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Altering, re-sizing or restyling to update your wardrobe

Personal fittings

Specialising in bridal and special occasion wear

About Carmelina

About Carmelina

Carmelina has an eye for style and detail which spans over 30 years in the fashion industry including retail; working in several designer boutiques, designing and dressmaking bespoke ladies evening and bridal wear. After leaving college with a BTEC National Diploma in Fashion, she worked for a fashion house in Rome. She then joined her mother's business, together becoming "Caterina & Carmelina Couture Dressmakers", an established business with a vast and loyal client list. Caterina's experience in made to measure dressmaking spans over 50 years in Oxford. Over the years Carmelina has retained the loyal client base and her work continues to be highly sought after. Her work has also featured in Vogue Brides magazine.

She offers her clients a personalised and complete service, and includes a hand-drawn sketch of every bridal gown she alters as a keep-sake (see gallery for examples).


Personal tastes change, styles change and of course, more importantly, our bodies change. Rather than replacing a wardrobe full of clothes or not being able to wear your favourite pieces that no longer fit, altering, re-sizing or restyling to update your wardrobe is the option. Style is an expression of who we are. Carmelina can alter and stylize your item to suit so it feels like it's been made to measure.

She specialises in bridal, evening and other special occasion wear eg. balls, proms, Ascot, Henley Regatta etc. She undertakes:

  • length adjustments
  • taking in or letting out
  • complete re-styling of a neckline
  • adjusting, adding or removing sleeves
  • personalisation and matching accessories
  • styling advice
  • and much more

Visit the gallery for examples.

Carmelina is also the personal Seamstress for Black Swan bridal studio.


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