Customer Reviews

Below you can read reviews from Melanie's many delighted customers dating back to 2007.

Melanie's most recent reviews can be seen on her Goolge profile by clicking here.


★★★★★  Par Excellence

I approached Melanie about an outfit, after seeing her unfinished pattern of my twin sisters suit, and although the turnaround was extremely tight (I approached her mid-August) , Melanie agreed to make an outfit for me, implementing some specific features I wanted i.e. frills and feathers on a boucle fabric. I wanted the dress to accentuate certain parts of my body features and Melanie enhanced those features through the process perfectly. Melanie’s attention to detail, shows through her years of experience in her art. Her sewing techniques throughout was flawless. In addition, Melanie’s ability to relate to me as her client in a way that was professional, whilst being approachable and friendly meant I could talk with her freely about any changes I wanted within the design phase. On completion my dress looked superb. On the night of my 60th birthday party it was lovely to walk into the venue, confident in the knowledge that I looked classy and fabulous in a bespoke dress made exclusively for me. I had many questions as to the dressmaker on the night and afterwards, and someone asked if they could have my dress after the party (and they were actually serious)! The website allows 5 star rating – I give her 10. Melanie is a dressmaker who is in the top league of dressmaking, therefore I recommend her extremely highly. Melanie is a first class, and unique dressmaker who I will be using again in the near future. She is accomplished in every area of her scope of work. Her personal label gives her garments that extra touch of class. Melanie is haute couture and more. All the acclaim that I have given above are true and Melanie is able to justify them through her work. I have made a great discovery in Melanie as a dressmaker. Melanie thank you so much for a splendid outfit, supplied by an excellent dressmaker and designer, immensely and warmly appreciated.

Paulette Patterson - 01/10/2021

★★★★★  Excellent

I found Melanie’s details online after trawling through a host of potential dressmakers. And my goodness, did I select the perfect person for my requirements. I made contact with Melanie at the end of July with a view to having a Chanel type suit made from boucle fabric for my 60th birthday on the 17th September. Not only did Melanie make the suit exactly how I wanted it, but during the process made appropriate suggestions to ensure that I had the right cut and design that fitted my body perfectly. The finished outfit was stunning as was the dress she made for my twin sister. Melanie’s attention to detail is faultless both inside and outside of her designs and she richly deserves the title of haute couture. Along with her professionalism she was friendly and warm, which meant I had no hesitation in telling her exactly what I wanted, and could communicate any tweaks I wanted as I went along. Melanie not only made my suit in a short time frame, but she also made a dress for my twin sister that complemented my outfit. Melanie’s design and dressmaking is of such high quality, that everything else that goes with her outfits HAS to be high end too! It was lovely to get the reaction I did when I walked into the venue on the night of my birthday wearing a bespoke outfit that was excellent in every detail. The comments on the night and thereafter confirmed what an excellent dressmaker she is. I would recommend her highly with no hesitation, she is beyond accomplished in her field. Melanie is a top class and first class dressmaker that I look forward to doing business with, again and again. ‘Thank you’ would not express my appreciation and gratitude enough Melanie. You deserve all of the accolades above.

Pauline Rowe - 01/10/2021

★★★★★  Wonderful Experience

I had a wonderful experience with Melanie who made the wedding dress of my dreams for me in just a few months and for an extremely reasonable price. She worked her magic from just a few pictures I'd seen on the internet. She was so professional and fast and responsive to all of my suggestions while also guiding me gently away from some of my wackier ideas. I loved going to visit her for fittings in her beautiful studio, she was always so kind and encouraging and ready to try anything. I would 100% recommend Melanie no matter what kind of outfit you want made.

Sophie Edwards - 02/08/2021

★★★★★  Fantastic dressmaker

Melanie made the experience of having my wedding dress made so special and enjoyable. Melanie was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so pleased that she was! I had an idea of what I wanted for my wedding dress but Melanie helped to perfect my vision and make tweaks that made the dress better than I could have imagined. Given that my planned wedding was in 2020, in spite of all the changes to our other wedding plans and the disappointment of only being able to have a very small wedding, the experience of having my dress made ensured that I actually had something during the run up to the big day that went exactly as planned. My dress was much admired by everyone who saw it (whether in person or photos). I'm thrilled Melanie made my dress - the whole experience was wonderful, from consulting Melanie on what I wanted, to shopping for the material, to having fittings and wearing the dress on my wedding day. I cannot recommend Melanie enough. I only wish I had more occasions to go to so I could ask her to design and make another beautiful dress for me.

Fiona-Mary Haviland - 11/01/2021

★★★★★  Wedding Dress

I saw the most beautiful dress through a friends Instagram and thought it would be the perfect dress for our registra ceremony, the morning of out outside garden ceremony. The whole process with melanie was lovely. She totally got what I wanted, her sketches were beautiful and we had a lovely meeting at the fabric store, looking at all our options for the off white/pink dress I was going for. I was so happy with the fabric we chose. Then within days she had mocked up the sample which was great, so I could see how it might look before she started working with the special fabric. It was such an easy and lovely process and I felt very conformtable working with melanie and always took her advise, which showed in the end result. Melanie was a total hero to get the dress done on time, with all that was happening around us with covid, and she was so accommodating. I would defeintly use her again (and have done to alter another dress and make me a throw over swimming cafta piece which I LOVE!

