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!