I saw these beautiful balloon dresses in Craftisan shop in Bristol and when I asked the shop owner Emily who made them, it turned out to be her mum Frances who makes children’s clothing under the name of Staddon & Pamley. We got chatting and I asked if I could stock them as part of my collection as I love hot air balloons. These handmade reversible dresses feature the fun hot air balloon and red bird print on the front and a light denim blue bow print on the other side, so you get two lovely dresses for the price of one. They are finished with lovely vintage buttons on both sides and made from 100% cotton fabric ethically sourced from independent UK suppliers. They come pre-washed on a 30 degree delicate cycle. Frances keeps her designs simple, practical and really fun to wear and chooses beautiful fabrics that feel good to touch and work with. This is a limited edition collection. If the size you order is not in stock, the average make time is 1 to 2 weeks depending on fabric availability.
Sizes available: 6-12 months, 12-18 months, approx 2 years (fits 2 to 3) and approx 3 years (fits 3 to 4)
Care: Gentle machine wash at 30 degrees
Remember that buttons can present a choking hazard so young children should not be left unattended and this dress is unsuitable as sleepwear.
I was drawn to these designs when I saw them in Craftisan shop in Bristol and when I finally asked the owner Emily where they were from, they turned out to be made by her mum Frances. I love everything about France’s story, her ethos and her passion for choosing really unique and fun fabrics to make beautiful but practical clothing to be really enjoyed. Staddon & Pamley was created after her own children had grown up as she found there wasn’t the time to make their clothes when they were little as she had planned to do. It was only when school proms came along and her daughters asked her to make their dresses that she remembered how much she enjoyed dressmaking.
Most of her own clothes were handmade by her mother, who learnt from her mother and aunts. Her first pair of jeans were made by her mother, and were worn to rags as a teenager. As she got older they went to fabric shops together and she chose from the pattern books and shelves of fabric, looking forward to seeing how they turned out.
It wasn’t until she bought herself a handworked Singer as a young adult that she gained the confidence to make things for herself and spent many evenings on the floor of her flat, making up all sorts of clothes. A couple years ago, she had the idea of making reversible dresses and tried them out in her daughter’s craft shop first last year and now here on These Two Hands. Together we are on the hunt for more nature-inspired fabrics to create some other limited edition collections so watch this space!