Georgina Attwood - 26/10/2020

★★★★★  New Years Eve Wedding

I found Melanie on the internet and was encouraged by all the positive reviews. My son was married on New Years Eve ; an afternoon service followed by dancing until 2 am and so I needed an outfit that would work for both aspects. Melanie helped me to settle on a design and to choose beautiful fabrics for a dress and jacket that worked for me. They were beautifully executed with interesting detailing and the fit was perfect - I had so many compliments on my outfit and really enjoyed wearing it. Melanie made the whole process run very smoothly and is a pleasure to work with, thank you !

Juliet Rowland - 19/02/2020

★★★★★  Patient, Professional Perfection

The outfit Melanie created for me to wear at my daughter's wedding (21 December 2019) was superb. I had not got much of a clue where to start but Melanie managed to interpret my vague thoughts, come up with a flattering design and suggest stunning fabrics. Part way through the process circumstances meant that I was forced to postpone various appointments but Melanie took it all in her stride and the outfit was ready in good time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melanie and, given another special event requiring a cracking outfit, I'd ask her to help again in a flash. For an original piece, for the perfection of fit, for the attention to detail and for the quality of finish, not to mention the boost to my confidence, it was VERY well worth it. Thank you Melanie.

Deborah Rea - 31/12/2019

★★★★★  Just right!

I went to Melanie to get something made to wear for a winter investiture at Buckingham Palace. I hadn't much of a clue, but Melanie was really helpful in suggesting ideas and then, once we had a design in mind, in choosing fabrics. The finished product is beautifully made and tailored, and was just right for the occasion. Thank you Melanie!

Frances Nash - 23/12/2019

★★★★★  Fabulous! As good as her online reviews say...

Melanie just couldn't have been nicer or more professional to work with. She helped me with my initial choice of fabric and, despite a relatively short timeframe, managed to produce (seemingly effortlessly, although I know that wasn't the case!) the dress I had in mind to wear at my nephew's wedding. It was of course greatly admired. I totally trust her and would go back to her in a heartbeat. Thank you so much, Melanie - you're the best!

Bud Mclintock - 13/11/2019

★★★★★  So enjoyable!

Melanie' s whole approach of starting with the client's ideas and then suggesting details which transformed the design made for a very enjoyable process. The final outcome made me feel entirely confident, relaxed and comfortable for the day of my daughter's wedding.

Elizabeth Berner - 06/11/2019

★★★★★  Absolutely Brilliant

I first contacted Melanie 2 weeks away from my registry office wedding asking her to make me my dream dress! In short, she was brilliant. She managed to meet me, source the most beautiful fabric at her suggestion and make and fit the dress within the time scale. The dress turned out absolutely beautifully with several gorgeous details including covered buttons and the most wonderful puff sleeves. It was perfectly fitted and I received so many compliments on the day. I will definitely use her skills again and couldn't recommend more.

Tara Hughes - 09/10/2019

★★★★★  Stunning

This was my first visit to Melanie after being neighbours 40 years ago! She knew exactly the style and materials for me, for my son’s country wedding. I was absolutely thrilled with the finished jacket and dress with matching clutch bag in the same material! I was so proud on the very special occasion. It was all so beautifully finished even down to the bra-strap loops! If another important occasion arose I would definitely return to Melanie for another stunning outfit.

Vicky Underwood - 16/08/2019

★★★★★  Exquisite work

Melanie designed and made my outfit for my daughter's wedding - I was dreading trawling around the shops to end up with something I didn't love but Melanie made the whole experience so easy, and the resulting outfit (I had trousers and a long silk coat) a work of art. I had so many compliments and felt so happy in it on the big day, I could just relax and concentrate on the important things. I'd never had anything made before but Melanie is an absolute professional and makes you feel perfectly at ease and gives lots of great advice. I would definitely recommend!

Christine Jones - 06/08/2019

★★★★★  Rescue

What a great find Mel Baker is! Mel is positive, professional, realistic and transformed this rather large duckling into a swan! I wanted a wedding outfit that did several events. Mel came to help choose fabrics and has made me a great wedding outfit, trimmed the hat and generally boosted my morale. Thank you Mel! Can recommend the whole experience...

Clare Chalmers - 23/07/2019

★★★★★  Beyond my Expectations

I went to Melanie with an idea of what I wanted, but not any sense of how to make that idea into something wearable in London. What she created for me was beyond my expectations. It is perfect. In every way. Thank you. And the whole process was so easy and pleasant. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Anne Abouchar - 20/06/2019

★★★★★  My Son's Wedding

I had been to Melanie a few years before when she made me some beautiful clothes. This time I had the material for a jacket and she found me the dress fabric. It was all stunning and I felt really happy on the day. I even had a little bag made out of the dress fabric! It’s all those little details that make her a special dressmaker.

Katy Suffield - 07/06/2019

★★★★★  Dress of my dreams

Melanie has made me a dress which I dreamt of having for sometime. It is a masterpiece - a work of art really. Beautifully made and I have received many compliments. She sourced the perfect fabrics.

Juliet Hunter-Tilney - 29/05/2019

★★★★★  Fabulous

As a bride of a certain age Melanie did such a fabulous job with my wedding dress - she was very patient and came up with great ideas with regard to colour, fabric and the design - basically everything! It was a really enjoyable experience and I was thrilled with the results - I could not recommend Melanie more highly.

Helen Reay - 17/12/2018

★★★★★  What a delight!

