Meet Isabel Scotney


Isabel Scotney

Experienced seamstress
Creates custom patterns
Specializing in Bridal wear
Works with satin, chiffon, lace, silk, beads and more
Personally meets with every client

I am a wife and a mother of 5 grown children. I have been sewing for over 40 years! As a little girl I loved creating with fabric; sewing Barbie doll clothes, making stuffed animals and toys, I soon moved on to designing clothes for myself and others. In junior high and high school I attended many community college evening classes covering topics such as how to sew with knits and leather, and the design and creation of patterns.

In grade 9 I had my first professional sewing order making junior high basketball uniforms for my school. As a teenager I was on the advisory board for the Lethbridge (Community) College Fashion Design program, of which I was a student in it’s first year in 1988-89. After college I worked for a couple years as a pattern maker in a local aerobic wear/sportswear company. However, it was while creating my own wedding dress in 1990 that I found my favourite thing to sew.

I ventured out on my own and started my home based custom sewing company. I made custom fitted women’s suits, blouses, dresses, skirts and coats, but my favourite garments to work on were for weddings: wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and mother of the bride/groom outfits. Once my third child was born I deliberately took on less and less jobs, choosing to spend more time raising my children. I re-entered the work force in 2010 doing alterations at Once Upon a Bride in Lethbridge, Alberta.

When Once Upon a Bride discontinued their in-store alteration services in 2011 I started Isabel’s Designs from my home. Since then I have had the joy of helping over 2,000 bridal parties with their gowns.

"Isabel has altered several dresses for me and they have been perfect every time! Every experience with her is wonderful!"
D Alcock

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