Bespoke Dress Making

Adults - bespoke creations,
Alterations, Restyling and Recreating

Babies & Children - Bespoke Creations, Restoration of Heirlooms

Wardrobe Consultation

Dress Making Classes

Sewing Tuition and Coaching

Refashioning Workshops

Talks and Workshops

"Re-Invent Your Wardrobe"



Guild of Master Craftsmen

Thimbelina is a recognised Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen

Thimbelina was 'born' in 1990 when designer dressmaker Carol Hunt opened a Children's Finery shop in Woodstock, Oxfordshire selling exclusive hand-made traditional style garments.

Carol had been sewing all her life, encouraged at the age of four by her Grandmother when together they made her doll’s clothes.  At the age of eight Carol was making her own clothes; in her teens she started making clothes to order and was taught tailoring skills by her Father.  An inherited family gift!

Prior to starting Thimbelina, Carol worked for exclusive dress designers AnnaBelinda in Oxford,  including a period as their Concession Manageress within Liberty’s, London.

Thimbelina initially specialised in exquisite hand-smocked christening gowns, baby dress and rompers but unfortunately the endless hours of intricate handwork have led to health problems with Carol’s hands, requiring her to cut down on her sewing hours and to diversify over recent years.

Thimbelina now operates from a Garden Studio in Wheatley and clients/students are seen by appointment only, offering the highest level of personal service and flexibility.

Carol Hunt, designer dressmaker

"Carol was a great tutor to me
and helped me improve on the techniques that I learnt in my diploma" Sophie H.

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