Weddings are in the air...
Love is all around... Which will kate choose?
A dress fit for a Princess.... that's it!!
ONLY SIZE LARGE LEFT !!
Weddings are in the air...
Love is all around... Which will kate choose?
A dress fit for a Princess.... that's it!!
ONLY SIZE LARGE LEFT !!
Good old fashion times...
I love the way they dressed...
Victorians and Edwardians...
And everything grand and British...
Whos says we still can't be like them!
Last few Gretta flounce skirts left... and then they will be no more!! Just a distant regret...
Sizes left in SMALL, MEDIUM and X-LARGE only from
I'm off to India for a while, orders can still be taken in the ETSY shop and will be shipped after 2nd Ferbuary 2011.
Susannah Dashwood x
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It has been a long time in the making but we will be launching a brand new website around the Summer of 2011.
We are going back to roots and returning to the highly successful 'Rustic Chic'linen style which was first launched in 2006 under the MALPHI name.
This will include the original Verity Hope Dress and Pantaloons and introducing some brand new additions.
If you would like to be the first to hear about the launch and new ranges, please contact us with your email address and we can add you to our newsletter. Your details will never be passed on or used for any other purpose.
In the meantime a very happy start to 2011 to everyone!
2010 items currently still available at:
Is it any wonder why animals love the winter forest?
It's quiet and warm when it's storming out there
Some pass the winter in a torpid state
Others become more vigorous
Way inside the forest,
one can hear...
a tiny bird singing,
a twig creaking in the wind,
sounds of slumber.
snowdrifts, and snowbanks are bountiful
Trees with their branches ice covered
Streams flowing smoothly and uninterrupted
Nature's way of keeping all intact...
by Sharon Nyberg.
Hmmm now, what to do?
Memories of summer a distant past...
One last SWISH...
... SWISH ... SWISH...
And then retire to bed....
With a nice cup of tea...
I've just returned from a most glorious week in Maine...
My entire family flew over from England and we stayed at my husband's family home...
I always love it up there, surrounded by nature and water and listening to the birds singing high up in the trees...
It allowed the perfect opportunity to wear my newest Verity Hope Dress in a beautiful mauve colour...
I hand dyed a select few dresses in contrasting hues for the Autumn...
The drive up from New Hampshire allowed us the view of the changing autumn leaves in all their finest autumnal glory...
I love the in between seasons the best. Spring for it's emergence of new life in the plants and Autumn for the changing leaves and cosiness...
Here's a little sneak as to why we were all up in Maine last week...
Verity Hope Dresses and Flounce Skirt all available from SUSANNAH DASHWOOD ON ETSY
During this very transitional year... I have squeezed in a small line of Verity Hope dresses made from viscose from bamboo...
I absolutely adore this fabric. It feels like silk yet has the versatility and stretchiness of jersey.
I couldn't resist making up some Verity Hope dresses which I have hand dyed so each limited one is a slightly different purple hue. Ideal to set off against those Autumn golden leaves...
I'm almost out of stock with the bloomers, it's been such a hectic year they took a side step but will be returning in all their frilly glory in the not too distant future...
I'm sourcing some beautiful linen fabric at this very moment which I'm really excited about and hope to get going with them again within the next few months.
Added to the limited edition bamboo range is this wonderful Edwardian inspired flounce skirt with a modern twist...
I added a super soft and stretchy waistband to the top which can be worn straight or rolled over depending on how long one would want to wear it. I'm showing it off at full length but being 5'4' would normally be wearing it folded over...
Finally, I'm thrilled with the way the 'Butterfly Maternity Wrap' has worked out...
It's so soft and comfortable and I feel instantly glamorous in it...
Like the convertible dresses on the market, this one can also be tied in numerous ways and it works as a nursing shawl too...
My favourite is the toga style as seen here but it's also so useful as a skirt too.
It's all available in the Etsy store right now while limited stocks last..!
