I started my small business Silly Old Sea Dog in 2013 after graduating in Fashion. Our aim is to produce vintage inspired dresses in all-inclusive sizes for every women, and for them all to be ethically made in the UK.
Silly Old Sea Dog’s studio is based in Newquay, UK where our items are designed, our hair accessories are all made here by our local team. Our collection of dresses are all designed in Newquay and then produced by our small factory in Scotland. We are passionate about manufacturing in the UK and offering something different from that available from the chain stores. We design all of the patterns ourselves and produce them in quality designer cotton fabrics.
Everything about our dresses is designed to be top quality. They are made to last and be enjoyed for years to come. The fabric is all 100% cotton, which means they can be washed, tumble dried and ironed. The zips are all YKK, our dresses are lined in spotty 100% cotton fabric and have deep concealed side pockets. The sizes have been made to fit real women, we use fit models of all sizes to test our patterns before they are graded. Our factory in Scotland cut out all our patterns by hand, they are then sewn on machines by our skilled seamstresses, many which have worked at the family run factory for over 20 years. All of our staff are paid fairly for the work that they do, and protected by EU laws, which makes our finished dresses sustainable and ethical. Our ethics are at the heart of our business, along with quality beautiful dresses that make you feel fabulous and stand out from the crowd!
2018 trading was my hardest year to date in terms of sales. Our social media reach has been lower, our events haven’t been as fruitful as past years and many events we used to trade and do well at are no longer running. Our website sales have been down and we aren't getting found on our Etsy store - our reach is 50% down from last year and I’ve done nothing differently! I am trying to start 2019 with a positive outlook, but it is hard. I'm sure many other small businesses are feeling the same.
Finding the cash after a pretty awful year for making stock is proving difficult, and I have therefore decided to open up a couple of our popular dresses for pre-orders on re-runs. This way you can ensure that you get your dress, we can carry on producing to our high standards and in an ethical factory that we love, rather than having to downgrade to somewhere un-ethical. And for the first time in a long time, we are able to offer our sizes 26 and 28 (we haven't been able to stock these as they don't sell well on our website, but as you are ordering bespoke, we can make them available). You are also helping to keep my business afloat. during very difficult trading times.
So please do support us and other local businesses this year. Without your support, we can’t exist.
We are offering this Periodic Table Dress and our Retro Gamer Dress via Kickstarter, as these have always been popular and we have had requests to bring them back into production.
Our Periodic Table Dress fabric is slightly different to the pictured dress on the model as the fabric is a new release of the original, please see the swatch image attached.
🖤 Alison xx
Risks and challenges
We will only be able to manufacture the dresses if we reach our goal. The reason for this is that our factory have a minimum order value and we are only able to buy fabrics by the roll.
We have lots of experience in making our dresses and working with our factory in Scotland, so we know that if we reach our goal, we can deliver the finished product.
Dresses will be none refundable or exchangeable as ordered via our Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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