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Gorgeous gear for girls

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Now I can’t be the only Mum out there who started off with the best intentions for dressing my daughter in unique designs but then succumbed to the convenience of fast fashion. It’s all too easy to fill the modern girl’s wardrobe with 3-for-1 t-shirts and lycra leggings. In my defence I did try to avoid that trend for dressing your kid as a ‘mini me’ from age dot (although skinny jeans and the odd gilet do seem to have worked their way into her wardrobe).

Then I recently came across Tatty Tess unique, gorgeous clothes for girls, that are also unbelievably competitively priced (check out the mini film on the website – aren’t other people’s children cute?) The range hasn’t been around for long so it’s still a well kept secret, but interest seems to be growing fast.

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Considering all this gorgeous gear is handmade, the prices are still reasonable – starting at £28 for a skirt up to around £42 for a bang-on-trend jump suit – well certainly justifiable if you’re looking to splash out on the odd piece that’s a bit special. The creative brain behind Tatty Tess (and full-time seemstress) is Kent-based Tessa Teichman-Derville. Thanks to a career break in early motherhood, a sewing machine her husband, Tim, bought for her birthday and the continual encouragement of friends she finally turned her hobby into a business, taking the plunge just over a year ago at a local craft fair.

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Tessa, who lists the illustrations of Mabel Lucie Attwell, (below), amongst her artistic inspirations, has designed dress silhouettes with a very simple, smock shape. These clothes have got that vintage look to perfection while remaining funky, not fussy. She must be doing something right because customers are ordering entire seasonal wardrobes for their lucky little ones. So now, as well as her main range of stock, Tessa has branched out into a bespoke limited edition range (with a higher price tag attached).

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Winter fabrics include a combination of 100 per cent cottons lined with voile, silk velvet, tweed, wool and denim. Trims are made of everything from antique gold lace to faux fur. The new summer range (more on that to come nearer the time – but an exclusive sneaky peak, below, at her sketches) will include chambray, denim and Liberty lawn cotton.

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Surely it’s only a matter of time before the buyers at Liberty cotton on (no, *wink*, pun intended) to Tessa’s talents. And, I’ve just got to say it, there’s something about this range that makes me sure Kate Middleton would snap it up if she saw it – don’t you think little Princess Charlotte (the range starts from 6 months) would look perfectly peachy in one of these smock dresses?

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These clothes are all about making the most of the precious window of time when your daughter might just consider wearing something you buy for her. Rest assured that if your Muddy darling is like mine (likes to dress like a girl, but wrestle like her brother) the clothes can be stuck in the machine on normal wash. So that even if she *sigh* has her moments – at least your little lady can occasionally look like Butter Wouldn’t Melt.

Tatty Tess, tattytess.com.

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