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£1,909
pledged of £800pledged of £800 goal
20
backers
116minutes to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, May 21 2019 11:48 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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.

Standard size, short skirt
Standard size, short skirt

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!

Back of Dress
Back of Dress

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.

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust modelling the dress
Fuller Figure Fuller Bust modelling the dress

 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. 

Belts and Petticoats are available as extra's
Belts and Petticoats are available as extra's

So please do support us and other local businesses this year. Without your support, we can’t exist.

We are offering this Retro Gamer Dress via Kickstarter, as these have always been popular and we have had requests to bring them back into production. 

Your last chance to grab a dress!
Your last chance to grab a dress!

We have also been able to get the last few meters of this fabric from our supplier, as it has now been discontinued. So this will be your last chance t get your dress and accessories in this fabric!

Headband
Headband

🖤 Alison xx  

Hair Bow
Hair Bow

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.

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    Retro Gamer Hair Bow

    Hair Bow made from Periodic Table fabric to clip into your hair! Handmade in the UK.

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    Retro Gamer Headband

    100% cotton headband with wire for easy wear in Retro Gamer Fabric, handmade in the UK.

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    Retro Gamer Dress (Standard Sizes) Short

    Made in the UK
    • Dress Made from 100% Cotton
    • Available UK sizes 6-16
    • Skirt length to the knee

    Lovely dress with full circular skirt made in a traditional 1950’s style and using 1950’s inspired patterns. Made from 100% Cotton in a fun Retro Gamer design, with centre back zip, the dress is made to be worn with a petticoat (not provided) to allow for a fuller finished look.

    Petticoats can be purchased additionally (our short petticoats are recommended for our short skirt dresses).

    All of our dresses are now lined with 100% Cotton Fabric and have concealed side pockets!

    Suitable for machine washing and tumble dry safe

    SHORT OPTION - 50cm gathered skirt

    UK to US Size Details:

    UK 6 - US 2
    UK 8 - US 4
    UK 10 - US 6
    UK 12 - US 8
    UK 14 - US 10
    UK 16 - US 12

    Our full size guide can be viewed here: http://sillyoldseadog.com/size-guide/

    Pre-order now in your choice of size. Also available in Plus Size up to UK 28.

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    Retro Gamer Dress (Standard Sizes) Long

    Made in the UK
    • Dress Made from 100% Cotton
    • Available UK sizes 6-16
    • Skirt length to the knee

    Lovely dress with full circular skirt made in a traditional 1950’s style and using 1950’s inspired patterns. Made from 100% Cotton in a fun Retro Gamer design, with centre back zip, the dress is made to be worn with a petticoat (not provided) to allow for a fuller finished look.

    Petticoats can be purchased additionally (our long petticoats are recommended for our long skirt dresses).

    All of our dresses are now lined with 100% Cotton Fabric and have concealed side pockets!

    Suitable for machine washing and tumble dry safe

    LONG SKIRT OPTION - 62cm gathered skirt

    UK to US Size Details:

    UK 6 - US 2
    UK 8 - US 4
    UK 10 - US 6
    UK 12 - US 8
    UK 14 - US 10
    UK 16 - US 12

    Our full size guide can be viewed here: http://sillyoldseadog.com/size-guide/

    Pre-order now in your choice of size. Also available in Plus Size up to UK 28.

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    Retro Gamer Dress (Plus Sizes)

    Made in the UK
    • Dress Made from 100% Cotton
    • Skirt length below the knee

    Lovely dress with full circular skirt made in a traditional 1950’s style and using 1950’s inspired patterns. Made from 100% Cotton in a fun Retro Gamer design, with centre back zip, the dress is made to be worn with a petticoat (not provided) to allow for a fuller finished look.

    Petticoats can be purchased additionally (our long petticoats are commended for sizes 18 plus).

    All of our dresses are lined with 100% Cotton Fabric and have concealed side pockets!

    Suitable for machine washing and tumble dry safe

    62cm gathered skirt:

    UK to US Size Details:
    UK 18 - US 14
    UK 20 - US 16
    Uk 22 - US 18
    UK 24 - US 20
    UK 26 - US 22
    UK 28 - US 24

    Our full size guide can be viewed here: http://sillyoldseadog.com/size-guide/

    Pre-order your dress now, in your choice of size! Also available in Standard sizes

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