"You are clearly a person of integrity who loves what she does. I felt… like I had known you a long time."
"[Your alterations made it feel] as if my dress had been custom-made. It gave me a figure but didn't feel uncomfortable."
"I've never felt more beautiful than when I said 'I do' to the man I love, while wearing such a beautiful gown."
"I can't tell you how amazing I felt trying it on I would highly recommend you to my friends and colleagues."
"Thank you for the beautiful work on my grandmother's dress. I am amazed by your work."
"All the raves you have received on The Knot and The Wedding Channel do not do you justice. I knew immediately you were the one…"
"You created my innermost dreams! This is the wedding gown I've dreamed of since childhood!"
"…thanks for the alterations on my wedding dress and rehearsal dress. Everything was perfect."
"Thank you for (re-)making my dress and doing an amazing job!"
"Thank you for the alterations and the perfect bustle! I love it!"
"Thank you so much for making my gown the prettiest thing ever! Everyone thinks it was all me when in fact it was all you!"
"Thank you for making my dream dress come true. I received so many compliments… you'll be getting some new customers."
"Thank you, Claudine, for all your work on this gorgeous dress! You truly have magical fingers..."
Each heirloom bridal gown shown here was altered, re-fitted and re-fashioned — working with the bride to get the right touch of respect and creativity that will make a fond memory into the perfect wedding dress that is all yours. Claudine can do it for you!
Sensitivity to the bride's wishes — and special knowledge of vintage fabrics and construction — are key to successfully redesigning heirloom wedding dresses.
Click any bride's name, above, to see photos of her heirloom wedding gown redesign, update, or restoration.
If you have the opportunity to use the bridal gown worn by a cherished parent or (great) grandparent, Claudine can help with decisions that are part sentimental and part practical.
A vintage gown needn't look its age. On the big day, your heirloom wedding dress can look as fresh and new as the life you are about to begin.
Just be sure to consult early with an expert who understands vintage and antique fabrics! Claudine has repaired and restored many fine gowns from the past.
With all respect for the heirloom gown, it must work well for the bride or neither the bride nor the gown will look their best. Claudine can guide you sensitively through the process of finding a harmonious balance in your dream gown.
Sometimes there are reasons not to use the heirloom dress. Perhaps the fabric is too fragile. Maybe it can't be adapted well, or it is just too precious to alter.
You may still introduce a grace note from the vintage garment. Perhaps a bit of lace from it can be worked into a new veil or become part of the bouquet. A ribbon can find a dozen uses. Or wearing a piece of family jewelry can pay respect to the past while complementing your perfect wedding style. Claudine will be delighted to explore your options with you!