- Holly Stedman
I had purchased my dream Hayley Paige wedding dress in Georgia where I was currently living. The dress was altered by a local shop and unfortunately they did a very poor job altering my dress. My wedding was in Dayton and I asked my mom to find a place to put a bustle on my dress and Van Lear Custom Couture was recommended. My wedding was in one week. I met with Lora and she had me try my dress on and she immediately could see I was not happy with the alterations. I started to cry and she said I can fix this and make it like new. I hugged her and felt so happy. I came back for a fitting and then in a few days the final trying on of the dress. It was perfect!!!! Lora is amazing!!!! My wedding was beautiful and perfect because I felt good in my dress and it is all because of Lora and her shop!!!!! Thank you so much Lora!
- Alaura Pittman
I came in with a picture of a dress that had the style I wanted, but I wanted the colors changed, I literally had no idea how the custom dress process worked. Lora took my idea and vague directions and made the most amazing dress I could ever have imagined. She was so much fun to work with and I was actually a little sad the day I picked up my dress because I wouldn’t be seeing her anymore. Everyone was completely blown away by my dress, it fit me perfectly and was completely jaw dropping. If you need a dress for any occasion, go see her!
- Nicole Chaney-Long
I was referred to Van Lear from Louise Christine Bridal in Oakwood. And of course Lora did not disappoint. She knew exactly what to do. The dress of my dreams had to be taken in quite a bit. But she made it perfect! Attached my belt and sleeves. It all turned out perfect. Lora knows exactly what to do. So glad I went the extra couple of hours away from home to trust her with something so special. Our day was perfect~
I brought in a dress that was given to me from a friend who was married in the 80’s. I wanted it redone in a style that suited me and once she sketched out my ideas I could hardly contain my excitement. I felt like a princess on my special day and I got SO many compliments on my dress. She really does amazing work!!! Worth every penny!!!
- Catherine George
The sisters that own the store are the sweetest people you can meet. When I had my dress made they involved me from the beginning where they asked what I wanted and started drawing the dress of my dreams through the fabric choices and how the dress presented when worn. Every detail on the dress was placed with care and pride.
Your day, your style, your design.
Creating a one-of-a-kind design requires time.
Contact us to see if our availability matches your timeline.
For BRIDAL alterations:
Call 3 months before the event date, whether the garment is currently in your possession at the time of the call or not, to book a first fitting.
First fittings should be scheduled for at least 2 months prior to the event.
For NONBRIDAL alterations:
Time is of the essence for both of us! The sooner you book, the better. Call for availability.