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?!
Every year I have a Birthday Sale. This year I'm going to be 44, so for one day only you get a 44% discount! Between now and then I'm going to take the opportunity to make lots of dresses using up the last of my non-organic stash. That way you'll have plenty of dresses to choose from, and afterwards I can concentrate on making lovely organic cotton dresses for you.
If anybody has their eye on anything specific, you might want to let me know, so I don't use up all the fabric in sizes that won't fit you!
If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know that I'm completely smitten with these new organic border prints - so much so that I've added a whole collection of them to order in women's sizes and for children.
This "entomology" print on a moss green crossweave fabric is my absolute favourite, so I've ordered a little piece to make a dress for myself.
It arrived this morning, and is whizzing its way around the washing machine as I type. I love that I happened to get a piece with the label still on it!
I also love that the Organic Textile Company work so closely with their team in South India. Recently they shared this picture of Devaki, one of their team in Kerala, who is winding organic cotton yarn in preparation for weaving the fabric.
I really appreciate being able to put names to the people who made the fabric that I'm using to make our clothes, and the Organic Textile Company are really good at highlighting all of the different processes that go into the production of their fabrics.
I genuinely believe that the more we know about how our clothes are created, from the plant in the field to the sewing machine - whether it's mine, or in a factory somewhere - the more inclined we'll be to appreciate the work that goes into every process, and the more we'll value our clothes.