possible! She is kind of hard to get to too but it is worth it. She is very inexpensive and does an amazing job. She sells great acessories too. I got a beautiful flower hair comb and earrings for $20 each, stuff that would be $100+ in bridal stores. Book her now! ;)
Mary is GREAT and my dress was perfect! She books up quickly though so make sure you call her as early as possible! She is Read more...
Mary is GREAT and my dress was perfect! She books up quickly though so make sure you call her as early as possible! She is kind of hard to get to too but it is worth it. She is very inexpensive and does an amazing job. She sells great acessories too. I got a beautiful flower hair comb and earrings for $20 each, stuff that would be $100+ in bridal stores. Book her now! ;) Read less
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SummerSolstice
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary was great! I found her reading other brides blogs. I was nervous about finding a wedding dress seamstress/alterations, and she fit the bill. Very reasonably priced and she did a great job with my dress. I went through 4 fittings. She took into account that brides will want to lose weight, and reassured me that she would have the dress ready when she said she would, 2 days prior to the wedding making sure the dress was a perfect fit.

She also took into account the dancing I would do and did a great job with bustling the dress. She idiot proofed the connections to make sure my girls would be able to tie me up in a snap!

I can't say enough good things about her. She was a delight to work with and asked questions to decide how to bustle the dress. And the cost was at least half of what I would have paid at a bridal store!!!!

BTW, she does not need to advertise - that is how great she is - she gets business by word of mouth!
Mary was great! I found her reading other brides blogs. I was nervous about finding a wedding dress Read more...
Mary was great! I found her reading other brides blogs. I was nervous about finding a wedding dress seamstress/alterations, and she fit the bill. Very reasonably priced and she did a great job with my dress. I went through 4 fittings. She took into account that brides will want to lose weight, and reassured me that she would have the dress ready when she said she would, 2 days prior to the wedding making sure the dress was a perfect fit.

She also took into account the dancing I would do and did a great job with bustling the dress. She idiot proofed the connections to make sure my girls would be able to tie me up in a snap!

I can't say enough good things about her. She was a delight to work with and asked questions to decide how to bustle the dress. And the cost was at least half of what I would have paid at a bridal store!!!!

BTW, she does not need to advertise - that is how great she is - she gets business by word of mouth! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary is amazing! She was so talented, affordable, and flexible. She was able to make me a beautiful lace shrug that got rave reviews at my wedding, and took care of everything I asked for on my wedding dress. She even shortened it at the last minute because I was nervous I would step on it during our first dance. And, above all, she is incredibly affordable. Thanks, Mary!
Mary is amazing! She was so talented, affordable, and flexible. She was able to make me a beautiful lace shrug that got Read more...
Mary is amazing! She was so talented, affordable, and flexible. She was able to make me a beautiful lace shrug that got rave reviews at my wedding, and took care of everything I asked for on my wedding dress. She even shortened it at the last minute because I was nervous I would step on it during our first dance. And, above all, she is incredibly affordable. Thanks, Mary! Read less
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Nicole M.
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary is the woman you want altering your dress. She is PHENOMENAL! Her prices are unbeatable and she's such a pleasure to work with! I cannot say enough good about Mary -- she was truly amazing to work with! When my bustle came untied a bit and we called her on a SATURDAY NIGHT DURING MY WEDDING RECEPTION, she answered and walked us through bustling the dress the proper way. She goes over and beyond for her brides and is truly one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend Mary!
Mary is the woman you want altering your dress. She is PHENOMENAL! Her prices are unbeatable and she's such a pleasure to Read more...
Mary is the woman you want altering your dress. She is PHENOMENAL! Her prices are unbeatable and she's such a pleasure to work with! I cannot say enough good about Mary -- she was truly amazing to work with! When my bustle came untied a bit and we called her on a SATURDAY NIGHT DURING MY WEDDING RECEPTION, she answered and walked us through bustling the dress the proper way. She goes over and beyond for her brides and is truly one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend Mary! Read less
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Sandra
Wedding:
12/9/2008
5.0/5.0
I was so happy that I had an experience with Mary Catomy .The boutique was specious and carry all kinds of gorgeous pieces. And I loved atmosphere in it - very relaxing and stuff is very helpful.
I was so happy that I had an experience with Mary Catomy .The boutique was specious and carry all kinds of gorgeous Read more...
I was so happy that I had an experience with Mary Catomy .The boutique was specious and carry all kinds of gorgeous pieces. And I loved atmosphere in it - very relaxing and stuff is very helpful. Read less
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monkey
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Mary is such a sweetheart. She not only did a great job with her craftsmanship, but she made every decision easy for me at a time when I just had too many decisions to make! I bought a sample size dress and she fit it to me perfectly and offered options for me without inserting her opinions until she could see that I was desperate for them! I even got a few accessories while in her workshop (her basement) for the flower girl -- a cute gold headband and sweet shrug. Mary's a fun lady to work with and if I have any other alterations to make to my dresses, she is the first person I will call!
Mary is such a sweetheart. She not only did a great job with her craftsmanship, but she made every decision easy for me at Read more...
Mary is such a sweetheart. She not only did a great job with her craftsmanship, but she made every decision easy for me at a time when I just had too many decisions to make! I bought a sample size dress and she fit it to me perfectly and offered options for me without inserting her opinions until she could see that I was desperate for them! I even got a few accessories while in her workshop (her basement) for the flower girl -- a cute gold headband and sweet shrug. Mary's a fun lady to work with and if I have any other alterations to make to my dresses, she is the first person I will call! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/30/2008
5.0/5.0
Mary is absolutely the best! I had 2 wedding dresses including one that was my Mom's and over 53 years old. She did an incredible job. She was so willing to help with everything including some last minute alterations for my Mom's dress.
Mary is absolutely the best! I had 2 wedding dresses including one that was my Mom's and over 53 years old. She did an Read more...
Mary is absolutely the best! I had 2 wedding dresses including one that was my Mom's and over 53 years old. She did an incredible job. She was so willing to help with everything including some last minute alterations for my Mom's dress. Read less
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miamia
Wedding:
6/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Mary was fabulous. She was always on time, and even let me come in for my appointment 2 hours early (because I entered the wrong time into my calendar and was confused).

