a few words about us

page2_img1Dear Brides,

What an amazing journey I have been blessed to have! I never could have imagined 30 years ago how my business would have evolved and grown. In 1985, I was a newlywed unhappy with a job at a bank desperate to find a way to create something of my own that would be able to earn an income. I decided to turn a lifelong passion and hobby into a business venture. Armed with one sewing machine, a spare bedroom, and a “can-do” attitude, I began. I took on any sewing project that would help advance my career and talents. By the end of 1985, I discovered that my niche and talent was in Bridal Alterations. Alterations utilize a different mind and skill set than custom sewing. Alterations require troubleshooting, problem solving and patience beyond measure. I put in countless hours perfecting my skills to ensure that my business would thrive and grow. I was given my first break by The Rose of Sharon, a small bridal salon in Plano, Texas. I was hired to be their in house seamstress. That bridal salon closed a few years later, but not before I had established myself as one of the top bridal seamstresses in the area. I have since worked in partnership with many of the Dallas area’s top bridal salons; A Perfect Wedding , A Bridal Circle, Bridal Portfolio, Princess Bridal and since 2003 our company has been privileged to work a with Stardust Celebrations, Lulus Bridal, and their newest stores A Bridal Closet and A Curvy Bride.

The Past 30 years, with the support of an equally talented husband, I have been able to grow my business and be an active part of my three children’s lives. I have been able to watch and keep up with the ever changing bridal styles, from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton. The wedding songs I never grow tired of remind me, that while I have helped thousands of brides from all over the world with their gowns, that for each girl it is their special moment. Over the years many of our brides have become dear friends.

Upon graduating from Texas Tech University with a major in Business Administration, Marketing, my only daughter joined my business. The daughter that at one time played at the foot of my sewing machine, is now my partner. Rylee is fun, smart, creative, insightful, organized, passionate and the ying to my yang. She brings an energy and discipline to our company that has allowed us to grow from one employee to nine and still growing. With her at my side I have been able to spend more time doing what I truly love, designing and working with the Brides!

We are specialized in all Bridal Alterations, Bridal Restorations, Gown redesigns and Gown repurposing. We are committed to providing the best service possible. Our desire is for this to be a fun enjoyable experience that you will cherish in years to come. We are excited for the chance to be part of your special day!

Altered for Life,
Ruth Calvert
Owner of Altered for the Altar by Nouvelle Vie Bridal, LLC
“To everything there is a season…”

what we offer

Professional Bridal Alterations

Our team is specialized in all aspects of wedding alterations including: Bridal, Vintage Restoration, Vintage Restyling Gown Repurposing and Gown Pressing.

150 Years of Experience

Our staff has a combined experience of OVER 150 years specifically in bridal alterations and bridal construction. We have state of the art commercial equipment to best serve your needs. We are the most certified and seasoned bridal seamstresses in the DFW area.