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  1. eternal magpie blue stars and moons dress

    I'm really enjoying taking photos of the dresses hanging up in my lilac tree. Okay, it's not going to be as picturesque in winter, but at the moment I think the website looks rather nice with pictures of dresses-up-trees. 

    However, I'm aware that this doesn't really show what the dresses look like on an Actual Person, which is quite different from how they look on the hanger! So, I thought I'd have a go at taking some dress-selfies. How hard could that be? Well, given that the photo below is the best of an afternoon's faffing about, the answer turned out to be "quite hard, actually"!

    eternal magpie blue stars and moons dress

    This one's called "Argh, the self-timer's still on!". Although, to give it a tiny bit of credit, you can at least sort of see what the dress looks like when there's a person inside it I suppose!

    eternal magpie blue stars and moons dress 

    This one my husband took when he got home from work, by which time I was so flustered and cross that I didn't really want the camera pointing at me, and I didn't know where to look, and now it seems as though the dress is making me cross and uncomfortable. Which it isn't. I did that all by myself. And I got a great big insect bite on my foot from standing in the shrubbery!

    eternal magpie blue stars and moons dress

    We tried again the next day, in a car park. That resulted in a photo so bad that many filters were required to make it look... less bad. (I don't think it's worked...) 

    I think the best solution is probably going to be to make lots of sample dresses, and save up for a Proper Model and a Proper Photographer. In the meantime, I think I'm going to stick with Dresses Up Trees, and photos sent in by my lovely customers. I'm starting to collect a few of those now, and they never fail to make me smile.

  2. eternal magpie happy customers: Alice and Kaylee

    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!

  3. eternal magpie payment plans and reservations

    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.

    There's a new page containing all of the small print for Reservations and Payment Plans, just to make sure you're happy with how it's all going to work. I hope this makes it nice and easy for you to buy the dress you want! 

  4. 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. 

    eternal magpie customer fabric dress

    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! 

    eternal magpie customer fabric dress

    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.

    eternal magpie customer fabric dress

    Ta-da! 

    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!