“The weather cleared … and we halted on the Promenade. “The seaside,” they said: we gazed around us… for we had never seen such openness, the blue windy world seemed to have blown quite flat, bringing the sky to the level of our eyebrows.”

Cider with Rosie. Laurie Lee.

“A pretty spring dress, reminiscent of  English summers spent by the sea.”

From the Olive and George collection, drawing inspiration from the Norfolk fishing communities of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Eliza is the very first Charl dress.

Eliza is directly inspired by my collection of antique night dresses and pinafores. Simple in shape with slightly puffed, bracelet length sleeves, several rows of pin tucks on the skirt, a centre back zip fastening finished with a hook and eye closure.

This style is named after “Eliza West” who was one of the finest Gansey knitters in Sheringham in the early part of the 20th century. She made all of her husbands clothes: from his knitted underwear, to his Sunday Best Gansey jumpers and passed her knowledge down through her family so that the Wests were still knitting Ganseys into the 1970s.





The Eliza dress is available in 3 sizes: XS/S (UK size 8-10), S/M (UK size 10-12) and M/L (UK size 12-14).

Trimmed with milk protein buttons at the cuffs and dead-stock zips at the centre back.

Handmade on the South Coast of England from cotton cloth which is hand-spun in India by a women’s co-operative. We make these dresses in small batches so if your size and colour are currently unavailable our next delivery usually takes between 6-8 weeks depending on fabric availability. Pre-orders are accepted.

Full length across all sizes: 120cm

Bodice length (from top of shoulder) 44cm across all sizes.

Skirt length: Small 77cm across all sizes.

Across shoulders: xs/s 38cm, s/m: 39cm, m/l: 41cm (to seam) plus 3.5cm of puff sleeve on each side.

Across bust, (measured flat, 2.5cm down from u.arm seam) : xs/s 46cm, s/m48cm, m/l 51cm

Waist seam,(measured flat): xs/s 47cm, s/m: 48cm, m/l 50cm measured flat. 88cm / 90cm / 100cm in the round.

Additional information


Ecru/Yellow/Grey stripe, Ecru, Ecru/Blue block stripe, Ecru/Yellow check


Extra Small/Small, Small/Medium, Medium/Large


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