My white overlocker thread won't last much longer, so it's time to level up!
This is my current polyester thread, a bargain at £6.68 for 4x5000m cones. I've just ordered ORGANIC COTTON OVERLOCKER THREAD (*insert choirs of angels and heavenly trumpets*) from the Organic Textile Company. It may have cost me a somewhat eye-watering £79.80 for the same 4x5000m cones, but I think it's well worth it for the upgrade of having every single part of my dresses made with organic cotton.
The four new cones will last me for several years, so on a per-dress basis it actually only costs a few pence more. I'm not far off making the dresses entirely organic now - a little bit more stash fabric to use up, and then I just have to wait for my black overlocker thread to run out so I can replace that with organic cotton too!
Say hello to Tracy, who is enjoying her cream cotton dress with embroidered bees!
After a false start in which I checked her order at least three times and then proceeded to sew up the dress in completely the wrong size (oops!) I eventually managed to get the correct dress all the way to Tracy's gorgeous craft shop on the Isle of Wight.
Having declared her new dress to be "the most comfortable thing I have ever worn", I'm thrilled to say that Tracy came straight back and ordered another one, so I'm looking forward to sharing more photos with you very soon.
Tracy's new dress is going to be an "in-between" size that's not currently listed. Don't forget that I draft all the patterns and make all of the dresses individually by hand, so if you need a size that's different from the ones listed on the size chart, please don't be afraid to ask!
Facebook's "On This Day" feature has just kindly informed me that I made this tunic dress on July 26th 2011 - so it's six years old today!
This is how it looked when I first made it - with a ruffle around the bottom, and a matching elastic belt. I don't think the belt has ever been worn, mainly because I've had stomach ache since at least 2005, and I can't stand having anything tight around my waist for any length of time. (Please don't ask me why I made it, I have absolutely no idea.) The ruffle around the hem was also short-lived, partly because it made the tunic a slightly peculiar length, and partly because I couldn't shake the feeling that I was dressed like a three year old whenever I wore it! So that had the scissors taken to it a long time ago.
This is what the tunic looks like now - with thanks to Sarah of Rainbright Photography, who takes such lovely outdoor portraits.
The fabric's a bit less crisp than it used to be, having been washed many, many times in the past six years. I haven't ironed it as often as I probably should have done, as I think this fabric looks quite nice when it's a little bit crumply. The colour's faded a little bit, but not too much.
I've been wearing this tunic pretty much all the time while the weather's been warm, and I definitely need to make some more. It's such an easy-to-wear style, it looks great with jeans, and it's lovely and soft and floaty and comfortable. Lisa from Off With Her Head Millinery clearly agrees with me, as she's just ordered her third one in this length - thank you Lisa!
I'm not offering tunic lengths in the children's sizes at the moment, mainly because the nice thing about these dresses is that they naturally turn into tunics as kids grow. If I make them too short in the first place they won't last as long, and I think it would be a shame for them to be outgrown too quickly. But for those of us who aren't getting taller any time soon - tunics are now available!
Look how happy Charlotte is, in her bumblebee dress! She chose to wear it especially for her birthday party, and apparently put the pockets to good use for keeping hold of the yellow party blower - the best one, obviously!
Charlotte chose the fabric herself when she came to visit me (with her mum, Joanna, who's recently started a great blog) and spent the day telling everybody that I'd made her dress. How lovely is that?!