Susannah Dashwood x
It has been absolutely ages since I last posted a blog. Life has been full of changes, hopping back and forth across the Atlantic and setting up the new 'SUSANNAH DASHWOOD' collection.
In the meantime I took a few moments to play around in the latest Verity Hope dress. I have continued with the popular sleeveless version as Spring is now here...thank goodness and it means I can wear different cardigans and wraps over the top of it.
I've also added lace and ribbon to the bottom of this season's bloomers...as hotly requested....
I will miss the Malphi style linen bloomers and dresses, it's been fun leaping through meadows.......photos!!!
skipping through poppy fields....
and gathering the fruits of the earth....
Now that I am concentrating on the new Effortless Elegance range, the Malphi country look has to take a back seat. The website has taken a whopping six moths to re-vamp (when it actually launches) and so much work has gone into sourcing new fabrics. Bamboo is the chosen one but I'll go into that more in detail later....
Meanwhile thank goodness Spring has now finally sprung in the English countryside and once more, buds are peeping through and the grasses are growing up nicely...looking forward to leaping through a few meadows again and a nice cup of tea in the afternoon!
There are many multi-way convertible wraps available to choose from and we hope you enjoy our version which features a fun ruffle around the edge finished off with lettuce edging. We have produced it in limited numbers using a soft jersey stretch fabric.
The leafy print has a tropical feel, perfect for strolling along a beach listening to the soft breezes whispering through coconut palms. Here are just some of the many ways they can be worn:
GRECIAN OFF SHOULDER
I'm going to be going overseas again soon so have been extremely busy getting as many dresses made up and in stock before leaving.
I had a mountain of beautiful cotton lawn fabric I'd collected last year from London with pretty delicate tiny flower prints along with some mini black and white polka dot fabric...always a favourite....
and also a Java print from Indonesia....
I decided to make some apron style wraps with the fabric...the kind that had a nostalgic war time feel...
I imagined an old 1940s wooden ironing board with a lady standing behind in her cover up protecting her day wear.
Most of the versatile wraps have satin bias edging and are looser fitting than my regular Verity Hope Dress line.
Speaking of which...VH is staying but will be transitioning to a new look for 2010. The current sleeveless variety currently listed in my shops will be the last of the linen line.
Maybe not forever and ever but at least for a few years probably....
It's because I have found a new fabric that I am very excited about and will be developing a mix and match range based around the signature Verity Hope dress...
Each piece will be interchangeable to allow an effortless versatile wardrobe ideal for relaxation and vacations...
I can't say anymore yet but hope to get some preview photos up around October time or a bit sooner. A first photo shoot is scheduled in California in September which I'm very excited about! Will keep you posted!
All current dresses are available on Etsy.
I decided to do sleeveless dresses this time for a change and have kept the Bloomers more minimalist....
My favourite colour VH dress has always been the Blue (atlantic) so I couldn't resist a few more of those...
and the beautiful weeping willow tree...
Then pink for a new colour...
a nice summery shade and easy to wear...
and lastly the ever popular deep red (ruby)...
The red shows up quite bright in the pictures but it is a beautiful deep rich red colour...
They will be the last Verity Hope dresses that I'll be doing in the linen and in the different colours, the style isn't going away it will just be changing and evolving to a slightly different look in the future.
Here's Malin from Sweden wearing a custom made Verity Hope Dress and Bloomers in white linen. She sent me this wonderful picture of herself in her outfit posing outside her delightful gift shop in Sweden! She has wonderful gifts and treasures and you can see them all here: www.unikkollektion.blogspot.com.
Thank you so much Malin for sharing!!
Bye for now!
Phew!...I've finally completed the last two Verity Hope Dresses in the new colours...Loganberry and Forest.
This is the Loganberry....
Now it's a question of having all the sizes in stock....oh how I wish I had some little Elves to help me! Wouldn't that be so nice to wake up in the morning greeted with a chirpy "good morning" by some little friends with smiley faces ready and eager with thread in hand.