I met Melanie through a mutual friend at a time when I was considering how to ensure that I got the right dress for my daughters wedding. She was very patient with me and the many times I changed my mind about style material etc. She helped me select the beautiful material for my dress and adapted it as our ideas "evolved". I have never had so many complements on a dress, and that is a testament to Melanies attention to detail and amazing workmanship! If you want a unique design beautifully made, I cannot recommend Melanie strongly enough.

Cathy Munro - 03/12/2018

★★★★★  Wonderful dressmaker

Melanie made an exquisite silk dress for me for my 50th birthday party. Not only is her work of high and outstanding quality she is also extremely good at understanding what you want. She is a very good designer but also listens well to what you'd like so you end up with the perfect outfit. Thank you Melanie, Rosey

Rosey Nugent - 10/10/2018

★★★★★  Kate

I was put in touch with Melanie by a friend when I was wondering what to wear for my daughter's wedding. It was the best possible recommendation. I had a clear idea of the colour of dress I wanted but was less sure about the design. With great patience and tact, she came up with the perfect dress which made me feel a million dollars and drew many compliments. She's a highly professional perfectionist and great fun too. I've already made an appointment to plan what I'll wear for my son's wedding, which is following hot on the heels of his sister's!

Kate Gibson - 04/09/2018

★★★★★  Mother of the bride dress

All my worries of an outfit for our daughters wedding were taken away by Melanie !! Although we haven’t had the wedding yet my outfit has been stressless and much admired by those that have seen it so far!!! All I can say evening. July 25this a Big thank you to Melanie !!!

Judy Chilton - 02/05/2018

★★★★★  My exquisite dress!

Melanie has made me the the most perfect dress to wear to my daughter's wedding. I had spent so many fruitless hours trawling around shops and websites looking in vain for something elegant and well-made, and then I found Melanie. I am so glad I did. She understood exactly what I wanted, and what would suit me. From my vague descriptions she sketched out the perfect dress, and then took me to a perfect Aladdin's Cave of a fabric shop, where she quickly found my dream-coloured fabric (silk and lace). Every fitting was a joy – Melanie is honestly one of the loveliest people I have ever met, and I feel I have made a friend. Her knowledge, talent and skill are enormous, and I would urge anyone looking for the perfect outfit to go straight to Melanie. I am already planning my next gorgeous dress from her!

Annette Doutney - 26/04/2018

★★★★★  The Perfect Outfit

My outfit was made for a wedding in March and loved it so much have worn it already! I also received many compliments too. Thank you so much.

Jane Reid - 23/02/2018

★★★★★  My perfect wedding dress

We only gave ourselves 2 months to organise our wedding which, even in winter, turns out is not long enough for most wedding dress designers. I was at my wits end trying to find someone to make my dream dress for me. After numerous phone calls and trawling the internet I found Melanie. She was just the person I needed. She created the perfect dress, exactly what I had in mind. When I collected it I really felt it was so special because of the care and love Melanie herself had put into its creation. It made my wedding day perfect too. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Melanie. I feel honored that I found her and that she was part of my wedding story!

Elizabeth Carlinet - 18/02/2018

★★★★★  Fabulous

I needed a very special outfit for my son's military wedding and I spent ages researching online to find a suitable dressmaker. Looking through the photos on her website I could tell that Melanie was extremely talented and so my fun journey began. She understood my piffly ideas and transformed them into a stunning frock coat, dress and a matching bag. It was a fascinating process which I thoroughly enjoyed. I whole heartedly recommend her!

Katie Tant - 21/11/2017

★★★★★  Lovely experience

Melanie designed and made my outfit for my son's wedding. I enjoyed every moment of it - from working on the design to chosing the material to getting the fit right. Melanie listened carefully to what I wanted and created something that was just right for me. Melanie is great fun too so the whole experience was a joy from start to finish!

Carole Hodson - 15/09/2017

★★★★★  Can't recommend enough!

I bought my wedding dress from Melanie - we worked together to turn vague ideas I had into a beautiful, elegant design. Melanie advised me about fabrics that would work and when I found out I was in the early stages of pregnancy she made sure the dress would stay fitted and gorgeous for the big day! She was also sympathetic to my inability to stand up long for fittings! Melanie made buying my wedding dress a really fun experience and I absolutely loved the final piece - it was wonderful knowing I had something totally unique, fitted to me and which reflected my personal style to the nth degree.

Lucy Lynch - 04/08/2017

★★★★★  Highly Recommended

A wonderful experience. Melanie designed and made a dress and jacket for me to wear at my son's wedding. From the outset she was fun to work with and ably suggested the design from our initial discussion. She accompanied me to buy the fabric which was invaluable in choosing the right one. Her skill is exceptional and the result was a unique and stunning outfit complete with a matching bag. Thank you Melanie

Maureen Draper - 25/07/2017

★★★★★  Perfect dresses for a wedding

Melanie was absolutely brilliant and we were so pleased with the whole process, having never had dresses custom made before. Melanie designed and made us three individual and unique dresses, inspired by own own style, a tie for the groom and a gorgeous 1950s influenced dress for the bride. We had such fun suggesting designs, going for fittings and enjoying our dresses on the big day. A very talented dressmaker and highly recommended!

