Welcome to Garments by Design Alterations

Specializing in weddings, prom and special occasion alterations.



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 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

"Barb is the absolute best and is the only person I would trust to do alterations on anything. Her attention to detail is absolutely astounding and when my daugher wanted to change her prom dress she was creative and turned her dress from just ok to a show stopper dress. If you are looking for the BEST to do alterations on anything, she is your girl. You won't be disappointed I swear." 

Ellen P.

“Barb is a true expert in her field. She knows exactly  what she is doing, and makes you feel 100% confident in the work shes going to do for you. I still remember the fine details she put on the bustle of my wedding gown, and that was 9 years ago! I would highly recommend Barb and her work!"

Jodi K.

“I have known Barb Bohr since I taught her daughters in kindergarten, andthat is when I realized her talent as a seamstress. I could call her and she would make me circus costumes out of material she had at home and them costumes were amazing... lots of detail and so real! Proceed to when my daughter got married, I showed Barb several dresses I liked and she has such a great eye for detail that she told me what dress would look best on me and then got the material and whatever else was needed and made the dress from the picture without any pattern and it was gorgeous and I had so many compliments on it.... such talent!! Barb is so so easy to work with and has such a talent for knowing what wil work and what wont work when designing a dress or alterating a dress or whatever needs to be done to make it the best it can be. She is only a phone call away when you need her,.. always willing to help. I want to thank her for all the work she has done for my family throughout the years,... you truly are the best!" 

Nicole C.

"I have known Barb for over 10 years now! She has altered multiple prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and my wedding gown for me and all fit perfectly! She has an amazing talent and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my dresses!":

Sarah J.


Barb helped turn my wedding dress into my dream wedding dress with a complete redesign of the bodice. Her work is impeccable, detailed, and beautiful. She is always joyful and kind. Her love for her work shines through at every appointment. I could not have been happier with my dress and experience!!

Alicia R.

brenda malm

Barb is an amazing and sweet woman to work with. I first went to her for help with a bridesmaid dress that pretty much looked like a potatoe bag on me and thought I had no hopes of pulling off this specific look my friend wanted. But sure enough Barb had ideas and made things work for me and it ended up being one of my favorite dresses. After this, I knew she was the one to take on my wedding  dress invision. I picked a dress that had similarities to what I wanted in a dress and a skirt from another dress to add to it for my fluff. Luckily Barb was there that day and gave me reassurance that she could handle this project and help me create my dream dress. And with just a couple small visits to her shop she made adjustments here and there. Until finally the last apointment she had it all together and finished... it was officially my dress dress and brought me tears to my eyes! She had made me the perfect dress that had not only 1 but 2 looks. She had dropped by back line and added gorgeous straps for security and bling which was my favorite part. And to top it off, she made me the perfect veil to match my dress. I coudn't have been happier with her work and she truly made my day! Barb also has gorgeous jewelry at her shop and helped me find a necklace that went along with my dress. Barb can definitely take in a vision and make magic happen 

Brenda M.

Barb did an amazing job on all my dresses! Perfectly with scheduling and very affordable! 5 stars!

Elise R.

Barb took a wedding dress which I found and loved the fit and feel, and added pieces of my mom's wedding dress to it. She uniquely incorporated the lace from my moms dress, and added some hand beading to make my dress something it wasn't originally made to be. 

She then made a removable belt in a similar fashion so my sisters could incorporate part of my mom's dress in the future. Brillant, creative, unique and beautiful work!! 

Cara I

Barb altered my wedding dress as well as several dresses for me throughout the years. Not only does her talent show in her attention to detail and abilities, but her passion shines through in her willingness to be flexible, create personalized pieces and make sure you feel your absolute best! Barb has been amazing to work with and is always my first choice for any alterations and sewing needs. 

Carissa Rae

I can't even begin to say how wonderful Barb at Garments by Design is! I first worked with her on alterations for my wedding dress and she did a phenomenal job. She carefully listened to everything I wanted including sewing a special piece of my moms dress into my dress with my parents wedding date and mine embroderied on it. She also altered my mom's dress for both my wedding and my brother's wedding, my best friend's wedding dress, and many other dresses for me. I have never had a bad experience or heard of anyone having a bad experience with her. She genuinely cares about her clients and takes time to personally connect with everyone. It is really unbelievable the level of talent that she has when it comes to sewing, beadwork, and everything in between!!! Her shop is in her home and it is beautiful and comfortable. She knows exactly how to help make your special day exactly how it should be and you know that you do not have to stress because your dress is in the best possible hands with her!!

Paige D.

3 Generations and 3 dresses " fixed" by Barb. Will never go anywhere else to have alterations done! Barb is the Best! Patti Mohr, Stephanie Lauderback, Miliena Lauderback 

Patti M.

I have had Barb alter a couple of dresses for me. The latest one she did for me she was a godsend! I was in the process of losing weight while trying to get my bridesmaid dress altered. My first fitting I had lost so much she had to take the dress in so much! She was so nervous for the day of the wedding that she was there and helped me with my dress. She still had to take it in again on the day of the wedding. She does such great work and will help you out no matter what! I would highly recommend Barb for any alterations you have!

Ann S.

Barb altered bridal gowns for two of my daughters in law. One traveled from Des Moines and the other from Minneapolis. Barb was so kind and patient with the girls. she listened to their ideas and expertly created their dream gowns. Barb also altered both of my mother of dresses to perfectly fit my silhouette. I would highly recommend Barb. Her work is done with perfection and caring. 

Theresa R.

Barb has altered prom dresses for my duaghter before and has worked miracles. She took a flamingo style gown and made it fit first an 8th month pregnant short girl and then remade it back to its original size. It was fantastic! She altered my daughters wedding dress taking a 92 year old piece of blue lace from my mom's wedding dress and sewing a heart  into the bodice of my daughter's wedding  dress next to her heart, made the something blue even more special! All this and with so much caring and genuine love and understanding and resonable prices too. 

Rhonda B.

We really appreciate everything you did for us barb and everyone looked fabulous, you are wonderful. Thanks a bunch! 

Connie B.

Barb is one of the sweetest ladies out there! She is so kind and gentle and genuine. She made my dress experience so special. It also meant alot when  you said you say a prayer for the brides on their big day! Thanks again for your wonderful work on my wedding gown. It meant the world to me. 

Kate T

I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work, time and patience put into my dress. It (of course) fit perfectly, and looked stunning with your help. Thanks again for everything! 

Katie J

Thank you so much for the work done on our gowns. You do wonderful work! 

Peggy N.

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the seamstress magic on the wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses and my own dress. Everything was perfect and we had a wonderful wedding! 

Kris R

Thank you for working so hard on my wedding dress. I loved it and appreciate all of your hard work on it. Thanks again!

Beth M

Thank you for all your fine fitting details to make Heathers dress magical. She looked stunning because of your extra hard work. We can't thank you enough for making her transformative day so memorable. Warm thanks! 

Lois F.

Barb goes above and beyond when helping me with my Tux. With my build all my suits require extensive tailoring. I was concerned about how I would look at the alter in a tux off the rack. I really appreciated her willingness to help me look my best on my wedding day. Thank you 


Many many thanks for the best gift any bride can receive.  The gift of beauty! My dress was absolutely perfect thanks to you. I got so many compliments on how perfect it looked, and of course I told everyone you are the reason it looked so fantastic! Thank you for helping me feel beautiful. 


Barbs work is amazing! My wedding dress fit perfectly and I felt like a princess on my big day! I cannot thank you enough . My mothers dress, my bridesmaids, and I are so thankful fo ryou, and we so  appreciate your amazing work! 



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