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 chronic health problems with Carol’s hands, neck and shoulder, and subsequently her eyes, requiring her to diversify over recent years. Passing on her skills through Sewing Tuition for adults and children is now the key element of her work, together with support and advice for Textile students or individuals wishing to start a craft business.
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. Please note that Carol no longer offers any dressmaking or alteration service.
Wardrobe Consultation Service
Honest and expert advice offered on an hourly rate basis. Great fun and informative! Contact Carol to discuss.
Refashioning and Recycling
Refashioning and recycling your wardrobe has never been so topical, so easy and so much fun!. Learn how to reinvent mistake-buys and old favourites, putting every item to full use.
For further details see Sewing Tuition.
Gift Vouchers Available
Gift vouchers are the ideal gift if you are struggling to think of the perfect gift for a loved one, friend or colleague . They make ideal birthday, Christmas or thank you gifts for children, teenagers or adults. Personalised vouchers created to order, valid for one year from purchase. See Sewing Tuition or contact Carol for further details.
"Carol has reignited my love of sewing, taking me back to basics and sharing her extensive knowledge and talent. She is endlessly patient and encouraging, friendly and professional - I always look forward to my next lesson". Mary W F