But in the meantime I'll get the full four sizes out as soon as I can over the next two weeks. The Loganberry is similar to purple but less blue and more muted if you can tell by the swatches...
I don't produce many dresses in each size because of my Elf shortage which is why they're quite often not available along with the Bloomers. This is the Forest...
I have a tiny amount left of the Ruby and Atlantic...
so after making some more apron kits up will see if I have enough to do a couple more dresses in those colours too.
I'm guessing sizes large and x-large would be the best sizes to do.
I'm dying to make an apron (or two) and have such a large pile of fat quarters, scraps and trimmings all waiting for creative inspiration. I'm also feeling a doll making session come on as a result of my search last week. I dug out this little friend I'd started a few years back....
and to my joy I'm further on completing his/her friend than I'd thought. Just the hair is needed on this one...
It usually happens this time of year. I suddenly get hit with so many ideas. I've been dying to make some dolls out of papier mache too. Has anyone used one of those pourable ones? I've heard that Li-qua-che is supposed to be good but they're really hard to find in the UK. Can you sculpt with them too or just cast does anyone know? I really like Julie Arkell's work. She's one of the leading folk artists in the Uk....
I first saw her work at an exhibition in London last year and fell in love with her style. Particularly her papier mache rabbits...(oh and that apron she's wearing)...
She uses the traditional form of papier mache. Oh and I love the cloth watches she makes out of old vintage scraps...
She holds workshops in and around London and sometimes abroad. I am dying to go to one....otherwise I think I shall burst!!!
I'm going to have to try really hard not to jam up. What I mean is...you know when you just have sooo many projects all trying to squeeze through and then you end up either not doing any of them or starting them all and not completing....(hence the dolls). Another reason why I need my little Elf helpers!!
Well it was good news and bad news. The bad news is that they're not for sale but the good news is that it's because the buyer said she loves them so much and doesn't want to part with them! It is good news because I was so happy to hear that they went to a home that really appreciates them and is taking good care of them. They're both together and obviously being looked after very well and the buyer sounded very kind, so although they won't be returning to me it's made me feel so much happier and I'm glad I asked. I feel inspired to maybe start making them again and do have a few that I never finished....it'll be a nice Winter evening project and this time I won't be selling them!
On to Malphi news....
It's available in four sizes...
They're in very limited numbers and I'll be adding the remaining sizes as soon as I can along with the Bloomers in OATMEAL...
They're also available in four sizes...
This is the new darker BROWN Verity Hope Dress...
If a size is not available I'll try and replace it within a few weeks so do keep checking back....
This is the line up of colours that are already out or coming out:
Moonlight Brown Loganberry Forest Oatmeal (Bloomers)
It's been a long time coming but my new line of Linen Verity Hope Dresses are finally on their way! I have four new colours for the Winter months: a deep blue called moonlight, deep forest green, loganberry and the brown was so popular I've brought it out again but slightly darker. I'm so pleased with how they're turning out. Here's a peak at the Moonlight...
The new dresses vary slightly from last season. These ones have higher frills, no bow and the arms are slightly looser around the elbow. I love experimenting with little ways here and there.
I'm hoping to get the Moonlight in the Etsy shop as early as this week along with more Bloomers. They'll be available in four sizes: SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE AND X-LARGE and the BROWN will then follow.
I have so much I want to work on including some more Dana Ashley Dresses (a more casual Verity Hope minus the frill) out of some amazing prints I picked up in London last week. Here's one I've just finished which is now on Etsy and on RUSTIC CHIC.
It's a size Medium in a soft touch cotton with a subtle satin sheen.
We took the photographs locally this time down by the river. I don't know why I didn't think of that location before...the flowers were still out in full bloom in some places and it felt like summer.
