Hi, I’m Lucy! Welcome to Smile & Make, where you will find handmade vintage inspired dresses and accessories in quirky prints for ladies and girls. All of my dresses are handmade by me from start to finish in my workshop in Staffordshire, UK. I source beautiful quality cottons in eye catching conversational prints to create a unique collection of colourful dresses.
I 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 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.
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