Francesca Duncan - 30/12/2016

★★★★★  Perfect outfit for Mother of the Bride

One of the biggest worries I had about my youngest daughter's wedding was 'what shall I wear?' However, a visit to Melanie quickly dispelled all these concerns. Melanie and I had a discussion about what would be suitable and she very quickly came up with a sketch of a proposed silk dress and light wool jacket to be piped in same material as the dress. I had an extremely enjoyable trip with Melanie to buy the material and three fittings later I took home the most wonderful and perfect outfit, including even a matching handbag which Melanie had made. Very much admired by everybody. Thank you Melanie - you made my day!

Jane Lutyens - 07/12/2016

★★★★★  Super experience

Melanie was able to take my vision and replicate it to a tee ! I couldn't have been happier - beautiful work and such an easy process. Wish I could afford to have her make all my clothing!!!!

Isobel Mcmahon - 18/09/2016

★★★★★  Perfect Dress

I contacted Melanie after reading many of the fantastic reviews she'd received. With only 3 weeks until a good friend's wedding, she very kindly agreed to design a dress based on a photo I'd been carrying around for months. Melanie bought beautiful navy Thai silk fabric on my behalf and after 2 fittings I walked away with exactly the dress I'd wanted with plenty of time to spare. I love it and have received lots of compliments. Melanie was lovely to deal with and I absolutely recommend her work. Many thanks to her for my perfect dress.

Selina Herlihy - 29/07/2016

★★★★★  Mother of the bridegroom

A friend recommended Melanie to me and I felt in extremely competent hands the minute I met her. I am delighted with my jacket, dress and skirt all of which are unique. I loved my appointments and was sorry when I had my final one, perhaps my younger son will be married soon!

Tiggy Mason - 04/07/2016

★★★★★  ten years of successes!

Melanie has been making clothes for me and my family for 10 years! For all sorts of occasions! The special outfits- wedding outfits, bridesmaids dresses, the big birthdays, the grand dinner- and the more everyday - the perfect skirt, jacket and dress. The experience is always hugely positive - from the initial shop to find the material ( the positive response to my enthusiastic discovery of some unusual material, can you make a dress for me from that? to the fittings, the wonderful and unique details on her creations, her immediate solutions to any concerns I might have and - finally, and most important - the actual wearing of her clothes and the huge compliments they receive. Commissioning clothes from Melanie is an experience not a purchase. I strongly recommend it!

Anna Walker - 03/03/2016

★★★★★  Gail S

I had loved the 'mother of the bride' outfit Melanie had made for a friend of mine so when it came to my youngest son's wedding, I had no hesitation in getting in touch with her. The whole experience with Melanie could not have been better. From helping me to find the perfect material to the design and production of my outfit Melanie was both sympathetic to my likes and dislikes but also came up with brilliant ideas and suggestions making me feel completely at ease and confident that the end result would be a success. Nothing was too much trouble for her even when at the last minute a final alteration had to be made, it was done quickly and without any fuss. The final result was perfect and going by all the compliments I received on the day and every time I have worn it since I am not the only one who thinks so! Melanie made another outfit for me at the end of last year and again It was gorgeous. I have also passed her name on to several of my friends and they are all equally as pleased. I could not recommend Melanie more highly - she is amazing!

Gail Squires - 24/02/2016

★★★★★  Wedding Dress of Dreams

Melanie made my wedding dress and four bridesmaid's dresses from scratch. We chose the materials together. She helped direct the design. She created the most beautiful dresses with great skill and care. The bridesmaids genuinely said they were the nicest bridesmaids dresses they had ever seen. I agree with them: they were elegant and beautiful. All my fittings with Melanie were an absolute pleasure. She was very flexible about timing. She worked tirelessly on my dress and made it so beautiful. She really knows what she is doing and has a real eye to make the most flattering dress for any body shape. An absolute pleasure of an experience and great value.

H Sumner - 28/01/2016

★★★★★  Beautiful bridesmaid's dress

Melanie recently made a bridesmaid's dress for me which was a gorgeous design and beautifully made. Having just had a baby my figure was changing a lot but it fit me brilliantly and was flattering, too. Thank you Melanie for a lovely dress and a lovely experience!

Cressida Tuson - 27/01/2016

★★★★★  Melanie is brilliant - and so nice.

Melanie is wonderful. She helped me (as fussy perfectionist) to choose the right fabric and was then so patient with the design of 3 dress and jacket outfits in 2015. All fitted like a glove and were hugely admired. Do not hesitate to call her for something special at a sensible price.

Fiona Stephens - 13/01/2016

★★★★★  Perfection

I was introduced to Melanie by a mutual friend to discuss having an outfit made for the wedding of my son in Jersey. From the outset Melanie was 'in tune' with what I thought I would like. The result was pure perfection - and judging by the comments on the day, she managed to make me feel very special. Melanie has wonderful ideas, an eye for detail and colour and would not hesitate in recommending her to other friends. Thank goodness I found her.

Caralyne Donald - 08/12/2015

★★★★☆  All the lumps and bumps covered!

A great friend, Annie Proffit, recommended Melanie to me. I find it really hard to buy a dress that fits my 'older' body everywhere! Bliss to have something made that covers all the lumps and bumps and makes you feel gorgeous when you wear it. Judy Donner

Judy Donner - 16/10/2015

★★★★★  Perfect Mother of Groom Outfit

I was reluctant to go down the 'made-to-measure' route for my son's wedding as I had seen some pretty awful examples. I was persuaded to meet Melanie who held my hand all the way from choosing the fabric to the final fitting. She is delightful company and a real confidence booster. If you use Melanie for that 'important outfit' she will not let you down.

