Hi, I’m Lucy! Welcome to Smile & Make, where you will find handmade vintage inspired dresses in quirky prints for ladies and girls. All of my dresses are handmade by me from start to finish in my workshop in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, UK which I share with my lovely Mum Bev, aka Spotty Daisy! I source beautiful quality cottons in eye catching conversational prints to create a unique collection of colourful dresses.
I’m a crafty girl and have always loved sewing and making things. After sadly losing my incredible husband Michael to a brain tumour at the too young age of 35, I started dressmaking as a positive distraction and gradually built myself a colourful handmade wardrobe that I was proud to wear. After sharing my makes on my blog and Instagram feed, I had lots of requests to start selling my creations, so I decided to do just that!
Smile & Make is all about using fun, colour and creativity to make the every day a little bit more special. As well as making and selling pretty dresses, I also write a blog about my love of making and wearing cute and colourful clothes, craft projects and DIYs and everyday adventures!
My blog is also about about my choice to live positively in Michael’s memory, and my fundraising work for The Brain Tumour Charity. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of under 40s, yet receive less than 2% of the national spend on cancer research in the UK, and so we need every penny we can raise to help fund research in the hope that there might one day be a cure for this cruel disease. A donation from every item you buy from Smile & Make will go to The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund so you can help support an incredibly important cause. You can find out more about Michael’s fund here.
If you’d like to visit the Smile & Make workshop to see the dresses in person and give them a try, we’d love to see you! We’ll also be launching creative workshops soon!
You can find us at 11 Barracks Workshops, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 1LG. Opening hours vary so please get in touch before planning your visit at firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid disappointment. We are directly opposite the bus station, so it couldn’t be easier to find us! There is a very limited amount of visitor parking available within the narrow courtyard of Barracks Workshops, but there is ample public parking just a few minutes walk away on either Windsor Street, Hassell Street or School Street (see here).
Thanks for stopping by!