Meet Alice & Kaylee, two very happy customers! Apparently Alice has filled her pockets with STUFF already. Way to go, Alice!
I'm quietly encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #magpieinmypocket for sharing pictures of the treasures you put in the pockets of these dresses. I wonder what Alice has chosen to keep in hers?
Thank you to Lisa of Off With Her Head Millinery (check out her lovely new website!) for sharing this lovely photo with us. Lisa has an eternal magpie tunic dress too, so hopefully we'll get to see a picture of all three of the Off With Her Head ladies soon!
To make it as easy as possible for you to buy a dress, I've introduced two new things to the eternal magpie shop.
The first is Reservations! So if you see a one-off fabric that you like, but you don't want to risk it selling out before pay day, you can send me an email and I'll pop it into the Reservations section for you. It will sit there happily for thirty days, and you can snap it up any time you like.
If thirty days isn't quite long enough, or if you'd prefer to pay for your dress in smaller amounts, I'm now offering Payment Plans too! Again, send me an email to tell me which dress you'd like, and I'll pop it into the Reservations section. I will then create a PayPal invoice which I will email to you. The first payment will be for one quarter of the cost of your item + shipping. The balance of the invoice can be paid in flexible instalments, any time you like!
I won't make the dress until all of the payments have been completed, so you will have to wait a little while with this option. However, there's no specific schedule - as long as I've received all of the instalments byb the date specified on the invoice, you can be as fast or as slow as you like with the rest.
I've been down this dressmaking road before, and this time I definitely wasn't going to accept custom orders, and I certainly wasn't going to accept custom orders made using the customer's own fabric. Organic cottons and ethically-sourced fabrics only, this time. Definitely.
And then... my friend Lisa, from Off With Her Head Millinery, sent me a message. She'd bought some fabric to make dresses for her daughters... would it be suitable for making my dresses instead? Photos were sent, and then fabric was sent, and her eldest daughter now has a lovely little dress in a floral print with bees, ladybirds, butterflies and caterpillars hidden amongst the flowers. So cute!
But what absolutely sealed the deal for me was this. Lisa's youngest daughter had chosen this fabric for a Batman dress. How could I possibly resist?
It was quite a small piece of fabric for such a large print, so I had to cut very carefully to make sure that Batman wasn't upside down or decapitated in too many places! With a multi-directional print this was quite a challenge, but I'm very pleased with how it's turned out.
I'm not sending the parcel off straight away, as I still have a dress for Lisa to make first. The fabric for Lisa's dress is a fantastic one too - I can't wait to show it to you!