Bernadette Forcey - 06/10/2015

★★★★★  Individual

I was recommended to Melanie by a friend. From the moment I crossed her threshold I knew I had made the right decision to have an outfit made for my daughter's wedding. After talking through my ideas Melanie drew some sketches which were exactly what I wanted. We then had fun shopping for the material. At every fitting her attention to detail was incredible. Melanie made me a beautiful dress and jacket. The compliments I received during and after the wedding were a real confidence boost that the day was as perfect as I felt in one her creations. Anyone who chooses Melanie to make their dream outfit will not be disappointed. A secret gem in South West London.

Sharon Wake-Walker - 12/09/2015

★★★★★  Mother of the Bride

I was struggling to find that 'special' dress for my daughters wedding when my daughter suggested I should have a dress made. At first I was apprehensive because I could not visualise exactly but I would like, but after my initial meeting with Melanie and a few sketches later I felt confident this was a great idea. From our meeting through to selecting material and to the final fitting, Melanie was welcoming, professional and enthusiastic. I was absolutely thrilled with my dress and handbag and on my daughters big day I received numerous compliments. I wore it will confidence and ease and would highly recommend Melanie and her craftsmanship.

Diane Gregory - 09/06/2015

★★★★★  Outstanding

A friend recommended Melanie to me and I am so grateful that she did. I turned up hoping for a dress to wear at a wedding and an outfit for Ascot but without any preconceptions. We talked it over and Melanie came up with lots of ideas, and as a result has designed the most beautiful suit with a jacket that goes with a stunning dress. Right from the start we had a fun morning choosing material, and a happy time during the fittings adjusting and tweaking as we went along. I told her that my figure fluctuates and she took this into account, tailoring my clothes to fit, flatter and feel comfortable. Melanie really listens to you and it was a joy to work with her.

Fiona Boyle - 02/06/2015

★★★★★  Mother of the Groom

Melanie designed and made the most perfect dress for me to wear at my son’s wedding together with a matching handbag. I received countless admiring comments from so many people that I felt truly confident that I looked my very best on the day. I have subsequently worn her dress to another very smart event with the same effect. I would highly recommend Melanie’s designs and skill to anyone and I have always admired her work. She is exceptionally talented, her advice is excellent and she is great fun to visit.

Lindsay Woodbridge - 28/04/2015

★★★★★  Evening Dresses

A friend recommended Melanie when I was in need of evening clothes for Livery Company events. I had no definite ideas and was open to suggestions. Melanie's inspirational sketches and selection of fabrics led to a beautiful dress which received many compliments. I was so pleased that, over the next year or so I returned to her for several other outfits including two more evening dresses - all very different. The whole experience was delightful - I cannot recommend her too highly.

Mary Cole-Adams - 26/01/2015

★★★★★  Ultimate Confidence Booster

As Mother of the Bride I felt under pressure to look 'special'. Melanie recognised this, took me under her wing and guided me through my first 'bespoke' experience. She listened to what I wanted and drew up some sketches with ideas. Together we went shopping and she helped me make decisions on pattern and colour and fabric. Her experience and understanding of what I was trying to achieve with my outfit was wonderful. She created a beautifully designed, elegant summer coat and dress which fitted me perfectly. I felt like a million dollars on the day and have never had so many compliments. Thank you Melanie you helped me and gave me confidence and I can't thank you enough. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Angela B - 05/10/2014

★★★★★  Beautiful dress

I was recommended to use Melanie to make my dress for my son's wedding. I was not disappointed! From our first meeting right up until I picked the dress up, I found her to be totally professional, but at the same time very friendly and fun. She listened carefully to my requirements and designed my dress exactly as I wanted. She was also extremely helpful with advice on the fabrics. I felt a million dollars at the wedding and have only Melanie to thank for that. I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone!

Julie Blackwell - 27/07/2014

★★★★★  Wedding dress

My dream wedding dress was created by Melanie Baker. She is a true artist with flare and inspiration and certainly gave me the confidence too feel womanly and beautiful in my design of dress but in her creation. I certainly would recommend Melanie to anyone who wishes to have a unique creation with an extremely professional and personal service.

Hannah Bonn - 14/07/2014

★★★★★  Very happy MoB!

What a delight it was to find Melanie. She made me a fabulous dress to wear at our daughter's wedding and the whole process was a real pleasure. Her charming manner meant visits were relaxed and friendly and her dressmaking skills exceptional. She fitted me into her busy schedule with no fuss and my dress was perfect - so comfortable to wear and I felt great! I was extremely happy with it and it was much admired on the day. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend Melanie to anyone wanting a special outfit - or any outfit at all! Thank you again, Melanie.

Caroline Mckay - 26/11/2013

★★★★★  Very happy MoB!

What a delight it was to find Melanie. She made me a fabulous dress to wear at our daughter's wedding and the whole process was a real pleasure. Her charming manner meant visits were relaxed and friendly and her dressmaking skills exceptional. She fitted me into her busy schedule with no fuss and my dress was perfect - so comfortable to wear and I felt great! I was extremely happy with it and it was much admired on the day. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend Melanie to anyone wanting a special outfit - or any outfit at all! Thank you again, Melanie.

Caroline Mckay - 26/11/2013

★★★★★  Wedding dress

As a mature bride I knew there was no point in looking for something off the peg. Melanie did a fantastic job, designing and making a truly stunning dress that hit exactly the right note. No one could have done it better. She also made the whole experience a real pleasure.

