FREE STANDARD UK DELIVERY OVER £150

STUDIO APPOINTMENTS

Rene K owner and designer Carrie-Ann hosts a studio appointment with a customer, smiling in a white two piece on a grey sofa with a large ornate mirror and dresses on a rack in the background

Visit our gorgeous venue, a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of Barrowford Lancashire, for a personalised one-to-one studio appointment. Nestled in the rolling hills of the countryside, with an ornate interior and luxurious ambiance, this is the perfect spot to experience couture whether you’re looking for a bridal or party event.

Receive expert advise from the perfect host for our studio appointments, Rene K owner and designer Carrie-Ann, with more than 20 years experience in dressmaking and a down to earth, personable approach. Come and discuss designs, receive fabric samples, try on dresses from a choice of 200+ in various colour and fabric options in sizes 6-24, and have your full measurements taken. Peruse our Made to Measure collection here, or our Bridal collection here, and be sure to familiarise yourself with our designs prior to your appointment.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly, time permitting, and make a day of it with local dining offers and recommendations.

45 minutes

Recommended for 1 – 3 outfits & attendees

60 minutes

Recommended for 3 – 6 outfits & attendees

75 MINUTES

Recommended for 6 – 7 outfits & attendees

90 MINUTES

Recommended for 7+ outfits & attendees

We recommend that you book an appointment at least 3 – 5+ months before the date of your event. If you are looking to book 6+ dresses to be made then please aim to book your appointment at least 5+ months prior to the event. Sewing slots & appointments tend to get booked up 3+ months in advance so please bare this in mind.

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK MORE THAN 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.

 

mid shot of the back of a wedding dress with a cowl drape, brooch and long tail
shot of door and front of grade II listed building for hosting studio appointments
Model wearing off the shoulder white dress, with a glass of champagne
shot of an ornate fireplace with candles and a dried flower arrangement decorating the top. grey sofa and neon RK sign, curtained changing rooms in the background
cutting studio with fabric and shadows from the windows across the table
Grade II listed manor house for hosting studio appointments
close up image of dresses hung on a rack in the studio, focusing on a lace sleeve
Owner and designer Carrie-Ann hosting a studio appointment with a customer
Owner and designer Carrie-Ann putting a wedding dress back on the rack in the studio, dressed in a white two piece
Shot of ornate light fixture and mirror in the curtained changing rooms
Owner and designer Carrie-Ann browsing through a dress rack and smiling

FAQs

Our owner & designer Carrie will greet you & your group at our Barrowford based studios, welcoming you into our Georgian style showroom with over 300 samples in 50+ colours/fabrics to try on in your allotted time. Carrie will introduce herself, offer refreshments (time permitting), tell you what to expect, talk through your design ideas, making sketches and notes if necessary, showing styles that match your requests, take photos for you/your group for your future reference if you like, give fabric samples (or make notes to send at a later date) and take any initial measurements should you wish. Carrie is on hand to give expert advice on body shapes, suitable styles to enhance and support the body, colour matching for all skin types, appropriate styles for younger bridesmaids/prom and sketch any new custom designs should you wish.

We charge for fittings to ensure customers turn up to the showroom to utilise and cover Carrie’s time for your specialist 1-2-1 appointment, refreshments, fabric samples and overall showroom experience. We source fabric and supplies from local companies to not only reduce our environmental impact but to also make our products as affordable as possible for all our customers. We believe we have a superior couture product and service at an affordable price point, therefore, we ask for minimal additional charge for our fittings. The fitting cost is separate from the cost of the items.

Ideally wear the underwear you’ll be wearing to your event, or something similar. Come with more underwear choices if need be. We let you change in complete privacy but are on hand to help, should you need it. You can bring your heels or a similar height of heel if you like. We have a range of heels to try with our samples also.

Please come as prepared as possible! We love customer who have lots of ideas & photos! Take a look at our site & social media for ideas on styles possible & colour ways you like. If you have a custom idea in mind, please come with photos to show Carrie of something similar, even if its sections, like a top/sleeve/waistband for example. The clearer the initial process is, the easier it is for all going forward and helps with quoting a price more accurately.

Please note, we do not offer corset/boned style dresses, embellishments, intricate beading and work mainly with premium quality stretch fabrics that do not include zips or buttons usually.

95% of our orders are made remotely using our measurement guide & videos to help you through the process. If a member of your party can’t be present in the fitting, don’t worry! They can either send their measurements later via email supported by a dedicated team member or book a 15-45 minute fitting to either have just their measurements taken or try up to 3 styles, nearer the time of your event.

We usually say that 1 initial fitting to try on styles, discuss fabric samples, have initial measurements taken and take as many photos as possible too, is enough. Don’t forget, 95% of our orders are made remotely through our site or via email with a team member guiding you. We then make & ship direct to you (or you can collect if local), try on at home and contact us if any small alterations may be needed. It sometimes happens, so that’s why we leave at least 2-3 weeks prior to your event date to ensure we can book in alterations with plenty of time spare.

After your first fitting, our admin team check Carrie’s notes from appointments, type up a breakdown with pricing, send you an email with everything included and if you are happy to confirm, we then send an invoice for payment. Once paid in full, this secures your sewing slot. (We offer payment plan options for orders over £1000, ask your dedicated team member)

We pass your order to our seamstress team in the cutting room who check initial details and book your dresses in to their diary to be made. If updated measurements or heel heights are needed, our admin team will contact you 1 week prior to your requested delivery date to ask for these. We then hand cut, make and package your dresses to ship directly to you (unless you have asked to pick up/booked another showroom fitting).

There are 2 ways for us to take your measurements;

1. Visit us at the showroom and Carrie can take your initial first stage measurements at the time of your fitting. You can then send your FINAL measurements up to 1 week prior to your requested delivery date which you decide.

2. You can send your FINAL measurements remotely via email helped by our dedicated team members using our measurement guide that we send & step by step instruction videos on our Instagram highlights.

As long as your order is confirmed and paid for, we can then book it in with our seamstress team to secure your sewing slot in time for your event. We then start cutting & making your order 1 week prior to your requested delivery date which you choice. So we need all final measurements & details ONE WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR DELIVERY DATE. We recommend having at LEAST 2 WEEKS from receiving your order to your event date just in case any alterations may be needed.

We are based in Barrowford, Lancashire. Our exact address will be sent once an appointment has been booked and paid for.

If driving, travel along the M65 towards Kendal and take the Barrowford exit.

If taking public transport, our local train stations are as follows:

  • Burnley Manchester Road Station
  • Burnley Central Station
  • Burnley Barracks Station
  • Colne Station

We’d then recommend taking a short taxi journey to our showroom.

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OUR STOCKISTS

If you’re not able to get to us, don’t worry! You’ll find our bridesmaids collections in a number of UK stockists.

Emma Hartley Bridal

54 Albert Rd
Colne
BB8 0AD
01282 859000

Sugared Almonds Bridal Boutique

69 Victoria Rd
Earby
Barnoldswick
BB18 6UN
01282 844800

Flamingo Boulevard Bridal Studio

The Secret Warehouse
Syren St
Bootle
L20 8HN
07400 236371

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