Coutures By Laura
5416 Parkcrest Dr Ste 200, Austin, TX 78731
Price Range : Above Average
Specialties: Business Functions, Corporate Functions
By Appointment Only: Yes
12/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I recently went to Coutures by Laura to have alterations done on my wedding dress. She did excellent work, had alterations completed in short time, friendly, and at a great price. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing alterations on wedding dress. She indicated she does other types of alterations for different garments, and I definitely plan to go back to her!
05/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have nothing but great things to say about Laura!
I went to her 3 months before my wedding. We had well over a year to plan our wedding, so this was significantly late in the game to be starting on my dress, but my other plan had fallen through. I was stressing out and about to settle on a $4,000 dress I didn't even love, when a friend convinced me to call Laura. (She had just had her first fitting for her own dress and was very happy.)
I called Laura the very next day, went in, and by the time I left I had written a deposit check and was feeling completely relieved. I showed her photos of a Vera Wang dress I loved. She completely got what I was wanting and had so much enthusiasm about it that I knew she was the right person to make it.
Long story short, I LOVED my dress, the process was very easy, and she also ended up completely re-doing 4 vintage lace dresses for my bridesmaids, which we also loved. (See photos in the gallery)
She's very reasonable (if you're aware that a custom wedding dress isn't going to be crazy cheap--I've read some bad reviews from people who clearly didn't get this).
Our wedding was featured on a national blog and I've had complete strangers emailing me to tell me how much they liked my dress. I wish I could wear it again!
SIDENOTE: The negative reviews on this site sound bogus to me. I didn't know her, she had no reason to think I was wealthy, and she still treated me very well. She definitely does not act like a ""snooty high school queen"", whatever that means. I'm glad I didn't listen to those reviews before I went in.
02/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Unless you're already friends with her (probably many of the fake 5-star reviews here are posted by them), you would do good to look some place else. This horrid person operates a business like she's still the snooty high school prom queen. Her good friends get prioritized over the ""regular"" customer which she looks down upon. She misquotes customers all the time. She does not properly honor gift certificates. She will change her quote in order to fully cover your gift certificate so that you have no credit left to use it on other services. She will be late on her work and ignore your calls and messages. If you have to use her (only if you HAVE to), bribe her with cookies. She responds better to food.
06/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had a great experience with Laura. I fell in love with a very pricey Melissa Sweet gown that made me look short. My mother and I had heard great things about Laura, so we went to meet with her and told her our dilemma. Within minutes, she was sketching the solution out in front of us. The dress she made was wonderful material, gorgeously represented the dress I loved AND included flattering details. Oh, and it cost about half of what the original designer dress would have cost before alterations. She was very accommodating when I wanted some alterations made to the neckline less than a month before the wedding. Meeting with Laura and my mother to create the dress no one was allowed to see until the big day was one of my favorite memories from wedding planning.
I am so happy with my wedding dress! 30 seconds before I walked down the aisle, my wedding coordinator told me that I was wearing the prettiest dress she'd seen at that venue in a while. I got comments the whole night and felt like a beautiful bride. Thank you, Laura.
My daughter was a recent debutant in Austin. In general, the dresses we were looking at in the stores were priced very high and of low quality. We went to Laura with a design in mind and and she took it from there. Laura created a gorgeous dress at a reasonable price and a much higher quality. There was far more attention to detail than we were seeing in the stores and it was overall much more superior to the ones had been looking at. One of the best things is that it was made to measure and fit my daughter like a glove. We looked forward to going in for fittings and it was so much fun watching the dress come together. Laura is just a lovely person; a pleasure to do business with, and someone I consider a new friend.
For our recent wedding, Laura designed and made 8 bridesmaids dresses, both mother's dresses, and 3 flower girl dresses. All were unbelievably fabulous! Her biggest accomplishment and the most unbelievable was my wedding dress that was my deb dress but got red wine spilled on it at the deb ball. We wrote the dress off as ruined and was wadded up in our attic for 5 years. Laura took one look at the dress and knew that she could turn it into my wedding dress. She replaced the damaged fabric and completely redesigned the dress while keeping the parts of it that I loved. It was a dream come true! One week before the wedding, she made the most fabulous rehearsal dinner dress for me. It is the prettiest cocktail dress I have ever worn. She even made my garter along with the ring bearer pillow that she tied in to the theme of the rehearsal dinner dress that she made. She put her personal touch on it and it was truly lovely. Every time we met with Laura we walked out with such feelings of relief and excitement that everything was going to be so beautiful and would come together perfectly. We will always think of Laura first whenever we need clothes or dresses for special occasions.
Love, Catherine and Nancy Dacy
07/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
First of all, more than half the people giving her good ratings, are personal friends of hers. Take it from someone, who's not her friend, she will treat you like dirt unless she smells that you are rich.
This ""businessperson"" is dishonorable and cheap. She does NOT honor gift certificates properly. She will quote a price for you and then when she finds out you are using a gift certificate, she will say that the service may actually cost more than the original price quoted. This is not how you build customer loyalty. Her customer interaction is horrendous. No doubt she is one of those people that if she likes you and/or she's your friend, you will see her good side. Everyone else will see her deceitful side. If I could give her 0 stars on this website, I would.
05/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been bringing work to Laura since 2005 after she did a fabulous and timely job with my sister-in-law's bridesmaid dresses. She helped alter my wedding dress that came in a size too big, designed and made my flower girl dresses as well as my junior bridesmaid dress, created a maternity wardrobe for me, and in between she did countless small tailoring jobs for both me and my husband. She is currently working on elaborate Christmas Stockings that she worked with me to design. There is no one I trust more than Laura with any special alteration. I have referred countless friends to Laura over the years and they have all been more than pleased.
04/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
when I first went to Laura she helped me create the wedding dress of my dreams. She created exactly what I wanted and more...she was so professional and her work is the best. I would highly recommend laura for a wedding dress to anyone as she created the dress of my dreams!
03/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife brought her designer dress in and need just a little room around the top. She was told it would be no problem and that it would look great. When my wife tried it on the dress fit awkwardly, and was un-fixable. If you do decide to go here I would be super descriptive on how and what you want altered. Also give your self lots of time if she screws up your dress, because it very well could happen.