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by Seamstress, Rachel Swayne

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Rachel Swayne is the seamstress behind Alter My Heart. She does free-lance work in Nashville, Tennessee and specializes in bridal, bridal party, prom and other formal wear alterations. Rachel does sewing of any kind, but her passion is working with gorgeous dresses and making brides feel beautiful.


"I recommend Rachel to everyone! Not only is she an amazing, sweet, beautiful person, she is unbelievably talented. I would not have thought of anyone else touching my wedding dress."

Bonnie Jo

former customer

"Rachel is an amazing seamstress and so easy to work with! As a wedding planner, I value people that I can feel completely comfortable sending my brides to and Rachel is definitely one of those people. Rachel is reliable and immensely talented. I refer my clients to her every chance I get!"

Jennifer Hamilton

wedding planner

"She's amazing! Rachel understood my vision and made my dress flawless! She really is the lace queen!"


former customer

"Let me just say, Rachel is a genius. I was very concerned about the fit of my dress, being above average in the bust. At our first fitting, I was still self-conscious about the fit and questioning my choice of dress altogether. That is until Rachel had a moment of inspiration and completely re-worked the bodice. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. I fell in love again with my dress and felt like a princess on my big day.

I cannot sing her praises highly enough. She is not only amazingly talented, but she was so easy to work with, addressing my concerns and making sure I not only looked great, but felt comfortable and beautiful on one of the most important days of my life."


former customer


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Rachel can handle more than basic fit issues for gowns and dresses. She can do complete redesigns by adding sleeves, moving the waist seam, changing the silhouette, etc.

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Fit Issues

Whether it’s bridal gowns, mother of the bride/groom, flower girl, or bridesmaid dresses - everyone needs a dress that fits. Rachel can alter hems, take in or let out sides, etc.

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Even brides who have a dress that fits perfectly can benefit from Rachel’s services. She has excellent equipment for steaming or pressing gowns and veils.

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Rachel is available for day-of emergencies! If a bride has a dress crisis when the zipper breaks, Rachel is ready with a mobile sewing machine that can handle last minute fixes.

Work by Alter My Heart

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Bridal photo of a Nashville couple in a wedding dress and tuxedo