Her alterations fit to a T. We initially agreed on boob pads (she's known as the boob fairy for a reason), but after a few days, I decided I didn't want them. Out they went, with no additional charge or fuss. She knows how picky brides can be, and how often they change their minds too.

I never felt rushed by Mary. The cost was the lowest of all the places I looked as well. She only charged me for the final product, none of the in between steps, and her initial estimate was the same as the final! No funny business with her! And I saw many many smiling brides picking up or dropping off their gowns at her home, so she clearly makes many people happy.

There are some pictures in her studio of dresses she has MADE, which are gorgeous beyond words, so she can do that as well.
Mary was fabulous. She was always on time, and even let me come in for my appointment 2 hours early (because I entered the Read more...
Mary was fabulous. She was always on time, and even let me come in for my appointment 2 hours early (because I entered the wrong time into my calendar and was confused).

Her alterations fit to a T. We initially agreed on boob pads (she's known as the boob fairy for a reason), but after a few days, I decided I didn't want them. Out they went, with no additional charge or fuss. She knows how picky brides can be, and how often they change their minds too.

I never felt rushed by Mary. The cost was the lowest of all the places I looked as well. She only charged me for the final product, none of the in between steps, and her initial estimate was the same as the final! No funny business with her! And I saw many many smiling brides picking up or dropping off their gowns at her home, so she clearly makes many people happy.

There are some pictures in her studio of dresses she has MADE, which are gorgeous beyond words, so she can do that as well. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mary did a fantastic job on my wedding dress alterations. She had previously did a bridesmaids dress for me. Although I did not have many alterations I still need to get the straps shortened, the dress bussle and one minor notch in. The designer had put on the strap already that were very intricate and detailed with lace, beads and decals. She altered them down very well. She also did a great job with the bussle. Showed us how to bussle it and even put a little blue ribbon for good luck. Great job by Mary. Make sure to book early.
Mary did a fantastic job on my wedding dress alterations. She had previously did a bridesmaids dress for me. Although I Read more...
Mary did a fantastic job on my wedding dress alterations. She had previously did a bridesmaids dress for me. Although I did not have many alterations I still need to get the straps shortened, the dress bussle and one minor notch in. The designer had put on the strap already that were very intricate and detailed with lace, beads and decals. She altered them down very well. She also did a great job with the bussle. Showed us how to bussle it and even put a little blue ribbon for good luck. Great job by Mary. Make sure to book early. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mary has about 1,000 positive reviews, and for good reason. She is AMAZING at what she does, and despite being super busy, she still manages to make every bride feel special and beautiful. If you're getting married, book her early!! She is truly the best.
Mary has about 1,000 positive reviews, and for good reason. She is AMAZING at what she does, and despite being super busy, Read more...
Mary has about 1,000 positive reviews, and for good reason. She is AMAZING at what she does, and despite being super busy, she still manages to make every bride feel special and beautiful. If you're getting married, book her early!! She is truly the best. Read less
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