The Secret Fitting Room
39 Queens Road
By appointment only
Opening hours Sunday – Friday 9am – 5pm
How to find us
Our premises in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is conveniently located just off the A40. There is free off-road parking down the side of our building.
You can reach High Wycombe in 40 minutes by train from London Marylebone on Chiltern Railways. We are located half a mile away from the station.
Surrounded by the Chiltern Hills, we are based on the outskirts of High Wycombe’s conservation area and overlook the Rye, a 53-acre parkland with boating lake.
Inside our Victorian conversion, you will find our dressmaking atelier and two good sized fitting rooms. We also offer free wifi to our clients.
Quality. Sustainability. Style.
About The Secret Fitting Room
The Secret Fitting Room is a modern and friendly dressmaking company. As expert dressmakers, we know that no one is a standard dress size so we design and make clothes to fit and flatter you as an individual. Our dresses only come in one size. Yours.
We believe in sustainability and style and offer women a real alternative to fast fashion with our relaxed and accessible dressmaking experience. Together we can create investment clothing for formal, party, business or everyday wear that you will love and wear forever.
The Secret Fitting Room also provides professional wedding dress alterations for brides across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and London. We customise, restyle and repair new, secondhand and vintage wedding dresses and create bespoke accessories such as bridal jackets and capes. Contact us and we will transform ‘the’ dress into ‘your’ dress and help your dream wedding outfit come true.
- Wedding dress alterations (also known as bridal alterations)
- Wedding dress repairs
- Made-to-measure and bespoke bridal accessories such as bridal jackets, capes, and shrugs
- Restyling and restoring vintage wedding dresses
- Made-to-measure and bespoke mother of bride outfits
- Bespoke mother of the bride accessories including mother of the bride hats
- Mother of the bride dress alterations
- Made-to-measure and bespoke bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ dresses and alterations
- Custom made prom dresses and prom dress alterations
- Bespoke made-to-measure formal wear outfits for special occasions
- Custom made investment items for business or everyday capsule wardrobes
I set up The Secret Fitting Room in 2016 from a small underground workshop as an independent bridal seamstress. The company has grown thanks to positive word of mouth and recommendations from many local bridal boutiques and our clients. Thank you so much.
We are now a team of four expert dressmakers and moved into our sewing atelier with two beautiful fitting rooms in our converted Buckinghamshire Victorian terrace in 2019. I am so proud that so far we have helped over 1,000 brides make their wedding dress even more perfect.
My beloved granny taught me how to sew as a child, and I was always drawing, designing and making dresses for my friends. I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Costume Design and Construction. I also studied fashion and dressmaking at the London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London.
The Secret Fitting Room is the result of my lifelong passion for quality and sustainable clothes for women.
It is so important to me that The Secret Fitting Room is a supportive haven for women away from everyday stresses. I want The Secret Fitting Room to be an antidote to the fashion and media industry’s damaging images and ideas around body size. I believe that dresses should fit us, not the other way around.
We are a friendly and modern dressmaking company of women (not intentionally), for women. Alongside my team, and our wonderful customers including our brides, bridesmaids, and mother of the brides, I feel very lucky to be surrounded by strong, beautiful and kind women every day.
Cathy graduated in 2009 from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design and Construction). Nottingham Trent University is ranked one of the top ten UK universities for Art and Design.
She spent eight years working full time in the film and television industry in costume design and production, and still undertakes freelance commissions. Most recently, Cathy made the costumes (uniforms for the Apollo 11 astronauts) for the highly acclaimed BBC2 docudrama 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, which marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Cathy also owns her own business The Old Curiosity Costume Company which produces quality, handmade period clothing for men, women and children for any era. She receives varied commissions from all over the world, producing costumes for the Venice Carnival, Mayflower Pilgrim re-enactment events in the United States, to music video shoots in Berlin.
Cathy started working at The Secret Fitting Room in 2017. She is our in-house women’s tailoring expert, throws herself into any challenge and is irreplaceable!
Amy graduated in 2017 after making her own wedding dress collection. We snapped her up straight away and she has been working at The Secret Fitting Room ever since. We could not get by without Amy – for either her fantastic sewing skills or her great sense of humour.
Amy also produces ice skating costumes for nationwide competitions. In fact, her partner won the Junior British dance ice skating championships wearing one of her costumes.
Amy says her most stressful bridal seamstress moment was trying to clean red wine stains out of her sister’s wedding dress on her wedding day before the photos. Her funniest seamstress job was when she made a mini dog tutu for a wedding cake figurine!
Madeline may be the most junior bridal seamstress at The Secret Fitting Room, but she is by far the most talented embroiderer and beading expert.
Every Monday morning, we look forward to hearing what incredible things Madeline has made over the weekend. Our favourites so far include an octopus costume, a one metre high knitted llama, and her own Harry Potter hat and scarf!