Jean Mckinley Designer Clothing



Jean Mckinley has been designing and making my unique ensembles for approximately 15 years.  Her choice of designs and colours are extremely flattering, and most importantly of all - "IS THE FIT".

I can highly recommend her for outfits for any special occasion such as Matric dances, weddings, etc. especially for the more mature woman - and at a most reasonable price.

I wish her every success in her coutoure designs. I am only too happy to recommend her if you would like to call me : 083 756-1158 | 021 553-4735
- Rosalind Jones


Jean made my wedding dress in February 2007. As well as making the dress, she helped me choose the material and gave valuable advice on the design as well. The dress was beautiful and exceptionally well made.

She is a perfectionist and works to the highest standards which resulted in a perfect cut and fit. As I had arrived from the UK she also had to make the dress for me in less than 10 days. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anybody.

- Tamsin Olsen


Jean Mckinley has been sewing and making original garments for over 40 years. As early as 10 years old she wanted to be a dress designer and whilst raising three children, taught herself pattern making and sewing.

Once they had started school, she started a soft furnishing business, making and designing covered pelmets, swags and tails, bed covers and curtains which resulted in a successful business for several years.

Not one to rest on her laurels she then took an interest in crafts and built up a very successful crafting enterprise as her various creations found their way onto Cape Town’s premier craft markets. She also made and designed a wide range of soft toys which resulted in Delos publishing her book with the patterns and designs of these toys.

Once this chapter of her creative life had concluded she went back to her first love … clothing and garment design.

Today she creates a specific range of original clothing best suited to the discerning eye and for those wanting to wear something no one else has. She makes wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mothers-of-the-bride outfits, Matric dance dresses, and special occasion outfits.

She also has designed a range of appliquéd clothing for the craft markets.

After a 3 year hiatus in the Baviaanskloof Mountains (Eastern Cape), she now lives in Kalbaskraal, a mere 40 km’s from Cape Town, just before Malmesbury. Here she continues to work from her home studio making and creating original garments on request.

Jean Mckinley Wedding Dress

Every OUTFIT is individually designed in collaboration with the client

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