I'm thinking of incorporating Paypal into the main website www.malphistyle.com to make it easier with the currency and I know I always prefer the familiarity of Paypal. A project on the 'To do list'. Would love to hear from anyone who does use a Paypal shoping cart on their own website and whether they would recommend it over another?
I just had to show you this apron! I didn't make it but it epitimizes everything I love about aprons! Feminine, cheerful, floral, floaty, dreamy...
I added some little buttons here and there sewn with green embroidery thread to match the tiny leaves.
I was getting it ready to put in Apronologie™ but I love it so much I've decided to keep it! So many aprons and dresses pass through my hands that you forget sometimes to treat yourself now and again and enjoy the things you love. A few years back I made some dolls and still regret to this day about selling them.
Here's little WINIFRED....
and darling MILLICENT....
I knew at the time when I was taking them to the post office that I was really going to regret letting them go. Fortunately they both went to the same home. Two years have now passed and I STILL think about them so it's time to TAKE ACTION! I made a grand decision last night!!!....I've actually contacted the buyer!!! I emailed her last night to let her know that I would be very interested in buying them back if she ever wanted to sell them. It's a long shot, they may have moved on already...and I know they're only dolls and there are far worse problems in the world but since I have that chance then I SHOULD TAKE IT! Haven't heard back yet but fingers crossed!! X
It's always nice when you can finally see the end result of a lot of hard work. I've finally managed to get together the new batch of Verity Hope Dresses this time made from a variety of prints.
This first one is called 'Promenade Des Fleurs'.
There are oodles of tiny meadow flowers sprinkled over a forget me not blue background and the fabric is a medium weight cotton.
It's my absolute favourite shade of blue and has everything I like in a printed fabric. I only had a little bit of fabric so could only make one. It's in the Etsy shop and I'll be putting all the dresses on the website over the next few days.
Next is 'Meadow Bed'. This print reminds me of the tiny flowers scattered over the floor of a wild field. Okay I'm dreaming a bit but I love being around fields and the outdoors in general and love prints that reflect that.
It's nice to be girly and the dresses can be dressed down over jeans. Again I could only make one of these but may have enough fabric left to produce a wrap top...we'll see.
Next is a very Wintery fabric. It's made from a fine wool.
I made two of these in different sizes.
Last but not least is the cream of the crop.
My Dana Ashley Dress in a floral LIBERTY OF LONDON print.
A Dana Ashley is the same as the Verity Hope dress with the three bust darts except that it doesn't have a frill. It's more of a casual wrap over. Some one told me they using theirs as a wrap over in their dance class.
I absolutely love Liberty fabric prints. They use bright mixes of colours without being garish. I know a small shop in London where they stock rolls and rolls of past season Liberty prints. I drule over them each time I go but even though they're last seasons it's still sooo expensive. I'd love to see the warehouse where they get it all from. Better still I'd love a trip around the factory where they print it all and then be directed to their sampling section.
It's a bit strange but I'd actually love a holiday going around a load of different factories and seeing how things are made. Has anyone seen 'How It's Made' on the telly? I think it's so interesting to find out what the products we use every day have to go through. Modern machines are amazing, I remember they said it took less than a minute to produce a pair of Jeans! It was true, the Denim just shot through the machine quicker than lightning. I suppose it would have to be that fast with all the Jeans on the planet. By far the most useful item ever known to man! My favourites are Wrangler and Lee.
My new Linen arrived a few days ago in the new Winter colours so over the next weeks the dresses will be coming out along with more Bloomers...hold on to your hats and thanks for stopping by xx
Wow! I've had a busy few days on Etsy! Couldn't work out at first why I suddenly got so many messages. I usually get about four or five enquiries each day but suddenly I was getting about fifteen! It wasn't until my sister emailed me that I realised why...
I'd made the first page of ETSY! Whippee!! (Bottom right corner).
First of all a huge thank you to Erin from Anatomy of a Skirt for adding me in her favourite picks which is what my Verity Hope Dress was featured on. If you don't know Erin check out this wonderful bag she makes and sells in her Etsy shop...
