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!), so I thought it was about time to add the option to some of the fabrics in the shop.
All of the women's border print dresses now have a "tunic length" option, which is £10 cheaper than a regular knee-length dress. They're roughly hip length - though I still need to work out exactly what that means for all the sizes, and then update the size chart.
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!