By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2009
Susan Bowren, The Clothing Doctor, can alter your wedding gown to fit you perfectly.
Do you have broken zippers? How about a bargain dress in your closet – one that nearly fits and you almost wore once?
Susan Bowren, The Clothing Doctor in Sapulpa, has just the right prescription for all your clothing ailments. There is no need to replace costly items when Susan can repair, restyle, resize, even repurpose clothing for men, women and children.
Susan understands that you feel good when your clothes look good. Expert clothing alterations can hide problem areas on the body and reduce inches without the use of shapewear or dieting. That’s something many ladies especially appreciate when they buy a bridal or formal gown at Treasured Gowns, the other business that Susan and her husband, Rick, operate at the same location.
People throughout the community and surrounding areas trust Susan to handle work on their most expensive clothing. In May, local newspaper readers voted The Clothing Doctor as their favorite tailor and alterations shop. Her 40 years of sewing experience includes contract alterations for the finest clothing stores in Tulsa. She knows exactly how to drape, cut and alter a garment without ruining the fabric.
The Clothing Doctor can create custom garters to mark any special occasion.
No matter what Susan sews, she makes sure it is perfect. Even hems on jeans are sewn to match the original factory hems. She uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment to handle everything from lace to leather. And she will tackle just about any project, even those that other alterations shops won’t touch. She works on dresses, skirts, suits, slacks, pants, jackets, shirts, blouses, jeans, bathing suits, bras and other lingerie, and of course, formal wear. One of her favorite tasks is doing beadwork on gowns and formals from the large inventory of size 0 to 32 dresses in their store.
At The Clothing Doctor, you get personal service and attention to every detail, whether you have a uniform adjustment or need to contour and shape an elaborate gown. “I can take a size 12 wedding gown down to a size 2,” the fitting specialist adds.
During this economic downturn, more people are shopping for bargains. But quite often, the best prices don’t coincide with the best fit. Susan recommends purchasing larger garments to assure adequate material for adjustments.
Another project she especially enjoys is repurposing bridal gowns. It costs approximately $165 to clean and preserve a wedding gown. In most cases it will be stored in an attic or under a bed, with dreams of a daughter someday wearing the gown for her wedding. It seldom happens.
Starting with her own daughter’s wedding gown, Susan took it apart to make a christening gown for her first grandbaby. She has also made basinettes by using the gown, headpiece and veil. Each baby’s name can be embroidered on the material to create a special family heirloom.
The master seamstress recalls making a newborn boy’s outfit from a pair of one grandfather’s jeans and a work shirt from his other grandfather. Other custom work includes special occasion garters – for weddings, proms, a cruise vacation, or any event you want to remember.
When you take your work to The Clothing Doctor, you will always be advised on the most practical, cost-effective way to handle your alteration, adjustment, repair or custom order. The Clothing Doctor is located at 502 S. Main in Sapulpa, inside Treasured Gowns. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday; hours vary according to Susan’s schedule. Call (918) 224-4300 for an appointment.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.