Affordable, Original, Unique, Making dreams come true.

Carolyn’s studio is based in Barnes, London, offering a dressmaking service by a highly qualified team of seamstresses, along with a bespoke design and fitting service for ladies of all shapes and sizes.

This service is ideal for those with individual fitting requirements or those who would like a real unique ‘statement’ piece.

Carolyn creates luxurious, detail-driven separates that are contemporary and sophisticated. She has over 30 years experience designing clothes and has launched many clothing collections.

You can bring your own fabric or choose from Carolyn’s vast range of luxurious silks and European fabrics. Either way Carolyn will design and make an outfit perfect for you.

How our service works

In the first consultation with Carolyn, you will discuss the style of outfit you are wanting. Feel free to bring pictures, drawings and ideas of your dream outfit. She will then discuss fabric types and colours with you and may ask you to try on shapes and styles in the studio to help formulate your dress or outfit.

Your measurements will be taken and the expert team will then begin the making process. If the garment is complicated a toile will be made in calico for the first fitting. Generally one fitting is needed before collection.

Feel free to bring your own fabric, or choose from the vast array that Carolyn has.


We have had the pressure of making a wedding dress in two days – so our team can certainly whip up an outfit for you over night. We would, however, rather be given a few weeks to make the perfect dress for you. The more time you give us the better!



A 50% deposit is taken before we start sewing. The final 50% payment is taken on collection of your outfit.

Our studio has an outstanding choice of garments that are available for sale which are not included in our on-line shop. You’ll find many one-off pieces that are ready to wear or can be altered to fit you perfectly. beautiful inside finishing, Carolyn de la Drapiere clothes are special and truly unique.


“You are the most amazing find – a designer who understands the curvy girl and makes one off bespoke pieces. The clothes I have had from you are gorgeous. When I picked up my award I felt a million dollars. So glad I have found you. ”

Lisa Esher