And a huge thank you to to Kalurah for taking the screenshot otherwise I would have missed it. She has an amazing blog called While They Play and sells a wonderful selection of these crochet patterns and more in her Etsy Shop. Here's a peak...
They're all on pdf so you can get them staraight away!
I've had lots of enquiries about whether I'll be bringing out more Verity Hope Dresses and Bloomers in Linen again and in the differents sizes. Well the answer is YES absolutely but I'll be cutting down on some of the sizes.
Doing seven sizes is great but it means I can't stock as many of the popular larger sizes as I want to so I'll probably stick with about four sizes at least for the moment. That's not to say I won't be doing size small or XS but they just won't appear as often. I'm overwhelmed at how popular the dress and bloomers have been and with all the supporting emails and Etsy conversations over the past months. It's always lovely to hear feedback and to chat with everyone.
I've got a lovely selection of printed fabrics which I intend to make up very soon, I'll probably do the short sleeve version with the prints...
as they go over Jeans well and I've got a tiny bit of the Linen left which I'll make up into the original Verity Hope dress without the satin edging...
And then once I've run out of all that it will be time to order in a new batch of the Linen again. I have to order it in huge quantities so need to make sure I have the space first and that I've run down sufficiently with stock. Think I'll go for the brown again but a darker one for a change and I really like the denim blue...
But I can be swayed?
Have a lovely weekend XXX
I've always like those long 1940s war aprons. I think it's because they look like they could be worn as dresses as well as being practical and also look great over Jeans.
But MOST of all for some bizarre reason I'm really drawn to what old Grandmothers wear in places like Greece, Italy or France. I like to imagine these old women spending their lives out in the olive groves, skin a bit leathery from the sun, but still in fine health from their country lifestyle.
I doubt they put much thought into what they wear but I just love the way they layer up, tunics over jumpers or a long wrap over...it's almost like a uniform. Is it a style particular to a certain generation? or perhaps one day you reach a certain age and that's it!...on goes the smock!
Anyway that idea inspired me to do a small batch of Verity Hope dresses with more of a casual look which could be worn over existing clothing.
After all who doesn't like wearing jeans? I sling them on all the time and any item of clothing I have that goes with them STAYS in my wardrobe because it means I WEAR it.
And with the winter months fast approaching I'm now on the look out for ways to layer up my clothing too and make extra use of them.
Short sleeves don't just have to be for sunny days (which seem to be non-existent in the UK) so I thought I would make more use of my short lived sleeveless clothes all year round if I wear them over something warm...
Hey presto...makes an ordinary outfit look a bit more interesting I'm telling myself...
Now I want to head down to a rural village and sit on a balcony in a rocking chair...sun gleaming down over looking olive trees...easy pace of life with a big loaf of bread in my basket.
I doubt that really exists...
Here's my new dress...Dana Ashley Dress! I'm concentrating on ready to wear at the moment but haven't ruled out continuing with the kits completely yet. I just wanted to try both and see how they go. The sewing kits have been so overwhelmingly popular but as it's still early stages I haven't made the decision yet as to which route to go down....Mmm difficult to decide....any preferences?
It's based on the Verity Hope Dress and will soon be available in the seven sizes.
It has a glamorous feel and is great with Jeans.
And for strolling through Poppy fields!
'That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would leave us to believe.'
I also put on the brown Verity Hope Dress.
Can't resist those poppies!
I have great plans in store for future projects. One of them is to make the Verity Hope Dress with cap sleeves, but that probably won't be until next spring. To sooth some of my impulse I killed two birds with one stone and made a linen wrap top with the cap sleeves. The gingham wrap tops have been so successful and I couldn't wait to add tops to the range.
I'm on the look out for some really special gingham...have great plans for next spring when I find what I'm after!
And I'll be adding all seven sizes eventually.