My experiences working with Maria have been Top Notch!!! I train with world, national and local first place champion instructors. Although I am not at that level in dance, my gowns by Maria are always exceeding these levels!! No kidding!
I was very nervous the first time. Now, she is the ONLY designer that I will work with. She recently modified a gown and did it professionally, at no additional cost, accepted responsibility and promptly returned.
She walks through the creative process via sketches, photos, links and phone if necessary All if my instructors know my saying, "My gowns are worthy of my best effort during performance. Whatever I may lack, my dresses will more than make up for!".
The judges seem to always comment during introductions because she nails the color, style, design and fit so perfectly!!! And, yes...all by email. Additionally, she will be up front if the requested design, cost and quality are a standard that are lower than hers. Options are always offered. I am in the belief: I'm going to do something I do it RIGHT all of the way and let the best effort speak for itself. Frees me up mentally to just have fun!!!