Commissions

I love breathing new life into treasured materials and really enjoy a good collaboration. I do undertake commissions, depending on my workload at any given time and the nature of the request. Feel free to drop me a line if you have an idea you'd like to discuss!

Here are some past custom makes:

Recycled linen shirt with embroidered thatched cottage panel. Pictured against a vintage patchwork quilt

Jane asked if I could incorporate this antique embroidered panel into a shirt, as the cottage looked just like her house!


Jodie asked me to make her a dress out of a beautiful peach-coloured linen heirloom tablecloth and I was happy to oblige. Here's a shot of the back, which I was especially pleased with:

 

I was honoured to make Emily a shirt from linen tablecloths and tray cloths that had been embroidered by her grandma.

 

white shirt made from a patchwork of antique hankies, shown hanging from a tree branch with the light behind it

Another very special custom make for Mairead, from some nearly 100-year-old hankies bequeathed to her by a lady called Alma, who embroidered them in her younger days. Lots of the hankies had the monogram letter 'A' in the corner and when I patchworked them together, I dotted the 'A's around the shirt.

 

Sam asked me to make her a jacket based on a very early A Circular Story make, with quilting representing sunrays, hills and a cloud, in her favourite colour - orange. She supplied the outer fabric which was a remnant from her work as an upholsterer and I used deadstock cotton wadding and patchworked the inside from found cotton shirts.

 

I made this shirt out of a tablecloth that had sentimental value to the customer, Linda. I knew she was a fan of ric-rac, so I snuck some in on the hanging loop!

 

A close-up of a pink quilt coat pocket adorned with Suffolk puffs/yoyos

This customer liked the look of a jacket I'd made, and as luck would have it I had enough spare quilt left over to make one in her size - she provided the Suffolk puffs/yoyos which look adorable appliquéd onto the pockets!



Lightweight voile is not a fabric I'd really worked with before but Alison had two lovely old pieces with polka dots in her stash and wanted me to make her a delicate, floaty shirt. I mixed the two colourways and finished it off with sturdy french seams and reclaimed natural shell buttons. She is going to wear it on her honeymoon! 💕

 

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Jane entrusted me with her collection of vintage table linen and a favourite dress for me to copy. It's finished off with three pockets, reclaimed shell buttons and a hand-bound hem.

 

🪡 As a general rule I make custom shirts and jackets in sizes S-M and M-L and not made to measure. In special circumstances I can draft a pattern to a specific size but there is an extra charge for this. After agreeing on a price for any commission I will ask for 50% upfront as a deposit and the balance before delivery 🪡

To enquire about custom orders, you can email me directly at acircularstory@gmail.com or message me using the Contact form and I will get back to you asap.