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'll take some better photos of the two dresses together, one day when it isn't pouring with rain. 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!
UPDATE: Lisa's just announced that she's having a Market Night over on Facebook, to celebrate the launch of her new website! It's happening at 7:30pm on Friday the 18th of May, and you can follow this link to sign up to the Facebook event. If you're going to any form of hat-wearing occasion soon, I highly recommend having a look - and even if you're not, Lisa has a great range of more "everyday" headwear, like wraps and flowers and hair ties. Oh, and did I mention that her hair flowers have been on the telly? Garcia from Criminal Minds wears them, don't you know!