Lucy Ivimy - 17/10/2013

★★★★★  Mother of the Bride

When I began my search for an outfit, to wear to my daughter’s wedding, a friend suggested that I make an appointment to see Melanie. My friend had been to two weddings, where the mother of the bride had been dressed by Melanie, and she had been very impressed by both outfits. I took two of my favourite dresses with me, to my first meeting with Melanie, to give her an idea of the styles that I liked. Melanie drew some amazing sketches. The design was decided and we headed into London to buy fabric together. Three fittings later and I had my beautiful, unique dress, which fitted me perfectly. Melanie also recommended a milliner and helped in the choice of hat, which was stunning, too. Melanie is highly skilled, very professional and a pleasure to work with. The quality of the workmanship, in my outfit, is exquisite and I highly recommend her.

Jan Diss - 11/09/2013

★★★★★  Wedding outfit

Melanie was recommended to me by a friend, to make an outfit for my daughter's wedding. I felt an instant connection with her, she is utterly charming, excellent at her job and the whole experience was incredible and great fun.. I am thrilled with my dress and coat and had a lot of compliments at the Wedding. Without doubt, Melanie would be my first recommendation to anyone requiring excellence.

Annie Proffit - 14/07/2013

★★★★★  One happy mother of the bride!

From the word go, I felt instantly at ease with Melanie. After being welcomed into her home, she offered me a choice of materials and colours, and I showed her an outfit that I already owned to give her a bit of inspiration. The end result was perfect - it was well fitted, had good attention to detail and I felt she had really listened to what I wanted. I didn't need to change anything. I would recommend her to everyone!

Vanessa Chapman - 24/04/2013

★★★★★  Amazing!

Melanie made my mother of the bride outfit.. she designed, created, assisted me perfectly with the fabric choice and made what was a daunting task an incredibly enjoyable and easy experience. Thank you so much! I felt a million dollars! I would recommend Melanie to anybody.

Jenny Hyde - 11/04/2013

★★★★★  My Favourite Dress

I have an existing dress that is my favourite and wished for an exact copy in a different material having picked up some silk in Burma and wishing for it to be matched with a contrasting colour silk. I found Melanie by searching Google for dressmakers local to me. Melanie has an amazing way of getting into your thoughts and bouncing idea's that can enhance your own idea's, or even proving superior. The whole process was so quick, I had need of only one fitting and enjoyed the banter and thoughts of Melanie, never once feeling that I was hurried or in the way despite her existing schedule and her exceptional eye for detail. Her dressmaking skills are beyond compare! Needless to say the resulting garment is very very high quality, and now my "new favourite". My recommendation cannot come too highly.

Carol Williams - 07/04/2013

★★★★★  My wedding dress

I found Melanie Baker Designs on the internet. Whilst browsing her website I noticed a dress design identical to the one which I had pictured for my wedding. Melanie was very professional and listened to all my likes and dislikes. She is very skilled and has an eye for detail, which allowed her to choose fabrics that worked for each outfit. Melanie had a huge workload as she made my dress, the next most important outfit was for the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids dresses. Melanie was very accommadating to my needs as I work shifts and was able to attend fitting during the week or weekends. I had many compliments about my dress on my "special day" and felt very comfortable all day. I would recommend Melanie to friends and family. Many Thanks. x

Emma Galbraith - 12/11/2012

★★★★★  Mother of the Bride

My daughter is getting married in South Africa so what to wear? I met Melanie and was thrilled to find someone who would design a dress I could never find in the shops. The minute we met I knew I would be safe in her hands! Melanie drew sketches and we decided on a design, We then went off to choose and buy the fabric. She is an expert with the pins and after three fittings I was able to take my beautiful dress home en route for Capetown. Melanie is very professional and friendly and full of ideas. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone. I will definitely be back.

Christine Fryer - 23/10/2012

★★★★★  Perfect Outfit

I needed a special outfit for a special family wedding and after trawling through the ready mades became very disillusioned with the choice available, so I decided to get a unique outfit made. I found Melanie online and it was with some trepidation that I went to meet her, along with my sister, who also decided to get her outfit made. Melanie put us instantly at ease. I had definite ideas about what I wanted both in colour and style, but whilst sitting in her attic studio I saw a swatch of the most wonderful embroidered silk. I instantly fell in love with it and decided it would make a great jacket. Melanie got the fabric for me and matched it with a fantastic shot silk for the dress. She made drawings of my ideas for the dress and jacket and after three fittings, where she was very meticulous with tweaks and darts for that perfect fit – there was my wonderful outfit! It is beautifully made, so much better than anything I have ever bought and above all, I feel so good in it! I know it will be much admired at the wedding in a few weeks’ time. All the time Melanie was friendly, professional and skilled and spot on with her suggestions. I would thoroughly recommend her and can't wait to find the occasion for another outfit!

Angela Buckland - 13/10/2012

★★★★★  Exceeded Expectations

I went to Melanie with a picture of a cocktail dress that I wanted replicated. After we found the perfect fabric, Melanie offered a few suggestions that she thought would make the dress more suitable. I agreed with every suggestion and the result was breathtaking. Melanies manner, professionalism and skills are exceptional. I cannot wait to have another dress made by Melanie and will certainly be recommending Melanie to everyone I know.

