Welcome to Garments by Design Alterations

Specializing in weddings, prom and special occasion alterations. I also create original Western show apparel.



Garments by Design is now offering customized Western Wear.



I specialize in tailoring: resetting sleeves, hemming/shortening garments,  taking up shoulder seams, replacing zippers, and adding bra cups and shoulder pads. Alterations is so much more than just sewing. Taking the extra steps is  important to insure the garment fits the persons silhouette beautifully.



I love to take a clients vision of their perfect gown and design it into their dream dress. Redesigning, combining two gowns into one, or recreating a vintage garment into a new fresh look, I look forward to making dreams come true.


High Quality

As a couture alterationist I take the extra steps to ensure that not only does the garment fit the client properly, but that the client feels good about how the garment looks on them. Caring about how the client feels is as important as the actual work on the garment.



I love custom orders like creating Western show apparel and unique one of a kind Baptismal / Christening gowns from family heirloom garments.

Many brides request unique, special heirlooms added into their gowns, and I love to be a  part of assisting with this. Working with the clients to design something special is an honor.



Years ago, I started to carry a line of jewelry. I wanted items that no one else in the area has, and so I am very picky about what jewelry I offer. My clients love that my selection is so different from other shops, and my prices are very reasonable. I have a beautiful line of jewelry, sashes and headpieces available. Custom veils are available at request.  I also carry bra cups in two designs and 5 sizes.

Welcome to Garments by Design

Garments by Design is an independent custom couture alteration shop located in Royal, Iowa. Barb Bohr has been specializing in alterations and tailoring for over 30 years, and she loves making garments fit perfectly.

Everyday wear to special occasion garments are always a better fit when they are custom tailored.

What our Clients say


I have a sister business where I make doll clothes. Be sure to check it out too.