By Michelle Caceres

Back-to-school shopping has consumed parents’ time in recent weeks but high school girls have been contemplating another very important school-related purchase: the homecoming dress.

Whether looking to accentuate funky style or embody the portrait of perfection, Inna’s Family Alteration has a myriad of choices for every girl regardless of her taste in fashion.

Located at 1548 Bloomingdale Ave. west of Bloomingdale Library, Inna’s is an unassuming shop on the outside but inside is a sea of color and satin.

“There’s a lot of bling in my shop right now,” said owner Inna Lilova, who uses her sewing skills to transform new and used dresses by adding applique, beading, sequins or lace.

Starting at just $26, her designs have that wow factor yet are easy on the wallet.

“Not every girl can afford a $300 dress for every dance,” said Lilova. “I want to help them have something beautiful to wear that doesn’t cost a lot.”

If the perfect dress has been found but needs a little modifying, Lilova can help make it fit comfortably for that very special day.

With more than two decades of experience, she is an expert in taking things in, letting things out and adding that special something.

FishHawk resident Linda DeGagne turned to Lilova to alter her granddaughter’s very poufy two-piece formal gown for her Sweet 16 party. Adorned with many jewels and sequins, Lilova took in the skirt and added a sleeve to the strapless dress.

“I thought the alterations were going to be very challenging but Inna did an excellent job,” said DeGagne. “My granddaughter looked beautiful at her party thanks to Inna.”

Inna’s Family Alteration is open Tuesday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m. She is closed on the occasional Saturday so call first to make sure the shop is open.

For more information about Inna’s Family Alteration, call 651-4416.

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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.