Aveline Long - 28/06/2012

★★★★★  Stunning bridesmaid dress

For my upcoming wedding Melanie was commissioned to create a bespoke bridesmaid dress for my sister. Throughout the process Melanie was highly professional, taking time to advise us on our various design options and integrating our suggestions and feedback. The final product was a stunning bridesmaid dress that we are absolutely delighted with. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melanie to others.

Victoria Hudson - 20/06/2012

★★★★★  Trust Melanie!

I recently decided to do something I'd never thought of doing before: have a dress and jacket specially made. After trawling lots of websites, I settled on Melanie - but with some anxiety. What if, after all the discussions and work, I didn't like the end product? (The advantage of buying something ready-made is the security of knowing exactly what you're buying.) Melanie listened carefully to my likes and dislikes, made lots of suggestions, came with me to choose the materials, and happily gave me several fittings so that she could make various tweaks and changes. The result is that I now have an outfit I really like. So if, like me, you're a newcomer to personal tailoring, I'd strongly recommend Melanie.

Judy Vickers - 08/06/2012

★★★★★  Mother of the Bride

I needed a special outfit for our only daughter's wedding and Melanie was recommended by my sister-in-law(size 10). Being several sizes larger, it was with some trepidation that I rang Melanie to fix a meeting.She put me at ease at once, made several sketches while I told her how I envisaged what I wanted to wear and then presented me with the perfect design for a dress and coat. When I said I really didn't want to trail round looking for fabric, she opened her cupboard and out tumbled the most lovely material....job done! I had several fittings which were punctuated by much laughter and sound advice. From start to finish, Melanie was professional and meticulous about the finish of the outfit...she even made a change to the back of the coat at the final fitting which just added that extra something. I cannot recommend her highly enough....Oh yes, everyone, and I mean everyone, said what a fabulous concoction it was.And guess what? They were absolutely right!

Ginger Irby - 11/12/2011

★★★★★  Exceptional!!

After a quick engagement, and only 3 months to organise a beach style wedding on the other side of the world, I found Melanie's website, and spoke to her about making my wedding dress. From this moment, Melanie was fabulous. As she was throughout the whole process. I'm not terribly conventional (my wedding dress was short and my veil long), so I needed my dressmaker to be flexible, broad-minded, with flair and creativity, as well as offering up their own ideas with what may, or may not, suit me in the most honest, non-critical fashion. Melanie is ALL of this, and then some. She is brilliant, both as a person, and her skills as a dressmaker. Not to mention tireless, hard-working, enthusiastic and innovative. When time was of the essence, and wedding organisation can be so stressful, Melanie understood all of this, and I felt no stress regarding my dress. My wedding dress was perfect, I absolutely love it, and Melanie's skills are second to none. It was such a wonderful joy to work with Melanie and I cannot recommend her more highly.

Honor Bowman - 11/12/2011

★★★★★  Perfect outfit!

Melanie made a dress and coat for my daughter's wedding in April. She went to endless trouble to ensure that she was designing exactly what I wanted, and helped me to find the perfect material. The result was an amazing outfit that flattered good points and minimised the bad. It not only looked wonderful but was very comfortable. I received many compliments, and my husband loved it too! I could't recommend her enough- it was such treat to have someone so helpful and professional make something so perfect for me.

Vanessa St John - 27/07/2011

★★★★★  Fantastic

I found Melanie on the internet after an unsuccessful meeting with another local dressmaker. I wanted a dress making for my reaffirmation of wedding vows celebration, but didn't want anything too "weddingy". Melanie listened to my ideas for the design, shared her own and showed me fabric samples, then suggested where I went to look for material. She created the most beautiful dress which not only looked stunning, but felt fabulous to wear.So many people commented on the day on how lovely it was. She also came up with a matching bag which completed the outfit perfectly. Melanie was patient when I was indecisive, very attentive to what I thought I wanted, and made me feel very important. Our fittings were fun yet productive. Melanie is a true professional with a superb eye for detail. I would recommend anyone wanting that "special" dress to consult with her and not bother with "designer" shops who couldn't begin to match her quality and standards. I cannot thank Melanie enough for my beautiful dress and hope to wear it again soon.

Lindsey Guinane - 13/07/2011

★★★★★  Magical Ball Gown

My Mum has known Melanie for years and has always raved about her genius in making clothes for her... Well Melanie certainly lived up to Mum's description and MORE!! Melanie simply couldn't have created me a more stunning ball gown. The design, mock up, creation and her hours of hard work ended up producing something even better than I could have ever dreamed of. AS FOR the fun and laughter we had whilst my magical ball gown was in production was second to none. Our fittings were full of laughter and fun. I shall just have to be back to Melanie very soon to have some more fantastic fitting clothes made-if only for the hilarious time we have together, let alone her creative genius. I really couldn't recommend someone who is more brilliant in the art of creating clothes for women. Anything you want Melanie will make it, and better than your expectations.

Charlotte Hilton - 11/07/2011

★★★★★  My perfect wedding dress!

When I found Melanie through this review site I had been looking for a wedding dress with no joy for about 5 months!! I went to Melanie with a few ideas and from them Melanie was able to create me exactly what I wanted. It is a beautiful dress, very unique and it fitted perfectly. There was no way I could have found this in a shop. Melanie was very patient with me when I kept changing my mind on little details and always gave great advice! Thank you!!!

