Di Brooks of OuterLimitz is a teeny company! My role is overseeing almost everything, plus publicity, design, budgeting and hands on sewing (plus anything else that crops up!).
It’s mostly a family business with Tara Brooks helping with manufacturing and Lisa Pengelly assisting with admin and in training to sew. My sons and partner often help with pattern cutting, grading and any heavy work.
Nina is our only non family worker and is proving invaluable bringing a working knowledge of manufacturing and the fashion trade to the team. Everything is made in Devon, UK.
Most of our designs are made in very short runs making them more desirable to vintage lovers.
Known mostly for our dresses, we also make jumpsuits, playsuits, separates and are soon releasing our first swimsuit! We also have a new range of men’s shirts and will be launching dress making patterns by the end of this year. Our most popular garments are plain and sparkly jumpsuits, Hawaiian sarong dresses and fitted wiggle dresses.
Many vintage techniques are used in production including linings (where required) and boning.
Our fabric budget is huge! We choose fabrics for their authentic appearance and quality. We build our garments to last – a new best dress should still be a favourite for the next few years! Often we use vintage fabrics.
Mostly available online, our designs can be found in a handful of shops and at our stall at select events.
The company originally started in a tiny stall inside a larger shop run by a local entrepreneur/crazy person in Torquay in the late 70s, with this being closed due to having children! All ideas/plans were put on ice until 2010 when we relaunched!
Company slogan – innovate not imitate!
XXS to 3XL
£18 to £20, average dress price £60-£75
Business Owner: Di Brooks
About the Owner
I’ve been ‘into’ the 1950s lifestyle and clothing since my early teens when the Sunday Times did a feature on 50s fashions and I just fell in love!
As a teen I made my own circle skirts and petticoats (repro companies just weren’t so easily accessible in the late 70s!) and bought vintage from jumble sales.
I have two sons, a partner and two Jack-Chi’s. We live in the South West of England in a huge maisonette – big enough to allow most of our 50s furnishing plans free rein!
Being self employed I work stupid hours, but it doesn’t feel like work! I feel lucky to be living one of my dreams in making a living doing what I love.
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