Ava's Alterations


929 S Springinsguth Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193

(872) 588-7566
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I brought in a bridesmaid dress a few days after I had given birth with the wedding in a week. Eeeek! Ava did an excellent job on the dress and you couldn't even tell there was ex...


Way too expensive!!! I will never go here again. How can she justify being DOUBLE the price of other places? I have found a couple other places from friends that I will use.

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/30/2014

If you want to get ripped off by all means, go to Ava!!! SHE IS A COMPLETE SCAM! I paid LESS for my bridesmaid dress ($217) than I did for her $235 alterations! Please do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. When I questioned about the price she claimed her work justified the $235 tab and refused to refund any of the money. All she did was take in the bust and sides on the midsection. There were no significant alterations and she didn’t hem, add cups or anything like that. The dress pre-alterations was beautiful and well-made and simply just needed to be taken in a bit on the front bust and along the sides to fit perfectly. Not much work at all … not anything NEAR a $235 tab!!! Again, I paid less for the actual floor-length chiffon dress than the price Ava charged for a few nip/tucks. I told her this, she did nothing. Save yourself the time, energy, anger and money and find another seamstress. There are better seamstresses out there for a FRACTION of the cost. I have had the same amount work done elsewhere for $35-50 … I just went to here since I moved to the area and wasn’t familiar with other seamstresses. None of the other girls in the wedding (same dress, better alterations with more work) paid anywhere near the amount I did- I paid the price of all the girls combined. My wedding gown cost the same at a couture bridal boutique and required MUCH more work than what Ava did to this bridesmaid dress. Now I know why she charged a $50 deposit- people have probably told her to keep the garment instead of paying her ASTRONOMICAL fees! I asked for a quote up front but didn’t receive one. If I would have known minimal work would be $235 I would have NEVER EVER gone to her. Looks can be deceiving, she’s an undercover scam artist. BEWARE OF AVA! more

Rip off! 4/29/2014

Way too expensive!!! I will never go here again. How can she justify being DOUBLE the price of other places? I have found a couple other places from friends that I will use. more

Rip Off!!!!! 6/26/2013

Stay clear of this tailor! She ripped me off. I dropped off a bridesmaid dress with a simple hem. She did not tell me a price. When I went to pick it up it was $110 when other places would only charge $25 for this work. I have had several bridesmaid dresses altered over the years and I never paid this much for major work never mind a hem. I had a wedding gown taken in and hemmed elsewhere for less than this. I would never recommend this tailor to anyone! more

Super expensive! 6/4/2013

So I bought a super cheap dress ($140) from David's Bridal and needed to just get it hemmed. Took it to Ava and she was super nice and pinned my dress where it needed to be hemmed to. I tried asking for a price before I left and I got the "I need to look it over and see what I'm dealing with and will call you in a day or 2." answer. That should have been my red flag. I get a call 2 days later with a quote of $225! For a hem! I told her I could not afford that and went right over and picked my dress up for her house. I ended up taking it to a local dry cleaners instead. So disappointed. more

Too Expensive! 2/22/2013

I had taken a bridesmaid dress to Ava about 3 years ago and I remember her prices then being a little expensive but not completely crazy. I took a dress recently and made the mistake of not asking about the price before she did work on it. For taking up two straps on the dress and adding a tiny little snap to keep my bra strap covered- she charges me $85!!!!!!!!! I doubt that the work could have taken much more then an hour. \r \r When I told her how absurd I thought the price was she was completely oblivious. She is clearly out of touch with reality when it comes to pricing. \r \r I will absolutely never go back. I'm getting married soon and will make sure to tell all 12 of me bridesmaids NOT to see this woman, unless they want to pay more than the dress cost to get it tailored. more

poor bridesmaid 5/9/2012

I took a bridesmaid dress to Ava and was shocked at the cost she charged! It was over $200 for alterations- my jaw hit the ground! I didn't even pay that much to have my wedding dress altered at a bridal shop. The wedding dress was completely lace and had to be rebeaded! The braidsmaid dress was just a silky satin. Be aware of the cost and make sure you agree upon it before hand! more

Sometimes "local" isn't always best 2/27/2012

Ava was a very nice woman, don't get me wrong, but the prices for her work were sky high. I was quoted by a bridal shop the price to take a dress up, and to add bust cups. Ava assured me that she was cheaper than the bridal stores, and could get it to me faster. Pros: null Cons: null more

Wonderful! 10/17/2011

I brought in a bridesmaid dress a few days after I had given birth with the wedding in a week. Eeeek! Ava did an excellent job on the dress and you couldn't even tell there was extra fabric added. I think some of the bad reviews on here are about a different place- she pays excellent detail to everything she does. I actually have my sister's wedding in two weeks and I will be taking that dress to her as well. (This will be about a month after giving birth.)\r \r Highly recommend! more

Excellent seamstress! 3/16/2011

Found Ava on the internet and set an appointment on a Saturday to have three suits altered. Although she is chatty, she made me feel comfortable with her knowledge and experience. She took measurements and made suggestions related to my height and weight. After the fitting she said she would call me with an estimate and followed up witha very reasonable figure for the amount of alterations. Ava called back on the following Wednesday to say my suits were ready. I set a time the next day to try on thye suits. One word: Amazing. The suits fit perfectly and looked custom tailored. I will go back for ANY alterations; especially suits. more

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible 5/10/2010

OMG....beware of this seamstress. Zipper was broken on dress and seamstress wouldn't stand behind her work. Also beading was loose and falling off. Bride actually LOST weight 2 weeks before wedding so that was not an issue. Again, this is a very important day to leave to a person who does inadequate work and is rude! Stay at your bridal house and pay the extra $$ to have the work done. At least you'll be happy. more

Great Service! 3/1/2010

Well Ava did a complete overhaul of my wedding gown and when she was all done it fit like a glove! I have heard of other girls having their dresses rip or zippers breaking when they have gained too much weight in the week before their wedding. You can't blame that on the tailor. Ava is such a sweet lady. Since I was driving in from the city she was very understanding and flexible. I would recommend Ava for any dress job that you may have! more

no, no, no 11/11/2009

It's been almost a year since this so called "professional" butchered our daughter's wedding dress.....beware....poor workmanship, foreigner who's rude, won't stand behind service and the list goes on. If I could do it myself she would be out of business! Pros: none Cons: way too many to list here more

Brides Beware 11/17/2008

Horrible service and inadequate work. Zipper on dress broke 45 minutes before bride was to walk down tbe aisle and seamstress would not stand behind her work. This is the most important day of your life. Be careful who you use for alterations. more
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  • A focus on fit.

    The way clothes look and fit is a true reflection of your image.

    Clothing represents a substantial investment requiring periodic modifications to bring out the simple beauty of garments. Alterations or "focus remodeling" allows you to be creative and put a real personal touch into your wardrobe for a minimal cost.

    Services include:

    • Christening gowns

    • Wedding dresses

    • Tuxedos

    • Suits

    • Bridesmaid dresses

    • Evening gowns

    From a sleeve to a hem, a zipper to a tear; a new lining to reconstruction lapels, Ava's Tailor Service can freshen garments that have deteriorated over the years.

    Experience ranging from fine women specialty stores to men apparel shops allows Ava's 30 years of experience to demonstrate craftsmanship within a very limited time frame - even the same day if the need arises.

    Simply stated, "If it doesn't fit, Ava can solve the problem.". |Alterations|Relining|Tailoring|Reweaving|Clothing Repair|Leather Repair|Hat Blocking|Clothing Preservation|Fur Cleaning|Mending|Dressmakers|Handbag Repair

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