Gowns by Gaetana

Norfolk, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have made wedding gowns for over 50 years and I really form a personal bond with each of my brides. In fact, several have invited me to their weddings.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The chance to be creative and share in a gal's happiest day. I especially like it when a girl sees herself in her gown for the first time and tears come unbidden because she realizes her dreams are coming true.

Location

Norfolk, VA 23513

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

20

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Amie R. May 5, 2017
    Custom Tailor
    Verified Review
    Simply amazing!!! I bought an off the rack dress, but thankfully it fit me well. But still needed a lot change a lot of things on it. She was quite a bit of a drive but worth it!!! When I had my final fitting and I looked in the mirror, the water works turned on. She recreated exactly what I wanted. She also added a belt and hair comb to match!!! Absolutely perfect!!!! Just as I dreamed. And she and her husband are the sweetest people!!!! Would definitely recommend her to any one!!!
  • Tillie S. Apr 22, 2017
    Alterations
    Verified Review
    Wonderful experience
    I used Gowns by Gaetana to alter a dress for my daughters wedding. The dress was expensive and has soutache roses in profusion on fine lace (also has tiny sequins). G by G did a wonderful job. I can't tell that it was ever altered, but it fits like a glove! Would definitely use again.
  • Leah J. Mar 5, 2017
    Wedding Dress Alterations
    Verified Review
    Wonderful
    Adrienne is the best, she is so nice. She did a great job on my dress.
  • Anthea S. Feb 2, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Adrienne is great!
    Adrienne is great! She offered her advice freely whenever I needed!
  • Rosita B. Feb 2, 2017
    Bridesmaid Dress Alterations
    Verified Review
    Mother of the Groom Gown
    Adrienne was a very pleasant lady. Yes I would recommend her for alterations. Especially if you have a fancy dress/gown.
  • Hio C. Mar 10, 2016
    Custom Clothes Design
    Verified Review
    I was in search of a pro to recreate a Scottish bridal gown I found onlilne. No pattern....just a picture. Adrienne is not done yet. But based on her quick response and our first two meetings, I know this is going to be an amazing wedding gown! Her pricing is very reasonable and she knows her way around a sewing machine. So far, I'm very impressive and satisfied. Her ideas are innovative and very complimentary to the dress and me! Will update at the end of the project. But I already know it will be gorgeous. Thank you, Adrienne! Our wedding will be awesome....because of you!
  • Margarita M. Jun 6, 2012
    Seamstress
    Verified Review
    Adrienne is amazing.. I can not wait to get the finished product ! She explained everything every step of the way. More than accommodating .. full of recommendations. Extremely reasonable.. I thought I would have to get my dress made in the Orient but was truly blessed when I found this site and came across Adrienne. I know what I am getting, I know exactly what I am paying for BEFORE it comes in. I also was given assurances that my product will exceed my expectations... Pic to be posted on the big day !
    Adrienne W. Aug 12, 2012

    Margarita is a dream to work with!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our first meeting, which is complimentary, we will get to know each other and talk about your vision for your beautiful wedding day - the venue, the flowers, the ceremony and all those other wonderful details. We will analyze the different styles of gowns that you like and what you do not like. Then comes time for your measurements so it is important to have the type of undergarments that you will wear because this can seriously affect some critical measurements. Next comes the fun part, putting YOUR measurements into the computer and begin designing your gown! From this first meeting, I will have enough information to give you an estimate for the labor and materials to make the gown.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly discovering new sewing tricks, that make me say, why did I not think of this before?
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Adding embellishments such as beading to a gown requires hours of hand sewing which cannot be estimated ahead of time; for this type of detail work, I charge an hourly rate of $20
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After retiring after 40 years as a chemical engineer, I realized that sitting home without something challenging to do was just not me. While making a wedding gown as my gift to a friend's daughter, she suggested that I use my sewing talents to create gowns for other girls, especially since I knew how to FIT all different size gals.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Large wedding parties with several bridesmaids with a broad range of sizes and heigths are especially hard to find flattering dresses. This is where having custom made dresses is a good solution.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
For a first time bride in her 50's, I recreated her mother's 50's tea length gown that made her cry when she saw it! For a third time bride in her sixties, she said my creation was perfect compared to her first two.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Remember that when looking at cheap gowns shown on Chinese websites, "Buyer Beware" and "You get what you pay for". You can see and touch my fabric samples and I will make a cotton mock up of your dress so you KNOW what material it will be made from and that it will FIT!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Just because someone has sewn from commercial patterns does not mean they are capable of creating a wedding gown from an idea.