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Dear Carmelina,
Thank you so much for fitting my wedding dress so perfectly; it really made the dress look a million dollars. All the little touches you added like the 'something blue' the bustle and wrist loop and the hand drawn picture made it even more special. We had the most wonderful wedding day and I will certainly be recommending your quality dress making skills to other prospective Oxford brides!
Thanks again, love Sarah

Sarah

 Carmelina’s couture was a “stunning” success at the 2017 International Achievement Summit. At the Summit gala, Nobel Laureates, celebrities, world leaders, and young intellectuals praised her meticulous tailoring. Little did they know that the most “stunning” facet of Carmelina’s work was her efficiency. Fewer than five days before the ball, my dazzling, custom-fitted gown was but an enormous, vintage wedding dress.  Customs had waited until this midnight hour to announce that they would not deliver an outfit shipped from the US over a month beforehand. By the time I reached Carmelina’s studio, I had spent an entire day sprinting around Oxford, trying to find an affordable replacement. Carmelina calmly, quickly, and kindly transformed my charity-shop purchase into a Cinderella ensemble. Should you ever need a fairy-tale gown and a fairy-godmother to match, contact Carmelina before you wish upon a star. Her work shines: a “stunning” success.

Joani

Thank you to Carmelina for repairing an unsightly hole in my wedding dress. I emailed frantically at 5am in the morning and was seen by Carmelina the very same day.
My dress was repaired and professionally altered within a week. Carmelina has saved my wedding day. I can't thank you enough.

Louise

I would like to thank Carmelina for making alterations on my wedding dress. She was professional, friendly and was helpful from start to finish. I was extremely happy with the alterations and final touches.

If you are thinking of having any alterations to your wedding dress or any other dress, do not look any further than Carmelina.

Thanks again for all your help.

Shellie Calnan

Carmelina has been altering clothes for me for about 25 years. She is highly efficient, professional and she has always produced an excellent result. One example of her workmanship was when I bought a dress from a world famous department store in London. It needed altering and after 3 separate visits to the store, their alterations department still hadn't been able to successfully alter it. In desperation I took it to Carme lina and she immediately solved the problem. It's no coincidence that my daughter went immediately to Carmelina to ask her to make her wedding dress in 2014. My daughter looked so beautiful on her wedding day and this was due in no small part to the elegant and gorgeous wedding dress itself, which can be seen on this site's home page. I can't recommend Carmelina more highly.

Jane

I have known Carmelina for over twenty years. She has made me special dresses and modified clothing in my wardrobe during that time. As someone who used to make clothes I really appreciate that she knows exactly where to pin to create a more flattering and stylish silhouette. She has a great eye and creates a meticulous finish to garments. One feels confidently well-dressed after these alterations. It's money very well spent in my opinion and allows one to keep wearing favourite clothing in a newly updated form. From shortening of sleeves, modifying pockets on trousers, changing necklines in addition to basics she can do it all. I highly recommend her expertise and skills as a high level dressmaker. The calm pleasant personality and reliability are bonuses.

A.C.D.

Thank you Carmelina for the perfect alterations to my gown. It really is just perfect! Such a very personal service in a wonderful home.

Jackie Mullagh Jeffrey

Carmelina did a wonderful job altering my wedding dress, including restitching on a delicate lace trim and adding cap sleeves. Thanks to Carmelina's calm and professional approach I really enjoyed the fittings and the finished product was beautiful. Carmelina comes highly recommended. Thank you Carmelina!

Joanna

Carmelina has been looking after my wardrobe for the past 15 years. Her attention to detail to make every single garment she works on a piece of perfection, I cannot recommend her highly enough. Oozing effortless chic style is her prime aim for her clients. She achieves that in all she does. She has enabled me to enjoy any event with confidence, knowing that my outfit fits the occasion, even at the palace to meet the Queen! Thank you Carmelina , you're a star and one of the loveliest ladies I know.

Sandra Willis

I discovered the prowess of Carmelina earlier this summer as a recommendation from a local high fashion shop in Oxford. My wedding dress was shipped to me from Los Angeles, and although the inseam was correct, I was in desperate need of adjusting the length of the gown and the straps. On a bit of a time crunch, I contacted Carmelina and went to her home studio where she worked wonders. Not only was her skill level superior to any tailor I have ever been too, but her personality and demeanour were impeccable. I would recommend Carmelina to anyone looking for exemplary professionalism when it comes to delicate formalwear.

Mary Martha Fry

Carmelina, at very short notice, managed to let out the dress I had bought for my sons wedding. She did an excellent job and I felt a million dollars on the day! Carmelina didn't make me feel rushed, although she had to do a lot of very intricate work and all just prior to going on her own holiday.

Helen

Carmelina is a close guarded secret amongst her loyal Oxford fans! She has transformed many garments in my wardrobe, from a simple hem alteration to transforming dated couture pieces into a current seasons look and every single time without fail, I have always ended up with a perfect fit! In fact, I no longer worry about the fit of a garment when I am shopping but focus on the fabric & design because I know that Carmelina will work her magic on any piece I turn up with. She is a real gem.

Sandra Churchill

We were thrilled to have Carmelina supporting us at The New College Commemoration Ball 2013. We could not of asked for a better Seamstress- an essential service for any Oxford Ball. Carmelina attended to many guests during her time that she was with us, all whom were highly appreciative and complimentary of her work. With her professionalism and skill, we would not hesitate to recommend her to future Ball committees. Thank you so much for your hard work on the night of the Ball. We really appreciate it and would definitely recommend you in the future.

Laura Kennedy

Over the past 15 years or so I've gained and lost weight as most of us do. No matter what size I was Carmelina has managed to make all my clothes fit perfectly and so they make me look good. Nothing has fazed her- fabric or style, she has always had the solution. The quality of her work is first class. I buy new suits from Hobbs or LK Bennett and the skirts always need shortening as do the sleeves. No matter how many buttons on the sleeves there's no way anyone would know they've been altered by the time Carmelina has finished with them. Many of my clothes are 5+ years old and I've had skirts and jackets re-lined, all perfect. She is a star and a really lovely person.

Michele Robbins

I bought in a vintage wedding dress, and am so thrilled with the amendments made to it that made the world of difference in wearing it! Thanks so much!!!

Anita

I'm a dancer, and often need to make repairs and adjustments to my costumes, which are fragile and heavily beaded. I have just got back two costumes after taking them to Carmelina for repairs & alterations which were too delicate to do myself, and I am very pleased with the results. Carmelina has done a really good job, fixing lots of delicate satin ruching which was coming unstitched on one costume, and adding extra chiffon panels to the skirt of another.I also thought that her price was very reasonable. I will be bringing all of my costumes to her when they need work doing on them in future!

Rachael

Carmelina is a wonderful dressmaker. I had to make substantial adjustments to a lovely wedding dress due to my size (!) and after a failed attempt at another dressmaker, Carmelina went to work with confidence and ease. She was very professional, had me in with plenty of time to look through how the dress looks on me before adjustment, made suggestions, and we had a few fittings before the final alterations were put in place. The whole of the back of the dress had to be adjusted but nobody knew that it wasn't part of the original design, thanks to Carmelina's good work. To top it all, she did this in a timely fashion and was very easy and lovely person to work with. I would recommend her to any busy, fussy bride!

Dr Ling-Pei Ho

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