Emily Akeroyd - 17/05/2011

★★★★★  Caryn

I was in need of a dressmaker close to my area in Clapham to make my wedding dress and was so happy to have found Melanie. I had been quite worried about 'just finding someone off the internet' but found Melanie not only to be a lovely person but her work amazing. Her attention to detail and sewing is incredible. I absolutely love/d my wedding dress and would highly recommend Melanie to anyone. Thank you for your kindness and beautiful work Melanie. You have a wonderful talent!

Caryn Van Schie - 15/02/2011

★★★★★  Highly recommended!

I can not recommend Melanie and her dressmaking services enough. I was having problems finding the perfect wedding dress for my wedding in Thailand and she was able to make me a stunning dress for my special day. Melanie is extremely talented and very professional, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her! Thanks again Melanie, I will be sure to send you some pictures!

Ellen Whitehead - 14/02/2011

★★★★★  Super Dress Maker

I found Melanie on the internet & was absolutely delighted with the alternative dress she made for me for my wedding. Melanie worked from a few pictures & ideas I had & created a wonderfully original wedding dress which was perfect! Lots of people commented on how lovely it was. Melanie worked extremely quickly as we only had about 6 weeks & managed the stress of my ever increasing bump effortlessly! I would recommend Melanie & will definitely use her again! Thanks so much!

Kirstie Millar - 27/10/2010

★★★★★  Wonderful!

Meeting Melanie was a very positive experience. She is truely talented with a wonderful eye and great attention to detail. I was thrilled with the bridesmaids dresses she made for me. They were of the highest quality - just like Melanie herself.

Maria Mccarthy (Nee Salter) - 19/10/2010 

★★★★★  Fabulous!

Melanie did an outstanding job in creating a shrug to fit over the bodice of my wedding dress. Having consulted with Melanie over several weeks regarding the design of the shrug, I then very last minute ( 1 week before the wedding !) changed my mind on the design of the shrug. Melanie was not in the least bit phased by this and was incredibly accommodating in producing THE most beautiful garment despite the time constraints! I absolutely loved it, as did all the wedding guests!. I shall certainly be returning for further outfits in the future.

Mary Brown - 22/08/2010

★★★★★  Jenny W

Melanie has been making clothes for me for a number of years and I have always been delighted with whatever she has done. Not only is Melanie a very talented seamstress with a professional eye for detail, she is also very good at suggesting designs for each outfit which are tailored to you personally. She is also brilliant at choosing fabric which will work for each outfit. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.

Jenny White - 08/06/2010

★★★★★  Excellent

Melanie did an amazing job in creating my dream dress and in the process she met the various requirements I had as well as adding in her own flare along the way. I will definitely be returning for outfit 2!

Sarah Hildebrand - 31/07/2009

★★★★★  Perfect wedding dress

I have just used Melanie for the first time to make my wedding dress (a 50s style tea-length dress) and am thrilled with the results. I used her based on reviews of others on touch local. I started with quite a few ideas and pictures of dresses I liked around a 50s theme and we worked from there, taking into account what would suit me and the key elements I liked from other dresses. Melanie was patient with me e.g. my picky-ness on fit and dithers over fabric, worked with my ideas and we pulled some of her own ideas into the dress also. She also has great attention to detail and the dress and accessories were finished to a very high standard. My mum was also very impressed!

Sally Minchella - 28/07/2009

★★★★★  Fantastic

Melanie Baker has made a number of dresses for me for special occasions in the last couple of years. I've always been impressed by her ideas and designs and how she knows exactly what will suit me, she has earned my trust which is a very hard thing to do! She has also encouraged me to try different colours and fabric which have always been a complete success.

Clare Baker - 01/07/2009

★★★★★  Kellie

I purchased a vintage dress for my wedding which required a slip and belt to be made. Melanie was able to design these perfectly to complement the dress and complete the vintage look. I felt completely confident from the word go and was given fantastic service.

Kellie Bain - 23/06/2009

★★★★★  Penny

Melanie has designed and created most of my wardrobe for the last 15 years. For my work suits, Melanie creates smart, stylish outfits with a twist of fun. Her ball gowns and evening wear are heavenly and show off her true flair and creativity. Everything fits perfectly - after only one fitting. You never need to go shopping again!

Penny Francis - 31/05/2009

★★★★★  Krissy

Melanie created the perfect wedding dress for me, I had some quite tough requirements due to the location of where I was getting married - on top of a mountain in deep snow! However the dress was fantastic and Melanie made it a great experience, with her attention to detail and great ideas.

Krissy Sadler-Bridge - 26/05/2009

★★★★★  Veronica

We are so pleased to have discovered Melanie. My daughter's wedding dress was perfect - Melanie listened carefully to what my daughter wanted and made really helpful suggestions. Her attention to detail and all round professionalism were remarkable.

Veronica Silvertop - 24/02/2009

★★★★★  perfect

I've got wedding suit and evening skirt both designed and made to perfection. I really enjoyed the experience and can't wait to place new order

Mariana Gallagher - 24/07/2008

★★★★★  Ms Mariana Gallagher

After many years finally found the perfect fit and design.The service was excellent and got en amasing suit that fit perfectly. Deffinetly will use Melanie again.

Mariana Gallagher - 20/06/2008

★★★★★  Perfection

Melanie Baker has created a number of beautifully tailored jackets and gowns for me over the years. Everything she makes is individually designed and carefully fitted to the highest standard. She is a real delight to visit, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to praise her work in print.

Carole Goodman - 28/09/2007