Here's a before and
after that turned out
waay better than
expected. I sure was
happy those straps
didn't need taken up!

Mom's Deb/Wedding Dress, made into
fabulousness for Rebecca!

We had to take 3.5 inches out of
the hem, but SAVE the scallop
edge and don't lose any  feathers!
Super Cute!

All pinned up, from a size 12 to maaaybe
a 6. We had to raise the "V" back to
narrow the shoulders, take them up
then shorten the lace hem.  
Then she sews sequins All Over
the dress, I couldn't be prouder,
it was so perfect!

We were ready for an elegant
cowgirl wedding and pictures
with her horse!

This dress just didn't fit
anymore.  We let it out,
made it lace up and
hemmed it.
It was perfect!  

When your Internet
Purchase is different than
the picture! They change
necklines and backs all the
time, so we cut this one
She needed something shiny- like a completely Rhinestoned belt! And
the little trim at the top completed it. Or was it the fur topped cape?
This super elegant- all lace dress
needed taking in down the sides,
remove lace over shoulders to not
interrupt the scallop pattern
(because the shoulders were too
tall) and take off a few inches in
the front hem.

This little bride wasn't thrilled with off the shoulder neckline so we
usde what was there to make a halter that fastened smooth
behind her neck.  
Wedding Gowns and Formalwear Alterations   
Some Services I offer:

Alterations and Customizations
Placing bustles, both french and traditional.
Aisle-ready steaming for photos and wedding day
Iron crenolyns (the stiff tulle under your dress and
what your slip is made of)
Spot cleaning and repairs
French Bustles.
Each one is different and can vary in difficulty by
the height of the Bride and length and width of the
before:                         6 hooks later:
After the Bride being told it couldn't
be done, she found me and I took
the zipper out, let out the sides of
the dress, put bust darts in and
bustled it. She was fabulous and
This dress we took the sleeves off, took it up
in the shoulders and took it up in the bodice
and waist by about 8 sizes! Taking off the
sleeves updated the dress, made a huge
difference and kept her from buying a new
dress. It had a huge train and just turned out
If the crenolyn under your dress looks
like this,
you need to call me.  This
needs to be smooth, not bumpy! You
won't know how poufy your dress should
look - and it can't be hemmed until this
is pressed!   
A wedding gown I made Lace up a
LONG time ago.
I do LOTS of lace edge hems.
I do a lot of taking up under the
arms or darts to pull the bodice in
at the top. Like this one, the
gorgeous, silver embroidered lace
with tiny beads all over had to be
peeled back, altered then the lace
put back and rebeaded. But lace is
wonderful to cover much needed
darts so the dress really hugs you.
A couple of Bridesmaids
dress saved by going lace
up.  I prefer the dress to
zip up to the waist, but I'm
willing to look at whatever
you have. The fit of the
dress from the waist down
could help or hurt us!
Call or text me at 501-545-5750
during normal working person
business hours, please
This silhouette top dress was a size 22, brought to me by the size 6 you see on
the far right.  I pinned several inches all the way around, took the sleeves off.  
Then proceeded to Reconstruct.  I was super happy when those shoulders fit
that way- they hung 4 inches off her shoulders before! Noone would ever
believe her if she told them without these before pictures.  
A two layer lace border hem
This tiered heavy lace dress had zipper
issues, was a tad to small but still stood
out in the front like THIS!
This needed darts and shaping, which it
got, and you can see, it looked SO
beautiful! One of my favorites of 2016
The b/w pic is over 55 years ago, bought by the
bride who worked in a boot factory in Tennessee.
I got to meet her, she wanted her son's new
bride to wear it.  I Carefully altered the dress for
them, removing the shoulders and sleeves. The
modern wedding sash really finished this dress
and made it what the bride wanted.  I don't know
who was happier, but I LOVED this project.  
Lace Border - moved up .
Redesigned her Mother's dress from
1991, I LOVE that dress.  Made a
keyhole back, simple neckline with
shoulders for comfort and added a
chiffon skirt with sweep train.
The top of your dress
CAN NOT do this!
Sometimes just  
inches   of lace up
instead of zipper will
make All the
difference you need!
This Mom's Wedding dress got a whole
new look for Deb Ball, love the tulle!
This wedding dress went from portrait neckline to  Way up on
her neck, and key hole back to Whole filled back with buttons.
I added sleeves and appliqued them to the wrist, also with
buttons. Luckily, they brought me Lots of lace to work with
What your multi layer
train does on its own vs
what it does after I sew
several floating tacks to
keep it and the lining
where we want them.
Your mother and
bridesmaid will thank you
for this.
The new nude tulle tops and
shoulders of dresses are great,
but they need to be fitted on
your shoulders and neckline
like this one, making it stay in
place and stay invisible.
1 tack in the middle of the train
All layers pressed and
tacked together
1 tack in the
middle of the train
All layers pressed
and tacked together