Hello, by way of introduction, my name is Elizabeth Dulston, I live in Oxfordshire, and I make clothes. I began this after hearing several mothers bemoaning the fact that they could not find decent, modest, well-made, plain everyday clothes for their children; to which I replied "I can make them if you let me know what you want!" So this blog is to help people communicate with me what they want me to make.

I am happy to make fairly simple, everyday pinafore dresses, but I am also able to do dresses with sleeves, blouses, skirts, etc. - as well as a range of baby clothes, (including bonnets, booties and bibs!).
I can also make "fancier" things, such as the Baptismal gown which can be seen in the header picture of this blog, and First Holy Communion dresses, examples of which are shown in the section marked with that title above; also waistcoats, and trousers for boys.

I do make clothes for adults too, and am able to make modest wedding dresses, as well as Mantillas, and Chapel veils. Please see the Modest Wedding Dresses page for more information, and use the label list at the side to browse through categories of older posts.

Those who know me will know why I've chosen the title Zelie's Roses. For those who don't, Zelie Martin was an inspirational woman, who lived in the 19th Century, and always made sure her daughters were well-dressed; she also helped to boost the family income by making lace (Point d'Alencon) at home.
I have chosen her name for my modest business, making modest clothing, at, I hope, modest prices!

There are plenty of examples in the Examples section, just click on the tab above.
I have plenty of fabric in stock, but am also happy to work with fabric you supply.

If you see something that you like, or have something in mind that you would like me to do, please get in touch, and I can email pictures of the fabric I have at present, or we can discuss your requirements. My email is

I send out a sizing chart to be filled in, so I can have the right measurements, and then make the garment to fit the individual.

Prices for the everyday clothes range from about £20 for the simplest toddler's pinafore, to £25 - £80 for an older child's dress, but it will depend on the fabric chosen, and how many frills and flounces are required! For adult clothing, if you let me know what you want, I can then give you an estimate.

I am able to make unique embroidered personalised gifts, and toys too, and am happy to discuss any requirements you may have.